Jean arrived in the evening from the flooded north. After present opening there was a pleasant meal at the Whittle.
Then Boxing Day we were off on retreat to the amazing Old Beams in Devon
After somewhat of a detour we were joined on the Monday by Marion.
Trips to the surrounding countryside took in:
Barnstaple and the Long Bridge
Ilfracombe - home of Damien Hurst's Verity
Torrington and the Leper Fields
Iddesleigh and the War Horse Valley
Bideford and Westward Ho
Finishing with a jaunt along the somewhat damp Tarka Trail that ran alongside Old Beams.
Then back to Gloucester to bring in the New Year with champers,
fireworks and a Hootenanny