|The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library|
I have been back to London, but I had more interesting places to visit than the palace. It was strange, being back in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library where I've spent a good part of the last decade. I miss the place and my colleagues and friends now that I'm on the far side of the world. While I was there The Carolina Chocolate Drops came in for a quick look around before the evening's concert. They were so fascinated, their manager had to drag them out again. We laughed about the irony that I came all the way to London to see them, and they promised they would appear in Seattle soon. Go see them if you get the chance or you can hear them on NPR.
|A regatta in the snow|
|The rocket that didn't launch|
One of the main attractions on the bus tour of the Space Center was the abundant wildlife. The taped commentary droned on about an historic building to the left while the whole bus was looking to the right at an alligator in the drainage ditch, or an eagle's nest in the trees. Later in the week we took a long walk through the Lake Woodruff Wildlife Center. D. asked me if there were any alligators there, and I pointed out a mound of feathers - the remains of a bird after an alligator had digested it. Sure enough it wasn't long before we saw some basking in the sun, and turtles, and of course lots of birds.
|Resident gator at Lake Woodruff|
After a couple busy months of traveling hither and yon, I am looking forward to staying put in the Pacific Northwest for a while. We have started to hang pictures, make a few improvements, and clear up the last of the boxes, so it's beginning to feel like home at last. Soon we'll need to think about planting the balcony garden. But that is another tale.