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A Sad Day In The Garden October 29, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 10:56 pm


IMG_4619    This little bird (sparrow) is so beautiful.  I just love the markings.  I’m sorry that the cat has succeeded again.  Mice o.k. – little birds no.


James In The 1980’s October 28, 2017

Filed under: Family Photos — Janet @ 11:19 pm

I had a request for pictures of our son James in the 1980’s.  A futile preliminary search revealed nothing.  I am in the process of digitising all my photos and now I can’t find anything!  Hence the random mostly inappropriate findings below:


james  James 2016, Seattle

2017_08_16_09_59_21.pdf021 Tibetan woman in her shop in Kathmandu – 1980’s

2017_08_11_10_43_37.pdf000  James and Ian – 1970’s, Dublin

2017_07_08_17_53_58.pdf000  James, Andrew and David – might be late 1970’s, Dhaka Bangladesh

boys-me-norwegian-sweater  Janet (me) with James and Andrew – Dublin, 1970’s

2017_10_28_15_48_25.pdf001  James, in Kenya early 1990’s, Karen Country Club

2017_10_28_15_48_25.pdf004   James, Andrew, David and William, Nairobi Kenya early 1990’s

2017_10_28_15_48_25.pdf006   at Nyali Beach Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya early 1990’s





Nebbiolo wine

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 10:55 pm

I love these blog posts by my internet friend in Africa.

A Bushsnob in Africa

Our son visits us in Zimbabwe every year during his holidays and we usually include his favourite place, Mana Pools National Park, as part of the holiday. This year we managed to get a good spot at Nyamepi campsite, just a few metres from the mighty Zambezi river.

We had not yet set up camp and we knew that we were in for a bit of “camping fun” as one of the large elephant bulls found in the park was walking about the campsite making a clear statement of who are the owners of the place.

DSC_0156 copy 2DSC_0424 copyWhen we saw it chasing one of the camp attendants we knew that it meant business! Luckily the charge was just a show of dislike and the man got away. The elephant walked after him into the park staff houses and nothing more was heard.

We had also been warned that monkeys and particularly…

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Guild Sale

Filed under: Felting,Fiber Arts,Weaving — Janet @ 7:18 pm

The Seattle Weavers’ Guild held its annual sale over the past 3 days.  Literally thousands of items.  Overwhelming.

IMG_4583  DIL Susan posing with 2 items by a felting artist

IMG_4581  the felting artist gave a talk

IMG_4601  one of my smaller purchases – a felted pin cushion

IMG_4592  Katerina approved my purchase of a rag rug

IMG_4603  interesting place mats – husband noticed and approved


How Many Cats? October 23, 2017

Filed under: Cats — Janet @ 10:48 pm

IMG_4571  How many cats can you see basking in this sunny window?

Answer:  there are actually two but I only saw one before I took the picture.  Three cats in all live in this house, but even to see one is rare.  I have seen the two black ones before but today was my first sighting of a different grey one.  I wonder if Katerina hangs out with them when she goes on her night time adventures.  They are only a few houses away.


Mayhem In The Garden

Filed under: Field Mice — Janet @ 10:38 pm

IMG_4565  Prior to burial

IMG_4566  Poor wee mouse


What I Accomplished Last Week October 22, 2017

Filed under: Jigsaw Puzzles,Steam Trains — Janet @ 8:02 pm

IMG_4560  750 piece jigsaw puzzle – finished     the cat repeatedly sprawled out on the pieces as I tried to work on this puzzle so there was a fair bit of scattering and picking up from the floor – it’s a wonder that only one piece was missing in the end.


Calico Cat Appreciation Society

Filed under: Calico Cats,Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 7:36 pm

IMG_4562  Katerina has found a new box – it’s too small for her but she likes things cozy

IMG_4563  Bliss for a cat



Saint Augustine’s Church Cambridgeshire England


The following is an inscription found in the graveyard of this church

“Say, knyght, dawter to Lawrence Cheyne, esqwyr, of Cambridge shyre.  A woman of nobyl blode, and most nobyl in grace and mannors.  She dyed xxv Septemb.  M.ccc.lxxiii, and was enterryed in this parysh church, abyding the body of her said husband; whos sowls God bring to everlastyng lyff.”

For Elizabeth Cheney Say, 1424-1473   my 15th Great Grandmother


An Ancestor Found October 20, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy — Janet @ 9:16 pm

a930ca27-2030-4d46-9f77-01b6f7d86940  Lady Margaret Bourchier, 1468-1551    my 13th Great Grandmother    born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland