The event of the year just has to be Dawn and Jons wedding. Having blossomed into a beautiful woman (must take after her dad!) I guess it was time for her to settle down and she couldnt have chosen a better guy than Jon. The wedding was held on one of the most perfect days of the year, in one of the most beautiful places in the UK - Grasmere in the Lake District. And there wasnt a dry eye in the place (too many superlatives you betcha!) See more and download the father of the brides speech (what!!) at http://www.gillatt.org/dawnwedding.
Despite the passing of another year the old bones are just about holding together! John was with the Garstang guys at the Ballycotton 10 mile race near Cork in Ireland, finishing in a best time for many a year and did the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge walk (25 miles) in just over 8½ hours. Noelene and a big bunch of lasses (no, NOT a bunch of big lasses), including Claire and Anne, did the Womens Race for Life, we took to doing some local walks together on a Sunday afternoon and Noelene and Alex (suddenly we have grandchildren!) took to the paths as well.
For the 3rd year in a row John stood
in the local elections and (putting a brave spin on things!) did well to get
just over 1,000 of the good people of Lostock and Heaton to vote for him, but
there was no threat of him actually having to scurry off to Bolton Town Hall!
We recently heard Donovans 60s song about Vietnam The War
Drags On and it reminds us very much of the Iraqi débacle. But
well still be working for Ruth, our local MP, when the Rev. Blair calls
to war the campaign. Nationally, the alternatives are just
too awful to contemplate (how about that for commitment!). Repeat 100 times a
day Any Labour government is better than any Tory government"!
Things started moving at Origins Art (www.noelenegillatt.org), not least Noelenes studio to 23 4th Ave (once weve kitted out the garage properly!). Shes had quite a few successful community art projects, including one for Boltons Spirit of Sport for which she worked with a group of local kids to design and make artistic skateboards and a ramp.
Plans to finish off the house by Christmas seem to have gone the way of the wind. After all last years activities weve retrenched a little to say the least. Maybe its only the year in which the Christmas falls thatll have to be adjusted!. Anyway, weve completed the dining and living rooms and one bedroom (almost!). So, when you come to visit you wont have to sleep on an airbed in the attic any more. Only three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a hall, landing and stairs to go! Maybe the end of the decade would be a better target!
|Gabriel or Hamster?||Groom, Father of Bride
& Chief Bridesmaid!
|Skateboard at 130 mph||Patsy!|
Well, it was another pretty sparse year for live music. Scotty dragged us off to see Dream Theater and they were surprisingly good, in a US heavy rock sort of way. But, by far the best was Peter Gabriel for the second year in a row, Still Growing Up. His concert at the Sheffield Arena was, like last years Manchester gig, just amazing and we had front row seats, too. Who knows whatll be on next years musical palette.
Always adventurous, we went whitewater rafting at Bala. Maybe it wasnt the wisest thing for the father of the bride, bridegroom and chief bridesmaid to do two weeks before the wedding (the bridegroom ended up being man overboard!) but it was cold, wet, wild and wonderful. Try it some time (Johnny two Jags did!).
Later in the summer we had a weekend at Silverstone, Jon driving an Audi, Porsche and Ferrari around the Formula 1 track, managing to spin off in the rain. John had a drive around in his favouritest car of all, a Caterham 7. Wow, imagine being on a skateboard at 130 mph!
It was a great party year too. Apart from the best of all, Dawn and Jons do in the Lake District (did I mention that they got wed?!) there was Jimmys 40th in Salisbury, on what I guess was the hottest weekend of the summer and in the spring, sister Helen (the Ab Fab Patsy Stone of the Gillatt family!) reached the age when its impolite to mention the number of years passed; so I wont tell you she was 50! Surprise parties are great especially when, as with Helens it really is a surprise to the recipient! Finally Eve/Heidi had her even more special birthday and it was time for another great celebration and, thanks to Peter from Switzerland, we had just the gift for her. A genuine cow bell from her friends in the valley!
Unfortunately, no holidays this year. Wed planned to go with Trond and Astrid to their ranch (?!) in Spain but Noelenes passport needed renewing and the combined bureaucracy of UK Immigration and S. Africas Home Affairs Depts. reduced the trip to a dream. Well, well be wide awake next year. Whats more, weve already booked a Gillatt invasion of Cornwall at the end of May - so watch out you cider bashers!
Every year the wonderful Coverdales Bistro - wins the coveted John & Noelene award for the best home restaurant in Bolton. And this year it got even better when the dining room was completely refurbished. Its very exclusive; you may not get a table and, in case you dont, heres a picture of the official reopening!
Concert: Still Growing Up Peter Gabriel in Sheffield Place Visited: Whitby Home Restaurant: "Coverdales Bistro" (as always) Outside Restaurant: The Magpie Café, Whitby Event: Dawn & Jon's Wedding Party: Dawn & Jon's Wedding Performance: Father of the Bride's Speech Exhibition: Father of the Bride's Speech Discovery: Noelene likes walking as long as it's not too far, wet, cold or steep! Depressing Event: Dubya wins US election