AngelaTom.org.uk

The personal website of Tom & Angela Whittaker




Welcome to the personal website of Angela and Tom Whittaker.

We have chosen four areas of activity, some of which you may find of interest.




Genealogy

For many years we have been tracing our family history and have identified ancestors as far back as the 1500's.  You are welcome to browse our pages to find out whether we have any common ancestors.

Our ancestors are from many places within England from Yorkshire in the north to Surrey in the south and from Lincolnshire in the east to Warwickshire in the west. There are even Hugenots who travelled from France in the early 17th Century.

The most recent surnames are: Whittaker, Cooper, Clifton, Payne, Brooks, Goodair, Hubbard and Smith.






Tom's Journeys



For the past 20 years, Tom has been fulfilling an ambition to walk alone round the coast of England.  Having achieved over half of the distance, it has become clear that a means of speeding up the process is required.  Therefore, trips since 2009 have made use of a folding bike which is easy to take on the train and removes much of the risk of becoming stranded in an isolated place.  At present, the site points to his blog which has been maintained for the past two years.  Eventually, the adventures, routes and photos will become part of this site.

Having travelled along almost 80% of the English coastline, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find walks or rides that are possible to complete in a one day trip. He has therefore decided to add the Welsh coastline to the itinerary and has already completed the route from New Quay to Harlech. During 2015, he will be planning journeys in Cornwall, South Wales and the Lleyn Peninsula.




Angela's Paintings

Angela's watercolour paintings are inspired by walks in the local countryside or visits to towns and cities in the UK or abroad. She aims to capture an impression of the atmosphere rather than an exact, detailed likeness and is particularly interested in the effects of light and shadows or the mood of a rainy day.

A selection can be viewed by clicking on the heading of this section of our website. A series of thumbnails will then appear, click on the desired thumbnail to see a larger picture.








Singing



We both enjoy solo singing and have given many concerts in the Midlands area. Our repertoire includes lieder, French melodies and popular songs of the 20's 30's and 40's.

A selection of songs and duets can be viewed on youtube.

Berg' und Burgen by Robert Schumann

Le rossignol des lilas by Reynaldo Hahn

When the Children are asleep by Rodgers and Hammerstein