The Legend of the HMS Bathtub

I found this photo in my camera roll the other day and thought that maybe it was time to share the story that goes with it. Every family has a few colourful characters and some families have more than their fair share, either in terms of quantity or quality. One of the latter such was…

Scents and Sensibility

Saturday morning trip to the supermarket, culminating in a stop at the deodorant wall. (Previous forays into shampoo noted here and here.) Me: There are too many. I am not “Wild Freesia”. John: You could be “Summer Citrus”. Me: Nah. “Fruity Melon” is right out. John: Here’s you! “Radiantly Fresh”. Me: I’m “Radiantly Fresh”? Have…

Little Blue Men

Katherine wanders out into the kitchen at 7:10. John and I have been up since 5:50, but we let her sleep. K: I’m snoozy. And stretchy. And a lot hungry. Me: The eggs are in the pan over there. Help yourself! John: Those sound like Smurfs. Me: What? Eggs? John: No, Snoozy, Stretchy and Hungry….

The merits of prostration

I have not yet been run over by a car. In fact, I can happily say that it hasn’t even been a near thing. When you really get involved with photography, you start looking for unusual angles and interesting perspectives. Quite a bit of the time, this involves bizarre contortions, adept balancing and (if you’re…

New Page: The Lighthouse Pyramids

Hello, my name is Vicky and I make Lighthouse Pyramids. Or more accurately, I orchestrate them and shoot the results. All families have traditions. Some of those traditions make sense only to the people in the family; viewed from outside, many traditions appear silly or plainly incomprehensible. These are, we feel, the very best sorts…

Interesting discoveries

The weather prediction was that today would be a snow day. Preparatory to this, I made sure there was chocolate and wine and other Good Things to eat in the house. Last night we had a glass of wine, ate some chocolate and watched a movie. It was quite nice. Afterwards, I very carefully put…

Some days….

… are just days for curling up with a good book, like a Dictionary of Imaginary Places…. …. or an Atlas of Middle Earth, and flying away to parts unknown. Delighted as I am by their literary pursuits, I can’t help but wonder if they are simply dreaming of fantastic adventures or, perchance, plotting devious…

The Day of the Dragon

As you have undoubtedly heard, in the Chinese Zodiac, it is the Year of the Dragon. It should have occurred to me that dragons, like turtles, are reptiles. I’m not sure how I missed that. John thought turtles were amphibians, but clearly they are reptiles. Wikipedia says so, so it must be true. The turtles…

Fleeced.

I have to give them credit. Those turtles are better-educated than I thought. I caught them reading Amos Alden’s Big Book of Handspinning to the other day. Which probably makes this whole thing my fault, really, since it was the only reading material left on the table with them. But seriously, who knew turtles could…

Cabin Fever

I’m not entirely sure what happened. I thought things were going well. Everyone seemed happy. There was balance. There was unity. Early this morning I wandered into the studio and saw this: I thought it was simply a generous offering at first. You see, the turtles are evidently used to more exotic foods than are…

Debauchery

Dear John, Always lock the liquor cabinet. Love, Vicky P.S. For newcomers, a link to more Sheep & Turtle Posts…..