The University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in the early 19th-century. That’s his Rotunda in the background. I spent more years in graduate school at Mr. Jefferson’s University than I care to admit, but today was the first time I witnessed the famous “trick-or-treat on the Lawn”: all the undergraduates who live in […]
Archive for October, 2011
If not for a rainy Saturday I probably never would have finished Sam’s Halloween costume. (You can see the skeleton pants hanging in the background. The leg bones were not supposed to be glittery green). If not for a rainy Saturday Sam and AC never would have baked these yummy cookies either. Sometimes rainy Saturdays […]
The University of Virginia Astronomy department hosts two public nights a year at their research observatory on Fan Mountain, about 15 miles south of Charlottesville. We were fortunate enough to get (free) tickets for last night’s event. But unfortunately, the weather had other ideas. Rain in Cville and SNOW up on the mountain. No chance […]
The wildlife abounds on our front porch lately. Yesterday Sam found a caterpillar, adopted her, named her “Clever” and today made her a habitat out of the bottom of a plastic milk jug. Clever likes to eat basil leaves, crawl on a stick, and listen to Sam read “The Hungry Caterpillar.” (Yeah, that was cute). […]
My first check from the sale of a story! It’s a start. Thank you, Highlights Magazine.
OK, it’s not home exactly, but Bearfence Rocks in the Shenandoah National Forest is a beautiful spot this time of year.
I spent the day at the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Mid-Atlantic annual conference. It was great, except for when the jet-lag caught up with me in the middle of the afternoon and I seriously wondered if anyone would mind if I took a nap under my seat.
and Johnny, not pictured. We took Sam and her reading on the road Friday and drove down to Winchester, VA, where we were warmly hosted by AC’s aunt and uncle.
Back in the USA. It helped Sam get over her sadness about leaving Brighton to know that she’d be surrounded by grandparents and kittens.
We ended up having about 30 minutes to kill before our coach left the station, so we killed them on the beach, in the sun, throwing rocks in the water. It’s never easy to say goodbye to this place.
at long last.
October 2008. Sam is 3 years old. April 2010. Sam is 4.5 years old. October 2011. Sam is 6 years old.
Today we reached our intended destination! Bus up to Devil’s Dyke and then a lovely walk down to the Shepherd and Dog pub at Fulking with Gabriel, Nellie and their two kids. It was steep going down (and steep going back up) but at least we had our destinations in view the whole time so […]
were absolutely no help on our failed Pulborough to Amberley walk. We got lost twice and then when baby Sadie started to fuss it was time to find a pub and call it a day. This being England it was easy to find a pub. Much easier than finding the correct footpath to Amberley!
Sam and her Swedish friend were reunited in the very park where they first met last year. Very cool.