Juliet gained a place at Pate's Grammar School for September.
Jay also won Major Academic and Music Scholarships to Dean Close Junior School, which, after some difficult consideration, we turned down.
Hazel had a stroke on 4 February. She
spent over a week in
Teresa’s birthday – we had a meal à deux at the King’s Arms in the village.
A busy month in the garden, planting. But not the best of years for results, with several crops not coming up at all, and others badly hit by pests. Roger will elaborate on the problems elsewhere. J
Juliet went away for a school activity week – PGL (I should know what this stands for but Jay says it’s Parents Get Lost).
Juliet went on a school trip to the Dome – the only member of the family to have been. She thought it was great.
and Teresa ran a stall at the
An eventful month. Roger’s last day at work, followed by Juliet’s last day at Berkhamstead. Here she is with the Music Cup.
We also said goodbye to Robbie, our battered Renault 5, which had been in the family nearly 10 years. Hard to believe though it is, a queue of eager buyers did not transpire and poor Robbie went for scrap.
We had a fortnight’s holiday in Portugal.
to see ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Everyman. It was the same production as we had seen
last year in
A generally lazy month, with a number of barbecues enjoyed on the patio. Juliet spent a week at a school fun French course. Bravo, Juliette!
Roger acquired a new toy for the garden – a petrol driven cylinder mower for the lawns, replacing an old electric machine, always difficult to use because of the cable.
to see Helen for a day, the highlight being a ride on the London
Eye, but we also saw the Tate Modern and the wobbly
Michael (Uncle Mick) and his wife, Pat, came to see Hazel for a day.
After saying goodbye to Robbie, it was now Rene, our Renault Espace, who had to go after 11 years in the family. Teresa fancied one of the Rover range and when Roger saw the September prices the deed was done. ‘Rovy’ is a copperleaf red Rover 45.
For the first time for many years, our own pumpkins failed to come up and we had to buy one of these. The ferocious face J carved must’ve done its job as we had no ghostly visitations in the night.
We started work on this website.
Juliet auditioned for a place at GAMPA and attended her first session on Saturday 10th. The journey took a round 4 hours through darkness, driving rain, eccentric drivers and Mackeson Gold Cup race traffic which slowed everything to a standstill. I’m already looking forward to next week…. J
Two unusual visitors to the garden. A kestrel was seen around most days in the month, and one morning there was a heron standing in the pond (a legacy of the heavy autumn rains).
We had a short spell of cold weather just after Christmas, and enough snow for Juliet to use her sledge for the first time in her life.
Last amended on 1 December 2000.