Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The only dissenters were the birds.....

This will keep you busy for a while:

The Ones That Got Left Out

I thought of downloading all 107 pics to Kodak so you could see them all but I decided nah so here are a few more from the trip to South Texas.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Jet Set.....or....A-hunting we will go.

Tonight we had fresh(never frozen) quail for dinner. Last Friday we went down to the King Ranch on a private jet and were regaled with home cooked ranch food -goes great with French wine- a maid to tidy the room ( Like on a cruise ) and hunting with a guide and a dog handler and dogs. Thanks Al and Steph for inviting us.

We got there Friday afternoon and went hunting immediately. The dogs worked so well and we were lucky enough to run into 5 covies and a few singles. Steph scored with her first shot. I was a bit slow but did eventually break the ice. We hunted again Saturday and Sunday. It was really fun because the twins came with us both days and were so well behaved and interested in all that was going on like finding shed horns and skeletal mandibles with teeth still attached from javelinos and deer. Little Evie was a perfect baby and happily stayed in camp with Ruby her baby sitter while Mommy was out hunting.

I got my camera back just in time to take it with, so I have some shots and video.

Here we all are enjoying the wilderness and the company.

Paige and Grandad ready to go hunting.

Graham added a few items to this pile of shed horns

Graham riding shotgun on the truck

Evelyn and Mommy and........

Here's a little video showing how it looked on the truck..........

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My 2 cents

Just in case you haven't seen enough of Sudie's birthday bash, here's my contribution.

Joe and Gail were incredibly generous with their offer to host the do at their house rather than us all traipsing to a restaurant and schlepping in and out.

Gail must have been attending Martha Stewart classes 'cos her house was immaculate and the food was not only good to look at but tasted great too. The Oz plonk was appreciated by all.

These two chairs were unoccupied even though they were set with a full complement of old meaningful cutlery. They represent the missing members - Buck and Cathy............

Monday, January 14, 2008

Is This True?

***What Eric Downward Means***

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are very charming... dangerously so. You have the potential to break a lot of hearts.
You know how what you want, how to get it, and that you will get it.
You have the power to rule the world. Let's hope you're a benevolent dictator!

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

Quiz here

Friday, January 11, 2008

We're only here for the Beer......

This next pic is one that makes me chuckle .........After we drove from Gatwick to Bristol Emily and I stopped in Shakespeare's Pub and had a beer before she dropped me off at the train station for my ride to Runcorn.

I went to visit my old friends near Chester and then Emily drove up from Dursley and we went to see Colin and Dot.
Paula showed up with Little Lukie........

And here's Emily with Colin and Dorothy. My brother was in poor health and only lasted 3 more months.

This is a picture out their window of the River Mersey looking towards Liverpool. Too bad the rain on the window impairs the view.

And here's Noel and Norma who always make us feel so welcome in their lovely little cottage.

Finally a picture of Emily at dinner with Keith and Josie (and me but I took the pic) at The Royal Oak in Kelsall.