Merry Christmas everyone, Vivien and I are in a house called Thurlibeer near Bude, Devon with Vivien's mum, Beth and Tom & children, Susan and Paul & Ben.
Our church youth group host a what is called locally a "coffee house" each year. Think of it as a bit like a concert party. We all go to the community/village hall and take whatever form of entertainment we can do and a desert. We spend the evening sharing and eating the deserts, and entertaining each other. Entertainers age from 10 to 90 . Anybody who can manage to recite a monologue or play enough chords on a guitar to sing gets on the stage. We clap for everybody either because they done well or because they need encouragement.
I am 2yrs and 1 month old, in sax playing time. So here is a link to me playing a jazz version of Summertime from the opera Porgy and Bess by Gershwin.
There's an interesting mapping project that I've recently discovered called What3Words
They have mapped the whole surface of the earth in 3m squares. Each square is described by a unique combination of three words.
Kanche's kennel is appropriately at:
(My office is at http://w3w.co/grader.orphan.slogans)
At the end of June I was working in Port aux Basques and Vivien was in St Anthony, we managed to synchronise both our work and that of our friends John and Irma Moores to arrange a kayaking holiday in Burgeo on the South coast of Newfoundland.
Some of you will remember John Coombs.
He's been around a while in Search Dogs in the Peak District and we lived 3 miles from him when I was training Namche.
He's been given a well deserved award.
Here is link to my latest recording, a jazz ballad called My Romance.
We managed to get all moved last week with the help of a small army of helpers - friends from here in Te Anau. Made us realise what a great community we live in - people we know, but don't really count as close friends, all pitching in to help in some way.
Gethin came over from Dunedin and was a huge help.
The new house is a bit smaller than the old one, with no garage (well, it does have a garage that has the steel framing up, but nothing else!) Storing all our "Stuff" is a bit of an issue.