The Ciel Show

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Final English Morning

The old cat is snoring softly on the wide stone window ledge; outside, a bit of blue glows through soft misty cloud and there is a bit of rosy gold on the clouds. My packing is nearly done, regretfully heavy, but I won't have to strain my back to get it downstairs: Other, younger backs will do that. In this two weeks I have not done as much shopping as another week would have afforded, not coming home this time with interesting foods and clothing items for the costuming collection. but there are... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cream Tea in Chipping, and chickens

My daughter's mother in law gave her a coupon for a cream tea in the little town of Chipping, across the valley and behind Longridge Fell. A cream tea is the kind served with little crustless sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and some bite-sized cakes. One imagines fine china and silver, dainty porcelain cups and teapots, table cloths... This was a tiny little cafe sort of place, the china and silverware mis-matched, no cloth on the table--and delicious tea and food! And the people... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 20, 2017

cat in the woods

Right on the edge of Walley, in the woods between town and the River Calder, I saw a most beautiful cat. It was a good-sized domestic feline with startlingly wild-like markings. Naturally, I spotted this beauty just when my camera had run out of juice, but you can get the idea of how perfect it looked in the equally wild--which is to say, not actually very wild--woods: https://www.pets4homes.co.uk/cat-breeds/bengal/ Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Got me a little chair.

We went to Samlesbury Hall today, a sprawling two-storey, many-storied house that was built beginning in the 1200s. I took photos, of course, of the house and grounds and of a most charming little spinner's chair that was in the antiques gallery there with quite a reasonable plice tag hanging on it. It's like this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Carved-Arts-and-Crafts-Spinning-Chair-William-Morris-Style-Flowers-/282383778211 but the back and seat are beautifully and deeply carved. It will... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday rain

When I checked the weather forecast for Manchester UK before leaving Colorado, I was promised dreary days, rain, cool winds and mist. What has actually happened has been several fine even warm days in a row, some days chilly and some windy, and not until today much rain at all. Even the rain isn't all that annoying. Spring is definitely on already, gardens brilliant with daffs and crocuses and primroses, and roadsides glowing with wild daffs and clouds of wild cherry blossoms. Today it has been... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday adventures

Today was the doggies' day for hydrotherapy: They walk in water and swim in a pool to strengthen legs and build stamina. Both of them have had leg surgeries to repair cruciate ligament tears, and this helps them stay limber, but oh how they ache the day after! The drive to the hydrotherapy place is along back lanes, between fields and clusters of trees, the classic English countryside. There will be photos in a little more than a week. I also am having some aches tonight as I took a bit of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

baby report

Elsa had her 3-month checkup today, and it is officially recorded now that she is 11.5 lbs, and is up-to-date on most developmental milestones. She is just a nudge or two from actual chuckles, and gives lovely spontaneous grins towards things she likes. She holds her arms out when she wants to be picked up, and arches her back to help when you do reach towards her. She watches the colors, movement and faces on the tv, and has begun to attempt to get anything she can get into her hands into her... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Morning

From a very solid sleep I was awakened by someone calling me Granny... My daughter had need to put Elsa in my care while she went to clean up after the doggies who had not gone outside in time... So the Wee One was settled down beside me, her head on my shoulder, and she fussed and wriggled and protested, `not the mama' for a bit. But the combination of the heart-beat pat on the back, the shhhhing sound in her ear, and playing with her legs a bit as we do when internal gas is an issue--and she... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Misty morning

Mist and a light steady rain, one of those 'female' rains of the Hopi that falls gently and slowly, inexorably saturates the earth. Our Elsa woke this morning all full of smiles at silly Granny sounds and at Mama generally and in appreciation for the dark beams and white ceiling between them in this ~300 yr old farm house. She is 3 months old now, looking at things and making eye contact, smiling when things please her. Those first 3 months before Baby makes that personal connection with... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

First Day in England

Back in Clitheroe, in Lancashire, having coffee at Nero's... On a new-to-me mini laptop, I can't connect yet with the wifi at the house, so I may be limited to occasional connection at wifi hotspots like the coffee houses and such. It is a day of mostly blue sky and sunshine so far, the air so clear I could see Stonyhurst College across the valley, and the green and woodsy landscape where a couple of years ago we walked a portion of the Tolkien Trail. The nice weather is a pleasing surprise as... Sign in to see full entry.

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