Growing up – where are our bridesmaids now?   Leave a comment

It only seems like yesterday to us but five years have passed since our wedding in June 2009 and in those five years those ‘little girls’ that so enjoyed being our bridesmaids have grown up. All but one have left school this year and this post updates their changing lives.



June 2009 Lytchett Minster churchyard. L-R:  my niece Miriam, Amber and Kara (Margaret’s granddaughters) and my niece Jennifer.



We visited my brother Simon in Derby before going to the Birdfair last weekend. Miriam (L), now 18 ,has left school with three very good A levels and is taking a gap year to work with a Christian community in Watford before going to University next year to study theology.  Jennifer (R) has left school at 16 and will be attending Derby College to study child care and development.

Amber canal barge

Amber has left school at 17 and is now living with Anita and John in Essex. She has been working in a local boatyard and they fixed it for her to help crew a 90ft, three mast schooner that was sailing from Oban to Gloucester then on to Falmouth. Amber arranged the travel by public transport from Essex to Oban via London and Glasgow within a single day, all by herself. The yacht apparently will be used in a Disney  film and she is staying on to work as a film extra.  (photo  by Janis Dreosti)


Janis cartwheel

Janis visited Amber on the yacht last weekend. She was so impressed with her daughter’s progress that she did a handstand on the deck.


Janis Amber

Amber and Janis in Gloucester.


Kara training 6

Kara, 15, does her GCSE exams next June. She continues her Taekwondo activities and has recently been selected to trial for the British Junior Squad. She is making lots of trips to Manchester for intensive training. If she is accepted she will represent the country in future contests and is dreaming of competing in the 2020 Olympics! (photo by Janis Dreosti)

Kara training 5

Kara in training. Kara’s travel  is being sponsored by Wicked Coatings . See her blog (photo by Janis Dreosti)


Kara training 4

I didn’t know joints could bend like that! (photo by Janis Dreosti)


Here is a list of Kara’s competitions with her results

British International Open 13 July 2014 – Silver

British Masters London 9th Nov 2013- Gold

British National Championships 8th Sep 2013 – Bronze

British International Open 2013- Bronze

Capital Cup 12th May 2013- Gold

NTC Nottingham Open – 27th Jan 2013 – Silver

Quest Open – 18th Nov 2012- Gold

Scottish Cup – 4th Nov 4th 2012 – Silver

British National Championships 9th Sep 2012 – Bronze

Posted August 20, 2014 by gryllosblog in Uncategorized

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