We are now scattered somewhat across the world, and include in our extended family quite a lot of people who do not carry the name Peake.
Before moving to Oregon in 1992, we spent 10 years living in France, and when we left we left behind two daughters, Susan and Rachael. Our son, Simon, moved to the US with us. Before that we came from England, and the rest of our families are there, including another daughter, Cathy. My brother, Paul, and his family, still live in England.
The weather here is something of a change from what we were used to in Europe. Western Oregon summers have virtually no rain, and temperatures often reach up into the upper 90's Farenheight (upper 30's Celcius) Winter is generaly cool and wet. In this part of Oregon there is rarely any frost or snow, although this does happen occasionally. Located where we are (about 25 miles SW of Portland) means that we are well placed for most of what Oregon has to offer. To the West is the coastal range of mountains, with the Pacific just beyond. We are about 60 miles from the coast, so its easy to just decide on a hot Sunday that we would like to drive to the coast for lunch.
To the East are the Cascade mountains, and Mount Hood, which is a dormant volcano easily visible from anywhere around the area with an unobstructed view to the East. Our view east is blocked by a hill, which means we can't see Mt. Hood. But then, neither can it see us if it ever decides to erupt (Mt. St. Helens, which exploded in 1989 is the next volcano in the chain to the north of us). The snow on Mt. Hood is pretty much permanent on the upper slopes, so people can be seen skiing on the glacier even in the middle of August.