words fail …

April 3rd, 2015 — 4:22pm by anna



This photo was taken at approximately 5:09 pm. I wondered why I was making such progress on dinner. also my ears had a kind of funny empty feeling. but then my elder daughter shouted at me to guess how tall abraham lincoln was, so that was alright

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Take that Sir David

April 1st, 2015 — 11:31am by anna

Breaking news: actual nature more interesting than award-winning nature documentary.


Thunderstorms were rare enough in NZ that counting the seconds between flash and sound is still novel. and hail is always cool.

Although I should, in all honesty, point out that, in clear violation of the rules, I turned the movie on before it became a rainy day.



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Two and a half

March 12th, 2015 — 3:53am by aaron

Happy half-birthday, turkey the younger!

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Home at last?

March 11th, 2015 — 4:52am by aaron

At long last, our massive container of good(ies) has made the round-trip voyage to the antipodes and back.

Just in time to move into our new apartment whilest we look for our “years and years house” (to quote my elder daughter).

There’s room to move … just. But cooking dinner last night presented something of a challenge, as the plates, pots, and silverware had all travelled to separate corners of the moving universe.

Anna and I have a running bet over how many things we basically get rid of without ever unpacking them. Once we schlep an appropriate fraction to my office, and fill our storage locker things will get better.

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March 7th, 2015 — 8:08am by anna

For Presidents’ day Aaron took advantage of the staff discount at the Burke Museum of Natural History.


Turkey the younger reports:

“We saw dine-o-see-ors upstairs and and and I had some poos and my daddy changed me”.

Turkey the elder reports “um.. I forgot. we went to the playground”

The photographic evidence suggests there was a bit more to the day than that, but I got four hours of peace and quiet, so it’s all the same to me.


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So this is how it begins…

March 3rd, 2015 — 5:23am by aaron

What exactly are they teaching you in that school of yours?

I believe this week’s assignment was “persuasive writing.”

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Good Golly Miss Molly

February 8th, 2015 — 4:15pm by anna


Two teeth in one day; three inside a week. If you don’t slow down little girl we’re going to have to go to an all-gruel diet.

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The Kakapo has landed

February 6th, 2015 — 10:06am by anna

As most of you have guessed, we have successfully brought our naive island avifauna to the land of the big bad wolf.


A couple of A-grade Turkeys

Seattle is reputed to be a good place for critters whose threat response is to freeze in place, and there are lots of ferns to hide among. Contrary to expectation, however, we’ve found the welcome to be warm and inviting – even overwhelming. The houses are surprisingly warm too, even if the weather is not. The kids have been overheating in their flannel PJs.

The Bean Sprout is now a proud first grader, although she reports that she has done no learning “only fun stuff that is sort of like learning, but mostly fun”.

We’ve had a busy couple of months – more into experiencing than reflecting. Now that we’re here and can catch our breath a bit, maybe we’ll do so catch up posts.

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We’ve started packing

December 1st, 2014 — 7:44pm by aaron

A captured a short video of the moving company at work: here (warning, 70+ MB). I’m not sure I’d recommend them to anyone else…

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And if that mockingbird won’t sing…

November 30th, 2014 — 7:39pm by aaron

At this point, turkey the elder needs more stuff like a hole in the head (we’d just have to pack it up anyway), so for her 6th birthday I arranged an Icelandic Horse Trek. She was allowed to take one parent, and much to my surprise, she chose her father.

Luckily, no photographic evidence survives of my time in the saddle, but I do believe young miss had a very nice time.

I am desperately hoping that she doesn’t take to the horsey lifestyle. With luck, she will settle on a less expensive hobby like online poker.

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