We would like to wish all of our family and friends a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2022
It has been a tough and challenging year.
It has been a tough and challenging year living with the impact the pandemic and the various restrictions it has had on our lives.
Looking back it is surprising how much we have missed doing all the things we used to do on a regular basis, like going out to to the theatre, the cinema, going out for a meal and meeting up with friends. When the restriction started coming in, it made us realise how much we enjoyed and missed them, not that we took it for granted, but it made us realise how fortunate and privileged we have been able to do them.
I missed doing my photography stuff, particularly the street photography and street performers, which I have not been able to do since 2020. I have missed motorcycling and being able to go out for rides with friends and my local Motorcycle Group. Hopefully in 2022 that will all change.
There has been dealing with parents. My father was diagnosed with cutaneous lymphoma during the summer. He has had several flare ups, which has meant making frequent trips to the hospital. Fortunately, his flare ups have subsided. My father took the decision to move into a residential home, which was relatively straight forward. However, it has meant we have had to put the family home up for sale, our home for nearly 50 years. Due to Covid restrictions I have not been able to see my mother, who has dementia and living in a specialist dementia care home
My mother-in-law moved into a residential home during the summer. My wife, Sue, was recently notified they are closing the home and they are having a lot of hassle of trying to find somewhere else.
It has also been a happy year
It has also been a happy year and there have been a lot of positives.
Everybody is generally fit and healthy. Sue’s son and daughter in law, George and Hollie, had a lovely baby Wren earlier in the year – which is grandchild No 3. My father, despite having cutaneous lymphoma is happy and content.
My fitness and mobility levels have improved significantly, to the point where I can now walk 5-6 miles relatively pain free and I am on my way to reach my 10 mile target.
We acquired Fudge early in the year, who has been really good for us, although he does get into mischief occasionally. Sue and I both like walking and Fudge has been a reason/excuse to go out for walks, enjoying the countryside and the wildlife.
Sue and I got married in September this year at Malmsbury House and Gardens. It was so good to have family and friends with us to celebrate this special occassion. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.