Friday, February 26, 2010

More Snowy Woods

It's SO peaceful out here!

Snowy Woods

Holly and I are the first ones to make tracks in the virgin snow along the trail!

Holly likes!

She loves romping through the snow in the woods :)

Another round of snow

We've got about 10" on the ground so far, and are supposed to get another 10-12" at least. I've already been around with the snow blower once, and am about to go out again (and I'm sure there'll be another trip after that before it's all said and done).

Our "Night at the Museum" overnight at the Natural History Museum has been postponed (much to Jackie's relief as she would have had to go with Crispy in my place and she wasn't looking forward to trying to sleep in a room with 300 cub scouts!). So instead tonight we'll hunker down and eat bits and pieces out of the freezer and watch the vampire movie (Twilight) that Crispy's been dieing to watch on the big screen.

OK, gotta get dressed in my snow gear and go do another pass with the snowblower...TTFN ;)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saxon Woods N

Saturday afternoon family walk- at the old bridge where Crispy's geo-cache is hidden.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Erecting scaffolding at the front of the of the church ready to install the new "temporary" rose window replacement next week.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Rye Beach

Holly enjoying a good run on the beach before the next round of snow we're supposed to get tonight.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

After the snow

After getting up at 4:30 this morning so I could be out and shovelling at 5, I cut out early so Holly and I couls go and enjoy the snowy woods. Then I'm going home for a nap!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow Day

We rolled the world's biggest snow-ball!

Snow Day

Liam, Sean & Crispy building a snow fort.

Snow Day

Holly and I went for a snowy walk around the park while Jackie and the kids sledded.

Snow Day

Crispy and his friend Liam (and Liam's brother Sean who came over to help shovel) playing Super Mario on the Wii in the Undercroft.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Becket day 2

Burning off some energy with broomball and soccer before lunch.

Becket day 2

Debrief after playing "Alpha-Beta".

I didn't take any phone pictures of ice-skating on the lake this morning 'cos it was too cold! I took some with my other camera I will post later.

Becket day 2

Sunrise through the snowy woods.

Saturday, February 06, 2010


Hanging out by the fire after the Eucharist, waiting for the S'mores (microwave- don't ask!).

Memorial Fail


Snowshoeing on the frozen lake.


After the snowtubing- boys being boys.


Melanie & Jodi dressed for the snow.


Cleaning up from lunch.


Silly games in the dining hall.

Confirmation retreat at Becket YMCA

Arrived and waiting for our cabin assignment.

Kindle Cover

The cover did come yesterday- as you can see it makes it even more book-like. It seems to be fine for around the house, but I think for travelling I'm going to put it in the neoprene bag (under it in the picture) that I use for my netbook.

Right, well I'm going to have coffee and take the dog around the block before all the confirmands arrive. We delayed our start by 2 hours from 6 to 8 am in anticipation of the snow that hasn't materialised!

Friday, February 05, 2010


So I finally pulled the trigger and used some of our anticipated tax refund to get myself an Amazon Kindle ebook reader.

It's the 6" display global version that is supposed to work worldwide (in fact according to the coverage maps it should even give me very basic web browsing in Tobago this summer!). And so far (I only got it yesterday) I love it!

It's amazing how quickly you forget that you're not reading a book, and the device basically becomes transparent. And the ability to slightly raise the font size is much appreciated (I'm sure bifocals are in my future). I have already added a whole slew of books to it- The next Maggie O'Dell mystery in the series by Alex Kava I'm reading, and I have lined up "The Lovely Bones" and "Shutter Island". And in case I get bored (and am stuck on a desert island) I added the Bible (KJV of course) and Shakespeare for $0.99 each! It can hold up to 1500 books so I'm not worried about filling it too fast, and I think I'm going to try the free 2 week trial subscription for the NY Times so that I have that to read at breakfast this weekend while I'm away with the confirmands (more on that later I'm sure). The cover for the Kindle is supposed to come this afternoon, and the weekend will be a good test of what it's like to spend time with it- I'm not going to take any other reading material or a laptop with me so I'll have to rely on the browser in my phone or the very basic one in this for connectivity, and this alone for entertainment (not that I'll have much time, but it's nice to have something to read before bed).

I'll post a picture of the cover when it comes- and a full review after I've lived with the Kindle for the weekend- but so far, so good!