Marty’s Home Page

Marty’s Home Page

My 'Home' page...

A bit of stuff about me and mine.

You are welcome to contact me at my contact page.

And I occasionally post here below.

Some rules to live by on my Marty's Rules of Life page.

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Gareth’s Portrait Website in Los Angeles

Gareth’s Portrait Website in Los Angeles

Son Gareth has been making a bit of a name for himself taking portraits.  Headshots.  With a real eye for a look that really catches the essence of the man or woman that he is shooting.  His clients look as a rule, very comfortable and relaxed in the photos.  I’ll post a few here but check out his website:

Above is a photo of the man himself.



Some samples of his work:

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Gwen Van Kleef Riding lessons

Gwen Van Kleef Riding lessons

Went to watch my sister at her riding lesson last evening and to check out some of the animals they have there. The sun was perfect for a great backlit shot. Gwen was there with two other students. Teacher was great, though I couldn’t believe how hard she worked them.


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A Comment on me Mum – Mrs Jeannette A Jones

A Comment on me Mum – Mrs Jeannette A Jones

This is kind of a short tribute to my mother, Mrs Jeannette Amarens Jones.  (Nee: Van Rantwyck)

Mom had a couple of things that she said when we, as kids were young that really stuck with me and I think made me a better person.

The first was when we were smaller and something bad happened: we got hurt, fell or something or other, she would say ‘Blame Jim’ (some friend or other) or someone or something that was no where near and a bit ridiculous.  The result of this was making us take responsibility for what happened.  It was a bit weird but blaming others for one’s situation is never a solution so this was a kind of gentle way of creating that perspective.

My mother remarried and moved from Canada to Denmark around 1978/79.  She had been a pen-pal with a fellow in Denmark since grade school.   She grew up in Holland.  I think they had been writing each other for almost 40 years.  His wife had passed away and she was long since separated and divorced.   Several years later, her husband Niels, told me that she would receive three to five personal letters PER DAY in the mail.  From friends.  She wrote letters every evening when we were growing up.

Her communication lines were amazing.  Here view on this was:

Never wait for someone to communicate to you.  

She thought that if you wait for other people you will be waiting forever. This is a great philosophy.  Many people would be a lot less lonely and upset following this.

Above is a picture of me and my mother around Christmas 1951.


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Marty’s Breakfast Omelette

Marty’s Breakfast Omelette

I’m told that one should have two cups of vegetables per day.  Cooked. Uncooked. Whatever – just get that two cups into you every day.  This second or third hand from some celebrity chef or other.  I couldn’t find the source quickly so… – if you know you can leave it in the comments.
I grew up in the 60s so was exposed to the books of Adelle Davis and her philosophies on nutrition and eating.  “Breakfast like a King” she says.  So, most days my first breakfast(I also like the Hobbit form of two breakfasts when I can) consists of a pretty healthy omelette.  
Ingredients:breakfast omelette
Three eggs
Green Onions
Heavy Cream
Hard Cheese(Pecorino)
Different Spices(Berbere or often ‘Whatever’ from
Sometimes I will alternate Feta and Spinach for the Pecorino)
Sometimes I add Basil Pesto or Sundried Tomato paste for something a little different as well.  The Basil Pesto is great!

breakfast breakfast fritatta

Pretty simple really.  Sauté the veggies until the onions are, well, sautéed. I mix the eggs with the cream, salt, pepper and whatever spice I feel like that morning and pour over the veggies.  Grate the cheese into the eggs while in the pan. Cover and let cook about halfway on a low/medium heat – don’t let cook too fast.  Meanwhile oven is on low broil.  Once eggs are partially cooked uncover the pan and put in the oven.  Keep the light on in the oven so you can see when ready.  This will depend on how far along you cooked before placing in the oven. Timing is going to be different for every stove top and every oven.  I can usually tell when done by the aroma.  Remove from the oven(please use an oven mitt) and serve.  You can cover for a minute if you want – sometimes it comes out the pan more easily when you do this.  
I garnish with my homemade Peach Chutney or Mango Chutney and usually a bit of hot sauce.
frittata or omelette
Don’t over cook the veggies before you put the eggs in.  Don’t be shy on the cheese.  Don’t ever be shy with the cheese.  
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Sister Gwen van Kleef with Saluki Pups

Sister Gwen van Kleef with Saluki Pups

Scanning in some old photos(slides) and came across some of my sister Gwen with a friend's Saluki pups.  One of the oldest breeds. Beautiful dogs. The photos are from the early 70s - the last one is the mama - not being very co-operative.

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Recent Family Trip to Palm Springs, CA

Recent Family Trip to Palm Springs, CA

Family Christmas 2015

Spent Christmas with my boys.  Had been a few years since we were all together.  Went to Palm Springs for a few days.  Got to take a few pictures.  We had a blast. Dylan Glyn Jones, K Spencer Jones, Gareth Glyn Jones. 

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Hiking with my granddaughter

Hiking with my granddaughter

Here are a few more pictures from our hike in Glendale(Los Angeles).  I asked Peyton to go sit on the bench so I could take a few pictures.  The posing was all her:

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Hike with my granddaughter in Glendale

Hike with my granddaughter in Glendale

On our hike last Saturday we went up an ‘in town’ mountain a few minutes from where they live.  Nice hike. Beautiful sunny day.  Lots of friendly people and lots of dogs for Peyton to pet.  She is so friendly and outgoing.  Peyton and I were able to catch some interesting shadows.

She will say hello to anyone and everyone.  

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