Saturday, 26 August 2017

Golden Memories

Where has the time gone?  50 years ago today Barbara and I were married in the cotton mill town of Ashton-u-Lyne, just outside Manchester. At that time I had been abroad once, on a school trip to Switzerland, and Barbara had never left the country, so we could not have envisaged the exciting times that were ahead of us.
Two years later we were off to Zambia and of all the thousands of photos we have taken over the years, the one below is our most iconic, taken in October 1969 as we approached the Rhodesian border en route to a new life on the Zambian Copperbelt.
In South Africa's Northern Province (now Limpopo)
Our four years in Zambia were our watershed years, where I developed my passion for the minerals industry and we discovered that not only were we man and wife, but also best friends. Of all the good things that have come out of our 50 years together, we take the most pride in the fact that where there was once two of us, there are now 10- a wonderful feisty family, who sure keep us on our toes! 
As we now go into our 51st year, we would like to thank all of you who have played important parts, no matter how small, in our continuing journey.

 

10 comments:

  1. Fantastic a great tribute to you both.

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    1. Many thanks Nick. See you at next week's conference in Camborne

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  2. Barry,
    It is so nice to read; yes time passes and may God shower all the Best on You and Family.
    You and Barbara belong to the Family of Mineral Engineers of the Globe and we are proud and happy of all your contributions and particularly the manner you brought many of us together with your Blogs with that subtle personal touch
    Bless you all.
    Rao,T.C.

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    1. Many thanks TC, your sentiments are much appreciated

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  3. Congratulations both of you. Quite a big leap from Ashton-u-Lyne to the many places you have visited and the friends you have made world-wide. Hope that you are indulging in a relaxing holiday without any stress! Meg xxx
    Meg Winter, Cape Town, South Africa

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    1. Thanks Meg. Hope you can call in for lunch at the Vineyard in November

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  4. Congrats Barry and Barbara, great to have known you both over so many years! Frank Crundwell

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    1. Thanks Frank. See you in Cape Town in November

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  5. Congratulations, Barry and Barbara, and your wonderful family. Best wishes.

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    1. Many thanks Hanna. No doubt catch up in Minneapolis in February

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