Archives for May 2009

Early Misty Morning

Misty Sammamish Valley

Sammamish  River Winding to Redmond

Looking north along the Sammamish River

Bike Lane

I woke up too early and couldn’t get back to sleep, so off I went, camera in hand to work via the lovely Sammamish River Valley.
What a treat to be out and about before the world.

Proper Walk

Proper Walk

A while (April) since the last proper walk so we made up for things by not wearing shoes.

Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-15 to fix broken links

Warm Wallace

Wallace River

Moss Rock

Mossy Green Trees along the Wallace River

River Bank Rest

Our previous Wallace Adventure was slightly chilly, so with the temperature soaring past 20 Celsius we headed for the busy-on-Memorial-day Wallace Falls  State Park.

Egg: hatched or eaten?

Lot’s to see, and lots of muggles too. Even the odd hatched eaten egg.

Lower Falls Plunge

At lower falls there were some fools jumping into the pools. Stylishly.

Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-15 to fix broken links

Stick Creations

Stick Creations

Camp small

camp small


The boys camped out and were as “Snug as a Snooza”.

Our footprint

We left nothing but the footprint from the big fat frog .

Sign of the web times

web surfing

Checking out *something* on the web.

Harvey is Vanilla Ice

H is Vanilla Ice

A random juxtaposition. Desktop slideshow on random. Media player on random too.
Cue comments on aiddy’s taste, or lack thereof, in musak.

St Edwards Park Paddle


H in the mud


Fay & H on the trail

Fern and shadow

What to do on a hot sunny Sunday afternoon? Our old fallback – St Edwards State Park. Even with the pool now closed, we managed to get our feet wet with a paddle in Lake Washington.


With H

Rest stop

H and I took the new bike for a proper ride along the trails in Redmond Watershed.
It’s a sweeping up-down-left-right ride through beautiful second growth forest.
H was biker-tastic, even managing a to get some air (controlled) on one downhill section!

Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-15 to fix broken links

Men at Work

Men Working

What does this mean?
Is it relevant that they are ‘men’? (They were, I checked.)
Is it that unusual that we need a sign?

Mum and her boys

Mum & Her Boys

Fay with the terrible two.
With downtown Seattle and the space needle from West Seattle

Stormy Sky Seattle

Stormy sky over downtown Seattle

Stormy sky over downtown Seattle.
The rain held off just long enough for us to catch the water taxi back from Seacrest Park to Pier 55.

Fortunately, Alaskan Way was still standing, so we had a dry-ish walk back.

Rattlesnake Lake (an adventure in HDR)

Rattlesnake Ridge

The ridge.

Rattlesnake Lake

Stump man.

Rattlesnake lake


Rock, Mountain, Stump

Rock, mountain, stump.

Rattlesnake Lake


Squeezed between the end of the week at work and the school auction I managed to stop by Rattlesnake Lake to get some pictures.
A bit of fun with High Dynamic Range to try and capture the sky while keeping some detail in the scenery.

Don’t show the children

Don't Show The Children

Fay has banned this from being shown to the children; something about nightmares.
Still, that won’t stop me from inflicting it on everyone else. Ha.
Long story involving: boys versus parents nerf battle in the garden (parents won, thanks to cammo); boys versus parents footie (boys won, big time); and then having a camera in hand to shoot the evening sun in the trees and thinking
“I wonder what that stuff was that Fay smeared on my face”.

A mirror might have been the more sensible choice.

Another May in the garden

Daisy Flower Thing

Another May in the Garden pic.

Apparently this is a ‘Daisy Thing’, also known as a ‘weed’. But since it’s about the only colourful thing that hasn’t been eaten by the rabbits, deer, possum or our friendly neighbourhood cougar, I think it’s quite lovely.

Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-21 to fix broken links

Unusually smarter than usual

Unusually smarter than usual

For the first time in a long time, or at least since last May , me in a suit.

Fay, being the stylish one, cleverly wore something different this year.

Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-21 to fix broken links

Bellevue Growing Up

Bellevue Growing Up

Bellevue is growing into a real mini-city. When we moved here the boys would distinguish between Seattle, Bellevue & Redmond by the number of cranes: lots meant Seattle, a few was Bellevue, and one for Redmond.

The softer side of H

Harvey at Eight

Rain drops in the garden

Basketball hoop

Everything looks different in the rain.
The only thing going through the basket were water drops

Nightlight holders in the rain

and the night lights weren’t looking very jolly either.

More birthday fun




A Birthday dinner at Anthony’s, followed by a stroll and some chaos making in downtown Kirkland, and then birthday cheesecake and candles back at home.

May in the Garden

Nearly May in the Garden

Our third May in America .
This year Fay and the boys have been doing wonderful things with the tubs on the deck. It's beyond deer height you see.

Note: This post was updated on 2020-11-21 to fix broken links