Thursday, June 28, 2007

Gone Sailing

Inbetween interminable hours staring at my computer, the mad dashes outside to scare off the FOUR rabbits gorging themselves on the garden, and sleep, I have been sailing.



I sailed the last two weekends, and the last three Wednesdays. In a period of 15 days, I sailed seven of them. Racing, of course. Although I imagine the man I crew for puts in a fair amount of leisure cruising, I'm generally only present for the somewhat pressure-filled racing sails. This is my sixth year sailing, the third on Windseeker, and while I have always loved it, between this year's sailing conditions (some pretty hairy moments in strong winds, and I'm ignoring the rainy race with no wind where we drifted backwards into the harbour with the tide) and our racing team, things are better than ever.

I'm not the kind of person who loves high-stress situations (academic deadlines aside), heck, I can't even watch a Die Hard movie without biting my fingernails down to the quick, but the high-pressure moments of sailing, when your heart starts racing and your breath come shorts just from the adrenaline rush, are addictive. It's great. So if you want to find me, just check out the harbour. I'll be on the boat with "J 30" on the mainsail, and "Allstream" on the spinnaker.

I'm going to try and post more shortly!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Nature's grace

Sometimes the best flowers in your garden are the ones you don't expect. And I don't mean weeds (we're all realists here, right? Weeds are expected). While it seems like we have had day after day of rain and fog, there have been enough pauses for me to run out and take pictures. Wildflowers are sprouting up out of the moist soil and showing the blowsy, rain-beaten tulips and other flowers the graceful beauty of small things. Cloudy days provide such lovely light for capturing woodland wildflowers. Does anyone know what these are called? I haven't taken the time to research yet.


wildflower

wildflower


The next two are my favourites:

wildflower

wildflower

I really love to look at these two in their largest size (you should be able to click on the picture to see them, and then click "all sizes," or else click my flickr badge on the right). I think the last one is a type of lily, but I could be mistaken. There is a large colony of them out by the fire pit, and I just love how they stick so close to each other, as well as that great limey yellow colour. The raindrops are also lovely, aren't they? They pretty much make up for all the mildew that I expect to see covering my plants in the next few days.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Friday Catblogging - Olivity the Mystery Cat

Olivity's a mystery cat, she's called the hidden paw, for she's the master criminal...

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Who steals my office chair the moment I vacate it,

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And has ridonkulous powers of camouflage. And yes, I used the non-word "ridonkulous." I told you I've been finding lolcat pictures really entertaining lately, right? (See previous post)

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This is her, "I disappear for a reason, it's called sleep" face. But she really is the gentlest cat in the world. Just look at that inter-pawpadal fur!!!

You can tell me to lay off the cuteoverload any time, now.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hello, friend. Supper's ready.

I've been having some crazy dreams lately that I may eventually blog about. We also finally got the vegetable garden in on Saturday! It involved a giant pile of dirt and many many wheelbarrow trips, so naturally I have pictures. In the meantime, a quick photo. I took this one Saturday in the late afternoon, hand-held, so it's not as sharp as I would like it. Still, I think it is quite pretty. Do you think this was a friendly encounter, or a violent one? I think the ant on the left is telling the one on the right to come home for dinner.

Indulge yourselves! Anthropomorphize with me. It's what makes Cute Overload and I can has Cheezburger? so utterly delightful.

cinquefoil encounter