This year's effort--a spooky pirate ship!
Saturday, 20 October 2012
This morning we went out to Temple Newsam--we'd only been there for Opera in the Park, so we hadn't really seen it properly. There was much more going on than we'd realised--it's huge!
National collection of asters & chrysanthemums
I love it when garden walls have things growing on them...
Inside the rose garden
In the greenhouse
Loads of geraniums--it reminded me of our windowboxes on Camano (x50)
I'd never seen geraniums trained to grow up a wall before
I'd never seen pink & white geraniums, either--so pretty!
After the gardens, we went to the farm
We thought these piglets were cute, until we saw even smaller ones in the next stall
These guys were only 5 days old!
They were crawling all over each other & scrapping--so cute!
This sheep came right up to me and let me pet it
It was so friendly and cute!
Richard had to give it a try, too
It loved having its head scratched--it even closed its eyes when you scratched behind its ears, just like Cookie does!
The antique farming equipment was cool, too--there's a hay baler behind this tractor
It was lovely to catch the farm when the leaves are changing, too--so pretty!
One of the pigs was named Sandra--but don't feel bad, Mom, there was a one-eared goat named Molly on the farm, too!
Introducing Blue Boy!
Goats! One-eared Molly is the one seated in the middle, second in from the right
We didn't actually go in and tour the house this time--we might come back when it's decorated for Christmas. It's only a few miles away--it's so great to live close to these amazing places.
Friday, 19 October 2012
Autumn leaves at Roundhay Park last weekend
On the walk to campus
They've already put the Christmas lights up downtown--I love how they get such an early start on Christmas here!
The stores already have Christmas cards and Advent calendars--I took it as a sign that it's ok to load Christmas music on my iPod again :)
Since getting back from the honeymoon, my main priority has been working on my dissertation. The first draft (75,000 words) is due by Christmas, so I've been writing at home a lot, hiding away in the library, and doing my cafe crawls, too. The Starbucks on Albion has a staff member named Molly, so they usually get my name right. The Starbucks on Briggate, however, spelled it like this!
We got our pumpkin last night :) It's got a good carving face & a lovely colour--I'm not carving it until it gets closer to Halloween, but it's nice & festive to have around for an extra week.
Our kitchen with its new appliances :)
We love the Le Creuset utensil jar! It's much bigger than our old one, so we don't have to struggle to put away utensils anymore. Thanks Kelly, Jason, Pudd & Charlie!
The Dualit kettle is lovely (merci a la famille Keriel!), and the De Longhi coffee maker is fabulous, too. When I work from home, I've been making a pot in the morning to have with Richard and carrying on throughout the day. I love the way it makes the whole kitchen smell so good! Thanks Mom!
(I forgot to take a picture of the toaster, but it's been awesome, too! Our old one toasted unevenly, so you'd get half-bread and half-toast...This one toasts it perfectly every time! Thanks Tricia, Tim, Eric & Alicia!)
Another reason why this is my favorite time of year :)