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A Day At The Races March 4, 2018

Filed under: Apex Team,Bicycling,Cycling,Family,Family Photos — Janet @ 5:25 pm

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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.

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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Family Games December 19, 2017

Filed under: Card Games,Family — Janet @ 3:23 pm

IMG_4949  Family fun with the game of Coup – I think Ethan was Ashley’s partner – a silent one but still part of the fun

 

Thanksgiving Dinner November 24, 2017

Filed under: Cats,Family,Fizz,Food,Thanksgiving — Janet @ 7:49 pm

IMG_4766   It was lovely!

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IMG_4768  Fizz the cat was banished – she waited patiently

 

 

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

 

There’s A Bright Star Shining In The East September 28, 2017

Filed under: Family,Family history — Janet @ 1:55 pm

When I get up these dark September mornings and take my seat at the computer I look out to see a lone bright star shining in the East.  I like to think this is a message from my dear sister Ruth who passed just a few days ago.  She is shining down on us – twinkling – all is well.  She is at rest, in peace.  And slowly dawn breaks.  Another beautiful sunrise.

2017_09_28_06_39_16.pdf003  Ruth   This photo was taken a number of years ago when she was still living at her beloved farm.  The farmhouse was built in 1792 and lived in by 10 generations of the same family before Ruth and her husband Chuck bought it.  Over the years it was the focus not only for the immediate family but for the wider circle of friends and family.

Among Ruth’s many interests she loved gardening, particularly flowers.  So this photo taken on the side porch is most appropriate.