Archive for September, 2010

30 September 2010 Our Rococo Bathroom Tiles

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The bathroom in our flat is a bit over the top.

29 September 2010 Last Call

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Farewell party for the Linden Lab Brighton office. There were speeches. And a lot of beer.

28 September 2010 Skipping Demonstration

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The gymnastics instructor asks Sam to demonstrate proper skipping to the rest of the class.

27 September 2010 A Bear on Regency Square

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Watched us forlornly as we passed under his window.

26 September 2010 The Wardrobe

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

An old cardboard moving box + a lot of parcel tape + AC’s ingenuity = one Wardrobe to Narnia! Here it is a few hours later: Yes, I know, it’s very subtle. Unlike C.S. Lewis’s wardrobe, ours lets you know up front that you’re entering another world. The real mystery of our wardrobe is whether […]

25 September 2010 Sick Saturday

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

We seem to be in the midst of a “fam-demic”: on Thursday AC wasn’t feeling so good. On Friday Sam’s nose started dripping. Today I’m not feeling so great. We had plans to go away this weekend but we canceled them and are relaxing at home in Brighton. Except that it was such a gorgeous […]

24 September 2010 Leaf Lady

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Friday, September 24th, 2010

It’s not Fall in the UK, it’s Autumn. And Autumn has been asserting its arrival in the UK long before yesterday’s equinox. Now there’s no pretending that it’s still summer. Even in the occasional sunny air there’s a new crispness. The light in the morning is different, brighter, and at the end of the day […]

23 September 2010 George’s Marvellous Medicine

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Yes with two LLs apparently. That’s how they spell it here. I learned that the hard way when I had trouble finding a copy of Roald Dahl’s story in the online library catalog. (We never did manage to get a hard copy of the book. Instead I downloaded a free pdf version, converted it to […]

22 September 2010 The White Board, One Week Later

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

21 September 2010 September Summer

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Gorgeous weather today–at last!–so I took Sam to the seafront after her gymnastics class. The red brick building in the background is our building.

20 September 2010 Trolley Full of Books

Monday, September 20th, 2010

We returned nearly 15 books to the Jubilee Library today (all Sam’s books) after swim class. I suspect the load felt light because she had just learned that she’s passed swim levels Ducklings 3 and 4 and will now be transferred into Ducklings 5, aka “Super Swimmers.” I wish I could say that the trolley […]

19 September 2010 Coat of Arms

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Tidying up the flat this afternoon I came across this coat of arms that Sam designed at one of the English Heritage sites we visited this summer (I think it was at Old Sarum). I love the sassy hip of her self-portrait, wielding sword and shield.

18 September 2010 HMS Victory

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

At the dockyard at Portsmouth. The flagship of the British fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), the Victory is also where Horatio Nelson met his end in the shape of a single bullet that pierced his lung and lodged in his spine. We spent a good hour touring the ship. It is an impressive […]

17 September 2010 Sam’s Room

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Sam and Cerys were playing a little too quietly in Sam’s room this afternoon, so I had a peek. This is what I saw. I learned later that the construction on the bed (cardboard box, fire blanket, teddy bear) was a cannon. Of course.

16 September 2010 Not Back to School at Hove Home Ed

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Sam and Cerys play with a new friend, Sofia, at Hove Home Ed, which started back up today after the summer holiday.

15 September 2010 Stolen from Tower Point

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

The Brighton Linden Lab office is scheduled to close its doors for good on 30 September. This week, the staff are dividing up whatever office materials are not being sold. Today we inherited a white board. AC and two of his colleagues carried the whole thing from their office to our flat. The message on […]

14 September 2010 Queens Road

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

13 September 2010 Pence

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Sam is working her way through the Kindergarten level of an American math curriculum called Right Start Math. Today’s lesson involved money. “You’ll need 5 pennies and 2 nickels.” Hmm. I apparently don’t have two American coins to rub together here in the UK, so we did the lesson with pence, which is much more […]

12 September 2010 St. Martha on the Hill

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

There are days (like yesterday) when I barely remember to take a photo. Then there are days like today when I take a ton of photos and then hesitate over which one to post as the photo of the day. I chose this one because it was one of my favorite moments: after a steep […]