Monday, September 17, 2007


We woke up to snow this morning.
Even for us it's a bit too soon.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


This hydro-electric power station is not doing what it's supposed to be doing.

A beautiful sunny autumn day,

except for the strong wind that has brought down our power cables, see the trees in the background. We've got the woodburner to keep us warm, but no power for the water pump means no tea,

so we head back to town, past the lake we swam in this summer.

Back in town in time for riding this afternoon which included jumping and cantering for the first time. This was taken on the way home from riding, in the background the mountains are covered in cloud which is dumping snow not rain as the temperature gets close to freezing point here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Clever headless squirrel

I nearly took a photo of it, but even I am not that cold hearted. This morning on the way to school we ( Miss T, Strawbs and me) saw a decapitated squirrel. Its head was flat on the road surface and it was spilling a few guts, organs etc., we didn't investigate too closely, otherwise it was whole. But the saddest thing of all is that this dead squirrel lay on a zebra crossing. If only the driver had been as street wise as the squirrel.

One other weird trafficy thing that happened today, at least this is what I was told, but I am sure I didn't.
And yes, they were driving me nuts, but surely I can't be that bad yet? And I would have thought they could have shown a bit more gratitude towards me trying to save their skins from speeding bicyclists. Anyway, whilst walking along a busy street in charge of 25 fifteen year olds and 26 visiting foreign fifteen year olds, who all claim they heard me, I apparently yelled at them to "Get off the psychopath!"

Oooh, look at the nice moo cow!

Sunday, September 09, 2007


With no spare time this week or last, I am having to rely on photos 4 weeks old, taken at the local open air museum. But there is a connection to how I feel right now:
stuck in my tracks and wanting to let off steam and wishing I could put some other children behind bars, not just for my own protection, but also for the protection of others and themselves. Barring them from school has also crossed my mind, but we don't do that here, and if we did, I don't think it would really help unless they had a caring home environment, which sadly many of them don't.
The summer holidays are definitely over.