Archive for May, 2010

31 May 2010 Bedroom View

Monday, May 31st, 2010

The view I had today during the glorious two hours that AC took Sam out to the park and I could lie in bed and be sick. Ok, there was nothing glorious about the sick part or the view, but the quiet was nice.

30 May 2010 Sick Day

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Sam is already much better and so are her bears, thanks to her careful administrations of their asthma medicine. She made me several cups of (pretend) tea but so far I’m still the sickest of the lot.

29 May 2010 Stonehenge

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

For my 40th birthday coming up in a few days I decided that I wanted to go see something really old. A 5000 year old prehistoric stone circle seemed like it should do the trick. However, there were some obstacles to today’s jaunt up to Salisbury and then over to Stonehenge. First, our train was […]

28 May 2010 Sailing into Friday

Friday, May 28th, 2010

This was the view out our living room window this morning.

27 May 2010 Mosaic Mad

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Sam and I each got to make a mosaic at the Mosaic Mad Romans workshop held at our weekly playgroup in Hove today. The “mad” part of it seemed to be that we had less than an hour to complete the detailed work, but it was all quite fun. We learned that the Mesopotamians invented […]

26 May 2010 Volcano

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

This month’s country is Iceland. Sam requested it after hearing so much about the Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted in April and continues to spew. (And no, I still can’t pronounce the name, despite our Icelanic studies.) Today we made our own volcano. It’s the only one in the British isles! Sam named it “The Queen […]

25 May 2010 Stamps

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

New stamps courtesy of Grand-mère.

24 May 2010 Changing Room

Monday, May 24th, 2010

23 May 2010 Sky Writing

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

22 May 2010 Painted Cat

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Sam gets her face painted by one of the artists of the Artist Residence Brighton Hotel, which had an open house today. The artist had never painted a cat before. Or a kid’s face.

21 May 2010 Paddling Pool

Friday, May 21st, 2010

At last it was warm enough to go into the water! Sam and Cerys head into the paddling pool.

20 May 2010 Birthday Lunch

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

We celebrated our new friend’s 15th birthday today at a yummy birthday lunch party.

19 May 2010 Bluebells

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

At Stanmer Park, north of Brighton in the South Downs.

18 May 2010 Grand-mère has arrived

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

17 May 2010 First Ballet Shoes

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Sam and her classmates are going to be in a show at the end of the ballet school term in July. Today we finally ponied up for ballet shoes, much to the dancer’s delight. It took me nearly an hour to sew the elastic bands on by hand. An accomplished seamstress I am not. The […]

16 May 2010 Coffee Table Book

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Not a book, but a table, made out of old books. Each of those little rolls under the glass is a page. We saw this nifty creation at an Artist Open House around the corner from our flat. The artist, Julia Dummett, sells some of her other creations at AbjectCraftility.

15 May 2010 Brighton Hatches a Band

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

More Fringe Festival Zaniness: Last Saturday three members of a local (Sussex) band called “The Myst” went to live inside a giant egg on the Brighton seafront, across the street from our building. This afternoon, they hatched, all smiles and waves, and then hopped onto an adjacent stage to play a 3-hour gig. While they […]

14 May 2010 Eugénie et Pascal à Brighton

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Eugénie the cat and Pascal the bear made their Brighton debut today in my new home-based French class for preschoolers. They met 5 new children today, ages 3-5, all of whom were saying (and shouting) “Bonjour!” and “Au revoir!” by the end. Afterward I offered to take Eugénie and Pascal down to the beach to […]

13 May 2010 Our Neighborhood

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

This is Regency Square, literally around the corner from the back entrance into our building. We walk, run, and scooter along here nearly every day.

12 May 2010 Stoneham Park Playground

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Or what was left of it when we arrived here today with one of Sam’s Home Ed friends. Apparently someone set fire to the children’s play structure just last Saturday. Sad.