"Holmelee", is the name we gave to our home, when we moved here in April 2004. The name is derived from our two surnames (Holmes and Lee). Sadly, Alison passed away in December 2021, however, her name lives on in our house name and in our hearts.
The word "Holme", comes from the Old English and Old Norse words for a 'small island or low lying land by a river', e.g. as in 'Holme Pierrepont'. Incidentally, 'Pierrepont' is French for 'Stone Bridge'... The family came over with William the Conqueror in 1066 and settled in Nottinghamshire in 1280.
And the word "Lee", according to a typical dictionary definition is, 'an area sheltered from the wind'... So, I suppose it's quite an appropriate name, as our home is of course a shelter, and we've lived close to the river Trent for most of our lives (both here in Staffordshire and previously in Nottinghamshire).
We've kept an archive of our Christmas Letters, dating as far back as the millennium.
Between April 2019 and July 2020, we did a major transformation on our kitchen and utility, involving removing a wall and replacing all of the plumbing and wiring.
Edward participated in an international origami exchange this year. As part of the exchange, he was invited to share something origami related and also something from the local area. He decided to take a few photographs of sights around Stone and put them in a gallery.