Diary 2000

 

 

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December

 

 

January

 

Juliet gained a place at Pate's Grammar School for September. 

 

February

 

Jay also won Major Academic and Music Scholarships to Dean Close Junior School, which, after some difficult consideration, we turned down.

 

Sadly, Hazel had a stroke on 4 February.  She spent over a week in Cheltenham General Hospital, and a further six weeks in Tewkesbury.  She finally came home again on 28 March.  Though she has recovered well, she is now partially sighted with some brain damage. She can no longer do much for herself and  Teresa devotes a major part of her time to looking after her.

 

March

 

 Teresa’s birthday – we had a meal à deux at the King’s Arms in the village.

 

 

April

 

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

 

 

 

May

 

We went to see the Boys of the Lough at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.  Aly Bain is one of Roger’s favourite fiddlers and Cathal McConnell one of Teresa’s favourite singers.  This was the night we made a rapid get away from our parking space in the multi-storey, only to find that the car park was locked and barred by metal gates 20 feet high.  A long, winding queue formed behind us as the rest of the audience emerged.  Emergency numbers were phoned, without success.  Just as we seemed to be in for a long chilly night, an enterprising young man pulled the hinges clean out of the wall with his bare hands and off we all went!

 

Juliet went away for a school activity week – PGL (I should know what this stands for but Jay says it’s Parents Get Lost).

 

 

June

 

Juliet went on a school trip to the Dome – the only member of the family to have been.  She thought it was great.

 

Roger and Teresa ran a stall at the Berkhampstead School fete.  For once, it wasn’t the coconuts.

 

 

July

 

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.

 

We went to see ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Everyman.  It was the same production as we had seen last year in Oxford, though some of the cast had changed.  The CD has been a favourite in the house ever since.

 

August

 

 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.

 

We went 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 Millennium Bridge, big talking points of the year, and had lunch on Gabriel’s Wharf.

 

 

Michael (Uncle Mick) and his wife, Pat, came to see Hazel for a day.

 

September

 

We took Juliet and a friend to the West Midlands Safari Park.  We’ve been visiting it with both daughters and a succession of their friends for over 15 years, and we thought that this might be the last time.  (Please!)  It was horribly busy and the tour of the safari enclosure was very slow, which was highly embarrassing as the car had a sudden attack of noisy binding brakes and creaked and screeched its way along excruciatingly.   Seemed to upset the moose quite a bit….

 

 

 

Juliet started her secondary school education at Pate’s Grammar School.

 

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.

 

Cars

 

 

October

 

  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.

 

November

  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).

 

December

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last amended on 1 December 2000.