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I Loved My Dog March 19, 2018

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.



Ruth at lake photo


Ruth and Finn feb 2015


ruth and me
















Photo From Long Ago August 11, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos,Vintage Photographs — Janet @ 5:56 pm

2017_08_11_10_43_37.pdf000  That’s a dad helping his son – before we had Lego.  The son is now in his 40’s and the dad in his 80’s.  The photo was taken in 1975 in the living room of our house in Dublin Ireland.

(I’m scanning my photo collection so keep reading this blog to see more memories.)


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



Some Photos From Our Week In Connecticut June 30, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 2:46 am

IMG_3589 view from 36 Red, venue for our 17th birthday lunch

IMG_3585  the party people

IMG_3577  Holly – the new puppy who stayed at home

IMG_3573  Holly likes to watch the painters

IMG_3563   Holly in her bed – she is such a sweet little puppy and she gets up to all sorts of mischief

IMG_3553  Lunch at Marlay’s in Essex, 3 generations



A Day In Mystic Connecticut June 27, 2017

We had a 17th birthday celebratory lunch at 36Red on the river in Mystic Connecticut.  Almost within sight of the Draken Harald – the Viking Ship which sailed the Atlantic in 2016 and wintered in Mystic.  A beauty of a day with good weather, delicious food, successful shopping, superb company, etc etc.  Superlatives galore for our oldest grandson’s 17th birthday.  IMG_4834


And I even did some knitting too!  knittingoldlady