Thursday, November 27, 2014
Kimberly, who now lives in Arkansas, grew up in southern California. Her high school had an orange grove beside it, as did a neighboring farm. Every spring, when the orange blossoms came out, the air would be filled with the scent of orange. Kimberly loves the orange groves, but she can't stand the scent of oranges. Too much of a good thing!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Sadly, the day of the concert, the adopter fell sick and spent most of the day on the floor of the Ferrara train station is terrible pain, with their only comfort being the lullabies sung by their beloved. They did make it to the concert, and it was amazing, but I have a feeling the lullabies are the notes that still ring in the adopter's heart.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
"Fallen Giant: The most wondrous display of petrified wood, known in the world are included in Petrified Forest National Park, an area of 94,000 acres in northeastern Arizona."The photo is not quite wondrous but this place was indeed wondrous for Karla when she was 9 years old, riding in the back of the family station wagon (a family car popular in mid-20th century), touring eleven western states. She still has the window decal bought to go on the car. Karla is glad her dad never got around to sticking it on the car.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Philip haunted railway websites daily, checking to see if the line would be open before his April holiday. The engineers worked very hard, and finished repairs two weeks ahead of projected schedule, but it was two days late for Philip's trip. He passed Dawlish in a bus on the way to Plymouth in Cornwall. However, he did get to ride the rails back, and enjoyed the lovely view. He is grateful to the people who put such hard work into getting the track back online.
I recently read Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett, which is a fantasy novel about the origins of the steam engine. It is a fun read, and though part of the larger Discworld series, could stand alone as an introduction to the stories. The steam engine train was invented in England, and England is understood to be the setting, though not so-named, for the Discworld novels.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Everything is Connected postcard book. I had lots of comment and postcard entries! I wrote each name on the same size slip of paper, with a comment getting one entry, just a postcard getting two and both comment and postcard getting three entries. The winner commented and sent a postcard ... and that person is John in California! His postcard entry is also pictured here. John takes pictures of toys enjoying nature and this is one of those photos. I love the tiger toy, crouching in wait, perhaps for a toy Calvin. Congratulations John!
Friday, November 21, 2014
The trip to Chitwan National Park was the perfect respite. There was a jungle lodge and kayaking in the early morning. Regular companions were peacocks, elephants, deer, and most appealing for Milan, rhinos. He had just read the book The Soul of the Rhino by Hemanta Mishra, which is about the rhinos of Chitwan, and enjoyed it very much. How wonderful to get to visit the park after that!
This Serbian postage makes me smile. It looks like communication across continents, which is perfect for postage. Sometimes I think world leaders should just write letters to each other rather than meet face to face. I think more communication would happen that way!