Wednesday, December 29, 2010
JHs Got Talent? Family Talent Night
Singing To Singapore
Thursday, December 23, 2010
All is merry, all is bright.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Artists and Writer' December gathering
After the performances ( see below for sample ) we followed tradition and partook in a super pot luck lunch. As you can imagine, artists tend to be great cooks. A few members had to leave early before lunch so we managed to fit together on one table. This whole gathering is one I would never want to miss. While being diverse in many way - age, politics and religion being only three - there is a profound communion between us all. Our common interest, I might say passion, to create art- make things - in one form or another ties us together in a way that enables us to laugh, cry, applaud, encourage and especially at this meeting/party have FUN!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Once a Year...
the Little House on the Prairie ROCKS. Here is a segment from annual Artists and Writers Performance cum Party on Dec 15.
Now...um...I suppose I, myself, must claim responsibility for miserable video quality..the ceiling beams are cool but..well, it was a raucous time and as one performer put it: we do know how to have fun.
These performers by the way, both accomplished artists, are two of the Dancing Queens from last years Abbalike hit. This is Dancing Queens No 1 RIP. They told me they were lowering the bar this year. NO matter, we rocked.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Sweet memories ....
A Happy Observation
Singapore Botanic Garden
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
It is a bit difficult to "sell" a bird park. I mean, it just doesnt sound all that exciting, does it? But perhaps if I tell you that the bird above looked to be between 4 and 5 feet high ( surely the model for Big Bird) you will consider that, in fact, this bird park was exciting and huge, a monorail runs through it, and beautiful.
I always feel just a little cheated when J's post does not include the family so am refraining from posting lots of birds here. Indeed, putting in family instead. But were I to succumb to bird pic temptation you would see just about every kind of bird from every equatorial country there is and then some.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Kept on trekking...
Just past the cabin I spotted a yearling moose, a little cow, over in the willows. She looked plump and very much at ease so I moved on past her and followed the suggestion of my trail hard made trail of a couple of days ago.
Once out on the levee the going was easier thanks to the animals who had used the trail, preferring it, no doubt to the deep snow. For some reason this preference gave out the last quarter mile. It looked like I had never, much less a matter of, say 72 hours earlier, trudged out a trail. So trudge it out again it was and worth the effort for many more trumpeters had arrived since I was there. My guess is that there are at least 23 oe 24 swans now on Ewing Pond.
The return was easy and quick until I again approached the cabin. Now the young moose had settled down nicely for a post willow nap...almost right on my trail. Everything seemed friendly enough, memories of this youngster hanging out in the yard, looking in the windows, clumping around in our pond were fresh enough - almost - to make me proceed. Still, Anne, says I to me, this is a wild animal and you would do well to remember this. Once again then breaking trail and cutting a wide swath around the resting moose.
Wild animal, yes, but still, it does feel like some link has been formed over the summer. The moose never seemed concern about my presence. I, on the other hand, am sad that in only months, a yearling is abandoned by it's mother and must fend on it's own for the winter. Worse, I suppose, is that next fall, this little girl will be pursued by various randy bulls. Just seems too soon. But " thus is the nature of things." ( said the dog to Jemima Puddle-Duck when all of her eggs were destroyed by the fox. This is one of the things grandmothers are privy to know!)
Thursday, December 09, 2010
And..the biggest splash park I have ever seen..
..is in The Singapore Zoo. In addition to the many, many fountains, there is a HUGE bucket on a platform over the part that dumps and equally HUGE amount of water on the splashes. I could never get a picture of it because the pouring event was sporadic and sudden and over before I could catch it. Instead, I have some happily soaked results pictured here.
A Tangle of Giraffes, A Trio of Tortoise
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Lions and tigers and komodos, oh no!
"Make one good thing happen everyday."
For you who know the way, there was no trail to the levee and, once on the levee, no trail in either direction. Stomping my way up to Ewing's pond was, then, a savory effort but even better was the site of the first three trumpeter swans to arrive for the winter. I think they are the same three that I spotted last year at about this time. The rest will surely follow and, Lauren, they will be waiting there for you.
Singapore nights/ JH nights
Will continue with the warm memories...fabulous zoo et all but wanted to show you a glimpse of the snow we already have here in this much further north latitude. Going out now to try to snowshoe break a trail from the cabin to the levee which I will be equal to a whole lot of Stairmaster!
More very soon.