The only really bad decisions…are the ones you don’t take…
I’m tempted to quote the guy from ‘Airplane’ here, who, when asked by Lloyd Bridges
‘What’s the story so far?’, says: ‘First the Earth cooled and then the dinosaurs
Basically, I’ll try to post (significant) news here, in some sort of chronological
2005 - ‘Poppy’ arrives
2007 - leave Bewdley after 13 years and move out of town to Far Forest
2008 - achieve
Membership of the Institute of Biology (MIBiol)
2009 - old friend Martin Gough takes
me for a spin around Silverstone in his Radical SR4!
2009 - Great Aunt Kath Round
eventually shuffles off - aged 101
2011 - Chartered Biologist status
2011 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. JAL.
2012 - One of the worst years ever: Basil the spaniel dies in June, the weather is
just atrocious (even on holiday in Greece), Uncle Norman dies. One the plus side,
I am 50 and get taken to Venice - brilliant. Jannine makes a blinding buy in the
shape of an MX-5 for £1k and we treat the boat to a new engine.
2013 - Complete lounge/dining room/’library, start on kitchen. Weather is awful.
Again. Sally is 50.
2014 - New kitchen, use boat just the once (July) but the inflatable tender a couple
of times. Find new holiday spot in Skopelos. Jannine leaves Worcester hospital and
starts work at Touchwood, Solihull
2015 - All 4 parents are ill to varying degrees this year. We have to cancel our
annual Greek holiday due to an ill parent, but we do get to go later in the year.
Weather is awful, first year ever that we have not used the boat at all.
2016 - Poppy the Springer passes away, but within a month ‘Autumn’ the rescue Springer
takes up residence.
2017 - no Greek holiday for the first time in decades. Significant work required
to boat engine. My employer becomes ‘Sanofi Pasteur’. Jannine goes back to the NHS
2018 - best summer for years, spend a whole week boating at Aberdyfi. Autumn loves
it. Later this year, Dad is hospitalised and has a major operation. I complete a
course at King’s College - Certificate in Medicines Development. Jannine buys a blue
2019 - another Welsh holiday. Not quite the weather we had last year. Autumn loves
the boat! Maidenhead office closes and work moves to Reading.