The Transatlantic Fletchers

Introducing the Family

The Fletcher FamilyThere are a lot of Fletchers around! Like Smith, Fuller, Mason, Baker, and many other relatively common family names, it is one that can be traced back to a distant ancestor's trade or profession. A fletcher was a maker of arrows - the fletching is the arrangement of feathers or vanes near the grooved end of the arrow that helps it fly straight and true. In the past, details of the fletching would frequently also identify the archer to whom the arrow belonged.

Chris and I will have been married 47 years this year (2021), and have produced four children. The image above was taken at our 40th Anniversary celebration, in July, 2014. In order of birth, our children are:
Jean - living in Buffalo, NY
Ben - living in London, England
Will - living in NYC
John - living in Plymouth, Devon, England

Our daughter presented us with our first grandchild in March, 2009, and our second in November, 2011. Will presented us with our third (our first and, so far, only granddaughter) in October, 2013, and our fourth in July, 2015. Ben's first son was stillborn, but his first living son and our fifth grandchild was born in October, 2016. John's first son - our sixth grandchild - was born in May, 2018, Ben's second living son (grandchild number 7) was born in July, 2019, and John's second son (grandchild number 8) was born in February, 2021.

All our children were born in the United States, but, in the course of fairly eventful lives (see our respective personal sites - links below and in the right hand column), Chris and I have lived and worked for substantial periods of time on either side of the Atlantic Ocean and have moved our family home (in one direction or the other) across the Atlantic three times. The first of those moves happened shortly before Jean was born, but each of the other two moves left one child in College behind on 'the other side of the pond'. Fortunately, the family seems to have survived these traumas!

Jean, who was the one 'left behind' on our second transatlantic move, remained here, and Will returned to the United States after finishing University in England, and is now in the NYPD, but Ben went on to complete a PhD in Physics in England before starting work for the British Government, and John also married someone whom he met at university there, and consequently plans to stay in England for (at least) a while longer, so we are still a transatlantic family. You can now find all of our children on Facebook, but Chris and I are old fashioned enough to prefer to maintain a more traditional web presence. The predecessor of this site had more content about (and by) our children, but you can still view some pictures of the family in our Photo Gallery and read more about our activities on Chris's individual site and my individual site.

Why fletchers-uk?

   ....and other technical notes

When we first registered the domain, there were none of the current plethora of non-geographical top level domains (.biz, .me, etc.) to choose from, we all (except our daughter) lived in England, and all the unqualified fletcher... and fletchers... domains were taken, so it seemed like a reasonable choice. When Chris and I finally (at least by intention) moved back to the US, in 2007, we thought about changing our internet identity, but there seemed to be no particularly good reason to do so. I, at least, am originally from England, even if I am no longer in England, so we remain.

In the middle of 2018, I decided to move to HTTPS connections for all my websites, since an increasing number of browsers 'flag' HTTP connections as insecure and/or suspect. Following this, I made some changes to the (external) source of the data for the Weather 'sticker' in the right hand column, and I subsequentlly brought it 'in house', to show the weather conditions as reported by a Davis weather station in my back yard. Subsequent to our move to Buffalo, the main sensor components (ISS) of the weather station were required (by the HOA Board) to be sited in a less than ideal location, but the anemometer has now been properly mounted above my roof peak. The accuracy of weather readings displayed on this page should only minimally be adversely affected by the location of the ISS. The more detailed display on the linked page, will make it obvious that the ISS is shaded until late morning, and wind-driven rain from an easterly direction will also probably be under-recorded as a result of rain shadowing by the adjacent house.

Peter R. Fletcher

Our Individual Sites

Peter Fletcher

Christine Fletcher

Summary of current weather conditions - click for details

Click for more details from the Solaredge monitoring site
SolarEdge Icon

The sticker immediately above shows the current and historic power produced by our home PV solar installation. We installed solar panels on our previous house, in Lisle, IL, but when we moved to Buffalo in 2020, we were happy to be able to purchase a 'gently used' Energy Star home with an existing 7.64 kW (now upgraded to 11.84 kW) installation. Please see the PV Solar Project page for more information about our previous system. The displayed data from the current system will normally be updated approximately every 5 minutes while the PV system is producing power.