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November 2000

All Aboard - Destination Unknown By Virginia Bickel

 This story takes four children: Amanda, Peter, Laura and Jason from New York City to a small town in west Texas and describes good times and bad times as they grow from childhood to adulthood


Virginia Bickel's newest book Come September  has just been released. Order it now!

  In Virginia Bickel?s second book, she turns from historical fiction to mystery. Come September is the story of Daniel Lindsey?s quest to identify the young woman found unconscious in front of his store, and to find out what she was doing on Mesa Street, in El Paso, Texas.  She brings to this genre her skill with character development and dialogue. You won't be disappointed.

Dr. Sarah Barlow





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 England was buffeted by gale force winds and torrential rain on the 29th and 30th of October. Both greenhouses suffered severe, terminal damage  This photograph is of the damage to the larger greenhouse and was taken from the inside on the afternoon of 1st November 2000. The damage doesn't look too bad from this angle, you could be forgiven for believing that it was only some broken glazing. Unfortunately this damaged glass allowed the high winds into the structure, the pressure built up inside and......... 

novemb2.jpg (77460 bytes) ... as you can see on this shot, which was taken on the afternoon of 1st November 2000 this blew out the opposite side of the greenhouse, snapping the main supports and smashing much of the glazing.. This structure is now very unsafe, it moves dangerously at the slightest breathe of wind, and I have had to remove all the plants and store them in outhouses and any other rooms that I can utilize until I can make other arrangements. The weather people are forecasting even more stormy weather over the next few days, so the greenhouses may possibly sustain more damage or even collapse in the coming week. 

If the weather is suitable this weekend I will be calling on my friends and asking them to come and help me begin dismantling the greenhouses before they collapse.

Sadly,  if I'm unable to raise sufficient finance to replace the old greenhouses this could mean the end of the Fuchsia Mission.

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This shot was taken on the afternoon of Saturday 4th of November. We'd removed all the glass from the roof of the first greenhouse and were ready to begin removing the glazing from the sides. We took great care in doing this because the structure was very unsafe and we didn't want it to fall down and break even more glass.

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This shot was taken on that same afternoon of Saturday 4th of November. We'd now removed all the glass from the sides and dismantled the frame. The timber is now stacked on the garden ready for burning. By chance the 5th of November is Guy Fawkes Night (Guy, with his fellow plotters, tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament) and people across the country light bonfires, burn effigies of Guy Fawkes and have firework displays. So this year I'll make my bonfire with this timber from the greenhouse.

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