Colin & Elizabeth completed walking the London Loop (175 miles) - not done in one go(!)
but spread over more than 20 separate day walks. The London Loop is entirely
inside the M25 and mainly through parks, fields and woodland, often alongside
rivers and canals. It was amazing to discover so much countryside in
Colin & Elizabeth are eyeing up completing the Thames Path. Having already walked it from
Hampton Court to Erith, they would like to complete the longer section
from the source to Hampton Court. A challenge for 2020!
Colin & Elizabeth went on a guided tour to Mexico. They started with a visit to the Monarch
butterfly sanctuary which is as amazing as advertised - Monarch butterflies
swarming everywhere (see photo to the right). It was quite a trek to the butterfly sanctuary but it was made easy by our ride on ponies (see photo to the right). Colin & Elizabeth then moved on to visit the classic Aztec
and Mayan sites and finished with a few days of relaxation in a resort
just south of Cancun.
In August the traditional family holiday in France was resumed after last year's
break due to the Carpenter family sabbatical in Malawi. Everybody came
(including Heather) while Ruth and Sony with their two girls (they live
in Toulouse) made a flying visit. There was swimming, table tennis, places
to visit, and walks in the surrounding countryside. This year's house
(in the south of the Dordogne) was one of the best ever.
On the way to the holiday house,
Colin & Elizabeth went with
Caleb to Puy du Fou, a French theme park. This was their fourth visit spread
over about a dozen years. The historical shows continue to impress with
their scale and ambition.
Puy du Fou seems to have become a family favourite:
Miriam was there on an orchestra tour a week before
Colin & Elizabeth's visit and
Colin's brother, David, also went there in July with his wife Carole and other
members of their family.
Colin & Elizabeth are still active at Teddington Baptist Church.
Elizabeth leads a life group and helps run Busy Bees (a carer's and toddler's group)
Colin looks after the church office and the premises. He still works voluntarily
with the LBA, the Teddington Society and Christian Aid.
Elizabeth remains Secretary of Churches Together in Teddington (CTT) which for
2019 included organising a General Election hustings for the Twickenham
candidates. This year she is making quilts in aid of Shooting Star Chase
- a local children's hospice.