Christmas Letter 2018

Hi Everyone 2018 has been another excellent year!
I've been travelling again!
In February and March I travelled to the Galapagos with Meg - What an amazing experience, it's a truly magical place that exceeds all expectations. My photos are online. Galapagos




I took the Camper Van to the Netherlands for the first time in April to see Emma and Jan and stayed in the garden of their amazing new house.


I rode the Night May for Women vs Cancer thank you all for your donations I'm cycling around Edinburgh in 2019 for this amazing charity Sponsor me 


I finished riding the night at 7am and then set off for a brilliant cycling holiday in Puglia. 

I had great fun at some festivals Bearded Theory and Rock and bike were great fun and watching Lindisfarne live was a real step back to memory lane!

In June Meg and I went down to Penzance and met up with Val who we met in the Galapagos the highlight of the week was the Minack Theatre

Sadly I lost Minnie at the end of June she was 181/2 and a grand old girl! 


I had a fantastic 2 weeks in the Azores in August it's an amazing place with great walking and brilliant whale watching.

I September and October I had the most amazing holiday cycling in Japan! My Photos are on the web Japan 2018
I cycled the Shimanami Kaido, Survived 2 Typhoons and had a brilliant time cycling the Noto Peninsula. I even managed to be interviewed on Japanese TV!



In November it was Dad's 90th Birthday we had a lovely meal with his 3 sisters. Mum and dad are both well and many of you will follow dad's daily Facebook updates from Deddington.


I'm currently having great fun in Panto I'm playing Sunbeam the ageing hippy in the Snow Queen.



Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019! 

Hi Everyone 2017 has been an excellent year.

This year has been a catch up year and I've been travelling! 
In February I spent 4 weeks in Japan - it was amazing although I'd been many times before for work this was my first holiday. I spent 2 weeks on a tour and then 2 weeks travelling around and even managed to catch up with old friends in Toyota City and have a retirement party.
In April I spent a lovely girly week with Emma in Tenerife.


May was Portugal Cycling and walking and sunbathing!!!. 
At the end of May I cycled 100km around London and raised an amazing £1162 for Women vs Cancer Ride the night - Thank you all for your support. I'm riding again next year click here if you would like to sponsor me Sponsor Siân 

In June I went sailing again to Greece with Solos.

In July I went on a challenging cycling holiday cycling over the Corbiere Hills without any battery assistance! It was brilliant and lovely to meet up with Andrew again.Cycle the Cathar Castles
 
At the end of July I flew to Corfu to crew a yacht and got my RYA Competent Crew It was an amazing week sailing 263 Nautical Miles with Zephyr Sailing.

September was busy! I cycled in the Dolomites and went to Venice came home for a day and went to Crete, visiting Spinalonga and the Palace of Malia. 

In October I went back to Corfu and had another great week sailing and qualifying as a Day Skipper.






Mum and dad are both well - Dad has quite a following with his daily Facebook posts from Deddington.

Minnie and Gnasher are both happy though they are getting on a bit now they'll be 18 next March!

I'm fine I've just had my 2 year mammogram which was clear. I don't know how I managed to fit in work before I retired! 
I'm busy with The Village Hall, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Mickleover Players.
I'm currently playing the Burgomeister in The Pied Piper and loving every minute of it!





Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018! 



If you missed the sponsorship opportunity it's


www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sian-Davies46








Hi Everyone I didn't write a Christmas letter in 2016 - It wasn't such a good year however 2017 is looking good!
October 2015 - Breast Cancer
November 2015 - Retired
January 2016 Chemo  
July 2016 Finished radiotherapy
I met some wonderful people on my journey and had some really positive experiences!

I travelled to the Netherlands to see Emma, Jan, Junior, Janne-Fleur and Paris-Belle. I had a great time sailing in Greece and a brilliant 2 weeks in the Seychelles



Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015!

Hi Everyone its been another busy year



At Easter Mum Dad and I spent a lovely week in the Netherlands with Emma and her family it was great to show mum and dad this lovely part of the world.





At the beginning of May I went on a cycling holiday to Cappadocia in Turkey! It was great my favourite bit was the early morning balloon ride!


I went to the Loire Vally in August. We travelled by train, drank champagne and found refreshment in the vineyards! I'm going back next year to do it all again!





Following the cycling theme - in September I cycled along the Canal de la Garonne on a gourmet cycling tour with friends Jayne, Meg and Fiona. We cycled 325km and sampled the most amazing food and wine!
 I had a hysterectomy in September so had to have a few months off work but am starting the journey back to fitness and will be cycling again in the new year!

My target is to be fit again by the end of May when I'll be cycling 100km around London for my choosen charity Women vs Cancer. Women-V-Cancer-Ride-the-Night-2015


https://www.justgiving.com/SianDavies11 Please make a donation to my just giving page!

I'm going to spend some time with mum and dad this Christmas they are both well. Minnie and Gnasher will be cuddled too!

Thank you all for your cards and news I do enjoy catching up with what's going on. I've sent more emails than cards this year - I'm donating the money to my ride the night fund rather than the post office!

Sian xx





Last year in case you missed it 2013

Early in the year I spent a lovely week in the Netherlands with Ema and Jan Junior Curt, Janne Fleur and Paris Belle. We had great fun hunting for Easter eggs and playing on the beach!


I had a great time at the Bearded Theory festival at Keddleston Hall and at the Beverley Folk festival in June.





Havana
In August I spent two weeks in Cuba Oh what a lovely holiday - I loved it! Cuba is a bustling and vibrant country my favourites were Mojitos in the Hotel National, Havana Old Town, and Trinidad - all of it!






I sampled a lot of Mojitos and as a result of my extensive research I can definitely say the best Mojitos in Cuba are served in the Garden Bar of the Hotel National overlooking the Malecon!


I swam in the rivers and danced to the music! 


The old cars were amazing click on the slide show to the right to see more photos.


In September I cycled along the Canal du Midi it was a fantastic holiday a brilliant combination of exercise (224Km) , wonderful scenery, good friends and the most amazing food and wine!


I loved the amazing locks and we watched the grapes being picked and sampled the wine! 


 I even managed to cycle up into the mountains to see the castles of Las Tours







I'm going to spend some time with mum and dad over Christmas , they are both well. 
Minnie and Gnasher are fine too 

Thank you for all your cards and news I do enjoy catching up with what’s going on.
I've sent more email than cards this year I've donated some money to Macmillan instead of the post office!!!



My main charity activity for next year is a bit of a mad cycle ride!
Please sponsor me if you can spare a few pounds 

I will be cycling 100Km through the night around London for 

Women vs Cancer to sponsor me please click on the link


http://www.justgiving.com/Sian-Davies15





Keep in touch love Siân x






This is 2012 in case you haven't seen it

I've signed up for the Cancer Research UK Dryathlon! No Alcohol for the Whole of January! Now that's a Challenge!


Well it's the 1st December and I'm writing my Christmas letter!
I'm currently in Panto we're Performing Beauty and The Beast - I have a small role playing Madame La Folle - The owner of the lunatic asylum!


It's been a busy year - 
I went to the Maldives in February - a wonderful escape to the sun and turquoise sea!

I moved departments at work and have been making a new car.

In March and April I spent 7 weeks in Japan as well as work I did some traveling and finally managed to see the Snow Monkeys in Nagano.


I visited Kobe and Hiroshima too - The Cherry Blossom at Miyajima was amazing.

I travelled to Guyana in August - it was an amazing experience the pictures are on the right - I did have a number of "get me out of here" moments and probably won't do another holiday which spends 14 days in primary rain forest! The highlight was the Keiteur Falls an amazing waterfall often deemed number 2 in the world!

The rest of the year has been busy at work with the launch of the new Toyota Auris.
 Mum and dad are well I'm spending some time with them at Christmas.

Minnie and Gnasher have forgiven me for abandoning them for 7 weeks whilst I was in Japan - I have some amazing friends who organised their own rota to look after them!


Thank you for all your cards and news I do enjoy catching up with what’s going on.
I'm not sending as many cards this year I've donated the money to Macmillan instead of the post office!!!

Keep in touch love Siân x

web page:  www.siandavies.co.uk  

find me on facebook.

This is 2011 in case you missed it!

The 50+ celebrations continued in February with a "Red or Dead" party at my house - Any excuse to dress up as a pirate! 


I March i went skiing to Morzine in France it was a lovely week up in the mountains however not uneventful - I managed to tear my calf muscle nearly in half so spent the next few months working hard to fix it!


In May I took the trike to the Nabd Rally which was great fun. 

I went to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia in August which was amazing. I spent 3 days on a House Boat in the Okavango Delta, 2 days at Victoria falls and the seven days wild camping in the bush! Hi lights include White Rhino in Zambia, Leopard, and a pack of wild dogs - photos are to the right - click on the to see a slide show.

September was busy at work - I spent 6 weeks working a our French factory in Valenciennes helping them with the new Yaris launch - the food was excellent, speaking french was fun but I did miss the cats!
Minnie and Gnasher are fine - sadly we lost Scraggly cat in January he was a very old boy.
Mum and Dad are fine and have been up to Derby regularly. Mum celebrated her 80th Birthday in October!

I had a 50 plus one party in November more lanterns and lots of dancing til 3am!

And now to sort out the rest of the Christmas shopping and write the Christmas cards!!!!!

Thank you for all your cards and news I do enjoy catching up with what’s going on.
Keep in touch love Siân x

web page:  www.siandavies.co.uk  

find me on facebook.

Oh and I'm off to Guyana for my next big Holiday.

2010 in case you missed it!

This year has been a lot of fun – I’ve been suffering from “I’m nearly 50 fever” and using it as an excuse to do things I might not normally do! 

I bought a Trike!  It’s fantastic fun and an excuse to wear black and pink leather!!
Mum and Dad
Mum and Dad are loving living in Deddington just around the corner from Anne, Tony, Phoebe and Francesca. Mum’s still being kept busy catering for the grandchildren and their friends who pop in for food – Dad’s online! They had a great cruise to the Caribbean this year.

Travels
I went to Oman at Easter a lovely week of relaxation, snorkelling and sleeping under the stars.  

In August I went to Brazil – wow what and amazing vibrant place – Rio, Iguassu, The Pantanal, The Amazon and Salvador – I loved it!!!! I travelled with Explore and met a fantastic bunch of people. Click on the photos to the right to see more pictures

My 50th Birthday in November was great fun – I had a party and we let off 60 Chinese lanterns which was amazing!

Then I went to the Maldives for a week and swam with Manta Rays!! More pictures to the right!
Fund Raising Many of you have helped with my fund raising – my chosen charity this year has been British Heart Foundation following the loss of two very dear friends. 
In 2011 I’m going to raise £191 (or more) for MacMillan Nurses– not decided how yet so watch my blog!

Other bits of news
I loved being "Best Man" at Emma and Jan's wedding this Summer it was a wonderful day!

I’ve just finished playing Queen Lovey Dovey in Cinderella (Prince Charming’s mum)Minnie and Gnasher are well, Scraggly Cat is definitely on his 9th life at 19 years old - he’s very thin and scraggly but while he’s still demanding chicken and stealing it from the worktop I’ll keep him going with treats and love!


Thank you for all your cards and news I do enjoy catching up with what’s going on.
Keep in touch love Siân x
web page:  www.siandavies.co.uk  

find me on facebook.


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