|The Fourth Estate '98|
John and Noelene Gillatt, 23 4th Avenue, Heaton, Bolton, Lancs, BL1 4LU, UK Tel. +44 (0) 1204 843429
The 4th Avenue Gillatts
At long last, after about two years of trying, we moved and its "Lonsdale no more". In February we shifted our goods and chattels to 4th Ave., a distance of only 500m but just as daunting a task as if it had been 500km.
The house has one extra room, now the study come Noelenes studio and a small garden. Oh, and it also needs completely renovating, so "here we go again"!
First step was the kitchen. So, twice over budget and taking three times longer than planned, the new kitchen was officially opened for business by Freddy Fantastic Fingers and Anne in October
|Noelene gets the shakes with a pneumatic drill!||The official opening complete with champagne and silly hats!|
After years of pounding the streets the bodys protesting rather too much these days. I went with the Garstang Running Club to the Ballycotton 10 in the spring and the time of 75 minutes didnt seem too bad, especially after the Murphys the night before and very little training!
But then a succession of twisted ankles and now a knee cartilage to be removed seems to have put an end to the old farts hopes of "just one more marathon".
But you never know...........
Were not the only ones whove moved. Earlier in the year Dawn decided that she was growing too old to take the strain of the nurses home and moved back to Heywood. Claire eventually got her very own flat through the Bolton Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme.
Then Danny moved from the rural delights of Cambridgeshire and is now "the lodger" (he's since found Bolton too exciting and has moved back to oor-aarr land!) whilst Aki has moved from Japan to Bolton for nine months. So the family grows.
The political fight this year may not have been as exciting as last year with all the fun of the General Election but were still playing our part.
Tremendous changes are taking place and whilst some of them might not be to the liking of the more Socialist of us we believe that Tones got us going generally in the right direction
Our MP, Ruth had another good year too, giving birth to baby no. 2 (Sinead) and being appointed as the Agriculture Ministers PPS.
Yes, what style? Just to prove we still have some,
here we are all dressed up for the Dinner Dance at Harrogate recently. And yes, the hair does get thinner year by year! The suit gets tighter too.
Helen, Janet, Mum, John and Rob on one of the few sunny days in Cornwall '98!
Last year it was Malaysia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This year we had a week in a tent in a very wet Cornwall and two weeks at home, rebuilding the kitchen.
Cornwall was great despite the rain, especially as it was the first time in many years when Mum and us four kids (!) had been together in one place.
Robs now living near Cork in Ireland, so the prospects of another reunion soon are some way off. But who can tell?
If musics the food of love then were starving this year!
|The Cambridge Folk Festival is an annual must and is highly recommended, especially as the 98 event was during the only good weekend of the summer. Stars were Taj Mahal, Capercaille, The Blues Band, Natalie McMaster and Eliza Carthy.|
John, Noelene, Andrew and Claire at Cambridge '98
We did have tickets to see the Stones in Edinburgh but Micks had to save his tax money for the divorce settlement so were hoping that, complete with zimmer frames (them, not us!) well see them in 99.
In November folk singer June Tabor was in Manchester and, although shes not exactly a "bundle of fun" shes an excellent and evocative performer.
Lets hope for more sounds next year.
Noelene got through her first year at college with flying colours, getting merits in almost all her subjects. So now shes on the second foundation year, working just as hard as last and getting ready for university entrance in September next. Her latest passion is photography and has been seen lying down on pavements snapping leaves, so sit back and see what develops!
I can now find my way to the Post Office in German (liegt dem Theater gegenuber!) having passed my first German exam and am almost qualified for the GCSE course!
Dawn is in the last month or so of her course and will qualify to practise mental health nursing in February and Claire is doing voluntary work for the PDSA, still hoping to be an archaeologist
Well, there must have been more to 1998 than that. And there was! But I ain't telling, so there!
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