Miscellaneous interests

God

As you might guess from the nature of Richard's work, we're all committed Christians. We started life as Anglicans, and our 'sending church' in Birmingham is Christchurch, Selly Park. Tim returned there, when he lived in Birmingham for three years, and we still visit them whenever possible when we're back in the UK.  We are also thankful for connections and support from St Andrews Church, Burgess Hill

Here in Larnaka we all used to attend services and other activities at Larnaka Community Church, primarily because it had other families and excellent children's/youth work. Daniel played clarinet in the music group, and Tim played guitar, then took over as pianist. When Tim was about sixteen, he decided to move to St Helena's Anglican church, and a year later became their organist and choir director until he moved away from Cyprus to attend university. We do not currently attend any church regularly, but have connections with many congregations around the island.

Home Education

We started home educating in late October 1997 when we moved to Cyprus. I run a web site about home education, with information about the legalities in the UK, suggestions for getting started, resources, and further links. It's called Home education in the UK. I also wrote a chapter in a book called Free Range Education (otherwise known as FREd) which was published at the end of 2000.

You can read in detail about our early forays into home education when we moved to Cyprus, in the home education diary pagesof this site.  Although we are now empty-nesters, we are somewhat involved with the Cyprus home educators. Home education is not in fact legal on the island and while we were unaware of this at first, and never queried, it's become more difficult for families nowadays.

Cats

Some people love dogs. We love cats. Our first, much-loved cat Toby went with us to the USA when we lived there in the early 1990s, and died there at the age of 15. We were then cat-less for a few years until we came to Cyprus. We adopted Cleo in the Summer of 1998 and then kept two of her kittens, Sophia and Jemima, who were born in February 1999.  Tessie arrived on our doorstep in December 2000to complete our feline family. Sadly, Jemima vanished in November 2007, Tessie in November 2014, and Sophia in November 2015.  We have no idea what happened to any of them. Their personalities are distinct, and we cannot imagine life without them.

In August 2014 we adopted two kittens, Alexander the Great and Joan of Arc. Tim, who was living in Cyprus at the time, adopted their litter-sister Lady Jane Grey. Joan then disappeared in December 2015; again, we don't know what happened to her. When Tim moved back to the UK in the summer of 2016, we adopted Lady Jane.  Cleo, meanwhile, became frailer and eventually died at the age of eighteen and a half, in January 2017.

Books

We are all enthusiastic readers. The boys used to get through several books every week, so we gradually moved our UK books here, acquired more through second-hand shops, church stalls and charity shops, and put books on our wishlists. We currently have over 3,000.For a lengthy list of personal recommendations, look at my books blog where I have reviewed every book I have read since April 1998. There are over 1800 reviews there now.

Richard published his first book a few years ago, through CreateSpace, and has helped friends publish their books too. In 2017 Sue edited and proofread her father's memoirs, and Richard helped to publish his book.  Links to the two family books are in the sidebar. We hope to publish more in 2018.

Personality types

Years ago, we were introduced to the Myers-Briggs personality indicator.   We have found this very useful in understanding each other, and in seeing how we all learn in different ways.  Our types are:  ENFP (Richard), INFJ (Sue), INFP (Daniel) and ENTJ (Timothy). To find out more about this system, see one of: Myers Briggs site, the Team Technology site, or the excellent BestFitType site.

Chocolate

Our family all love chocolate.  Our house in the UK is less than a mile away from the Cadbury's chocolate factory in Bournville.  Those 'factory smells' of Birmingham aren't all unpleasant!  For a wonderful site dedicated to the history and production of chocolate, look at the Cadbury's site.

Games

As a family, we've always enjoyed board games. As the boys entered the teenage years, the ones we played most often were Rummikub and Mahjong. When they left home, we made some new friends and began playing more Scrabble, and also - new to us at first - Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne.

Family Books

Richard's book:


Sue's father's memoirs: