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:
This charming garden at the back of a pub is not in Marlow, but it is very close, just up the River Thames, and it has a feel and look that is a lot like Marlow. It's the Olde Bell in Hurley. We had dinner there with David and Janice in August 2003.
Here's the front of the pub. The Five Crowns, in Newport Beach, California, was modeled on the Olde Bell in Hurley.
Ian grew up in Marlow, at least from the age of 13 on, which means it is where he has the most memories.
His mum and dad lived there until the end of their respective lives, 1983 for his dad and 1996 for his mum. Home was a typical middle class house about a mile from the town center which the Stocks bought in 1966 when dad was promoted to London. It was a 30-mile each way commute for dad for years, some of those years before the motorways were built into London, and he could spend two and a half or more hours a day commuting, but he was never happier than doing the Saturday morning shopping in the town or tending his roses in the back garden. He was close to his childhood home in Slough, and to a few of his friends from those days whom he saw regularly.
Grandma Stock was from Birmingham, about 80 miles away, and left the turf of her family to move to Marlow, but loved it as much as Grandad. She lived there for thirty years. Here is a picture of the family home just after Grandma died.
The equally idyllic interior on the left is the quadrangle of Sir William Borlase's School, the Marlow school where Ian received his later years of secondary education (which lasts in England roughly from age 11 to 18).
When Ian attended, the lawns and garden benches were strictly off limits, but they always looked good.
The shop for snacks during breaks between classes was just down the road, and called the Tuck Shoppe. Times have changed, as they are wont to do, and now Gez and Jenny (the former a classmate of Ian's at Borlase's, where the latter was unable to study during her husband's tenure: it was an all boys school) live in the Tuck Shoppe and have made it into a lovely home.
Gez is a writer and publisher of successful niche magazines covering the music business.
Andrew, another classmate, stands outside his office on Marlow High Street (his firm has several offices now, and all seem to whirr and buzz along quite nicely, thank you), has been the most successful estate agent (realtor) in the Marlow area for years now. He even bought Grandma Stock's house after she died and lived in it with his family for a couple of years.
Ian's good friend and Andrew's identical twin brother David can be seen here. David wears a beard, in part to distinguish himself from Andrew, and people will still occasionally address one thinking that he is the other!
Back to Marlow. When we visited for a week in July 2007, the Thames was in flood, following summer deluges that lasted for weeks on end. The floods inundated homes further west in Oxford, but in Marlow they were limited to the garden of the Compleat Angler Hotel, in the photo on the right.
All Saints Marlow, the parish church, is across the flooded river on the right. It is also behind the boys in the photo on the left, taken during an earlier more clement summer, 2002. The boys wanted to drive the boat that we rented for an hour, and were not happy that day until they did. The combination of Marlow bridge and this church has inspired generations of amateur photographers.
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