Dear Friends and Family,
Not so frequent with the posts on this here blog recently, but we figured that if nothing else, we could post a yearly update, much like the family round-robin letters which seem to have fallen out of fashion lately.
So, first of all, let us wish you all a very happy new year. We hope 2019 is good to you and those close to you.
We’ve had a great 2018, all things considered and feel very happy and fortunate to be living where we are, enjoying the twins and family life.
We saw 2018 in with our good friends, the Lawrences, in Southampton, as we will be doing so again tonight. And then spent a lovely afternoon in West Wittering with Anita’s Aunt, Pam and her family – a beautiful house right on the beach.
In February we welcomed Cecile, our Belgian friend who stayed with us as a Couchsurfer when we lived in Lewes – we hope that we might manage a short bike tour with the kids and stop by to return the visit later this summer…
In April, we helped to mastermind an excellent (if we do say so ourselves) stag weekend for Mikey, which involved an elaborate kidnapping, clue solving and a tattoo… Anita spent a few days in Abu Dhabi, teaching at the university there and also visiting at Cardiff University, leaving Stuart to solo parent with the twins… They survived.
May was dominated, as usual, by the festival and Stuart abandoning family life for a few weeks to deliver another successful Elderflower Fields. Hatty and Wilf loved staying in a Tipi this year and were doted on by the various crew and production staff.
The summer saw several wedding celebrations for us. Stuart’s good friend from university, John, married Gemma in early June, with a wonderful reception on the edge of Epping Forest. The following weekend, Stuart’s brother Jack, married Megan and we had a fantastic day, despite a spectacular vomit from Wilf on Anita’s wedding outfit…
In July, we happily returned to the saddle (see previous post). We’re scheming for a longer, self supported version in 2019… At the end of the month we celebrated the wedding of Mikey & Caz in the beautiful woods in Barcombe.
In August, we spent a week in Cornwall, sharing a house with a group of friends. The reason for the trek south-west was to celebrate the marriage of our friends Vanessa and Matt. We rented a fantastic, old pile on the edge of Polperro and enjoyed a week exploring the beaches and countryside with the twins. We drove directly from there to Cheshire to spend a weekend at a magical family festival called Just So. The drive nearly destroyed us, but once there, we had an amazing time, helped in part by free tickets and almost free glamping – Stuart’s festival connections being well utilised…
In September, Stuart’s other festival, Into the Trees, took place in unseasonably fine weather. And in early October, we dashed away to Spain for a few days to spend time with Anita’s mum near her house on the Costa Blanca. We had a lovely few days and the twins particularly loved our AirBnB apartment with its brilliant outdoor pools. Later in October Anita started her new job, working in a community paediatric team (which has never had a psychologist before…) in Eastbourne and Hastings.
November was birthday time – it’s hard to believe that three years have flown by already. We celebrated with two excellent homemade cakes (one, marginally more excellent than the other… Ahem!). Stuart marked his return to brass banding with a night of marches at the madness that is Lewes bonfire.
In December we spent a long weekend with friends in Frinton, in a fantastic house, with walks along the seafront. We hosted close family at our place for the first time and enjoyed having the house full on Christmas day. The kids were delighted by all the attention, presents and sweets, naturally, but thankfully woke up at a normal time…
We’re feeling thankful that our families are generally happy and healthy. The twins are thriving and doing everything you’d expect of ‘threenagers’!… We love our little house in St Leonards and regularly enjoy spending time by the sea and exploring the town and nearby countryside. We also love hosting and have had many friends visit and stay with us and hope to welcome even more in the coming year.
Wishing you peace and happiness wherever you are and hope to see you in 2019.
Stuart, Anita, Hatty & Wilf.