Thursday, October 19, 2017

The cuties of Redmond

Just crafting, coloring, and making lots of noise, of course.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

More creatures

Dodos and pangolins!

The Natural History collection

The other part of the Horniman Museum includes dozens of taxidermied creatures, many of them collected by Horniman himself in the Edwardian era. It was also full of schoolchildren on outings. One of them was heard to say, "if that tiger moved, I'd just stroke it. I LOVE tigers."

British signs

Continuing my collection of UK signage.

Inside and outside

I waited about five minutes for this blue morpho butterfly to open its wings. They are brown on the outside but when a predator gets too near they scare them off with the other side of their wings.

In the Butterfly House

I was expecting a few butterflies hiding behind leaves in an aquarium. Instead you walk into a jungle where the butterflies are fluttering around you and sometimes landing on you. There are mirrors as you leave so you can make sure there are no butterflies on you before you go back to the outside world.

Through Dulwich Park

Just walking through the neighborhood park.

The school run

The school run through Dulwich Park is so much fun. Also, Pete is in school now too and his class made bears.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

En route to London

The man behind us is talking to his son on the phone. "Did you throw the remote at your sister? Don't you ever talk to me that way again. Spike, listen to me, Spike. Go to your room immediately. You go to your room or you will be in more trouble than you've ever been in your life before. You'll come home from school and go straight to your room. You'll come out only for tea and supper. You'll have no telly and your phone will be left downstairs. Do you understand?" In the end it sounds like Spike caved and dad sent a text with detailed conditions to both Spike and his sister to put an end to the battle.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cathedrals are relevant

We went to a fascinating talk by two Cathedral deans and met the Dean of Durham!

The way back

Exit, watched by sheep.

Sycamore Gap

This is the famous sycamore tree which was recently voted best tree in Britain. Yes, there was a contest.

More from Northumbria

Amazing view, amazing wall, amazing company.

Hadrian’s Wall

Today we went out to walk along Hadrian's Wall. We were all glad that D was the one driving on the wrong side of the street.

Monday, October 9, 2017

On Air France

I know it is airplane food but it was.... delicious.

In Paris

It seems like a shame to let people do stopovers in Paris. Everyone should be required to get out and see the sights.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

At the Scrovegni Chapel

The Scrovegni Chapel is Giotto's masterpiece. It was commissioned by a conscience-stricken usurer named Scrovegni who hoped by having a chapel built to do something for his own and his father's immortal souls. You have to sit in a special room and watch a video to get acclimatized before going into the Chapel itself. The whole thing came very close to getting bombed during World War II.

St Anthony of Padua

We visited the Basilica of San Antonio di Padova. Pictures are not allowed inside. It's really hard to abide by the rules sometimes.

Church of the Eremiti

This church was badly bombed by the Allies in 1944 and many of the mosaics by Mantegna and other masters were destroyed. There is a niche in one wall that allows you to get a perfect view of the altar but only if you kneel down.

Lunch in Padua

We tried some new antipasti, had pizza, and watched Elizabeth eat gelato.

Street art in Padova

There is lots of cool street art. And lots of graffiti (not pictured here).

Sunday in Padua

They are surrounded by Giottos and Mantegnas but they still use clip art on the Sunday bulletin.

Breakfast in Italy

Con cappuccino.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A sketchbook

Just a page from the sketchbook of one of the artists. So good. Also, power lines make me homesick. Hope you aren't too lonely, Tommy and Hairy.

Astérix et ses copains

M and I have liked Astérix and Obélix ever since she was assigned one of the books in first-year French. We finally got to meet them in person and in MSS.