And they are back from trick-or-treating and settled in to work their way through the Alien movies :)
Friday, October 31, 2014
... another sleepover in the Undercroft :)
Right now they're playing computer games- they've graduated from the XBox (though they still play it sometimes), now they all bring laptops and we put one of them up on the big screen- and stocking up with pigs-in-blankets while one of their number goes trick-or-treating with his little sister. Later they will dress and head out for some trick-or-treating of their own, and then come back to settle in for a horror movie marathon :)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The boy has picture day at school tomorrow, so (as he has not completely mastered the art of shaving yet) I offered to clean up his scraggly beard into a neater goatee.
He's standing in the bathroom, looking up at the ceiling as I scrape a blade across his neck and he starts quietly singing, "Pretty women...."
I'm very proud :)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Poor Holly just doesn't understand why she hasn't been romping in the woods the last couple of days :(
She was limping a little, favoring her front, right paw... she does this occasionally, turns or sprains an ankle when she's chasing tennis balls with such abandon that she doesn't even notice. Usually we just take it easy for a couple of days and she's fine, but this time it was lingering a little so we went to the vet to make sure it wasn't anything more serious- which it isn't- so she's got the usual antiinflammatory and is on leash walks only for a few days.
She'll be fine, and it's for her own good, but how do I resist those eyes?
Monday, October 13, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
I was very excited about Capaldi coming in, and I'd got used to Coleman, but so far (except for the brilliant "Listen") the whole thing just leaves me frustrated. It's not Capaldi's fault, I just feel like they don't really know what to do with him, and because of that I haven't been able to make any connection with him- it's like he's a badly written bit player who's kind of one dimensional.
I'll keep watching coz they've surprised me before- the first season of Smith made me a bit angry but ended up great, but even when it made me angry I bought into the character- but so far it's unfortunately getting to be Doctor who cares :(
Friday, October 10, 2014
Monday, October 06, 2014
Friday, October 03, 2014
Anyhow, here are some of the results :)
|I've photographed this old tree before, but it works nicely like this|
|Sun on the leaves|
|And of course, the dog|
|I always like her monochrome coloring against the woods|
|Time for a new tennis ball, methinks...|
I finally got around to editing the last few pictures from our week in Vermont back in August and putting them together as an album... just click here or on the picture above to see it :)
The cabin we rented for the week was the Vermont Country Lodge near Springfield, VT. It was a wonderful place: quirky, private, comfortable and just the relaxing retreat we needed.
The cabin is at the end of an almost 3/4 mile dirt track, overlooking a pond. There is one other house at the top of the track, and another overlooking the pond from the other side, but there is a grassy knoll with a copse of trees on it in front of the cabin that completely blocks it and gives you total privacy. The cabin itself is well appointed in a slightly quixotic way with much of the owners own art on the walls and a wonderful mix of comfortable furniture. There was no cell phone reception, but the wifi was actually faster than at home (much to the boy's glee). The dog romped in the woods and across the fields and swam in the pond- and I blame her for the fact that I didn't catch any fish big enough to keep :)
All-in-all an almost perfect spot and a wonderful week- if I have any say we'll go back there again!