About Us

Hello, we're Brian and Eileen Smith. We live in the Waveney valley, Norfolk, England with our daughter Karen, son-in-law Terry and granddaughters Jessica and Georgina.

Professional

We were in the Information Technology business for over 35 years until our retirement in 2001-02. Karen (an MCSE-qualified Network Engineer) maintained the family connection until 2009.

Brian worked on mainframes and PCs and did analysis, programming, operations, training, recruitment and you-name-it. In latter years he moved from the technical to the personnel side of IT. His final assignment was as Resource Planner for an information and communication technology company, recruiting and managing teams of PC analysts and systems administrators throughout the UK.

Eileen was an IBM analyst programmer with many years' experience of mainframes. She was Operational Systems Manager for a major unit trust company before finishing her career in consultancy. Her final assignment was as Analyst Programmer for the finance arm of a motor company in Brentwood.

Leisure

Our leisure interests are many and various with just a few mentioned below. Though our professional involvement in IT spilled over into our leisure, we don't let computers or the Internet dominate it.

Brian uses a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 digital camera. This replaced a Minolta DiMAGE 7i digital camera.  From 1970-2004 he owned Minolta single lens reflex film cameras, the last being a 7000 with a wide range of lenses. Have a look at one of his favourite 7000 photographs, taken at Kentwell Hall.

Brian is a presenter on Blyth Valley Radio. His shows are 'Sunday Lunch' (12noon-3pm), 'Monday Drive Time' (4pm-6pm) and 'Classical Music' on alternate Mondays (3pm-4pm). All times are UK.

Brian owns a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, which he shows around East Anglia. He was Regional Representative of the Classic Corvette Club UK during 2012.

Brian was a National Trust volunteer from 2002 until 2010. He chaired the Friends of Coggeshall Grange Barn, a group that administered a grant awarded by the Local Heritage Initiative and managed its Heritage in Our Hands project.  This won Third Place in the 2008 Marsh Heritage Volunteering Awards.  He was previously a property steward at Coggeshall Grange Barn, Hatfield Forest and Melford Hall and was Volunteer Coordinator for the Mid-Essex group of National Trust properties

Brian's other pastimes include inventing cocktails. Two of them, Assumpta's Kiss and Michael Collins appear on the Cocktails page of Knockeen Hill Irish Poteen.  Another, Mozart Moonshine, appears on the Cocktails page of Mozart Distillerie.

Eileen is a keen gardener and poultry keeper. She grows vegetables, house plants, makes up hanging flower-baskets and pots up plants for the patio. She's also a competent needlewoman, though this activity tends to be restricted to the winter months.

We love gardens - especially those of the National Trust and English Heritage - and are members of both organisations. This page shows some of the roses we grew in our previous garden.

We're also occasional home brewers and winemakers. We used to make lots of home-brew but it took a back seat while we were running our business and bringing up Karen. Since then we have made a wide variety of beers, wines and liqueurs.

In 2003 Karen completed two Hiking Challenges in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief; first in Iceland, secondly in Derbyshire's Peak District. A selection of her photos can be viewed at Karen's Been To Iceland. In 2004 she repeated her Peak District Hiking Challenge for Macmillan. She also abseiled down Harlow Water Tower in aid of Mencap and did a parachute jump in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust. In October-November 2005 she undertook the New Zealand Pack Horse Challenge in aid of World Horse Welfare (formerly the International League for the Protection of Horses).

On the 30th March 2006 at the Swan Hotel, Southwold, Suffolk, Karen became Mrs Terry Roberts.  See Karen and Terry's Wedding for a selection of photos taken on their special day.

Making Contact

If you share any of our interests, why not contact us? We promise a reply to everyone who sends us an e-mail. Particularly welcome will be friends or colleagues from over the years with whom we've lost contact. As the radio hams say, we QSL 100 per cent! Send an e-mail to Brian or Eileen.  Alternately you can complete our Response Form.

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