Amy, Ted, Zoe & Isaac Langdon welcome you to Bryher! (and I must find a more up to date family photo - this must have been taken at least 6 years ago now - Langdon family photos don't happen very often!)
We look forward to meeting you and to sharing Bryher and the Isles of Scilly with you.
We have some Scillonian blood in the family, Ted's gran, Doris, was a Hicks and was born on St Agnes. Ted's dad, Gerald, was born on Tresco, and after marrying Ted's mum, Gillian, who was the school teacher on Tresco at the time, they moved to Cornwall where Ted and his sister, Marian, were born. The family returned to Bryher in the mid 1970's, when Ted was about 10 years old. Ted is a master of many trades and can be found all over the island doing building work, concreting roads, fixing tractors, welding things, providing haulage, manning the 'Waste & Recycling Centre' and refurbishing holiday accommodation, to name but a few things!
Amy is originally from Norwich, and first visited Bryher when she was 11, in the late 1980's, staying at Bank Cottage, just opposite Glenhope, Glenhope High and Atlanta. She came to Bryher after her A levels, for a year off, and has since worked at Hell Bay Hotel (for 5 seasons), Bryher Boatyard, and Isles of Scilly Inclusive Holidays, and also for the Council of the Isles of Scilly and most recently for the Islands' Tourism and Business Partnership on St Mary's, commuting 3 days a week. Now staying firmly on Bryher and focussing solely on the cottages and chalets (although also recently appointed a Director of the Islands' Partnership), the year off is now in it's 26th year...!
Both Zoe and Isaac were born on St Mary's, Zoe being one of the first home births (at Marian's B&B, Belmont, practically next door to the hospital!) on the Islands for many years at the time and making the local papers! Isaac's arrival 3 1/2 years later was a little more relaxed! Both children enjoyed the carefree childhood of the Islands. Zoe gained 3 A levels at Truro College and now aged 22, she is working summers at Olivia's Kitchen and Hell Bay Hotel, as well as helping us with the cottages and chalets during the season. During the winter she travels the world! Isaac is now at the University of Bath, studying Chemistry. When not at Uni, he can be found working at Bryher Campsite, hauling luggage, driving tractors and helping clean the shower blocks, amongst other things!
You might want to watch the BBC Learning Zone 'William Whiskerson' episode that Zoe and Isaac filmed back in October 2011 (click on the photo of William below!). We may be slightly biased, but we think it's great (Zoe & Isaac aren't quite so fond of it!!)! It gives a great insight in to life on the Islands.