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A.I.M. charity fund raising tea party

On a beautiful sunny afternoon recently, Gerry, Rose and I organised a cream tea party in a friend, Margarets, beautiful garden. 17 people attended and it was a great success. Gerry and Rose gave a talk about the work in Uganda and we had a raffle. There were so many prizes that everybody went home witth a prize!
A total of £196 was raised for the charity and it is hoped that this will become an annual event.
Thank you to Margaret and Jeremy for hosting the party.

Virgin London Marathon

The plan for John and I for this years Marathon was to try and stay ahead of other runners carrying buckets so we tried to get in to a starting pen further forward than usual as it usually takes about 15 minutes to cross the start line on the Blue start. Unfortunately the marshals were doing their job and each time we tried to ‘push in’ we were sent to the back! So, off we went caught up in the usual crush. Continue reading

Goodbye to a dear friend

Poppy’s health had been deteriorating gradually since July last year when she was diagnosed with a serious heart problem. She was taking medication but was not going to get any better. Walkies were getting less and less and most of her day was spent sleeping. After Christmas it became clear that she was really slowing down and finding diffuculty getting up and down the back door steps.

We decided therefore that it was time to say goodbye but would let her have her 11th birthday on the 1st of April. The following day the vet came to the house and she passed away peacefully to the sound of Bruch’s Violin Concerto, just as Holly had done some 7 years years earlier. She was cremated and her ashes have been buried alongside Holly in our back garden.

We have got used to a dog free house now and are not planning to have another one for the forseeable future.

R.I.P. little friend.

Virgin London Marathon 22nd April 2012

This year I will be running the Virgin London Marathon with Superman (John Wallace) and Robbie Wilson (Robin the Hood).

If anyone would like to sponsor us, my just site is still running (see link).

We will all be carrying buckets and hoping to collect £1500 minimum.

Also, if anyone can spare time to come to London to help empty our buckets please contact me.

Sad end to 2011

Sadly Gil’s stepfather, Stan, died just before Christmas so we were off to South Wales for his funeral. His Mum is now on her own in a care home but she seems to have settled in o.k.
As a result we decided not to spend Chistmas in Wales so we were able to do our usual 4 mile run round our village in our Father Christmas outfits on Christmas Day morning. The weather was fine and it was good fun with lots of cars hooting at us and we were wishing ‘Happy Christmas’ to the few people we saw out walking.
Friends Richard and Betty joined us for dinner on New Years Eve and, afterwards, we went to the party at our village Social Club. They stayed the night and we were able to go to church together the next day.


This is an 8 day event but, unfortunately, due to Royal British Legion Standard Bearer duties, I was unable to fly until Monday 14th November.

It is a charity event where people can pay 10 euros to hire a chip (unless entered in the 8 days or 24 hours) and run, jog or walk as often as they like day or night during the week. The circuit becomes very busy in the lunch hour and early evening so at times it is very difficult to get round but you have to deal with that as best you can. Continue reading