Friday, July 21, 2017

Day 10.192: Libby River Farm

I toyed with naming today's post "When Nature Attacks!"

I was able to join the short hike today - we ventured out after dinner to Libby River Farm trails. We found some nicely tended trails, lovely views, wildflowers, birds and red squirrels and...

A LOT OF BUGS!

Still, as long as we were never still for very long, things were just about bearable. The general lack of stillness didn't do much for my photography, but I was still able to get a few pictures of the humans:


and the non-bug nature:


Definitely worth another visit - but perhaps not on a July evening.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day 10.191: Hot on the heath

I spent most of the day in an air-conditioned office but the rest of the E5N1-less household braved a short walk at Saco Heath. Apparently it was very hot, but look they took some photos!


They also saw what we are pretty sure must have been a snowshoe hare - so I am slightly jealous.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day 10.190: Camp sight

The last two years, after dropping a child at Camp Mechuwana (Exile #4 in 2015 and E5N1 last year), we have heard nothing until pick-up time. This year, since one of our pastors is there helping with the camp he is on (and sharing a cabin with him and a group of "energetic" boys), we have had a few glimpses into his week.

This was camp day 2 - after a swim in the pond:


Looks like he's doing OK!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day 10.189: Can they can fly?!

Among the dead or drowning insects in the ant moat of our hummingbird feeder, we made a surprising discovery - an apparently happy aquatic insect:


I'm fairly sure it's one of those known as water boatmen - and not the ones that float on the back which are appropriately enough known as backswimmers on this side of the Atlantic.

Anyway, the interesting question is how did it get there?  Exile #4 suggested that it had climbed in (it's five feet up a glass door), or that they can fly. Neither of which seemed remotely likely.

The astonishing answer is that although they live their entire lifecycle in water (generally at the bottom of streams) - they can indeed fly!

Life will never be the same.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Day 10.188: Don't even think about going 99 mph

I spotted this while out running yesterday:


"Strictly enforced" - don't say you weren't warned.

No word on how fast you are allowed to go while traveling west.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 10.187: Exile #2's Sunday Column #185

To sum up today: one little Exile went to camp, one (not so) little Exile came back home, and one little Exile spent the day at the beach with a friend and is a bit pink as a consequence. Yes, E5N1 is at musical theatre camp this week, and the rest of us will probably spend the week wondering why it is so quiet. I'm sure the time will fly by for both of us, and we'll get to see what the kids have been busy with on Saturday morning.


Of course, being away at camp does also mean that E5N1 won't know anything about number 13 yet...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 10.186: Birthday, Citizenship, Pokemon

We were invited to a party this afternoon - a joint birthday (8th) and citizenship (fellow Brit who recently became an American citizen) party with a Pokemon theme. There was even a parade!

E5N1 celebrated his own dual citizenship:


and the parade start looked quite like the beginning of a race!


We had a great time and - contrary to some concerns - the weather was perfect.