Friday, November 28, 2003

With the Edmonds-Krall family in town, Ethan enjoyed the spotlight at a TGI Friday birthday dinner.
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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Ethan, turning seven, received a number of good books and a circuit kit. "Bluey" the class bear looks on.
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Saturday, November 15, 2003

The Goodmans visited from Paris, and we met up with them at the park in Woking, where all the kids had a fine time in the leaves.
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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Our new kittens have been with us for almost two weeks now, and they're beginning to settle down and make themselves at home. Niger will still find the smallest place available in which to hide, but she is seen in public more often, and has reportedly purred!

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Ethan's class is studying the great fire of London (1666), so this Sunday we went down to The City and visited the Monument. Monument is one of the few London sites that Karen and I have never visited, and it was fun to climb the stairs with Ethan and enjoy a new view.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

After our local bonfire, Ethan got some sparklers. They produced some fascinating night shots.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

We decided our jack-o-lantern was not too late for Guy Fawkes night.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Today was the big day: we drove down to Portsmouth, took the ferry to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight, and went to pick up our kittens from Donna. The weather as typical English autumn, but the ferries were running, and we eventually arrived home with our charges. The Siamese is "Mrs. Chippy" after McNish's cat on Shackleton's Endurance expedition. The Oriental is "Niger," after the cat on Scott's Terra Nova expedition (bowdlerized). Of course, there is an Internet page of Antarctic Pets. Ethan is insisting upon calling them after some Pokemon, Nidoqueen and Nidoran, respectively. We have agreed to disagree.
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Here are slides from the trip. Spare a moment, too, for their well-loved, ill-starred predecessors.