This year 2011 saw us going to Bulgaria on a Dragonfly specialist holiday run by Naturetrek. We also had our usual week in Guernsey, and the sad gits reunion which included John Lewis who came over from South Africa. Managed to get tickets for Glastonbury, and also attended the special Ed Fest in Devon where I met up with some old ex Walker friends. The Cambridge Society weekend trip was to the Forest of Dean. Closer to home there was a rock evening at the Plough and Anchor pub. On a sadder note John Wilkinson, Rosemary’s father died.
Invited to a lunchtime birthday party. It was Annieâ€™s **th birthday. Was meant to be a surprise, but one guest replied to Annie, in the belief that a husband could not be organising anything on his own. What a sexist thought. Weather not quite up to scratch, they even had the central heating on, and the Aga roaring away, but it didn't stop us all having a lovely time.
The annual three day Berkshire Cambridge Society weekend away happened on May13th - May 15th. The weekend started in Gloucester where we had a tour of Gloucester Cathedral, climbing the 249 steps to the top of the tower. On route to the top we stopped to admire the roof space and fire prevention measures and the bells. Following the tower tour, was a tour of the cathedral, and the Harry Potter Cloisters. I was even shown where Catherine used to climb the tower when she was a teenager living in Gloucester.
Ed Aldridge 50th birthday party. Headed down to Combe Martin in Devon for the 50th birthday party of an Walker / Elevon colleague, Ed Aldridge. He had arranged some bands, beer, wine BBQ and loads of people to celebrate his birthday. Met up with old friends, Mary Devine, Phil Blunt and Paul Dixon. Tessa and Robin also attended. Remember getting back into my tent at 6.30 am in the morning after all night drinking and listening to music.