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,, 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.


Marlow's key asset is the River Thames, which is the original reason for the town's existence.  First a ferry and then a bridge crossed the river in Marlow, and then a lock was built there when the river was made navigable. Here is Alex piloting a little motorboat upstream toward Bisham Abbey, in the background, a holy place so old that it was home to the Knights Templar. Crusaders are buried there.


Here are Papa and Charles during the same excursion looking the other way downstream toward Marlow. The boats behind us are moored alongside Higginson Park, the lovely riverside park.



Many of the more welcoming local pubs can be found close to the river. The Olde Bell, above, is a short walk from Hurley, a few miles upstream from Marlow, and the Ferry sits on the riverbank at Cookham, a few miles downstream. Charlie is playing pool in the Ferry.



Here are Charlie and Alex in the local market town of Reading, again on the banks of the Thames. Ian's great grandfather was the Goods Agent for the Great Western Railway in Reading until his retirement in 1939.



The bottom line is that Ian is so familiar with Marlow that he neglected to accumulate photos of its hot spots. So this page will remain incomplete until he does so! In the meantime, here are Marie-Hélène, Charles and Alex on the pedestrian bridge that leads to Marlow Lock.






Here is what they were looking at: this photo is Copyright John Bushby, 2003, with thanks to the Marlow Society.


Other vacation spots: Vancouver BC, Yosemite, La Grée, St Mâlo, Florida, New York, Colorado, Death Valley, Brocéliande, Disneyland in Paris and Anaheim.


Listing of Pages in the Site

. . . with Alban
. . . with Daphne
. . . with Nicholas
. . . with Thomas
2008 Diary
2008 Special Days
2009 Daphne Alban
2009 Diary
2009 Sports
2009: Tom in IOW
2009: Tom Visits
Alban 1997-2007
Alban Petit 1989-96
Alban with friends
Alex & Charlie's Friends
Alex 1998-2002
Alex Arrives
Alexander 2002-07
Big kids with . .
Breakers '05
Charles & Alex 2
Charles & Alex 3
Charles 1995-9
Charles 2000-07
Charlie's Here
Childrens' parties
Courtney & Antony's Wedding
Daphné 1997-2007
Daphné Petite 87-97
Death Valley
Diary to 2007
Dirty babies
Disney Decor
Disney Residents
Disney Rides
Disneyland 2011
Down the Coast
Faby & Jean
Family Groups
Fooling around
Graduations 2007
Graduations I
Happy Valley
Her Family
Her Friends
His Family 1
His Family 2
Historical Themes
Ian in England
Ian's 50th Birthday
Ian's friends
Ian's Work
Journal from 2008
La Bellanderie
La Grée
La Radinerie des Berhauts
Laura & Damian
Law School Reunion
Le Tahu
Little little guys
Maman Fille
Man Utd v. Barca
Missing You
Mountain Biking
Moving House
Moving Out
New York
Nick 1999-2007
Nick younger
Our Cars
Our Cats
Our Homes
Our House!
Pacific Grove
Papa Ian
Peace Train
Photo Albums
Pools I (1998-2001)
Pools II (2004)
Portraits 2008
Risky Flight
Road Trip!
Santa Cruz
Soccer in 2003
Soccer in 2008
Soccer: hobby #1!
Special Days
St. Malo
Surfing USA
Tahoe Weekend
Thanksgiving 2005
The Hanlons
Thorpe Park
To Santa Cruz
Tom 2000-07
Tom in Paris in 2008
Tom younger
West Cliff
Xmas 1994 -2001
Xmas 2002-2007
Zinzins in California!