Like pretty much everyone else, 2021 was rather different for us. We had two holidays postponed - one in January to Kenya and Tanzania, and one in July to Rwanda. We have our fingers firmly crossed for both in 2022.

We did almost no singing between March 2020 and May 2021, with the exception of a single rehearsal and a recording at Christmas. We rehearsed outdoors for an outdoor performance in July - which was OK except for the rain in the pre-concert rehearsal. We did a short concert in November, to an audience of about 30 and will perform Christmas carols next week, expecting a similar audience.

The only time we went further from the house than around 10 miles (except for rehearsals/concerts) was a trip to Surrey, to celebrate the life of one of Phil's university friends, who died in March. We took the opportunity to take the Cosworth to give it its annual run-out. A sad but simultaneously joyous occasion.

Panoramic photo of our garden for the Open Gardens


In July our village had an "Open Gardens" event, and we joined in. We were pleasantly surprised at how many people came round, and even more surprised by their reactions when we took them to the back garden. Almost everyone stopped, looked around and went "wow!".

Silk scarf of Grevy's zebra, painted by Mavis

It was a bad year for tomatoes - all our ones grown outside had blight and so essentially had no fruit - we picked about 10kg this year, compared with just under 75kg in 2019.

Mavis has been busy painting silk scarves, mainly of African animals. She sells them locally to friends in Woodbridge, and we have some to take to Kenya to support one of the wildlife charities there.

Phil has continued to work for Citizens Advice, albeit on a rather different basis - he only works from home, answering phone calls and supervising other advisers, as well as handling email enquiries.

That's it. Let's see what next year brings.

Mr & Mrs P E Holmes
11 December 2021

Paddock Hill
Grundisburgh Road
Great Bealings
IP13 6PE