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Review of 2006

We have had an unusual year. Gillian's planned gap year has extended to encompass the conclusion of several local voluntary projects and she has undertaken some very part-time consultancy work. Martin is still working at Sheffield Hallam University, taking an increasing leadership role in the development of his subject. We have become even more active in village life this year, enjoying the many events and social gatherings. Gillian has enjoyed helping with village projects including writing the village website, developing a Directory of local activities and services, and giving one-to-one introductory Internet tuition to older women of the village.

We went skiing in January, and there was also plenty of snow in the Peak District in February and March. Gillian celebrated her fiftieth birthday in May, and we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary in July. Our summer holidays saw us back in Chamonix, where the mountain scenery is among the most spectacular we have ever seen.

This has been the Year of the Wild Orchid, and wild flowers in general. Gillian became involved in wild flower surveys for the Peak Park and the village, and Martin enjoyed photographing the impressive displays of wild orchids that Gillian found through her surveys.

We have enjoyed seeing beautiful scenery when walking. The highlights of the year were probably a nine mile walk along the Monsal Trail and a walk of similar length in the mist near Slaidburn with Hucklow villagers.

Martin's enthusiasm for trains is undimmed, as those of you who have visited Windmill Cottage will know. On his birthday, we had a very scenic day out on the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernafon to the foot of Mount Snowdon.

Photo of cows in the front garden

An unusual year! Cows in the front garden, 24 January 2006.

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