Austin Hutcheon  Retired Soil Scientist who started working-life in NE Scotland as Research Assistant in the Soil Science Department of Aberdeen University.  Got a year's leave of absence from the department and went to Nigeria as a soil surveyor,  never came back to try and settle and work in the UK. Eventually got on a plane on the day the company pension was to be paid and got off in Bhutan for three glorious years - what a swansong! After that did a few small jobs including salinity work in Banda Aceh after the tsunami. Retired in New Zealand in 2004 and cannot remember the word work!.

Always been into sports of most kinds and still at it though the legs and lungs are less willing now that Parkinson's has been diagnosed but finding the days weeks too short for all the available activities. Still married and with 2 grand-daughters, Sacha and Maia (both graduated), who live in Auckland NZ plus a grandson, Lachlan, who carries an American passport and is one very active machine - skiing, running and climbing anything and everything.

Retired from the committee  of the Taupo Tramping Club after about 8 years in 2016 and awarded Life Membership (2019) but still involved. Did 4 years as Captain of Taupo Harrier Club then President for 2014/15 and given Life Membership - doing background things like results and records. In Nov 2012 awarded the Taupo "Sports Personality of the Year".  Until 2013 was a 70 year-old running like a 60 year-old but now moving like a 90 year-old!  Since 2018 walking as running not on due to Parkinson's disease diagnosed but putting in some good-for-age walking times on local 5 and 10km races. By early 2021 the effects of Parkinson's disease being felt. Fully involved with the Taupo Concrete Club which organises "Counter-punch" boxing and "spin-fit" sessions for local Parkinson's sufferers. Event of the week is now the Taupo Park Run where by walking can just beat Isabel who still can run a bit.

Isabel Hutcheon  Isabel started working life as a teacher of French in the old Aberdeen Academy after teacher-training and graduating from Aberdeen University.  She met Austin many moons ago at the old Castle Jazz Club in Aberdeen. Isabel's career was hardly interrupted by the arrival of Ross then later on by Gail - not to mention teaching in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Yogyakarta (Java), Pontianak (Borneo) and in Bhutan.  The local language was studied in all places lived and fair competence achieved in Bahasa Indonesia, Arabic and Dzongkha. UK teaching was mainly done at Chalney Girls in Luton from where she retired as a head of year (Dean) to go to Bhutan.

Also meant to be retired in New Zealand but still does a fair bit of voluntary work at Hospice and Red Cross and still on the board of Literacy Taupo and delivers Meals on Wheels.  Running and tramping was curtailed a bit due to knee problem which was fixed when a replacement knee joint was fitted in Rotorua Hospital in late March 2015. Still doing some walking but tramping as such now a memory. Both still use their MTB, refuse to get E-bikes but gave up the road bikes.

Please note both Sacha and Maia are taller than their Mum, Nana and Poppa.

The latest venture was to sell up in Tui Street and move into Liston Heights retirement village. Much smaller house and garden so much less demanding in time and effort.

Both Isabel and Austin regular Taupo PARK RUNNERS - competing and as marshals - where Isabel runs and can beat Austin who walks but usually Austin does get over the line ahead of Isabel and they are both fighting to avoid being last. Isabel still able to talk as has always been her wont but Austin is quieter that ever and attends speech therapy classes in the fight against Parkinsons.

Last updated:  Friday, 13 January 2023 13:37:42

Series of TRAMPING BOOKS recently published via               on-line publishing

Along with Peter Thompson and Brian Kerr Austin helped produce the book FIFTY YEARS of INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT which was published in late February 2011. B&W plus colour versions

Bhutan - Himalaya Banda Aceh Borneo  Borneo Indonesia -Yogya Iraq Jordan Jordan Malawi Nigeria
Oman Soil Surveys Saudi Sudan Sudan UK UK UK      
Oman Um er Radhuma MDIUP WSDC Aberdeen Open University Silsoe