Who is “Man for the Plan”

Hi, My name is Rob Bonsor. I live in Coldridge Devon, with my wife Ruth and our 4 children. In April 2011 I was made redundant from the Environment Agency. Since then I have spent my “free” time renovating parts of our house (The Old Bakery), building bedrooms and play areas for my children, a mezzanine floor for the study and office and renovating our utility and play rooms. Dealing with old houses is not a new event in our lives. When we were first married, we acquired an old coach house set within a woodland in the Lake District. My first job in married life was to create a terraced garden at the back of the house, no mean feat. All 18 tons of stone had to be moved up the hill and placed by hand. Trees were cut back, terraces planned and laid and 20 tons of top soil wheeled up the hill. Over the years old houses have provided us with challenges that we have endeavoured to overcome. Now life has thrown a new challenge in our direction so I have decided to go it alone and make use of the skills I have picked up over the years. So who am I? Well I have had a diverse life so far; I started as a mechanic in 1980 before moving into agriculture. I worked on farms in England, Switzerland and Australia until until 1991 when I took up a position leading overland expeditions. I spent the next 3 years building expedition truck and leading expeditions across South America and Asia. In 1994 I met Ruth on the Silk Route (Beijing to Islamabad). After travels in Pakistan and India I returned home in 1994 and went to university. I studied Environmental and Ecological sciences and gained a PhD  in 2004. Since then I have worked in research and development for the Environment Agency, developing new methods to track pollution to its source.

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6 Responses to Who is “Man for the Plan”

  1. g8t3y says:

    wow – been busy 🙂

  2. Maria Kusma says:

    Brilliant Rob, wishing you all the best. Maria & Brandon x

  3. Jenny West says:

    Great website Rob from what I have seen so far. To anyone else who reads this, I am Ruth’s friend and have seen all the work Rob has done and it is brilliant. Really high standard. Would recommend Rob highly. Only wish you all lived closer as have a few jobs needing doing in our house. Humph. Jenny

  4. Thank you Jenny. Appreciate your comments.

  5. SuzAnne Hubbard Russell says:

    Oh my Goodness! I can’t believe I stumbled upon this! My Grandmother, Winifred Quant Rawding bought The Old Bakery in the ’70’s. My brother and I have so many wonderful memories there! I used to love to help out in the shop next door. Would love some pics of the place, if you could. My Grandad is buried in the church cemetary. Please feel free to contact me. SuzAnne Russell

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