A year ago, today, our first grandchild was born – Alice Primrose Tanham, pictured above with Medi, Matthew and my wife, Bernie.
It was a traumatic birth, with several complications which put Medi through far more than she should have had to cope with. But both new parents emerged beautifully from the event, as you can see from the photo.
Sadly, they are now as far from us as they could be – Australia. In the face of the complete demoralisation of Junior Doctors by the Health Secretary, they decided the only viable use they could make of their considerable skills was to emigrate.
We all miss them terribly. But, at least we live in an age of wonderful technology and have the joys of FaceTime, giving us the ability to sit on our settee and see, and talk to them on the other side of the world.
We live in an uncertain and increasingly unstable world. We can only hope and pray that the young family continue to prosper in their new home. We hope to visit in the new year. It will be our first time in Australia.
I don’t often air personal things on here, but it seems fitting to mark the occasion of Alice’s first birthday.
Here’s a final shot of the three of them, happily settled in their new life.
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