In March, Colin & Elizabeth went to Tenerife for a wet week (the less said about the weather the better).
At least it gave them lots of time to practice their swimming in the hotel's indoor pool!
Eli Job Rose
In late July, Colin & Elizabeth visited Ypres in Belgium where Elizabeth's maternal grandfather (Eli Job Rose) died in WW1.
His name is on the Menin Gate in Ypres as one of the 54,389 who died in battle in the first half of August 1917 and whose bodies were never identified.
Until this year, all they knew was that he died on 4 August 1917 in the front line somewhere in Flanders.
But combining original 1917 trench maps with his Battalion's diary for July-August 1917 enabled Colin & Elizabeth to find and walk the fields where he served and died. They also found his name on the Menin Gate (see picture at right of Elizabeth underneath his carved name).
All the family came to France for the August holiday this year.
Heather, Robert & Gwyneth Carpenter (James' parents) and Donald & Joy Bell (church friends) also joined the family holiday.
We rented a lovely pair of houses south of Nantes with a big swimming pool and extensive wooded grounds.
Caleb (7 this year) got on really well with the owners who lived on site.
Each night they set a movement triggered video camera in the woods.
One night they filmed a spotted genet (see picture) - this was the northern end of its known range.
Church and Other Interests
Colin & Elizabeth are still active at Teddington Baptist Church. Colin manages the church premises and its computer network as well as preaching occasionally, Elizabeth helps with children's work and leads worship occasionally.
Colin also administers a London Baptist Association (LBA) scheme which funds mission activity by member churches.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the LBA - Colin contributed a chapter to a 150th anniversary book.
Colin is working with the Teddington Society on three Teddington web projects: an Online WW1 War Memorial; a Directory of Buildings of Townscape Merit; and the 1841-1901 Census for Teddington.
Colin retired in June from chairing Eurisy after nine years. This means less varied travel (and fewer Paris trips) but gives him more time for other interests.
Elizabeth is still making quilts for Project Linus.
She is also organising visits for a church social group as well as running a monthly book reading club.