Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
There are 32 pod/capsule/thingies, each weighing 10,000 tonnes/metric tons. Each capsule, representing each of London's 32 boroughs, holds about 25 people (metric or otherwise). You can see 40k/25 miles...all the way to Windsor Castle on a clear day. Are there clear days in London? A revolution takes about 30 min - slow enough that the wheel doesn't need to stop to let people on and off. Some 800 people can be carried around in one revolution. Advanced algebra was used to calcuclate that figure.
We minded the gap, just not the clock. Here we are en route to the airport an hour late. made it, sprinting and sweating and without our duty-free Bombay Sapphire. Rats.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Witness here the maiden voyage of my gorgeous Pygmy Arctic Tern. Todd (aka Mr. Boatbuilder) finished it 98% last summer and 99.5% this summer.....it needs polishing and the final coat of epoxy, deck rigging and...it needs a name.
Mr. Boatbuilder hopes to get started some day on a Pygmy Coho for himself but has a great fiberglass boat in the meantime with a storied travel history we hope to match. Not surprisingly, the kids were instantly hooked by this sweet little boat (14-feet and all of 28 pounds) that even FPFJ could handle on his own (in two feet of water with both of us standing by in case your were already calling CPS).
In a perfect world we would ship the Coho kit to Zambia and put it together here where we have the time and space and great dry climate .... but sadly, Zambia does not have the water nor access to all the little things that TJ ran out to Ace Hardware for at midnight! As I say....in a perfect world...
Ah, the glamourous life of international travel.... by now we have photos of the boys like this (in the VWvan), on airplanes big and small, sur le metro a paris, on the tube in london (adds a whole new dimension to 'mind the gap!"), on a dhow in the indian ocean, on the cornishe in senegal, in our own car, and in hotel rooms and flats and houses all over the world. (I’m exaggerating on that last point...but even as i write this they are striking a similar pose.)
We have many stories of children so completely wrecked from jet-lag, long drives, and even longer flights that they are literally sick with exhaustion. It’s amazing they are as cheerful and cooperative on these trips as trips across town. No moment has been too much that a bag of discretely stowed M&Ms could not resolve.
Bigger yeah for M&Ms!
Monday, August 2, 2010
A boy and his dog (post-hike, racing to get a ball). Finn eventually got in as well, but not before shouting loudly enough for all of King County to hear "ARE THERE CROCODILES IN THIS WATER??? and ...... is there ANYTHING ELSE THAT CAN KILL US?"
This giant boulder is significant for a couple of reasons but the boys were most interested in the story of the hike I took them on when O was 3 and Finn was not yet born. I helped O and Ruby get up there (where O is sitting is about 7 feet up, the back side of the rock drops off down the slope) and somehow hoisted myself and my big belly up and then.....we got stuck!
The kids did such a great job with the hike that we let them pick out a treat.....they picked the biggest & most obnoxious-looking ice lollies from the gift shop freezer. We were almost too frightened to look at the ingredients list but were shocked to learn these scary-looking, buck-fifty frozen treats are made with just a touch of cane sugar and .... get this..... are colored with tumeric, elderberry, and beet juice! it's a nestle product imported from switzerland. God bless the Swiss for giving us chocolates and ice lollies. who knew.
draining of the galoshes requires teamwork! next time....sandals!