October – November – December
Roger’s indoor bowling season got underway in October, with a mix of morning, afternoon and evening matches at the Littleton Bowling Club.
18 October we took our shareholders’ trip on the GWR, going north towards
Broadway on the diesel railcar just before lunch, and going back after lunch for a steam
service from Toddington to
brought our annual flu jabs and a car service, the latter the last in Malvern
under our service plan. On Wednesday 22
Teresa took a trip to
Otherwise November was quiet month, apart from Roger’s bowling activities, which included Overbury Bowling Club’s AGM on Friday 24.
preparations started to dominate December, while the first spell of wintry
weather on Sunday 10 meant that bowling at
month was notable for two major problems with utilities: we were without water supplies for nearly two
days during the weekend of 15-16 December, following a major breakage in a
Our Christmas experience started on Saturday 23, when we were up very early to collect our Christmas orders from Evesham, and, later in the day, Helen from Moreton. On Christmas Eve we had our traditional meal – Beef Wellington with starters and puddings to taste, again superbly cooked by Teresa with some help from the girls. We has our traditional turkey lunch on Christmas Day, followed by the opening of presents, one of which was a hand-made fire-etching of Roger’s old violin ‘Victor’ (see left).
For entertainment we watched seasonal programmes on television, had a few party games, and battled with Teresa’s seasonal quizzes. As usual we had all prepared some musical contributions for our family Christmas concert on Boxing Day: some piano solos and duets by Teresa, Helen and Juliet, singing by Helen, and some folk fiddling by Roger and Juliet, who also provided guitar and piano accompaniments where appropriate.
There was further wintry weather on Wednesday 27, though not sufficient to disrupt transport, so on Thursday 28 Helen was able to get to a cold and bleak Moreton railway station (see right) and Roger to resume bowling at Littleton.
Our last celebrations of the year were, of course, to see in the New Year on Sunday 31. We again cheated by time-shifting the moment by watching celebrations from further east and using recorded bongs from Big Ben (well we all had to do that this year). So well before midnight we had already drunk a toast, sung Auld Lang Syne, played Da Day Dawn and welcomed the first-footing Roger.