Today was a momentous day, the 50th birthday of my lovely wife Lynn. It was great to have Han and Dan (son-in-law) with us for the week, and they shared the celebrations. The church arranged a 'surprise' party for her after the morning service, but she is too clever to be taken by surprise! When I told her that we had made arrangements for Sunday lunch, Lynn said 'So we are having lunch at church then are we'. There are no flies on her! It was great to welcome some friends from Dartmouth to the party. We then came home and had a family birthday tea - we are now all birthdayed out!
Well the winter gales are in full swing and although Jireh has been bravely weathering them at her mooring on the river I decided that it was time to bring her ashore for a refit. As usual, recovering her onto the superb swinging-cradle trailer was very easy and she is now snug on our driveway. The picture shows happy sunny sailing on Jireh!
Happy New Year to all who read my blog. Tonight was the launch of our new children's club at church. We are using the Rock Solid material, produced by Youth for Christ. There was some disappointment from some of the children who would have preferred the club on Friday, but we had eight at the first night, including a couple of new faces. Our theme was 'relationships' which brought some interesting discussion! But we tried to show that God created both man and women for each other, and we pray that it will teach them something of God's wonderful plan for mankind.
I retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in 2007 having served for 33 years as a musician, eventually becoming a Director of Music and running my own band. After retirement, I took my family sailing in the Philippines with a view to sailing back to the UK via Australia. However, for many reasons our plans changed and after 9 years living in Dartmouth we have now moved to Totnes.I am married to Lynn and we have four children. Daniel and his wife Sara live in Portsmouth; Hannah is married to another Dan and they live with our grandchildren Sophia, Isaac & Elijah in Topsham. Lydia is currently studying in Lancaster and Julia is Studying Art at Totnes, due to attend University at Falmouth in 2016. I teach music in the local school and work part time for the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority, driving the yacht taxi. Between this, directing the local orchestra, various musical performances, involved with the local church and helping train the local Ten Tors team, life can be very busy.