In August this year Colin & Elizabeth celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary with a party in the Waldegrave Room of St Mary's University. It was a perfect day with lovely weather, excellent food and good company. The only downside was that we could not invite everyone we wanted to invite.
In March, Colin & Elizabeth went on holiday to Sri Lanka. The hotels were amazingly varied including a modern lakeside eco-hotel, one based in an old tea plantation bungalow and another in a seaside mansion.
Everyone enjoyed our August holiday in France last year so much that they wanted to go back to the same house. As last year, we were joined for one week by Ruth Helen, Sony and family from Toulouse. The journey south to the holiday house was a lot smoother than last year because Colin & Elizabeth had finally traded in their old Rover (which broke down on the trip last year) and replaced it with a nearly new Skoda Octavia.
On the way south, Colin & Elizabeth took Miriam and JJ to Futuroscope. - a theme park near Poitiers in France which explores many different aspects of film. There are lots of very realistic 3D rides, one of which had us almost believing we were flying over the pyramids with our legs dangling dangerously!
Colin & Elizabeth are still active at Teddington Baptist Church and Colin with the London Baptist Association and the Teddington Society. Elizabeth is still Secretary of Churches Together in Teddington (CTT). In May Colin & Elizabeth organised the local General Election Hustings under the CTT banner and this Christmas they are organising CTT's Christmas Day lunch for people who would otherwise be alone that day. Elizabeth is still making quilts - this year the money she raises is going to React - a charity working to improve the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses.
Colin & Elizabeth have continued walking the tributaries of the Thames but also this year graduated to walking the Thames downstream from Hampton Court.
Having reached Greenwich so far, they plan to carry on downstream as far as they can and may then start walking the North Downs Way.