A funny old week just gone. I went up north with my son Peter to Preston for my brother-in-law’s funeral. It was of course a sad occasion because he was much loved by us all but it jollied up afterwards as happens at the wake. It’s always good to catch up with family matters and it reminds me of the importance of family in our lives which is why I write about it. That family link is such a strong bond, there through all the ups and downs. The following day it was the Ashes cricket 1st test for us at Cardiff.  We were sitting amongst a lot of Aussie fans but it was all good natured banter in the sunshine.  A week therefore of mixed emotions.