July So Far
19 July 2014
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July has been quite an eventful month already.
4 July: our first grandchild was born. Annabel Lucia came into this world at 2.30 am – she must have wanted to make sure that there would be fireworks and celebrations all over the US to mark the day. She is, of course, gorgeous – all the parts are where they should be, good weight, Mum and Dad are fine, and we got to hold her just 12 hours later. What a feeling. We called it The Grand Arrival.
5 July: the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Nearly as hotly anticipated as the Grand Arrival. We were booked up as of last year, so a busy time (instead of breakfast, we gave the guests a breakfast & lunch to go, as they all left the house between 5 and 6 am). David was one of the Tour Makers – the army of volunteers who assisted on the course and made it all happen. He was stationed in Buckden in the Dales and had a grand day.
6 July: second day of the Grand Départ. We cycled out to a spot along the route near Whixley and watched the Tour go by. Hundreds of people even on this remote stretch of country road – and nearer the major intersections there were thousands. Great atmosphere.
The whole Yorkshire Grand Départ was so well organised and executed – it made us all proud to be Yorkshire Folk. And the good news for any cyclists who may be considering visiting us: the route of the Tour is not far from us (David and his friends cycled the first day’s route in June), and as it is a circular route, it has the advantage that you don’t need to arrange for drivers. So… worth considering. If you want more information, please contact us.
13 July: Open Garden. This was a village event, with 11 gardens open on the day. As it happens, David was the driving force behind it under the auspices of Boston in Bloom – the volunteers who make the flower baskets all along the High Street happen every year. The weather was kind to us, and all the hard work getting the garden ready paid off; we had nearly 500 visitors to our garden, over 600 visitors in total, and a whopping £4,000 was raised. Well done, David.
16 July: A bit of a scare, with David taken ill and off to hospital in an ambulance. He is OK, was home again on the evening of the 18th. Poppy (our greyhound) was very pleased to have her pack back under one roof. He needs to rest now and take it easy, and I am prepared to thump him on the head to make sure he does.
19 July: Storm clouds brewing, but the garden will be happy to have some rain.