We spent a lovely few days with Di's Dad, sister Norma and Mick and caught up with nephews and their families in Hambleton, near Blackpool. Whilst there we met for the first time our great-nephew Freddie and great-niece Eve - not sure how we feel about being Great Aunt and Great Uncle (makes us feel only slightly old!) but it was a joy to meet the new members of the family.
|Signs of Spring - Crocuses in the Poulton le Fylde churchyard|
|Di and her Dad|
|The G.A/U.'s with Eve|
|Nephew Gary at work in his studio|
Whilst in Scotland we saw Graham's sister Hilary and her husband Phil. Hilary's another hugely talented artist and does wonderful portraits of pets; if you're short of a present idea have a look HERE
From Scotland we drove east to County Durham, with a tourist stop at the very good Roman Army Museum on Hadrian's Wall, to stay with Simon and Julie in Hamsterley. Simon was in the same graduate intake as Graham in his first job with Northern Foods and, like us, is following his dream. He's always wanted to make cheese so has now set up The Weardale Cheese Company (you heard of it here first, folks); if his enthusiasm is anything to go by, it'll be the great success that he deserves.
|Proud man and his pasteuriser (on a non-production day so no white coat and hat)|
|Cheese maker and glamourous assistant - you decide which is which!|
|We'll be back in warm NZ soon!!|
|The Pump House, Dimple Lane|