We have had a lovely weekend in Portsmouth where we all gathered to dedicate our grand daughter Sophia into God's care. She was a little angel, with cherub-like smiles all round! Afterwards the Watsons and Durdins gathered in a eatery for a family get-together.
Our neighbours, Richard and Jenny have just bought a new boat. As they are not permanently residing in Dartmouth, they have asked me to keep an eye on her. So today we went to see how she works - in torrential rain!
What a treat! I received a message from Doug Elliott, one of the builders of my Lugger 'Jireh' asking if I would like to see some pictures of Jireh before she left their yard - nearly 40 years ago. She looks just as good today - or will once I have give her a repaint this year. Many thanks Doug.
Yesterday we enjoyed sunshine; a stunning location complete with swimming pool, tennis court, play area and miniature farmyard with chickens, piglets and a goat; the company of the kids and leaders from the Church Youth Group and a fantastic speaker from Youth For Christ in Ivybridge. But most of all we enjoyed the blessings that only God can give. We all felt the presence of the Holy Spirit strengthening our faith and bringing us into a closer relationship with Jesus. We look forward to what more God has in store for us.
Lydia has turned 17! She celebrated by taking some friends to the pictures in Plymouth to see 'Alice in Wonderland' in 3D, followed by a pizza (Nando's had a long waiting list). And what did dad do during the 4 hour wait? What else, but go for a paddle in my kayak around Plymouth Sound. Happy Birthday Lyds.
Work on the kitchen has been progressing oh so slowly! Finding time is the problem, but in the picture you can see the first of our very cheap oak veneer worksurfaces from IKEA; reduced from £120 to £10!
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.