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          In the Table of Contents listed on the sidebar the first web page is devoted to this year's family news, followed by observations and reflections on our travels, as viewed through the eyes of a geographer. Finally there are samples of ongoing research interests of mine in South London, North Kent, and South Wales. 
          As well as having been a keen geographer and teacher all my working life, I am a committed Anglican, and a family man who enjoys gardening, travelling, hill walking, and updating this Website.  In my retirement I continue to have a keen practical interest in landscape and photography, local history and archaeology, and geology and ecology. I research and lead Guided Walks, write short articles on local topics, and am increasingly consulted and quoted as 'Dulwich's Effra man'! Margaret manages our family properties and her shares and investment portfolio, and researches our holidays on the Web. The above interests are all reflected on different pages of this website.

2018  Greetings from leafy Dulwich! 

Our family is still growing - in every sense of the word! We have a widening  extended family, the grandchildren are growing fast (five now, ranging from 3 to 16 years), horizons (and waistlines?) are expanding, and Margaret and I are growing ... er, beginning to feel our age!

 
  Margaret & I still enjoy the Brecon Beacons after forty years - nowadays with the younger and wider family
 
 Family matters:    Bel is gearing up for GCSEs at Sydenham High School, Katie has  been fitted with a hearing aid and is now making making very good progress at Eliot Bank Primary School, and both she and Abi adore their little sister, HollyBen's electrical business has taken off; he has put a lot of effort into refurbishing the town house in Forest Hill, and he plays his full part in helping Lizzy juggle her Home Office career with being home-maker and mum.  Andy still successfully leads his OfQual team in Coventry, while retaining close contact with family and friends in London; he and his partner, Sarah Rollason, have now settled into a 3-bedroomed semi near Solihull in the West Midlands, along with Sarah's cat and Andy's spaniel puppy.
        Mary (-Ann) has been officially promoted to Assistant Head
in Lewisham, while Sarah continues to combine a top-level career in accountancy with being a mum to Eddy (supported by his dad Gerald). All five grandchildren live close and see a lot of each other, and now that Eddy's step-sister Grace has become part of the family too, Gerald and Grace spend increasing time with Sarah, Eddy and all our family at Lapsewood Walk and Studd Hill.

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            2018 did not get off to the best of starts for Margaret and me. Our central heating packed up over Christmas and New Year, and we developed a leaky roof that caused damp patches and drips in our dining room and lounge well into January.  This was happening during the busiest Choir season we can remember at St Stephen's, and while I was having to cope with new hearing aids. Thankfully, all those problems had been resolved before the arrival of February's snow - the "Beast from the East". However, Margaret then took some time to shake off a persistent respiratory infection.
In mid-March we visited Andy and Sarah in their new house in Solihull for the first time, while the rest of the family visited Center Parcs in Suffolk: damp but enjoyable weekends resulted:


Andy & Sarah's semi in Olton, nr Solihull; the smart and comfortable interior; the Grand Union Canal is nearby.


 
We walked stretches of the Canal into the modernised City Centre, where some of the famous Staffordshire                                                                                                                                                    Treasure Hoard was on display.

        
       We were then looking forward to two holidays in the Spring: 5 days to Limassol (Cyprus) just before Easter, and a week in Igalo (Montenegro) for my birthday in April:
 
                    Mediterranean Beach Hotel, Limassol                                               Palmon Bay Hotel, Igalo

           Our trip to Limassol (Lemesos to the Cypriots) was a very welcome break after the very poor weather we have had this winter (and which was forecast to continue over the whole of Europe we learned); we had mostly warm, hazy sunshine, some strong winds and cloud, but no rain!                                                                                       Margaret had researched online a series of ancient, classical and religious sites that we might be able to visit from Limassol in the five days we had available, but because we were restricted by available buses and timetables, and some sites and museums were closed on Saturdays and Sundays, we had to prioritise somewhat. However, we managed several very interesting visits via Limassol and Larnaka to which there was good bus access. The Unesco Neolithic village site at Choirokitia near Larnaka on the first day was certainly a highlight:

 
Choirokitia Neolithic village: aerial, as excavated, and as reconstructed using traditional methods & materials
 
So too were the Greek acropolis and agora, and Roman nymphaeum (spa complex) on Amathous Hill; they were dedicated to Aphrodite and Adonis, and within walking distance of our hotel:
 
The main Roman Site from the Greek Acropolis at Amathous, with a huge ceremonial basin, and agora remains
 
  Amathous'  Nymphaeon, springs and main baths, with its ceremonial paved way, and a late Roman bath house

The coup de grace, however, was the Roman city at Kourion near Limassol, with its prosperous villas, colourful mosaics, agora, and huge basilica:

Bronze Age tombs outside Kourion; the reconstructed Roman Theatre, and the entrance mosaic in Eustolius' villa
 
Forum, cistern & colonnade destroyed by earthquakes; a re-erected Corinthian Column & vast early Christian   
                                                                                                                                                                                         Basilica
From there we walked up the road to Kourion's impressive Roman Stadium, and then on to the Hellenistic 'Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates':                         
The Roman stadium on the hill above Kourion. The Sanctuary of Apollo had Bronze Age, Greek, Roman & Byzantine                                                                                                                                                                              religious significance.
             Around these primary objectives we fitted windswept coastal walks, including the site of Amathous' harbour, two Nature Trails which were at their most colourful in the warm spring sunshine, two medieval castles containing interesting local museums, and early Byzantine churches, one of which (in Larnaka) featured the alleged tomb of Lazarus whom Christ had once raised from the dead, and another (near Amathous) destroyed by 7th century earthquakes, and associated with Santa Barbara (Agia Varvaras). Needless to say we had little time for swimming (and the water was too cold for me anyway)!
The beach at Larnaka from the Castle;  Lazarus' Tomb in Agia Lazarides;  Amathous Hill from our balcony.
 
          Looking back over the 5 days, the only disappointment was that there were no guided tours and very little published information available at any of the sites, so we had to interpret most of what we were seeing for ourselves, which was a stimulating challenge!
           Now Igalo beckons ...                                                                                                                                        
Meanwhile, we thank you for your interest, forbearance and support!

Martin and Margaret