Professor Snow Sentry

professor snowman

professor snowman (rear view)

Another day, more snow and another snow-person. This one couldn’t decided whether to be professor snowman or snowman sentry.
The trauma of the indecision must have been too much, ’cause he’s gone now L

Office View

mountains from redmond

The view from my office today…
actually, you need to turn left out of my office
and climb two flights of stairs to get this view ;-)

That’s, I think, Mount Index or there-abouts. Approx. 27 miles and two valleys away.

Egg Hunting at Easter


egg hunting

A small egg hunt in the garden yesterday. Matt and I lost count of the number of eggs hidden, I suspect we’ll be finding them for months to come.

With ~20 kids running around, I was surprised to realize that nearly all the mums had vanished…

cake - mu style

…they had succumbed to the temptations of cake.
Cake, they like cake.
Fay assures me that people left with cake, lots of cake; but I still think it was all eaten.

Thanks to everyone for bringing such lovely cake, puddings, deserts, pastries, more cake etc.
More next time?



When we moved H could find his way around by the number of cranes. “Lots” was Seattle; “a few” meant we were in Bellevue; and “one” was probably Redmond. There’s a few more in Redmond at the moment, the office is expanding again and this is what you see from the 545 bus stop.


unhill struggle

A plan to summit Mount Pilchuck turned into a workout slog up forest service road 2124.


chris' thermos worked

snow covered forest service road

What would have been a nice 2 hr hike to the starting point at the trail head with snow shoes… wasn’t.

Lessons learnt:
1. In winter, check trail head accessibility as well as planned route.
2. Long hikes to trail heads are easier with snow shoes and/or x-country ski’s (when there’s snow around that is).
3. Snow cover on the ground is very dependent on tree coverage.
4. When a nice alternative like Heather Lake presents itself, go for it.

Discovery Park



The boys demonstrated the quickest way down a flight of steps with various jumping styles. But, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to capture the double back flip with 720 twist.


Spring is here (it remembered the date) with buds opening all over the forest.

discovery park

H snapped us with the green bee on the bridge. You won’t remember the bridge because I didn’t post that pic ;-)

Two up

double reading in ruby's

What to do when friends can’t agree on which star wars story to read while waiting for Mac N’ Cheese to arrive?

Mart demonstrates the solution: reading two books at once.