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Memories of World War II May 28, 2018

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Family photographs,World War II — Janet @ 4:34 pm

2018_05_28_08_48_18.pdf001    March 1943 – a visit with my brother training to be a Navy pilot

 

Remembering The War Years May 27, 2018

 

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My brother and sisters and me – on a visit to my brother stationed at Fort Devens in Fitchburg Mass

IMG_0001  another wartime photo – my brother on a visit home  (I am peeking out the window)       This might have been the weekend which stirs a vivid memory of coming home from church on a Sunday morning and unexpectently seeing my brother at the top of the street.  Thrilled – I ran up the hill and into his arms.  I was 7 or 8 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publication Day In 2nd Grade April 21, 2018

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Grandchildren,School Days — Janet @ 3:43 pm

IMG_1392  Parents and students reading the reports

IMG_1393   That’s my grandson Sean on the left with the skeleton(?) T-shirt

IMG_1395  Readers were encouraged to write comments    (The teacher is a Seahawks fan wearing his Number 12 jersey)

IMG_1398  Sean’s mum (Susan) reading one of the reports

I love these parent/grandparent participation events.  Such a privilege.  And they spark wonderful memories of the years when our sons were that age – and when I was that age!

 

People and Places April 3, 2018

Filed under: Bhutan,Family memories,Family photographs,Thimphu Bhutan — Janet @ 7:05 pm

2018_04_03_11_15_25.pdf001  Our house in Thimphu Bhutan, our son David sitting in the doorway, and our wonderful Puppy on the grass in front

I’ve been scanning some old photos.  What memories!!  Did we really live in this Royal Kingdom for 2 years back in the 1980’s?  It was magical!

 

50 Years Ago April 2, 2018

2018_04_02_09_34_45.pdf000  50 years ago in February 1968 this starry-eyed couple were wed in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Nairobi, Kenya

We haven’t celebrated the actual date – I was visiting one of our sons in London and Dublin.  And Ian remained here in Seattle – too infirm to make the trip.

I’ve been wanting to mark the 50 year milestone though by writing a bit on my blog and including some photos taken long ago in those early years.

to be continued

 

Memories March 19, 2018

Filed under: Family memories,Kathmandu — Janet @ 10:17 pm

2017_08_16_09_59_21.pdf021  I love this photo of a woman in Kathmandu Nepal   It was taken in 1983 when our family visited Kathmandu.  We stayed at Dwarika’s, an interesting hotel, a former elaborate residence.  Dwarika’s at that time had several Afghan Hounds, magnificent dogs.  We rented bicycles and biked to the carpet shop.  David, 11 years old at that time, said he was’t feeling well and promptly fainted on the threshold of the shop.  This very kind woman took us in and lead us upstairs in her home so David could lie down.  I can’t remember the details of his recovery but he did and we also bought a beautiful grey carpet from her shop.  We still have the carpet – they wear forever!

 

I Loved My Dog

2017_07_11_14_07_10.pdf025  photo from 1949, approx    Belmont Mass

 

I Have Been Away February 18, 2018

A marvelous trip to London and Dublin to visit family and friends.

IMG_1013   Son Andrew and his 2 daughters Alannah 12 and Isolde 7 in their home in Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland

IMG_1048  In a pub in Terenure, DublinIMG_1039   Same pub, Vaughn’s, Alannah, Kerri-Anne and Amanda.  Amanda is Andrew’s wife and Kerri-Anne is her sister.

Following lunch the granddaughters and I went to the small but very good Village Bookstore 2 doors away.  During my trip I visited book stores at every opportunity.  My failing?  My interest!!  Alas, I didn’t come across any yarn stores in my travels.  It’s just as well, I could hardly shut or lift my suitcase for the return trip back to Seattle.

 

Vaughn’s in the village of Terenure is within easy walking distance of Andrew and Amanda’s home in Rathgar.  Rathgar village also has numerous excellent bars and restaurants and shopping facilities.  Up until about a month ago Rathgar also had a book store    IMG_5195

 

 

 

My husband Ian and I lived in Rathgar when we first came to Ireland in Year 1 of our marriage in 1968.  We had the top floor flat in a former house – very similar to Andrew and Amanda’s home now.      IMG_5211   sort of but not exactly like this red brick home

Ian and I did our shopping at the Gourmet Shop in Rathgar but sadly the owners passed away recently and the shop is now closed – a victim of the passage of time and a small shop bowing to the dominance of a much larger shopping facility (SuperQuinn) opening nearby.

Rathgar Presbyterian Church is strikingly dominant in the village.  And this is where our youngest son David was baptized.    IMG_5198   This photo doesn’t do it justice.

 

 

 

 

January 6 January 6, 2018

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 8:25 pm

A date when I especially think of my sister Ruth who passed away last September.  She was born in 1926 so today would have been her 92nd birthday.  I think of her every day but today especially.  Good memories.  Following are a few pictures taken over the years.

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Ruth at lake photo

 

Ruth and Finn feb 2015

 

ruth and me

 

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December 28, 2017 December 28, 2017

Filed under: Family history,Family memories,Family Photos — Janet @ 8:57 pm

82 years ago today on December 28, 1935 my parents were married at 45 Wildwood Street, Winchester Massachusetts.  This was my mother’s family home.IMG_3236  My grandparents home has different owners now – but doesn’t the house look lovely,  I stopped to view it this past May when I was visiting one of my cousins who lives in Winchester.  I have warm feelings as I think of that happy day so long ago.  In attendance were my 3 (half) siblings, my father was a widower with a son age 11 and 2 daughters age 8 and 7.  My sisters have told me how awkward they felt and how warm and gracious my mother’s mother was.  She just took them under her wing, so to speak and made them feel at ease.  Unfortunately none of the photos of the occasion turned out.

I have lots of other family photos to share however:

birthday-baby   I was born early in December a year later

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0001     my father with his 3 young children – photo taken in the late 1920’s on Old Middlesex Road in Belmont Massachusetts.

 

IMG_0002    my mother holding me and Bob, Ruth, and Nan – and Blackie the cat     Spring 1937

 

IMGon the front steps of the Winchester house – Auntie (my grandfather’s sister), me, my cousin Betsy, our grandma Friend

 

 

    My grandfather’s sister Gussie (Augusta), my grandfather Alfred (Fred), and my grandmother May Belle      the picture was taken on the front porch of the Winchester house

  The baby in this photo from 1912 is my mother being held by her mother (my grandmother) in Minneapolis Minnesota

IMG  my father, proud dad 1920’s

IMG_0002  my dad and brother Bob 1930 approx.

IMG  my dad as a youth age 19?

IMG  my dad and his mother, 1943, Raleigh North Carolina

IMG_0003  my mother and dad, 1938?