Archive | October, 2010

Fall for a Friend

9 Oct

Here are some pictures for someone missing fall in this region:

This morning–


It is still so warm that I found this salamander under the first rock I looked under.

The Rheingold

9 Oct

The kids and I just went to our first opera–“Das Rheingold” by Wagner.  It was a live simulcast from the NY Metropolitan opera to our local theater.  They had two theaters worth of people.  On the way out we ran into acquaintances who hoped we liked it but who said it was absolutely not the first opera one should be exposed to. She thought something Italian- Donizetti or Rossini-would be so much better because of the high drama, crowds,  and music.

We went because of the tie-in with Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings” and to see the use of high-tech stagecraft.

The reviews I had read were right.  Not much acting; lots of standing around, singing.  But both kids were impressed by how much overlap there was in the storyline of the opera and the books, both of which used Icelandic/Nordic mythologies as a base.

Overall: we liked it.  I hope the big “machine” is used more in the next one which will be in May.  I was impressed.  We were really glad they had the English translations to what was being sung up on the screen.  We  liked the short film that was shown before the performance about the actors learning to work on the large movable stage piece. But maybe that is because I have not been to a Donizetti opera.  Yet.

Rocky and Larvae

3 Oct

Three of us visited Rocky this morning before church.  He is doing very well.  He weighed in at 58g.  He was 57g two weeks ago.  He is weaning himself from milk replacer and eating a large variety of foods.  I gave him a Sungold tomato, which he seemed to enjoy.  He licked the juice and chewed the flesh.  In between his wild and rapid scurrying and jumps between the four of us.

Sue reports he remains the star of the classroom and of the whole school.

Last week one morning I saw nine Monarch larvae on the Asclepias at one time.  Here is a photo of four in one frame:

Can you find them all?

Also last week, while picking tomatoes with me Isaac found this poor fellow on the black plastic right near a post hole.  It chose an inappropriate place to make it chrysalis.  I guess.

Of Rain and That Trying Age

1 Oct

We have had lots of rain here this week.  The creeks are flooded, a local high school was closed, there was even a mudslide not too far away.  But nothing like China.  Or Pakistan.  Or even N. Carolina.

What we have not had is  hard frost.  It is October first.  Yesterday I picked a half gallon of Sungold tomatoes.  I could have picked more.  I will go out right after this and pick all I can because guess what is scheduled for tonight?

During my morning walk with the dog on recent days that trying age that Georgiana got safely past and Lydia did not has been much in my thoughts.  Georgiana’s mother was dead.  Mrs. Bennett did not act as a mother ought.  So there is little help in the story for me beyond Elizabeth’s observations.  Sigh.

Packing will begin in earnest next week for a big jaunt to visit friends overseas. !!

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