28 June 2013
Trip to Virginia
Sue and I visited Susie and her family to see Sierra graduate from High School. Also spent time with my friend Evan and his family. Sierra, Best wishes as you leave home for university. Thank you Susie for a great time!!
27 January 2013
Wanda made a remark on Facebook about me and my pigs, so I decided to put up some photos of some of the ones found in my house.
25 December 2012
It's a local tradition to gather at the Golden Ball Inn to wish everyone good cheer and a Happy Christmas before going home for a huge lunch. Sue's doing a standing rib roast this year, I can't wait.
25 November 2012
Billy, May and Marissa spent Thanksgiving Week with us here is Shropshire. We really enjoyed their visit, but it passed so quickly. Looking forward to next spring in hopes that we can go see them in Seattle.
5 November 2012
Weekend in Wales
Sue and I spent a couple of days over in LLangollen, Wales. It's only an hour (and a whole world) away from home. We stayed in a wonderful old B&B. Could not get the suite I wanted on our first night, but we moved over to it the next day. Excellent place to spend a quiet weekend! Rode the steam train alongside the river through the valley on Sunday.
15 August 2012
Susie and Family - 2012
Susie, Ben Sierra, and Edward spent two weeks with us in early July and then Sierra stayed three more weeks. We stayed pretty much close to home, with day trips to Wales. They took the train down to London for a quick tourist visit. Then Sierra, Sue and I went up to the Lake District for a week. It rained every day, but we still enjoyed ourselves. We really miss her now that she's gone home to start her last year of high school.
7 May 2012
May Day Weekend
Sue and I spent the long May Day Weekend in Suffolk. We stayed at the 450 year old Bull Hotel in Long Melford. Spent Saturday shopping in Ipswich and Sunday at Kentwell Hall where they were having a Tudor May Day festival. And of course it was wet and cold, but we still had a great time. (Note that Sue is wearing gloves in a couple of pics). This morning after breakfast (I had smoked kippers) we stopped by Long Melford church for a couple of photos before setting out for home.
30 April 2012
Here are a few photos taken over the Easter Weekend. Sue and I went to Bakewell in the Peak District and stayed in a lovely Guest House Hotel. Spent a day visiting the beautiful old Haddon Hall.
4 February 2012
Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales
Here are a few photos taken when Sue and me went to Wales for lunch. We left Telford in rain, sleet, and snow on the promise from the Met Service that there would be blue skies and sunshine by the time we got there. And for once they were right. The sun was out and the views were fantastic!
8 January 2012
Christmas and New Year 2011
Here are a few photos taken during the Holiday
Season.Wishing everyone a wonderful 2012!!
24 November 2011
Visiting the Peak District
Here are a few photos taken during a five day trip up to the Peak District. Again we stayed in an old stone barn that was delightful and cosy. The highlight of our trip was a visit to Chatsworth House which was decorated for Christmas. Beautiful!!
4 November 2011
Weekend on the Suffolk Coast
Here are the photos we took during our recent visit to Aldeburgh, Suffolk. We stayed in a
lovely cottage right on the seafront, just behind the fisherman's shacks where they sell their catch.
We were supprised to learn when we got there, that the cottage is featured in a daily kids show called
"Grandpa in my Pocket" It seems every kid under six years old thinks Grandpa lives there and lots of them
kept knocking on the door to see Grandpa.
3 September 2011
Our visit to the Lake District.
Sue and I spent a week in Cumbria - without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in England. The mountains,
lakes and forests are stunning. We visited several of the local villages and pubs, and also four or five of the lakes and more pubs. Brian came and
spent a couple of days with us and we visited even more pubs. Very enjoyable time had by all.
3 July 2011
Blaine and Carol Webber visit England
Blaine and I were stationed together at Martlesham
Heath Communications Facility in Suffolk in 1967-1969. We spent
a week reliving old memories in Suffolk and then came over to Shropshire
for a week. Had a blast, but ran out of time - too few hours, too
many places to go and see. We are already planning for next time.
15 April 2011
Billy and May's Wedding
Billy and Marianne were married on 7 April 2011
at St. Columba Church in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Here are a few of
the photos taken on the day. I will be posting photos of the rehearsal
dinner and the wedding reception real soon.
Wedding of the Century
4 March 2011
Billy and May
Several folks have asked for pictures of Billy
and May, so here's a few including some taken at Fort Washington
National Park where they got engaged to marry.
24 December 2010
Christmas Eve at the Ironbridge
Yes, we will have a White Christmas this year,
the snow is here and isn't going anywhere before middle of next
week, by which time we will all have had enough.
Merry Christmas to you all.
14 November 2010
Mangum Mountain Jam 2010
Once again Mangums have been seen in Sevierville,
Tennessee. Do not be afraid - we are only dangerous when not fed,
and that's not likely to happen. Here are a few of us captured on
film. Don't we look downright handsome??
Visit to America
Here are the photos we took during our recent visit
to the USA. We spent a couple of weeks with Susie and her family
in Virginia and then went south visiting Mangums in Tennessee, Georgia,
and North Carolina. The time went by so quickly that it seemed like
we were returning home before we even got there. Looking forward
to going back in April.
Vacation in the Suffolk Countryside
Here are the photos we took in Suffolk while celebrating
our 40th wedding anniversary. We chose to go back to Suffolk where
we first met 42 years ago. Stayed in a beautiful old barn cottage
- four hundred years old, but with all the modern conveniences. Had a wonderful time.
Vacation in the USA
Here are the photos we all took while visiting
family and friends in Virgina, USA. this year.
Mangum Family Reunion 2009
Here are the photos we all took at the annual reunion in Tennessee.
1 September 2009
Rodney and Betty
Here are the photos we took during Rodney and Betty's
visit to Shropshire.
15 August 2009
Billy, this link is for you.. Happy Birthday!!
Billy's Birthday card
7 June 2009
Holiday in June
Sue and I spent this past week at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel in Wales. The lake is surrounded by hills and is only accessible by a couple of small roads. There was no signal available on my mobile phone so I had no access to the internet.
We had to take day trips so that I could check my e-mail. We just sort of chilled out, enjoyed the peace and quiet, and I enjoyed the local ales.
20 November 2008
Holiday with the Kids in USA 2008
Here a few photos of our trip to the see the kids and to VOTE!!
USA Holiday 2008
8 November 2008
This past weekend, the Mangum and Hendrix families again met in the mountains of Tennessee for our 9th reunion. Here are the photos that Bette and me took.
If any of you will send me yours, I'll put them on here too
1 August 2008
Summertime at Home
Sue and I are enjoying the warm weather out in
the garden. The hanging baskets are at their best, the garden itself
is in need of a good trimming but I'm having a lazy day.
22 June 2008
Susie, Sierra, and Edward visit us
Sue and I have really enjoyed having Susie and the grandchildren visit us. Going to miss them when they go home.
7 January 2008
New Year's Eve Party
Sue and I took a few pictures at the Golden Ball Inn's New Year's Eve Party. Hope you enjoy them.
New Year 2008
21 December 2007
An Ironbridge Christmas Celebration
Once again, a group of friends at the Golden Ball Inn have gone to the Abbey Club in Buildwas for an evening of Christmas celebrations. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
31 November 2007
Here are a few photos of family and friends taken from our trip to the USA earlier this month. Also a couple of earlier pics from Billy.
17 November 2007
Sue and me traveled to Tennessee for the eighth
annual Mangum family reunion. Had a great time seeing family and
friends again. More new faces this year, and a few absent ones as
well - Buddy and Jonnie are both on the mend from recent illnesses
and were sorely missed. See you all next year!
7 May 2007
May Day Weekend
Sue and I decided to take advantage of the warm
weather, so we spent the three-day May Day week-end in Wales. Had
a really nice week-end just enjoying the food, drink, and beautiful
views. Not much beats sitting on river bank with a good beer, and
nothing to do but sit and enjoy.
9 February 2007
Well, winter has finally arrived in Shropshire.
Until now we've had a very mild winter - global warming, you know..
Wednesday the temperature dropped down to freezing, yesterday we
got four inches of snow in Ironbridge/Madeley, and today we got
another six inches. I've taken some photos here on Bridle Road.
Am hoping to get down to the Ironbridge Gorge tomorrow for some
pictures of the bridge and the town, providing I can get the car
to the top of Bridle Road, snow will be cleared up there on the
1 January 2007
Happy New Year!!!
Best wishes. I hope that all of your New Year wishes
come true and that 2007 will be your best yet. Once again the Golden
Ball hosted a New Year's Eve party, this year in fancy dress. Most
of the usual suspects attended, although I've heard that one of
Snow White's dwarfs was missing. Any truth to that rumour?? Let
New Year's Eve
26 December 2006
Billy, May, & Marissa visited New Mexico back
in October during the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. He sent me
a disk of photos, but I had forgotten to put some on them on the
web till now. Here they are.
16 December 2006
Members of the Golden Ball community celebrated
our annual dinner at the Abbey Club last night. Wounderful time!!
For those of you that may think that there may
be some missing pictures, well... sorry, the film was all foggy..
and I'm sticking to that story.
20 November 2006
Our visit to the USA
We spent three weeks in the states in October,
most of it with the kids and grandkids. Can't get over how much
Sierra and Ed have grown during the past year. Here's a few pictures.
07 November 2006
Once again the Mangum family gathered in Sevierville,
Tennessee to pick banjos and discuss the big issues of the day (who's
bought the biggest gun this year, who's going to win the NASCAR
championship, how much younger has Mike got than his brothers).
I've posted photos, so have a look. And would you believe eight
folks missed the group photo this year because they got up before
daybreak Sunday morning and drove five hours to Atlanta to watch
a dangburn stock car race.
09 August 2006
Here comes the Bride
Geraldine and Geoff got married today and the Golden Ball lost one of their regulars.
Geraldine has been a familiar face in the Golden Ball community since moving to Ironbridge in 1998.
She is a founding member of the NIPL club and Captain of the award winning rafts they have entered in the annual Ironbridge rafting regatta.
She and husband Geoff have bought a lovely house in Church Stretton where they will reside after returning from their honeymoon in Jamaica.
24 June 2006
Ironbridge to Bridgenorth Raft
I've posted pictures that several of us took during
construction of this years raft and of Race Day. Enjoy!!
Raft Race - Page1
Raft Race - Page2
Raft Race - Page3
Raft Race - Page4
13 May 2006 (Updated 5 July 2006)
We've bought a new House in Shropshire
Well, we've finally decided on where we plan to
settle and it's Here!! We've just about completed purchase of a
house in Madeley, Shropshire and are due to complete the sale on
14 July. Billy is coming over for a week to help us get moved (and
to top up his supply of real ale). I'll send everyone an e-mail
with new addresses and phone numbers when we have it all sorted
out. Here are a few photo's we took in May when we first looked
at the house. Will post more after we get settled in.
07 May 2006
Weekend in Barmouth
Howard, Marion, Sue and I have just spent a three
day weekend in Barmouth, Wales. The weather was warm and dry for
the first time this year. We pretty much had most of the beach all
to ourselves. Had a wonderful time!!.
17 April 2006
Billy in Costa Rica
Here's some photos that Billy took during his recent
1 April 2006
Lads weekend in Puerto Banus, Spain
Back in early March, which this year was the coldest
month of the winter, several of us in the Golden Ball decided we
needed sunshine instead of snow. So off we went for a weekend to
Spain to celebrate Brian's birthday. Puerto Banus in on the Mediterranean
coast down towards Gibralter and is where the folks with too much
money park their yachts and play. So for a three day weekend, we
mingled with the jet-set and forgot all about the snow.
1 January 2006
New Year's Eve at the Golden Ball
Photos of the festivities at the GB. Happy 2006!!
Mid December 2005
Our Stateside Holiday 2005
Here's a few photos taken during our trip to the
USA last month.
18 Nov 2005
Mangum Family Reunion 2005
Well folks, I finally got the pictures of this
year's reunion posted. Once again we enjoyed seeing you all and
now hope that you enjoy the photographs.
20 Sept 2005
Roddy & Robbie Mangum comes
to visit us.
My cousin Roddy and his wife Robbie came and stayed
with us for two weeks. Sue and I enjoyed their visit and hope that
they did as well. I force-marched them all over the country on one
of my patented Sergeant Major's tour of the UK. All the exercise
did me good (I lost five pounds). Roddy and Robbie have gone home
to Georgia to rest, and I'm back to the wars (work, that is) tomorrow.
I could sure get used to all this time off. Here is a small sample
of all the pictures that we took.
8 June 2005
Ironbridge Raft Race
A small group of folks at the Golden Ball Inn are
entering a raft in this years event. The raft is currently under
construction and photos are located below.
20 April 2005
Trip to Whitby and the North Yorkshire
Sue and I just spent five days up on the Yorkshire
Moors.. The weather was mostly cold, wet, and very foggy, but we
stayed in a wonderful old Hotel in Whitby (in a bedroom that was
nearly as big as our house). Rode the steam railway across the moors,
and ate some really nice fish (fresh off the boat each morning).
For those that don't know... Whitby is home to Capt Cook who discovered
Hawaii for the English and Bram Stoker who wrote Dracula (who first
came ashore from Europe at Whitby Harbour).
Whitby & the Yorkshire Moors
27 March 2005
Day out in Shropshire - Stokesay
Well the title says it all.. It's Easter week-end
and the weather is getting warm enough to venture out. Sue and I
went to Stokesay Castle and then drove down to Ludlow for a nice
Oh, No... It's the Big Six Oh
10 Janurary 2005
It seems like just yesterday when I first said
"Hello World", so it comes as a bit of a shock to be celebrating
my 60th birthday. We had a wonderful party at the Golden Ball Inn
(Or at least I've been told that we did - senility has begun to
set in). As mentioned below, Billy and May really surprised me.
Sue is now officially married to 'an old git.'
Billy and May visit England
There I was standing in my usual place of worship
at the bar in the Golden Ball Inn with the after-work gathering
of regulars when someone taps me on the shoulder. Looking around,
there stands Billy. Seems he and May, in conspiracy with Sue, had
come over to help me celebrate my big six-oh birthday. They had
spent a couple of days in London and then came up to Much Wenlock.
After spending several days with us, they took an overnight trip
through northern Wales followed by a trip over to Ipswich with Sue
before May flew back home. Billy plans to stay another week or so
Billy & May in England
Billy & May in Wales
12 Nov 2004
Mangum Reunion 2004
Hey cousins (and brothers), I've started putting
this years photos on line. Go take a look at the Mangum Family Reunion
page (top left side of this page). I'll add more when I get back home to England.
13 February 1920 - 14 October 2004
Sue's Mum suffered a heart attack and died on the
14th of October. She had been making an excellent recovery from
the stroke she had in October last year. She had really enjoyed
seeing her great grand children in July of this year and was looking
forward to their next visit. She will be missed by all of us who
knew and loved her.
15 August 2004
Summertime Showers & Flowers
Well, we've had a typical English summer, a little
bit of sunshine and a lot of rain. As a result, the flowers have
18 July 2004
Susie, Sierra, and Edward spent ten days with us.
First time we've seen them in over 18 months, so needless to say,
Sue & I spoiled the grandchildren rotten. Here are a few of
the hundreds of photos I took while they were here.
Susie & Grandkids
A Walk in Much Wenlock
24 May 2004
Spring started off pretty wet over here with lots
of rain in April. As a result, the flower gardens are beautiful.
The rain has finally stopped and this past weekend was absolutely
gorgeous. Sue and I walked around town Sunday afternoon and I took
pictures of interesting houses and buildings..
Betty, I've also included some pics of the flowers
in the garden at home although I can take no credit at all for growing
them. Bill, share the page with Bet!
12 March 2004
Georgia comes to England!
Richard, Wanda, Darrell and Laura spent a week
here with us. We spent a couple of days in London and the rest up
here in the West Midlands. Another of my patented whirlwind guided
tours. I tired myself out this time, but we were able to see lots
of places and even had time for a pint at my favorite pub. I hope
they all had as much fun as me.
15 February 2004
Just received some more pictures from Chad. These
are from a recent trip that he, Christian, and Melinda took to Disney
Chad, Melinda, and Christian at Disney World
14 February 2004
Here's some photos taken while Billy was in England
in January. Some were taken in Suffolk and the remainder in Shropshire.
Next time you talk to Billy, ask him about "An
American Werewolf in Jackfield"
Billy in England 2004
More Billy in England 2004
31 December 2003
Mike on a Bike. Chad sent me some pictures that
were taken Christmas Day. A couple of great pictures of Chad, Christian,
and the girls, and a couple of classics of Christian's Grand-dad.
18 December 2003
I've received the photos from the 2003 Reunion
and now have them posted. You can see them by clicking on the "Mangum
Family Reunions" sidebar. Hope you enjoy them as much as I
1 December 2003
Hey fans of the Billman!! I've just added a couple
of pages of pictures taken during a trip Ken Dostie and Billy took
to India in August of this year. I'll be posting more pages during
the next couple of days, so check back again.
India 2003, page 1
India 2003, page 2
27 November 2003
Brian visits Washington
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all you folks back home
in the US of A.. Hope you're all well stuffed with turkey and feeling
happy and content. Sue and I had a nice day in Ipswich with her
Mum who has just returned home from hospital.
Several folks at the Golden Ball Inn in Ironbridge
have asked me to post the photo's taken during Brian's recent visit
to Washington D.C. He stayed with my son Billy who gave him an entirely
different tour of DC than the one I had planned prior to us canceling
our trip back to see Susie, Billy, and the grandkids.
18 November 2003
As most of you are aware, Sue and I did not make
it to the reunion this year. The day before we were due to fly to
the States, Sue's mom had a stroke. She is still in hospital, but
continues to improve. Sue is with her in Ipswich and I'm commuting
back and forth between Ironbridge and Ipswich on the weekends. Looks
as if we will move soon into a bigger place near Telford (where
I work) that will fit us all.
Paula plans to send me all the reunion photos and
I'll post them here for all to see. Meanwhile, I've got one picture
that Paul mailed to me and here it is:
27 September 2003
An absolutely gorgeous autumn day in the Ironbridge
Gorge... And the Iron Bridge played host to a gathering of something
uniquely English... Morris Dancers... There must have been at least
15-20 troops here today, 300 or more folks in all, with painted
faces, bells, and clogs.. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did..
25 September 2003
I recently received the following entry in my guestbook:
"Nice website, John! The only thing missing is
a picture of MY mum. I see my dad in it!"
Well, Tamsyn... Here's your mum (and other members
of your family).
Please note the the good-looking man standing second
from the left in the first photo!!
31 July 2003
This has been the warmest summer in past five years..
Enjoying days outdoors and friends in the pubs..
15 June 2003
Tracy passed away this morning.. He will be remembered
and missed by us all.
Paula sent me a picture taken during Reunion 2001
that includes Tracy.
12 June 2003
Sue and I have just returned from a short holiday
in Cornwall. Here are a few of the pictures we took.
2 June 2003
Well, I've finally posted the pictures taken at
the Mangum Family Reunion in November 2002..
25 May 2003
Here's pictures of a couple of recent week-ends
spent enjoying those rare days of English sunshine.
28 April 2003
Sally Belle passed away peacefully in the early
hours of Sunday morning.
1 Feb 2003
Wow, it's already 2003, where has time gone.. and
I still don't have the reunion pictures taken in November posted
yet. I'll get it done soon, trust me! I've been playing with a new
photo album service that Apple provides on one of their sites. I've
posted some pictures taken at the Golden Ball's New Years Eve Party.
Here they are:
1 Dec 2002
The SAGA Louts have been on the road again. We
took a coach trip to Bruges, Begium this past weekend. Had a fabulous
time, and here's the proof!!
20 Nov 2002
What a year this one has been.. Shortly after my
May update, my hard disk crashed. And took with it nearly five hundred
photos that I had taken during early Summer, including a wonderful
trip Sue and I took to York in Yorkshire. One would think that I
make backups of my photos, but no, they are gone forever.
We visited the States in early November and I've
added a new page of the Kids & Grandkids. I'm trying to get
the new Reunion pages ready, I'll post them soon.
10 May 2002
Well folks, Spring has arrived in England and Sue
and I have been out and about, both here in Shropshire and over in
Suffolk. You'll see from the photo's that I've spent more time visiting
pubs (well, someone has to do it). The weather has been great for
the past six weeks or so which is unusual for this time of year (or
any other time of year for that matter). Also photos of the SAGA Louts.
10 Mar 2002
The following page contain snapshots that I've
taken during the last couple of months, mostly winter scenes. Hope
that you enjoy them.
I've also added pictures of the Grand-children.
This page was developed by John
Mangum for your non-commercial use.