Latest News

Here is a list of our latest posts. Hope you’ll enjoy reading them.

Happy Christmas! December 26th, 2018- Just sneaking in a quick post to send family, friends and everyone else, our warmest good wishes for a very happy Christmas, and a happy and peaceful 2019.
Barnford: our family home for forty years. November 17th, 2018- My father retired in his early fifties after a career in Africa. My parents, Douglas and Rachel Hall, although sad to have left their life in Africa, were excited to be coming home, as far as my brother John and sister Ruth were concerned, we had left home and all our friends… Be that as … Continue reading Barnford: our family home for forty years.
Anyone for Cricket in Croatia? October 25th, 2018- Yes, we are back and we can now personally vouch that cricket is indeed played in Croatia, and also, and more to the point, on the island of Vis…
Cricket in Croatia September 19th, 2018- Our impending holiday in Croatia… John and I went to what was then Yugoslavia for our honeymoon, staying on the island of Krk in the Adriatic. In those days we were blissfully ignorant of any family or sporting connections with the area…
Train Dramas: Your Adventure Starts Here August 25th, 2018- I now have a new travel worry. I have often feared that my very ordinary black suitcase – even with its red ribbon – might be taken by mistake, leaving me as once did happen with someone else’s entirely unsuitable clothes. Now Matthew Parris has provided me with another anxiety. He wrote recently in an … Continue reading Train Dramas: Your Adventure Starts Here
The very secret Secret Gardens of Winster July 13th, 2018- Winster’s annual Secret Gardens treat is so nearly here – tomorrow, July 14th and Sunday July 15th (2018) 1.30-5.30. Secret gardens?
‘What a Way to Run a Railroad!’ June 5th, 2018- We went to London last weekend. I was intending to write a joyous post, telling of Swan Lake, baby granddaughters and other real delights. But our journey (“It’s Your Journey. Love it!”) home almost blotted out all our happy memories, so please forgive me this miserable National Rail rant while I get it off my … Continue reading ‘What a Way to Run a Railroad!’
May Magic May 22nd, 2018- A song to spring, the magic of the month of May, I’m not talking politics…
Downsizers’ Diary, Two Years On… April 15th, 2018- We are two years into our new 
Vital Links Restored February 28th, 2018- I have had a very frustrating time, trying to get this post published successfully, following a long and uncomfortable silence while I could not even log in to my own blog which – apparently, so I was informed –  had been deleted… …Not deleted by me, nor
Memorial Service Arrangements for Alice Mason January 10th, 2018- This update to my last update to my original post about Alice…Alice.
Sad News About Alice January 3rd, 2018- It is with a heavy heart that I have to pass on the sad news that Alice Mason, good friend and loving support for over 40 years to my parents while they lived at Barnford, and to all their wider family and friends then and since, has died.
Happy 2018 to Us All! December 31st, 2017- Happy 2018! It feels as if 2017 has been and gone in a flash. That is probably just as well as no one wants to linger long on all the dismal events facing us in the news daily, not to mention Brexit, Trump, terrorist and physical disasters. As far as the wider world goes, let’s … Continue reading Happy 2018 to Us All!
Pauline Boty – have you heard of her? December 10th, 2017- I am sneaking away from our Christmas card list, briefly, and rather unwisely given that I have only reached the Hs, to touch on my latest Parwich book group choice, which has rather joyfully introduced into my life a little known ‘Swinging Sixties’ Pop artist called Pauline Boty.
Remembering My Mother, Rachel Hall November 19th, 2017- Today would have been the 108th birthday of my mother, Rachel Marion Hall nee Gartside-Tippinge. She was born on 19th November 1909 and died on December 3rd 1990 at just 81. I remember her with great love and affection, as do my brother John and sister Ruth, and as do all her nine grandchildren and … Continue reading Remembering My Mother, Rachel Hall
A Quiet Month in The Life of Two OAPs? October 24th, 2017- ‘And they retired to a little cottage in the country, with roses round the door, to enjoy some well-earned peace and quiet…’ Only it’s not really like that at all. Admittedly
London Opens Its Doors September 27th, 2017- Don’t you ever wonder, as you walk or more likely hurtle past elegant apartments, august institutions, or even rows of terraced houses lining the railway track, at the lives that go on behind those doors, what it is like to live or work there?
Family Celebrations: Welcome to Nell! September 2nd, 2017- After a long but busy silence this end we are delighted to announce the birth of Nell Olive to our son, Nick and his lovely wife Sam.
1984 and all that July 26th, 2017- The dumbing down of language… I read the other day that the average reading age in this country is nine! Guardian readers can be proud of their 14.
But First I’ll Just… June 24th, 2017- ‘Today I’ll write a blog post, but first, I’ll just…’

4 thoughts on “Latest News”

  1. Well done, you two! What an amazing and worthwhile experience. I look forward to more pictures, especially of the sea eagle.
    Gill

    1. Thank you, Gill. I am afraid you may get a flurry of posts landing on your computer, as I am sitting at mine now, hoping to slot in some missing posts and tidy things u somewhat! John has some truly amazing photos but we may’ve to wait a day or two for those as he has aver 4,000 to lift through!! So sorry to hear about your broken arm – what a pain in every sense!

  2. Marion and John,
    Having followed your blog we are pleased to read of your progress.
    Belatedly – as Jenny has now recovered from a third operation on her hips – we are visiting Parwich for a shortened period …. 31st July – to the morning of August 4th.
    We would love to pop in to say hello but certainly not too take up too much of your time as we are condensing activities!!
    If you are away may we wish you both well.
    Jenny and Derek

    1. Derek and Jenny, what a lovely treat to hear from you again! Yes, please, we’d really love to see you both. Lunch or supper, any of those days, although Tuesday mildly less convenient than all the others. Winster is only about six miles from Parwich, we’d love you to meet our new house.

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