Vermont “Tourist” Photos.

September 8, 2009

These were taken at the Rockingham Meeting House while we gave Kat the whirlwind tour of Southern Vermont. It’s kind of neat to be a tourist in the place where I grew up… for a little while at least!

Last look at summer!

September 1, 2009

Thanks to Kelsey and her link to yesterday’s post on my cousin Vanora’s mad collage skills! So, hello to any new readers who may decide to check back again!

It’s September now. There is such a difference between today and even last week at this time. Cool mornings, breezy afternoons. Back to wearing socks in the house and a light sweater outside. It’s amazing that it was only two weeks ago that it was so hot outside that I sat down in the kiddie pool. This means that my job now has the added challenge of making sure shoes get put on before we go outside (and even more challenging – trying to *keep* the shoes on!), in addition to the already challenging getting-clothes-on. Only a few more months until we find that fifteen minutes later, when we finally get our snowsuits zipped up, NOW we have to pee.

One last look at summer before it’s gone until next year – here are a few photos that I took in Algarve (complete set on Flickr) back in July.


Cemetery Cats.

July 13, 2009

If you want to know why I visited the cemetery in Lisbon… well, I like cemeteries. I find them oddly soothing. I could wax philosophical about the cycle of life and how many people have lived ordinary lives like we do and now they’re in the cemetery like we will be someday and ok, this is morbid, but it somehow comforts me to think about how freaking many people have lived on this planet already. But no, no morbid burbling from me today. Today, it’s kitties. There are evidently herds of feral cats roaming around the Lisbon cemetery, making it the cutest cemetery in the whole world.

Convento do Carmo.

July 7, 2009

These are the ruins of a Carmelite Monastery that was damaged during the 1755 earthquake that destroyed much of Lisbon. All 50+ photos on Flickr.

Buddha Sightings.

July 7, 2009

While certainly not as prevalent as in the u-SOFA, I have seen quite a few decorative Buddhas in shops around Portugal. My partner’s parents even have a gorgeous fat Buddha in their foyer! I have yet to see any confirmed *Buddhist* sightings as 95% of the population is Catholic, but it’s nice to see Buddha hanging out around these parts anyhow.

Tiles.

July 7, 2009

We’re leaving Lisbon for the family’s beach house in Algarve (Southern Portugal) this afternoon, so I’m going to get a few things in here before my internet access really *is* terminated. (I’ll be back in Lisbon on the 13th and then back in the u-SOFA on the 15th.) 300+ pictures from Lisbon on Flickr so far and I still have some on my camera from yesterday… this place is so, so amazingly beautiful. I truly wasn’t prepared for it. I knew it would be nice, but I didn’t realize it would be totally, totally astounding.

Among the things I didn’t know about: Portuguese tiles. Left over from the Moorish days of Portugal, there are tons and tons and tons of tiles. Entire houses are decorated with tiles! They’re really beautiful.