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
(Graduated) and Maia (at University), 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 an 80 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. 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 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 the odd easy tramp plus short runs . Also now back out
on her MTB but gave up the road bike.
Spends a lot of time following
the progress of young Lachlan Douglas Hutcheon in Berkeley, USA on Skype
/ Facetime as well as keeping up to date with Sacha, now graduated from Uni, and her younger sister
Maia now at Uni in Auckland.
Please note both Sacha and Maia are taller than their
Mum, Nana and Poppa.
Walked the Heaphy Track in March
2016 with Austin and had a great time over the 82km though the hard
surface installed for MTB biking did cause a few blisters but major
tramping days are over.
Both Isabel and Austin regular Taupo PARK
RUNNERS - competing and as marshals - where Isabel runs and can beat Austin
Thursday, 08 October 2020 16:03:10