highlights of 1998 in this the fiftieth year for both for us (Francis in August
and Sandra in February) were our summer holidays (aren’t they for most people)
and the fact that we still have our jobs (no small matter in these unsettling
times). Sandra and I spent three great weeks in St. Lucia, St. Marten and
Antigua respectively. Although naturally centred on the beach this was no lazy
holiday. We did a lot of fun sailing on sunfish, snorkelling, sea-fishing
and sight-seeing. This included a tough rain forest walk rewarded by a
refreshing swim in a rock pool drenched by a beautiful waterfall and hiring a
car to visit the more way-out places. Rarely could there be more variety in
three Caribbean islands
entertainment, the year’s high spot was perhaps our trip to Disneyland Paris
which, unsurprisingly, we thoroughly enjoyed, especially the evening’s
marvellous electrical parade. Other outings were to hear Handel’s sumptuous
Alexander’s Feast, played in the Royal Chapel in Windsor Castle and three
visits to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where the company of players really
transported us back in time. We should also not forget our visit to Finchcocks
and our annual trip on the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, this time to
Southend-on-Sea, which I had never visited before.
Gamelan group proceeds well under the guidance of our music-master and this year
we have given very successful concerts at the South Bank and in Stevenage (as
part of that town’s music festival).
breaking a wrist in a spill in February (and not realising that I had done so
for a whole day) we still clock up the miles on our Transalp while four-wheel
drivers seem to be stationary in an ever-expanding steel jungle on our roads.
cats are all in good health and thriving: these include Bimba, Kasper, Zosma,
Zania, and Pippo.
Myvanwy, our lovely tortoiseshell from a Welsh farmhouse, vanished while we were
away in the summer, despite our rigorous arrangements for a cat-minder during
managed to get several of his poetical efforts published in various anthologies
throughout the year and is now preparing to publish a collection from the
Magnetic Poets’ group in Greenwich.
not forget: our cottage in Wales, now with a fully refurbished state-of-the-art
kitchen is available for any bookings you might wish to take up at very
reasonable rates. Do visit our Web Site at WWW.Angelfire.Com
for further information. Our E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
we take this opportunity of wishing you a very prosperous and happy new year,
and Sandra Dec 1998
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