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.
We moved house from the forest outside of Rambouillet in France (La Bellanderie) to our new home in the forest outside Santa Cruz in California in June 1997, less than a month after Marie-Hélène and Ian were married. This move was a key part of our family history.
First we flew from Paris to New York, where we spent a few days in the granite corridors of Manhattan. From New York, we travelled west on the Amtrak train across America. It was a great trip. Three days and more of winding and clackety-clacking across more than 3,000 miles of the great steel highway. When Ian was a boy growing up in England, his father gave him a leather-bound three volume set of "Railway Wonders of the World". Many of the wonders were the magnificent railroads blasted and sweated across the US and Canada. It had been a lifelong dream to see them.
On to Santa Cruz . . .
Two families helped us enormously to settle down in Santa Cruz: the Nashes and the Hanlons.
On the right, Russ and Annie Hanlon with Charlie during his first visit to California in April 1997. We were exploring the coast, to figure out where we wanted to move to.
Once we arrived in Santa Crux in June, the Hanlons let us use their home as a mail-drop and phone and fax line, and loaned us furniture until ours arrived years later. Ian spent hours at the Hanlons to download and print his emails, usually around their bedtime! Every birthday for years they thought to do something special for us.
Below, Sue and Derek Nash with Marie-Hélène and Ian at their home in Foster City on Christmas Day, 1997.
The Nashes are other expatriate Brits: Sue is Ian's sister, and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1987 to 2001 or 2, when she and Derek moved down to San Diego and then out to Indio (still in California, deeper into the desert) and back to Marlow, simultaneously. A truly transatlantic family.
There are other photos of them here, complete with Antony and Laura, their delightful children. They also loaned us furniture when we arrived. And they sold us their old Mazda for a very good price: six years and 110,000 miles later, it was still going strong when we sold it to a boyfriend of Daphné's.
Here are other shots of the Nashes at Antony and Courtney's wedding.
Here is some of what we found in Santa Cruz. And nearby.
Listing of Pages in the Site
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