Archive for July, 2010

31 July 2010 Orange Squash

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Squash is a super-concentrated fruit juice that you dilute with water. It is most excellent on a supremely lazy Saturday.

30 July 2010 Busy Lizzie

Friday, July 30th, 2010

At last the Busy Lizzie has bloomed.

29 July 2010 Jeep Hijinks

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Hamza, Esme, and Sam go for a ride at St. Ann’s Well Gardens.

28 July 2010 Rest in Peace, Ren

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Mom-Mom and Granddaddy’s cat, Ren, passed away yesterday. Sam’s been drawing pictures of him so we’ll remember him.

27 July 2010 Merry-go-round

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

26 July 2010 Bathroom Reading

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Today I stashed a bunch of sentences around the flat, and wrote a one-word clue for each one. The game: Sam would pick a clue at random, then use it to find a sentence. Once she’d found and correctly read aloud the sentence, she would get the next clue. The clue for the sentence above […]

25 July 2010 Gull

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

24 July 2010 Pooh-sticks Bridge

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

“And that was the beginning of the game called Pooh-sticks, which Pooh invented, and which he and his friends used to play on the edge on the Forest. But they played with sticks instead of fir-cones, because they were easier to mark.” –A.A. Milne. The House at Pooh Corner. Chapter 6.

23 July 2010 Morning Ship

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

22 July 2010 Sam and Maryam

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

21 July 2010 The Living Room

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

South Downs Excursions

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

We meant to take it easy on Sunday. After all, we’d hiked a little over 6 miles across windy, chalky terrain the day before. And yet, somehow, we ended up on a train to Lewes, bicycles stacked across from the loo, preparing to visit a Norman castle and then bike our way through the South […]

20 July 2010 Beginning Hand Stands

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

19 July 2010 Not Suited to Our Present Needs

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Fourth rejection letter this year. First rejection for this particular piece (a poem). I take some comfort that they didn’t check a box that says, “What were you thinking?”

18 July 2010 Lewes Castle

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

View from the Shell Keep of the Barbican gate (on the right) and the older Norman gate (to the left) and the gorgeous Sussex downs behind.

17 July 2010 Ditchling Beacon

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Photo taken just outside Ditchling Beacon, one of the highest points in the South Downs and site of an Iron Age defensive stronghold. We rode the bus to Ditchling, hiked about 6.5 miles to Devil’s Dyke, had a pint at the pub (of course there’s a pub!) and then rode a different bus back to […]

Scenes from Show Night

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Costume selected (pink, of course) Sam limbers up. The secret ingredient to cute buns? Gel. The last thing to put on is the fake smile. I don’t know why, but Sam just can’t fake a proper smile, which is rather nice because we always know if she means it or not. The Cast of “The […]

16 July 2010 The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Here is Sam in her costume, hair all slicked up, waiting in the changing room before going on stage to perform in “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic.” The girls’ performance was, in a word, adorable. And I have to admit that I teared up to see my shy little girl– the same one who was afraid […]

15 July 2010 Roedean

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This week the weather gods have decided to remind us that we live in the BRITISH isles, not the French Riviera, and they hired the special duo of Wind and Rain to deliver the message to us. It was so windy last night that for once I didn’t fall asleep to the sound of the […]

14 July 2010 Geoboard

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Sam discovered the geoboard today and I spent a good 15 minutes scouring the house for rubber bands.