Richard & Jean – 50 Years

“How did that happen?”

We met at college in 1967, married in 1970 and now it’s 2020 – life is good.

For those friends and relatives whose paths have crossed with ours in the past half century we have put together a gallery of images that if nothing else document our changing hair styles. Maybe some of you will recognise us as we once were.


This web page exploits some clever technology and the layout is different depending on whether or not you are viewing it on a laptop/desktop computer or on a mobile device with a small screen such as a tablet or smartphone.

1971

2020

1971

2020

Richard & Jean – 50 Years

“How did that happen?”

We met at college in 1967, married in 1970 and now it’s 2020 – life is good.

For those friends and relatives whose paths have crossed with ours in the past half century we have put together a gallery of images that if nothing else document our changing hair styles. Maybe some of you will recognise us as we once were.

(*All the images can be enlarged by clicking on them)


This web page exploits some clever technology and the layout is different depending on whether or not you are viewing it on a laptop/desktop computer or on a mobile device with a small screen such as a tablet or smartphone.

Early Times

Not many photographs survive from our early years – photography was primitive and expensive. These few are from the 1967-1970 period and none of them feature R who was usually behind the camera. J is more appealing to look at anyway.

Early Times

Not many photographs survive from our early years – photography was primitive and expensive. These few are from the 1967-1970 period and none of them feature R who was usually behind the camera. J is more appealing to look at anyway.

The 1970s

This decade began in Beckenham, a south London suburb, before we decamped for new jobs near Huntingdon. For a couple of years we rented an old cottage way, way out in the agricultural fields outside Little Stukely and then for the huge (at the time) price of £9000 we bought a modern semi-detached in the village of Alconbury Weston.

Note: We don’t have accurate dates for a lot of these so they are simply categorised by their decade.

10 October 1970

Lake District

Cats #1 and 2

Beside the cottage in the fields – ?1972

Walking on the South Downs

The 1970s

This decade started with us living in Beckenham, a south London suburb, before we decamped for new jobs near Huntingdon. For a couple of years we rented an old cottage way, way out in the agricultural fields outside Little Stukely and then for the huge (at the time) price of £9000 we bought a modern semi-detached in the village of Alconbury Weston.

Note: We don’t have accurate dates for a lot of these so they are simply categorised by their decade.

The 1980s

We “upgraded” to a Victorian house in Godmanchester and got involved with Morris Dancing and folk music.

Agues-Morte

The Fool

Shetland

Skye

Ben Nevis

The 1980s

We “upgraded” to a Victorian house in Godmanchester and got involved with Morris Dancing and folk music.

The 1990s

This decade we moved to a bungalow with a very large garden outside the village of Offord Cluny, ran the village garden club, took up bee-keeping, continued to morris dance, started a tradition of annual fishing and walking holidays in Scotland with old friend Tony and Janet and busily worked on our career development.

In 1998 we emigrated to Montreal in Canada after a job offer we couldn’t afford to miss – looking back we don ‘t know if we would have the nerve to do it today – huge leap into the dark – but it was the best decision of our lives … apart from the getting married thing, of course 🙂  No regrets.

First Canadian Christmas Cake

The 1990s

This decade we moved to a bungalow with a very large garden outside the village of Offord Cluny, ran the village garden club, took up bee-keeping, continued to morris dance, started a tradition of annual fishing and walking holidays in Scotland with old friend Tony and Janet and busily worked on our career development.

In 1998 we emigrated to Montreal in Canada after a job offer we couldn’t afford to miss – looking back we don ‘t know if we would have the nerve to do it today – huge leap into the dark – but it was the best decision of our lives … apart from the getting married thing, of course 🙂  No regrets.

2000-2010

The first full decade in Quebec, learning our way around, improving our French (still a work in progress), exploring our new country and visitng friends and family back in England. All very exciting. New job with huge new challenges. More cats.

2000-2010

The first full decade in Quebec, learning our way around, improving our French (still a work in progress), exploring our new country and visitng friends and family back in England. All very exciting. New job with huge new challenges. More cats.

2011 – 2020

The last decade – included retirement in 2013 and the ability to make our own timetables and be our own bosses once and for all. It’s a cliché but really, life is good and we have achieved 50 years of it together.

2011 – 2020

The last decade – included retirement in 2013 and the ability to make our own timetables and be our own bosses once and for all. It’s a cliché but really, life is good and we have achieved 50 years of it together.

10 October 2020

We got there. A glorious day starting in the arboretum under golden light and golden leaves and ending with a meal delivered to the door by Le Surcouf, our favourite restaurant (no eating out allowed due to C-19 restrictions).

10 October 2020

We got there. A glorious day starting in the arboretum under golden light and golden leaves and ending with a meal delivered to the door by Le Surcouf, our favourite restaurant (no eating out allowed due to C-19 restrictions).

But when all is said and done …