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Friday
Apr282006

End of the era

Having spent years giving us palpitations about unfinished work (especially coursework) Ben completed his work on time and in a way which made us very proud of him.  He went up to London to hand in his final essays and that was that!  I am hoping that all things being equal that he will graduate this summer and that we shall be able to attend his graduation ceremony in September.

Tom has spent the day preparing for his Nitrox course and Dry Suit course which he is doing tomorrow at Fathom and Blues Diving School in Portland.  Dick has enjoyed helping him through the knowledge and between them they seem to have assembled enough kit to send a small navy of divers out to sea!  We are leaving early tomorrow to try and beat the Bank Holiday traffic and get Tom to Portland by 10 am.  Then we shall gently meander home, stopping for a pub lunch if necessary.

We had a lovely evening with our friends Sue and Dave who came to see what The Alien was like and we spent the evening watching a DVD called Deep Blue  - a documentary about the world underwater.  The plasma screen made it totally fabulous and we all enjoyed it very much.

Dick had a visitor today who rode on his bike from Cowplain to Colden Common!  Tony Newing is training for a bike ride from Lands End to John O'Groates to raise money for charity and we provided a 60 km round trip for him.  I am in awe.  He is also a semi-retired chap so is keeping incredibly fit.  Well done to him! A lovely bottle of whisky arrived from a distillery in Scotland and our friend Jim Knox is responsible.  Dick was very touched and I notice that the seal is already broken and a snifter taken.  Many thanks to you both for making his day.

Reader Comments (7)

Well done Ben, you will need a new hat then Sally. Good luck with the traffic Sally
Saturday, April 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDelyth
Glad to hear things are going well, I love reading your blog and catching up. Take care xx
Saturday, April 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterButterbee (Sarah)
Pleased to hear that Ben has completed his coursework and handed it in.Hope Tom enjoys the diving course and that Dick continues to enjoy his visitors especially the ones who arrive bearing whisky!Love, Beverley
Saturday, April 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBeverley
hi sally and diick sorry its been a couple of days since we last spoke but my life has been hectic with a trade day at work and all that goes with that glad both the boys are doing fine and of course not forgetting the ALIEN !!!! mmm sounds nice. i will try to get up to see you do i need a passport to visit you i live in waterlooville? oh dear im rambling agian take care have a lovely weekend see you soon.

best wishes as ever

mark williamson
Saturday, April 29, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermark williamson
I remember taking the advanced nitrox course with 3 other very seasoned divers(guess who got the highest mark!!!)If I could sommon up the energy I'd quite fancy starting it up again. Hope you have a lovely day. luv and hugs jo xx
Saturday, April 29, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjo chapman
So glad the "alien" is starting to show its benefits......and well done Ben for finishing your coursework and Tom, hope the course is successful......enjoy your day, much love all round xx
Saturday, April 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJules
Good luck to Ben Sally.
Wonder if i can persuade DH to get an alien??
Monday, May 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCath

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