This is our Photo Diary for 2005

(References to we/our/us are about John & Judy)

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January 16 to 24.

Visit of Charlie & Katie

The year began with a visit by Charlie and his girl-friend Katie. We had a couple of days in London (including John's "Da Vinci Code Trail" )and others in Cambridge and Essex. The highlight was a tour of the Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds.

Westminster Cambridge Greenwich/Tower Finchingfield Thaxted Bury St Edmunds
Jan 18 Jan 19 Jan 20 Jan 21
Feb 24

Having dropped them back at Gatwick we decided to visit the bridge to play Pooh Sticks


Pooh Sticks Fordcombe        
Feb 10

We renewed our exploration for Lilliput Lane models around Suffolk.

Higham Brent Eliegh Kersey Dalham    

May 10-15

Holiday In Sarasota

We visited Abby in Florida. we had a great day out touring round Anna Maria Island. On return to Detroit John was a Presentation judge at Formula SAE at Pontiac

Sarasota Midnight Pass Anna Maria   Formula SAE  
 May 25th

To celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary, john had arranged a surprise trip to see a house designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Northampton.....but with an LL Hunt day en route.

Brigstock Weekley Nobottle Newnham Northampton Radwell
May 28

We had tickets to see an England XV take on the Barbarians (Rest of World) at Rugby Union at Twickenham but visited Syon Park before.

May 29

We stayed overnight with John's Mum and  took her out for lunch and the day at St Katherine's dock 

Syon Park Twickenham St Katherine's    
June 2nd

On Judy's birthday, we had another trip out across Suffolk. The focus was lunch at the excellent St Peter's Brewery in South Elmham, but we took the opportunity to find some LL places en route.

Somerleyton South Elmham Lowestoft Creeting St Mary    
May 4th

We had tickets to see Neil Diamond in concert at Woburn Abbey. This time we took the opportunity to hunt down some LL buildings in Beds and Bucks and included a nostalgic trip back to Newport Pagnell and Milton Keynes.

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Ickwell Green Old Warden Flitton Newport Pagnell Milton Keynes  
Padbury Adstock Winslow Soulbury Milton Bryant  
June 22nd/23rd

Mum and Shirley visited us. On 23rd we went to Peter Beales roses at Attleburgh and Wymondham.

On 24th we watched horses on the gallops and walked around Newmarket    
Wymondham Newmarket Gallops Newmarket Town    
Between June 9th and July 22nd major work was carried out to clear ivy off the shed, and re-roof it.


Martyn put down the plinth for the phone box, built a planter and water feature and a new patio. Then the fun of installing the phone box which took 2 attempts.  
Shed Patio Phone Box  
Holiday In Ireland

Our pictures of Ireland were taken on our vacation in 2005 from June 27 to July 2.

It coincided with a trip of the choirs of St Mary, Wayne and Sacred Heart, Dearborn -- Judy's sister Joanne and bother-in-law, Chuck, being members of the latter. Her brother, John, and his wife , Kathy, were also on the trip.

We arranged our itinerary to stay and visit many of the places on the choir trip.


Mon Jun 27      
Roscommon Knock Galway     Menlo Park
Tue June 28
Thoor Ballylee Burren Region Doolin Cliffs of Moher Killarney International Hotel
Wed June 29  
Dingle Peninsula Ventry Muckross Killarney Cathedral Killarney  
Thu June 30      
Blarney Castle County Cork Waterford     Granville
Fri July 1
Waterford Crystal Kennedy Homestead Kilmore Quay Glendalough Dublin Buswells Hotel
Sat Jul 2    
Trinity College  Tour of Dublin Howth St Mary's Pro Cathedral    
July 7 -10

Formula Student at Bruntingthorpe where John was a judge for Presentation and Electronics. and

July 3

he went down on  to help install a Wireless hotspot for the students

July 10

Judy joined him on the for the endurance runs and prize-giving.

Wireless hotspot FS 2006    
On July 17 and 24 we went to concerts at Blickling Hall, Norfolk with Will Young and Ronan Keating respectively. On the 24th we did some LL hunting en route
Blickling Roudham Woodbastwick Felbrigg Cley Blickling
 July 17 July 24
July 28

We took Mum to see her friends, Doug & Ruby Gowing, in Bexhill and on teh way back we stopped at Scotney Castle

Bexhill Scotney Castle        
Aug 1

We went to Gatwick to get a flight to the US but our standby tickets didn't get us on the full flight. We did some sightseeing around Kent and tried again on Aug 2nd to no avail.

Hever Chiddingstone        
Having booked a flight for Aug 5th we made the most of the extra time in the UK and took a trip to Sandringham in Norfolk but did some sightseeing and LL hunting on the way. We were particularly taken with Kings Lynn. We also visited Nelson's birthplace at Burnham Thorpe which was interesting later in October for the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.    
Little Thetford Kings Lynn Burnham Thorpe Wells    
Wolferton Snettisham Sandringham      
August and September

Spent in the US.

We visited Judy's sister's cottage in Port Sanilac twice, the Renaissance Festival, had a boat trip across to Canada with John's former secretary, Marge Coogan and her husband Mike, and attended the wedding of Judy's niece, Janeen.


Port Huron Port Sanilac Renaissance Festival Port Sanilac    
Aug 14 Aug 14-15 Aug 28 Sep 3-4    
Wyandotte Amhertsburg Janeen's Wedding      
Sep 18 Sep 30      
Oct 10

 Went to the National Ploughing Championships at Soham followed by a visit to the town

Ploughing Soham        
Oct 20

Mum and Shirley came up for the day and we went to Bury St Edmunds to see the new tower which had recently been "opened". We also enjoyed the Abbey Gardens

Bury St Edmunds          
Oct 21

We had tickets for a recording of a Celebrity version of "The Weakest link" at Pinewood. We took the opportunity to visit the Chiltern Open Air Museum in the morning at Chalfont St Peter.

. As we waited to go in to Pinewood we had a good view of the "007" sound stage.
Chalfont St Giles Chiltern Open Air Museum Lunch at the Swan, Denham Pinewood "Weakest Link"
On Oct 23 we saw West Ham beat Middlesborough at Upton Park with Martyn & Fiona          
Upton Park          
Oct 26

We took a trip to London, primarily to see John Wesley's conversion site at Aldersgate. We started at his church and had a personal tour of his house. We also had an excellent tour round St Paul's and tracked some LL originals.

Wesley St Paul's St Barts Barbican Holborn Soho sq
Oct 27

We took Mum to Bexhilll and took the opportunity to see the re-furbished De La Warr Pavillion which had been re-opened that week.

De La Warr Pavillion Bexhill        
Oct 28

We took a tour of the National Stud followed by racing at Newmarket's Rowley mile course for the last meeting of the year.

National Stud Rowley Mile        
Nov 5/6

We stayed with Bill & Joan Fairclough in North Fambridge

North Fambridge          
Nov 12

We went to London for the Lord Mayor's Show -- parade in the morning and fireworks in the evening. During the afternoon we tracked down some more LL buildings.

Lord Mayor's Show Bayswater Knightsbridge Mayfair Piccadilly Fireworks
Nov 22

We had tickets for a recording of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" at Elstree. We did some LL hunting in Essex en route and had lunch at the Spaniard's Inn in Hampstead, and  popped in to Kenwood House.

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Saffron Walden Clavering Widdington Highgate Hampstead Elstree
Nov 25

A shopping day in Cambridge but we visited Lode on the way back to see the original building of a LL model we had just bought.

Dec 4

We travelled to Framlingham (via Orford) for the Ordination of Rev Joyce Williams who is the new Curate at Exning.

Orford Framlingham        
Dec 7

A small LL hunt en route Chelmsford

High Easter          
Dec 10

We flew to US from Heathrow for Christmas

Heathrow St Clair Sumner      
Dec 10 Dec 17 Dec 25      



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