Sad Day

The boys

Sad Day. D & F flew back to the UK, my attempt to prevent this by giving the cab driver the wrong directions having failed. Such is life.

The boys

I also failed (miserably) to get them to sit still and pose for a decent farewell piccy.
But I think they were teaching me a lesson in enjoying the moment. They certainly were.

Bread

bread

I baked some bread.
It was so bad that I thought of selling it as house bricks…

bread

…by the next morning, Fay had made an example of it.
No, I don’t understand the significance of flags, Matryoshka-style salt and pepper, and roses either.

Hyatt Conserves

Hyatt Conserves

Even better than this was the fact that the room was dark and the TV off when I arrived.

Could they do better? Well, turning off the aircon and the empty fridge, and providing mugs (instead of disposable cups) for the __single-use__ coffee maker would be nice. But they are also trying hard to conserve water by not cleaning the windows.

Saul Bass was Right

Stupid Tap

I was at a talk once (Royal Albert Hall since you ask) when Saul Bass was bemoaning our inability to design even everyday things sensibly. Case in point: this tap [faucet] has water saving sensors to turn it on automatically (although whether it saves enough water to pay for the energy used is another question). Unfortunately, to trigger the sensor, your hands have to be above the rim of the basin, causing water to splash all over the place, and, if you’re not careful, down the front of your MKs.

Wally’s at Wallace

F with bins

Mini-falls

The boys took another crack at the Wallace Falls Hike

Graffiti

Falling can be deadly

We found the overlook (seriously kids, falling != good) and the picnic shelter…

Wallace River Falls

…which was quite good because Dad had foolishly dismissed the 4’’ of snow forecast with a ‘it doesn’t look that bad to me lads’.

we're happy, honest

wallace falls trail head

But we *really* did have fun

More graffiti 

Wordsworth

Apparently, the ‘W’ is for Wallace, not William, least that’s what I’m told. But it wasn’t clear if this was more graffiti or something more profound.

Midway

A1 Skyraider

Beware of Jet Blast Props and Rotors

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Life in a bubble

Turbo

USS Midway (CV-41), 45 years as an aircraft carrier of the United States navy projecting US military power around the globe. Now a floating museum in San Diego harbour, and a kids Sunday afternoon delight.