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:
http://www.zinzins.net/disneyland_weekend_2011.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/peace_train.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/manutd_v_barca.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/xmas_&_alex_birthday.htm.
Ian's mother left us all in July 1996, but not before giving the entire family a rousing welcome and wonderful support. See History.
Here we are at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford (UK) the first time that grandma met Marie-Hélène, Daphné and Alban in the summer of 1994. She had already gone through years and years of debilitating illness, but could still throw you a winning smile.
As in this trip, we normally brought the car on the cross-channel ferry to visit Grandma.
Daphné and Alban below in the Randolph during the same visit.
Before the Channel Tunnel was finally built, after close to a hundred years of planning and reflection, a great public debate erupted all over the UK about the wisdom of the endeavor.
Grandma wagged her finger at us and warned all who would listen that French rats would migrate to England through the tunnel and spread rabies throughout England's green and pleasant land.
The grain of truth in this fear was the failure of rabies to leap the channel despite being firmly embedded on the continent for centuries. But her fear conveyed a more visible British trait, and by "trait" we mean prejudice. The English have spent centuries at war with the French, and when the two countries were not at war they despised each other gracefully. Grandma was of Irish extraction, but this prejudice had permeated her despite her Irish origins.
We were all doubly grateful that she took so warmly to Marie-Hélène and her children. Of course, all three are very lovable, but prejudice can blast right through the finer characteristics of those discriminated against if it has a mind to. In this case, it did not. We only had two years together as a family before Grandma passed away, but no-one was kinder or more supportive, to all of us.
The photo above left was taken just after New Year's in 1995.
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban