Archives for March 2007



So having had the same office for six years, I'm now on my second in six months!

I've also swapped the mature woodland surroundings of the last building for some newer landscaping on another part of the campus.

Vin Rouge?


Vin Rouge or Camion Rouge? Either way, it went down rather well...

...rather too well for some (although that piccy's been censored).

Lunch at Molbak's



Lunch today was amongst the plants at Molbaks .

House for Alice







Because they're stuck on a tiny boat, with no refreshing rain (just hours of sunshine), and no noisy engines (just the soothing sound of a breeze in the sails and gentle waves on the bow), down in the Caribbean (how jealous am I, how not is Fay!) A & G asked to see the house.

Seeing as they've just crossed the Atlantic, I don't see the issue with popping through the Panama Canal and up the west coast, but Fay thought some pic's would be appreciated.

And look - not a jug in sight !

Real Football


Tomorrow is soccer practice, so we need to make sure everything is ready the night before.

Or, as 'H' describes it: "look dad, I've made a person!"

St Patrick's Day


Is big over here

Suitable Clothing


Another in the there's no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing series...


...even better: the combination of rain, much wetness, puddles and waterproofs makes for super-speedy slides at the park.


scooter pit stop

A quick shoe change pitstop at the 2007 scooter championship cup.

St Patrick's Day Biking!



Daniel and I headed down to South SeaTac park - between SeaTac airport and Des Moines - for a spot of fresh air and some exercise. Much fun, although I wimped out of the second ' big drop ' ;-)

Also, apologies to James for forgetting to forward the S+.

Wot no bottle?

wot no bottle

and this is the older, more mature one.

Pineapple Express


Been a bit wet over the weekend. It must have been the pineapple express . 'F' demonstrates the perfect head covering for such weather systems.



While 'R' admired the fantastic mirror feature of the standard-issue hobbit detector, the spiders shimmed up his jacket and knicked the One Ring from his pocket, therefore preventing 'R' from making it available to one Bilbo Baggins and thence becoming available for the battle of Mirkwood...

Small, meet tall


Finn demonstrates the relative size of trees in Farrel McWhirter Park. Yesterday, we learnt from teacher Ann that most of the area was clear-cut about 100 years ago - that's a lot of tree rings to count!

Note: This post was updated on 2020-12-28 to fix broken links

Globalization & Enlightenment


Exhibit A

  • One watering can; location: Redmond, Washington State, USA; picture taken: March 2007


    Exhibit B

  • One watering can; location: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK, picture taken: March 2004

I leapt to the conclusion that exhibit A had been shipped from Berkhamsted to Redmond by the owners of said exhibit. Wrong. It was in the garden of the house when they moved in. Perhaps the previous owners also purchased it from Woods of Berkhamsted? Perhaps there's only one watering can factory left in the world?

Ah, perhaps they're just both based on the same classic design from John Haws

Note: This post was updated on 2020-12-28 to fix broken links

Summer Time Starting Early


Summer time is starting early this year. We're told it's to save energy (lighter evenings = less energy consumption) except there doesn't appear to be any supporting data. In fact, there's some evidence [pdf] to suggest daylight saving time doesn't save energy - at least not in societies that tend to drive more when evenings are lighter...

Anyway, from tomorrow we'll be on summer time here in the Pacific North West.




A Sunday afternoon in that park again. (T-Shirts by Captain Boog & Small Paul.)


Great walk - but looking forward to a bit more of this; soon.

[note to readers: there are no piccy's from the last bit of off-road fun :-(  ]

Note: This post was updated on 2020-12-28 to fix broken links

Two cheeky cats in hats


It was Dr. Suess' birthday yesterday, and the library had a special celebration this morning. Great fun!