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A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

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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