In March we visited the A Rocha France centre, Les Courmettes, for the final session with our environmental science Cross Currents IFES group. The group had lasted much longer than we had anticipated, and it was sad to see it end. We are now working with our friends from IFES on what happens next. Before our meeting we were able the stay with Chris and Alison Walley. Martin has known Chris since university days in Swansea (a long time ago!), and it was good to catch up.
With the easing on travel restrictions, visitors have started to return once more! So we had Justus and Femke from the Netherlands; Martin’s nephew, David, and Danae from the States; Margot’s sister Karen and John from Somerset; Pam & Jan from US/Wales; Ben from A Rocha International, and most recently, Adrian from Romania concerning our IFES work. It was wonderful to be able to welcome Margot’s extended family for a lovely summer “do” in July.
Martin’s plant silica work continues to blossom. This year this included finishing off a special issue for the journal Plant and Soil, a visit to Brussels to work with archaeologist friends, and examining two doctoral theses. Still teaching at both universities in Oxford….
When we spotted bargain tickets for a match at Villa Park on 15 Dec – we did not realise it would be -2C