Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Sphynx

Too bad my camera strap is in the way but this is the best picture of Jefferson out of the lot. Jefferson is supposed to live across the street. He used to be big and fat, with a belly that dragged on the ground. He lost weight when his owner took in a new kitten and now he is almost scrawny.

Jefferson turned up in our garden last week and spent the whole day there. I have never seen him away from his garden. When night came, he meowed pitifully to come in. Needless to say, KC and Noelle were plastered to the door wanting to chase this interloper from the garden that they are not allowed to patrol. I finally carried Jefferson home the next day. He looked very insulted being deposited in his own garden.

He has come back every day since. Neighbor has not returned my calls but appears to be in town so I don't think Jefferson is locked out. I don't want to feed him because I don't want him to be confused about where he lives. He seems very convinced that he lives here now. Maybe he has some kitty cat dementia.

Last night, he joined us for dinner in the garden. He sat on the bench in between Bill and Will and stared at the food. That was the picture I really wanted to take but he got down to try to follow me into the house when I went to get the camera. We took him home last night and fed him in *his* garden. But he was back here, meowing to come in, before I went to bed.
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Friday, September 07, 2007

Bars of Melbourne

Melbourne is a city of about 3.5M people in a country of only 19million. Most Americans (and my German hairstylist) think of Australia as kangaroos and beaches (and wine). In reality Melbourne is a truly great bar town. The city PRIDES ITSELF on lenient licensing rules for bars (unfathomable where I live in the US). The Central Business District (CBD) in Melbourne is dense with bars - like Cookie (pictured here on bustling Swanston Street) all the way to The Croft Institute on an alley off another alley, with an entrance between the dust bins..
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Sunrise, Kill Devil Hills

This is one of my favorite photos from our Outer Banks vacation. Like some of my other favorite shots it was mostly luck. I had the camera on the tripod, but was not really ready to shoot. All of a sudden this bird was in the picture and I just hit the shutter release and got lucky.
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STA Day One

Will is just starting Form C (4th grade) at St. Albans. St. Albans is an old and storied school with many traditions. On of them is that on the first day of the new school year, the seniors walk the new boys down the aisle of the National Cathedral for opening chapel. Will is a very tall boy for his age, but he still looks meek and small next to these seniors.
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