For many of us, 2020 has not been the best of years. We had to say a heartfelt farewell to my Mother. She passed away peacefully on 17th January with Nimmi, Melissa and me at her bedside.  We are continuing to look after her lovely garden but not quite to her standards. She had an amazing 93 years living life to the full.  I am so grateful she left us with so many happy memories for us to cherish. 

Nimmi’s brother Anta died in December 2019 from pneumonia and the other brother Rohan in August 2020 after a few years battle against cancer. We had spent happy times and holidays together in the recent years with both.

With COVID-19 and lockdown’s there is not so much to talk about this year.

At work

I am now in my second year at Access Self Storage and enjoying the mix of digital marketing and managing key business projects. I’m loving the flexibility of working from home. I do miss the office banter, but not the commuting to London.

Nimmi is working hard as ever with No.1 Lounges with various accounting responsibilities. She spends her Mondays with her grandson Noah who’s 3-year-old vocabulary is amazing. 

With my camera

My main camera took a rest this year, but my pocket camera and iPhone had plenty of work for family events and days out. I also rekindled my iMovie video editing skills as Nimmi gives Italian and Sri Lankan cooking lessons for her Facebook friends of Sritalian Cucina.


With travel restrictions our August family holiday, organised by Melissa, was in the Cotswold’s staying in Fairford. Weather was good and we enjoyed local pub food, exploring villages, visiting nature reserves, farms, and a couple of long walks. Most of my travelling this year is around the woods and parks with Snoopy who celebrated his 10th birthday this year.

What's On My Mind

Be grateful and treasure the precious minutes you have with your family, friends and loved ones. For those departed reflect on happy memories and time spent together. Have no regrets or sulk over missed opportunities.

Hoping that 2021 will be a much better year and re-open safe opportunities to meet one another and enjoy this lovely planet we live in. 

Wishing you Seasonal Greetings, Happy New Year and good health to you, your family and friends. 

John, Nimmi & Snoopy

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