At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.
A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:
These pages are summaries of our collective life by year. Many were first written as a kind of annual update for friends and family. We also sent annual updates for years after 2007. They are located here, as part of each year's journal going forward.
"the seasons they go round and round,
Didn't Joni listen to Neil Young's "Sugar Mountain," get blown away by it and rush home to write the "Circle Game?" Or was it the other way around? Myths from the 1970s are so hard to keep straight. But they're both beautiful songs, and one day "Circle Game" will play on this page.
In the meantime, we'll be happy enough with our own shots of Carousels. On the right is Alex at Disneyland in November 2003, and on the left is Charlie on an imaginary carousel with Pinocchio during the same visit. That's one of the things that makes Disneyland special: imagination everywhere, for the children too!
On the left, Alban on a carousel, also at Disneyland but this time in 1999. Needless to say, a nine-year old boy rides one differently!
Here's a dynamic carousel, below right, this time at the Santa Cruz County Fair in Watsonville in the fall of 2000. You can't see the faces, but the postures of the children say a lot: Tom is making his seat twist backwards and forwards, Daphné is raising her arms as her friend looks back at her, and Alban at the back is driving a race car!
Every year has had its highlights and its lowpoints, for our family as for any other. In 2007, by way of the year's zinzins improvement project, we are putting these high and low points together and spreading them out year by year. We start in 1994, when we moved in together, and go on through 2007, last year.
Starting in 1997, we began to send an annual update with our Christmas, Holiday or New Year's greeting. These updates summarize their respective years, and we add photos or other mementos to complement them.
We compiled the pages for the earlier years here, before 1997, by looking at letters, photographs and the like to remind ourselves.
Starting in 2004, we began to include photographs in the updates. In some cases, the photos included in the diary differ, because the originals are elsewhere on the web site.
And of course, we paste the carousel pictures here, because these pages are our little carousel of time.
On the left is a French carousel in Six-Fours on the Mediterranean, with Charlie and his Maman waving, taken by Tante Lucette during the summer of 1999.
On the right is Tom on another French carousel, this time in Rambouillet in the summer of 1996.
Now we move on to other kinds of rides . . .
As we grow older, and watch our children grow older, we realize more and more that our carousel of time is not the smooth and elegant Victorian carousel that the word evokes.
Rather, our carousel can go very fast at times, like the ride Charlie is on at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz on the left. And much of the time our carousel jerks and twists more like a roller coaster than a carousel.
Here's one below on the right at Le Jardin des Tuileries in Paris in the summer of 2004.
And there are also those unavoidable bumps in the road that we face as do all families. Like the bumper car below left that gave Alban and Daphné such a good time.
Yes, our life together as a fairground is a metaphor that we can enjoy!
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban