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:
We start this second look at our family in pools with Alban diving. Actually, there's water all over this website: at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, our small town on the Pacific Ocean, or Thorpe Park, an English fun fair, on the River Thames in Marlow, near Thorpe Park, in St Malo on the Brittany coast north of Brocéliande, on the beach in St Malo, in Florida, at other swimming pools . . . the list goes on.
The focus of this first shot on the left isn't perfect, but Alban took a one-week diving class through the Red Cross in June of 2004, and of course took to it like a duck to water. Then, as is par for the course, he did not want to do any more. It's hard work being parents! The last picture on this page is the end of this dive.
He asked for this series of photos to be taken.
Dropping below Alban comes with a comparable drop-off in elegance. First, a few words of explanation, to set the stage as it were.
Maman registered the four younger children for morning swimming or diving classes during the early summer of 2004, and then took them for more swimming most afternoons in June, when the weather stayed wonderfully warm for Santa Cruz (which, being on the Northern California coast tends to be cool in more ways than one).
Papa was not working much that summer, and periodically accompanied the four of them to their classes, trying to join in in his own modest over-50s way. Emphasis on modest!
He is the extremely white-skinned individual on the left, grimacing as he flies through the air, determined to jump at least once from the springboard while the children were doing their endless jumping routines.
During all those afternoons in the month of June he plucked up the courage to make a total of two jumps from the springboard. These two jumps salvaged his pride, although if the photo is anything to go by, they probably should not have! The unbearably white skin is an irreparable sign of his Englishness.
Below on the right is a shorter series taken of Alex during the same long and wet vacation in Brittany in August 2004.
Check out his expression in the second photo! Alex can't keep out of the water, but is very focused on keeping the water out of him!
Maman did not register Daphné for the above swimming classes, because at almost 17 she was arranging her own summer itinerary. By one of those flukes that enrich the mother-daughter relationship, she had arranged a swimming class for herself, which overlapped in part the classes of the younger children. Here she is learning backstroke after the younger children had finished their class.
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. . . with Alban