1952 – Born at the Shrubbery Maternity Home, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire on August 16th. Lived at Cookshall Farm near West Wycombe. Brother, John born 14 months previously, June 2 1951.

Cookshall Farm, West Wycombe, recent picture by Hugh Mothersole

also in this year Jan 20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone. Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne. Feb 26 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb. Apr 21 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route). Aug 15 9 inches of rain fall creates a 20 ft wave in Lynmouth, England, killing 34. Sep 19 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England. Oct 3 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Island in Australia. Oct 8 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain’s worst peace-time rail crash. Nov 1 “Ivy Mike”, the first thermonuclear weapon to utilize the H-bomb design of Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam, is detonated in the Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean. Nov 4 General Dwight Eisenhower (R) elected 34th president of the USA, beating Adlai Stevenson (D). Dec 4 Killer fogs begin in London, England; “Smog” becomes a word.

1953 –

1954 – Sister, Sylvia born March 18.

Cookshall Farm March 19541955

1955 –


1956 – Moved north when Dad started working for J & T Peters, later A K Sharpe, on Southworth Hall farm, Croft. We lived in one of the farm’s tied cottages, Jaque’s Cottage, Southworth Lane, Croft.



1958 – Started School at Winwick C.o.E. Primary School

1959 –

1960 – Walked from school when bus was tapped in snow drift. Moved to a council house in Winwick village

1961 –

Birthday party at Ilex, John,Robin, Sylvia, John Hughes, Graham and Trevor Moon

Birthday party at Ilex, John,Robin, Sylvia, John Hughes, Graham and Trevor Moon

1962 –

1963 – January, 62/63 the coldest winter on record,

1964 – Sept Started secondary education at Culcheth County Secondary

1968 – Sept left school and started electrical apprenticeship training at UKAEA Risley

1969 – 1st year training (except for time at college) spent at Winfrith site while living at Weymouth, Dorset. Started sailing at this time and had first trip abroad on a cross channel race to Cherbourg, France

1970 – 2nd year, instead of an Outward Bound venture course I opted for a 13 day training cruise on the sail training association’s schooner STS Malcolm Miller which started in June from Weymouth and finished in Portsmouth.

1971 –


Lad’s day out at Sleep Airfield flying display. (I’m 3rd from the left)


1972 – Completed apprenticeship, taken on as an electrician in Risley RD Labs

1975 – September, Norway and Sweden road-trip

Robin 1977

1976 – Sept Attempted an electrical engineering degree at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham

1977 – Lack of effort resulted in failed 1st year, taken on as an electrician by Vickers shipbuilding works, Barrow-in-Furness. Working on HMS Invincible fitting out. Joined works motor club and became interested in rallying. Donington Park re-opened and I became a track marshal, also helping at Oulton Park, Silverstone and Mallory Park

1978 – March Became an electrical design draughtsman at Daresbury Labs

1979 –

1980 -Dec Christmas in Toronto, Canada. 1st Flight,  staying with cousin Barb. Includes visit to Niagara Falls

1981 –

1982 – August, Iceland road-trip

Camp at Geysir Godafoss - The falles of the Gods - 01 Gullfoss - 04 Hofsjokull, viewed from Arskard Strokkur at Geysir - 05 typical river ford in Sprenisander

1983 – Feb Ski Avoriaz, France. Oct Nov California, Arizona and Nevada, USA road trip

1984 – Feb Ski St Anton, Austria. April Ski Soll, Austria

1985 – Feb Ski Flaine, France. April Ski Val d’Isere, France. Sept Llangollen Canal cruise

1986 – Feb Ski Meribel, France. July Aug La Dornac. Dec Ski La Molina, Spain

1987 – Feb Ski Hinterglem, Austria. April La Dornac and Ski Super Lioran, Massif Central. June Le Mans 24hrs. Dec Ski Les 2 Alpes

1988 – Feb Ski Chatel. March Ski Courchevel July La Dornac, France.

1989 – Jan Ski Crans Mantana, Switzerland. Ski Kolsaas Weer, Austria

1990 – Feb Ski Soll, Austria. Oct 27 Mum died, December Ski Verbier, Switzerland

1991 – Feb Ski Breckonridge, Colarado, USA.Untitled-30 June Greece

1992 –


Aug – month long vac in Dordogne Gite for 40th with mixed group of colleagues and friends.

Nov – Start work at the ESRF, Grenoble, France


June – climb Pic d’Etendard with group from ESRF and guide.

July – Canoe down Ardeche gorge.


August – camping at Perpignion





June – work’s holiday on Crete

1995 –

1996 – Nov return from Grenoble and back to Daresbury in Jan

1997 – April married

2000 – Nov Divorced


Feb – Grenoble, Geneva.

April – Norfolk Broads cruise.

Aug – La Dornac.

Sept – Agen, France. Last trip with Steve


Aug – Manchester Ship Canal cruise


25 Nov depart Southampton, East Mediteranean cruise on MV Black Prince. 29th, Mottril Spain. 1st Nov, Syracuse Sicily. 2nd overtaken by the QE2. 4th Cyprus. 5th Alexandria Egypt. 6th Cairo. 8th, Benghazi Libya. 10th, Tripoli. 11th, Malta. 12th Tunis. 14th Gibraltar. 18th Southampton.


Jan Feb – Ski Morzine.

April – Foix, France


Feb –  Ski Morzine.

May – Caledonian Canal, Scotland cruise.

Aug  – Foix, France


Jan 26 – Dad died,

Aug – France, MTB Vercors plateau and Limousin


Feb – Ski Serre Chevalier,

April – Ski Les 2 Alpes,


April/May – New YorkNew York 344, then Barbados, IMG_1360thenRoyal Clipper 296 transatlantic on tall ship Royal Clipper to Malaga, Spain stopping at Ponta Delgardo in the Azores and finishing with a week mountain biking in Alora, Andulucia

Dec – Christmas and New Year arctic cruise in the MS Midnatsol up the coast of Norway

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Jan – Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland.

March – ski Villards de Lans,

Sept – Bulgaria mountain biking

Dec – Lanzerote


Feb – Ski Alpe d’Huez staying at Allemond.

April – VR from Daresbury Labs followed by retirement in August on 60th birthday.

April May, – Mississippi trip, last week in New Orleans.

Aug – Pembrokeshire, Sam surfing, me biking.

Aug/Sept – Bulgaria mountain biking

Oct – Lindos, Rhodes.

December – Christmas in Grenoble and Albanne, skiing in Les Karellis, staying in a superb cabin



April – Chateauneuf de Galaure, stayed for Easter with Sam at Pascal and Sylvian’s.

July – pony trekking with Sam at Glyn CerriogBronMeillion0099


April – Easter with Sam staying with Paddy then Pascal, skiing and cycling. Ski’d  Alp d’Huez and cycled the Alpe d’Huez climb (stage of the Tour de France)IMG00155-20130406-1458


August - 2 lancs and a vulcan, RAF Waddington

August – 2 lancs and a vulcan, RAF Waddington


2016 –

Tour of Britain, North Cheshire stage, Mobberley

September Tour of Britain, North Cheshire stage, Mobberley

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April Grizedale

April Grizdale forest camping    2018


Jan  1st – Debbie                                                                                                         – July 9th – Manic Street Preachers at Llanfest, 2017 International Eisteddfod, Llangollen


Jan 9th to 19th – Grenoble

July 21 – Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome


July 22 – Visit to Bletchley Park




Jan 1st, New Year in the Hand at Llanarmon019

Feb 2nd to 13th Norwegian Coastal Cruise with Deb, Chris and Jan on the MS Kong Harald                                                          Day 07 082 Kirkenes

June 1-4, Trip to Duxford, Shuttleworth and Ely, Hotel in Newmarket007018097193208


August 18th Tour de Mons, Anglesey

4k out 6k from home 9k out finish (2)  Rory's Mount Startline Trearddur bay (2) Trearddur bay

13-20 Sept – Bike Bulgaria, last trip with Ian, he’s marrying and retiringIMG_9827

19-20 Oct – Weekend in Red Warf  Bay to close caravan for the winter20191026_152411