These are my HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016 in pictures … I can’t possibly put all these images in a printed newletter, so will send this link to friends and family in lieu of a newsletter!

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First .. a picture of the two of us, taken by a friend …

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Then a last look at my favourite view … we had a week in Seaton in February and this is the view from the dining room.

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We had a short stay in Stratford on our way to a conference …

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Then home for a few days before my annual pilgrimage to WEAC, a clergy wives conference …

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Winter lasted long in 2016, this is March 3rd on Dartmoor …

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Also in March, our two church congregations merged into one big happy family … 🙂

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We were almost as happy to get up early, together with other local churches, for a sunrise service on Easter day … almost … !

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Back to Seaton for a few days, and sunset over the marshes where we walk and birdwatch whenever we can …

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In May, we held ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, a prayer event, with the church open to visitors all week …

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One of the blessing of the year is the continued fellowship between the local churches … here are some of the leaders with the Bishop of Plymouth …

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The cats continue to entertain and exasperate us … no photo of Oscar as he is now feral, only calling in for an occasional meal …

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Misty

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My ongoing ‘hobby’ this year has been crochet … this is just one of the many projects I have completed … I am working on several more!

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In June, Mary and I helped with a beach clean, along the Cornish coast …

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It was such a special place, we went back with Tim to explore further – so many birds and a couple of ‘first sightings’ including the Dartford Warbler and a Woodlark on the heathland above the beach.

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In July, the parish hosted two visitors from our link diocese of Thika in Kenya … here with Tim and their hosts …

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We held various events, including a ‘hot potatoes’ question and answer evening, talking about church life in Kenya and Fair Trade amongst other things …

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The higlight of their visit, however, was a trip to the beach!

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Hens come and hens go … sadly a fox took two of our favourite girls this year …

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We’ve been in Plymouth 14 years now, but there are still new places to explore. This is the Scott Memorial at Mount Wise …

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Our final holiday at the bungalow (it has since been sold) included several walks and birdwatching opportunities …

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At home, meanwhile, we had a bumper crop of sunflowers that went on to feed the wild birds throughout the rest of the year … including our new garden visitors, Parakeets.

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The local churches continue to meet together for prayer each month, and for worship four times a year … this was harvest at St Michael’s …

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October saw us on our travels again, as we took Lizzy back to University. We made the most of the opportunity to visit a number of bird reserves: Leighton Moss, Martin Mere and Slimbridge …

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It was a little early in the season, but we saw the first of the migrating geese as they arrived …

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And Crane, both in captivity and in the wild – so exciting!

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Our largest event of the year is always Remembrance, when we gather in the local park at the War Memorial, dedicated to the civilians who lost their lives …

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Ongoing commitments include our monthly coffee mornings and craft days …

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But my highlight of the year is the ongoing joy and growth in our church family, following the merger of the two congregations. Some have struggled, but others have embraced the change with joy, and we celebrated a year of God’s blessing with a confirmation service, at which six of our church family … new and old, young and not so young … made a commitment of faith by being confirmed …

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I’m sure there is so much more I could tell you about … especially perhaps about the girls, for whom next year will see big changes as their courses come to an end … but that will do for now. Thank you for your support and prayer, and God bless you at Christmas and throughout the New Year.

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