Well it's that time of year
again: its 4pm and dark outside, rain is lashing against the
windows and the wind is blowing a gale. Our three cats
are tucked up in their various winter nesting spots, only
venturing out briefly whenever absolutely necessary.
This year I'm following their lead and although I keep hearing
that it's one of the mildest on record - winter is winter and
if I could choose I just wouldn't 'do' winter!
Some of you of course will
be reading this in glorious sunshine; you know who you are and
will also know just what I'd give to be nearby, especially at
this time of year. Rest assured we have a little dabble
on the lottery most weeks - just to keep this dream alive.
Its been a mixed year of
highs and lows for all of us, but on balance we end the year
once again counting our blessings and happy to have done so
much travelling and enjoyed so many reunions with old friends
from the past, both here in the UK and abroad. All in
all it's been a very social year, and once again I've put a
few snaps to share on the gallery page of the website.
As for the usual family
Dominic finished school in June
and pulled a few rabbits out of the hat qualification wise!
With an American style 'Prom' as their leaving party, Dominic
refused to take it at all seriously and dressed eclectically
in 'Blues Brother' style.
Although still with his mind
set on a career in the forces, he decided he wasn't ready to
leave the local social scene just yet and so plumped for
giving college a try. Unfortunately that didn't live up
to expectations for him and he has now decided to work for a
year while he tries to get super fit before applying to join
Last year I told you here how
Alex had moved out and set up home with his girlfriend Kaylee.
This year they moved back in with us, and our little house is
currently feeling a bit squeezed! It proved impossible
for them to plan and get ahead financially while renting in
this expensive area, so they've come to us for a while to try
to save up and get a place of their own. It's not easy
and I don't envy them just starting out, trying to get a foot
on the property ladder. However, Kaylee will imminently
be finishing her hairdressing qualifications, and Alex is now
working and training with a large electrical company, so
hopefully 2007 will see them start to pull ahead.
Terry has had a busy year,
spending most of it in prison! (Working for the prison
education service that is!) He seems to have found a
perfect niche with this and although employed there as an IT
specialist tutor, he often finds himself heading classes as
diverse as languages, maths and even art. He still runs
his computer repair service from home though and is usually
found bailing someone out of trouble after hours.
This year it's me who is having
trouble distinguishing between being self employed and
retired! I took voluntary redundancy from the college in
October and am currently 'looking into' opportunities.
What I really want to do is use my teaching skills to turn my
genealogy research hobby into a source of income via the
Internet, so I'm spending this winter studying and also
working on my personal research.
I have had the nucleus of an idea for a
genealogy website for some time and now I have the time I will
be putting an outline of this up shortly (link to it from the
GenClub page on our family web site, or via
Over the coming months I will be building the content, then by
the spring I should be able to tell if it will be viable.
If not, then it'll be back out to work!