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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?

 

 

 

Remembering The Good Times September 29, 2017

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Family Photos — Janet @ 3:24 am

2017_09_28_20_20_22.pdf000  My sisters and me at the farm in Milford New Hampshire       some years ago

 

45 Years On August 2, 2017

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I’m trying to scan a postcard and I keep getting it saved as pdf.  Frustrating.  It’s a postcard which I wrote 45 years ago and it didn’t reach its destination.  I didn’t have the latest postal address for my sister.  Her RFD number had been changed to a road address.    So the card was returned to me in St. Lucia.  We were new to the island but the postal service found us easily.  It was a small island!

If you click on the reference given above you can see the card of sailing near The Pitons in Soufriere in St Lucia West Indies.  And what I wrote is found below.

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Memories Of Fiji July 9, 2017

Filed under: Family memories,Family photographs,Uncategorized — Janet @ 12:57 am

2017_07_08_12_14_52.pdf000  A bearded man, post chicken pox     1976

2017_07_08_15_53_09.pdf000  an aspiring weaver

2017_07_08_17_53_58.pdf000  the three wizards

 

 

Happy Fourth Of July Weekend July 2, 2017

Filed under: Bangladesh,Family memories — Janet @ 4:35 pm

IMG_3616  Do I look patriotic enough?

I’m reminded of the most memorable Fourth of July our peripatetic family ever spent.  That weekend in 1979 marked our acceptance to membership in the American Club in Dhaka Bangladesh.  What a change that made in our expat lives.  A swimming pool for the boys and tennis courts for us.  Wow.