Archive for October, 2011

31 October 2011 Look out, Mr. Jefferson!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

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 […]

30 October 2011 Uno’s Last Game of the Season

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

29 October 2011 Cookies and Costumes

Saturday, October 29th, 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 […]

28 October 2011 The Road to Fan Mountain

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

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 […]

27 October 2011 Apple Picking

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

26 October 2011 Praying Mantis

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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). […]

25 October 2011 Rivanna Trail in Autumn

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

24 October 2011 This Was a Nice Thing to Come Home to

Monday, October 24th, 2011

My first check from the sale of a story! It’s a start. Thank you, Highlights Magazine.

23 October 2011 Home Again Home Again, Jiggity Jog

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

OK, it’s not home exactly, but Bearfence Rocks in the Shenandoah National Forest is a beautiful spot this time of year.

22 October 2011 SCBWI Mid-Atlantic

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

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.

21 October 2011 Sam Reads to Jane

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

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.

20 October 2011 Sam Reads to Sunny and Mom-Mom

Friday, October 21st, 2011

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.

19 October 2011 Goodbye, Brighton, Again

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

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.

18 October 2011 Mind Your Head

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


17 October 2011 Cerys and Sam, Reunited

Monday, October 17th, 2011

at long last.

A Devil’s Dyke Retrospective: Father and Daughter

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

October 2008. Sam is 3 years old. April 2010. Sam is 4.5 years old. October 2011. Sam is 6 years old.

16 October 2011 Devil’s Dyke to Fulking

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

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 […]

15 October 2011 The Four Horses

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

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!

14 October 2011 Pavilion Gardens

Friday, October 14th, 2011

13 October 2011 Sofia and Sam at St. Ann’s Well Gardens

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Sam and her Swedish friend were reunited in the very park where they first met last year. Very cool.