Not quite the photo I was looking for – this is my grandmother as a young mother holding my mother born April 7 1912 in Minneapolis Minnesota
50 Years Ago April 2, 2018
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
Easter Sunday 2018 April 1, 2018
Ballard First Lutheran, Seattle
Choir waiting to process
Man With A Black Beard March 19, 2018
Does anyone recognize this man? This is my husband Ian post chicken pox. In Fiji, 1974
A Day At The Races March 4, 2018
Yesterday marked the start of the cycling season – racing that is. It was a chilly and foggy morning in the valley near Auburn south of Seattle. Here is son James about to be launched – family members are gathered round. It was a time trial wth cyclists starting every 30 seconds. 5 miles out, 5 miles return, taking approximately 28 minutes. Various teams were represented. James is with the Apex Team – they were well represented in the various categories.
James start time was about 9:20 and the fog had considerably dispersed by then. That’s me to the left trying to get him at the start. Grandson Sean is the supporter just to the right and James’ wife Susan is there in green.
I Have Been Away February 18, 2018
A marvelous trip to London and Dublin to visit family and friends.
Son Andrew and his 2 daughters Alannah 12 and Isolde 7 in their home in Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland
In a pub in Terenure, Dublin 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
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. 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. This photo doesn’t do it justice.