Colin and Elizabeth
Colin is still President of a European organisation called Eurisy which works to ensure that space applications are properly applied to down to earth needs. This takes him back to Paris (and other major European cities) for various meetings and conferences. Sometimes Elizabeth has managed to accompany Colin on his trips. That means she has to explore places by herself while Colin is chairing the odd meeting or two. Elizabeth has also got into various receptions and dinners including one at the former Intourist hotel in Tallin (Estonia) - rumoured to have had every room and closet bugged during construction.
As last year, the whole family rented a house in France for two weeks in August. The party included all our children and grandchildren, plus Richard's mother (Rose) and Elizabeth's sister (Heather). Our friends, Donald and Joy Bell, joined us for the holiday, occupying the spare room! Once again this year we were in the same village as Richard and Rachel's house.
Elizabeth is now teaching a few hours a week at the school from which she retired in 2006. It's a job-share with another semi-retired teacher so we have still managed to make a number of holiday trips together including New Zealand (Feb), Barcelona (April), North Wales (July), France (August), Estonia (Sept), Turkey (Oct), and India (Dec). The NZ trip was the longest and best of these with the renewal of friendship and family relationships - we spent time with Colin's Auntie Audrey who has lived in NZ for many years. We also stayed with some church friends now resident in NZ - Ian and Janene Chapman in South Island and Wayne and Liz Eichler in North Island.
We are still managing to maintain Monday as our day together and keeping a steady string of holidays and trips in the forward diary. We will be spending Christmas 2007 in India with Elizabeth's sister, Heather. In the spring of 2008 we will be visiting Japan.
When our youth pastor left in early summer, Colin took on responsibility for running the church's holiday club (The BIG Top) for over 120 children with 75 volunteer staff. This year he added to his voluntary portfolio the administration of Baptist Union grants to London churches for the London Baptist Association (LBA).
Elizabeth has continued to be on the leadership team at church with responsibility for the buildings among other tasks. This is very rewarding because we are now seeing the church buildings being used almost every day for community activities.