Sunday, September 30, 2012

Home again


We had a great time and the weather cooperated perfectly- but I've swapped one set of woods for another (out in Saxon Woods now with Holly), this one in a thunderstorm! Holly's stream is a raging torrent!

Greenkill day 2

Instructions before tackling the Giant's Ladder.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saxon Woods is packed!

Well, at least the parking lot is.

We've come a bit later than usual for a Sunday and I don't know what's going on- there's lots of loud Latin music coming from the picnic shelter at the other end of the lot so I assume that's got something to do with it. I had to park in the office lot across the street as there are cars lining the road on both sides all the way up the access road.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New grease trap...

... under the kitchen.

It's the little things that make me happy :)

Never a dull moment

Starting the excavation for the steps between us and Graham's (the funeral home next door).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A very pleasant Sunday

Sunday services and a very successful picnic, followed by a lovely fall walk in the woods with my dog, then a spirited game of Settlers with Jake and Crispy (Jake won this one), and finally watching Shirley MacLaine sparring with Maggie Smith on episode 1 of the 3rd series of Downton Abbey (thanks to my proxy server and the ITVplayer) - yes, a very pleasant Sunday indeed!

Picnic!

In full swing :)

Lovely day...

... For a picnic!

None shall pass!

Rectory St closed ready for the picnic :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Light in the leaves

Took my 60D into the woods when I went to walk the dog this afternoon- I love the late summer sun on the leaves!







And of course- the dog running through the sunny patches :)

Wifi!

A little Saturday afternoon crawling through the ceiling (it's much cooler up there now the fall weather has come) and Classroom 7 not only has wifi that all the staff can use- it also has secure *guest* wifi that we can let anyone use without risk that they can access anything on our network :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Settlers of Catan


We just finished our first ever game of Settlers of Catan (Crispy won)- what a great game!

We bought the game a few years ago, based on reading online reviews saying how good it is, but just somehow never got around to playing it. I was reminded that we had it when Wil Wheaton featured it in his excellent board-game show on YouTube, TableTop, and then found that our new curate Colin and his wife Christie were fans.

So today (as Crispy's pals had not descended on us as they usually do on a Friday) we sat down together and watched the TableTop episode to get a feel for it and then played it for ourselves. And this one is a keeper! After about 15 minutes, once we got into it and started to play without having to refer to the rules, we really started to enjoy it :)

Here's to many more hours trading wood for sheep!

-oh, and don't ask why Crispy is wearing a Santa hat, he just is :)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

At Westchester Burger Company

The "Entourage" - two Texas-toast grilled-cheese sandwiches with a 10oz burger (I added bacon and hot-pepper sauce).

Yum ;)

Parish Hall floor

First coat of finish and the wood is just soaking it up :)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Dry!

It must have been very dry while we were away- Holly's stream is all dried up :(

Luckily the river down by the entrance is still flowing (though it's also low), so she can have a swim before we get back in the car.

Saturday, September 01, 2012