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:
Home is in a forest, with trees literally growing through our deck!
This is a rear view, showing three quarters of the wrap-around deck. The house was built on a knoll, but the hillside drops away on three sides, and the deck gives us a feeling of space. Of course, the Santa Cruz coastal climate is rarely conducive to balmy evenings on the deck. . . !
We've spent many of the years covered by this photo album here, and it's getting to the point where we'll never be able to afford to move. When property values are rising, as they have been almost constantly since we arrived, the property tax system penalizes moves.
So we embellish what we've got: a little bit here and a little bit there. The issue is that we're always short one bedroom. Charlie finally got his own room during the summer of 2006. He had been tired of sharing his room with his little brother Alex, when none of the other children share theirs. He had a point, but we only have six bedrooms. So we needed to wait for Nick to move out before there was one free.
On the right is an aerial shot courtesy of Marty, above, who good-naturedly took Ian and Nick up in his plane for a spin one Sunday afternoon in 2005. It was taken from almost the same angle as the above close-up. The sun was very bright and the shade very dark, but it gives you an idea of our verdant surroundings. We are in the middle of a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains.
The upright object in the middle of the roof is Tom, not a chimney! He was determined to wave to us. The chimney (not in use and recently dismantled) is the upright object to the right of the roof.
Bottom right, our road cuts across the diagonal. The house is up a steep hillside from the road, and our driveway and its switchback is under the trees.
The following collection of interiors starts (top row, left) with the room that is now Alex's but when the photo was taken was Charles' and Alex's shared bedroom. It continues with Alban's room (top row, right) in a state of relative order. His walls change periodically, but always make very interesting viewing!
The breakfast nook (middle row, left) features decorating the walls Grand-Père's wonderful pictures of the Breton countryside near La Grée where he lives. While Marie-Hélène was growing up, he photographed hairstyles for l'Oreal and the like as his profession, and for pleasure photographed Brittany. Mementos like these of the Berhaut family surround us at home.
On to the dining room (middle row, right), set up more for children's activities and Marie-Hélène's stamping than for eating.
The desk in the living room (bottom row, left) includes two framed deeds above it. Ian's dad gave him the deeds, which fit with what was Ian's new profession when his dad had found them when they were clearing out his offices. His dad then worked for Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd., a division of Reed International plc and the corporate successor to Sanderson's. One of the deeds embodied an expansion of the first Sanderson's factory. Grandma had them framed, and they follow us around. This time, it's mementos of the Stock family.
Finally, on to our own little group, for whom the trampoline (bottom row, right) has been the most successful and long-lasting toy for the children that we have ever found.
We have a sign out front which reads "Not the Spot." Why, you may well ask! Suffice it to say that we live in Santa Cruz, at the north end of the Monterey Bay near a mini tourist attraction called the Mystery Spot that has both built on our land and chopped trees on our land, in each case without so much as a by-your-leave. We're simply clarifying things.
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban