Sunday, December 7, 2008

First Snow

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We got a dusting of snow last night. It didn't last very long but we managed to take a stroll in the park before it all melted.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Feel free to vote

Thanks to Erin, who informed me of the contest, I entered a photo contest. The theme this month was 'Motion'. Follow THIS LINK if you would like to vote. Scroll through the 50 final images and choose your favorite. Of course there is no pressure to vote for my photo - vote for the best photo. Here's what mine looks like.


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It may be chilly, but Buddy the scooter is still buzzing around New Haven. Today he passed the 1000 mile mark. Not bad for 4 months.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Energy Boost

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These energy drinks just keep getting bigger and better. There's probably about two weeks worth of caffeine in this can. We did not buy it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Curry

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Most people may have been sitting down to a feast of turkey and all the trimmings but we opted for something a little more ethnic. Christmas is better suited for turkey anyway. Many restaurants were closed but Tandoor, one of our favourite Indian restaurants, was open. As you can see, it is one of the few Indian restaurants housed in an old American diner. There were more staff than customers but that was fine with us. We enjoyed our usual chicken and lamb dishes with plenty of naan bread.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Buddy & Donuts

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Ok, so we didn't have any donuts but they have some pretty good coffee. It was an essential stop on a cold day.
Soon it will be too cold, snowy and icy to scoot at all.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Costume Party

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Costumes are great to wear at any time but Halloween makes it a little more socially acceptable. We were Popeye and a geisha - that's pretty obvious. The Popeye costume is store bought, with a few alterations, but Jen made her kimono from scratch and did a great job.Erin sporting her moo moo dress (house coat) and showing off some of her moves.Tera the viking
Charrisse stopped by after an Egyptian party.
Paper bag man was definitely the highlight of the night. With a plastic knife for a mouth he had to resort to drinking through his eyes.The night involved several rounds of karaoke. Andrew was the hardcore singer of the night. The mic barely left his hand.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


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Buckethead returned to Toad's Place last week. He put on a good show, as usual, while sporting a white bucket.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Fonz

Last weekend Rodney and I went to stay on an alpaca farm in Bridport, Vermont (Champlain Valley Alpacas). Jenny and Les Foshay were great hosts and we had a fantastic time meeting them, their goats, horses and alpacas. They had several pregnant female alpacas and we were lucky enough to be there when two of the girls gave birth. We were able to help dry off the babies (called crias) and fit them with the cutest little jackets. : ) The second baby was a little boy born to an alpaca named "Felicity." The Foshays were trying to think of a name beginning with "F" (they like to keep all the names of a family line starting with the same letter, as a way of remembering who's related to whom). I suggested the name Fonzie. I'm not sure if they will call him that but he'll always be little Fonzie to me. Fonzie was up walking within 15 minutes of his birth, although he was a little wobbly at first.

This was the first baby born - a little girl that we would later refer to as "little red jacket" (they put a red jacket on her to keep her warm, as the nights were pretty chilly up in Vermont)
The goats hang out by (and on) the trailer
Fonzie makes his debut covered in membranes
Fonzie and mummy Felicity meet face to face for the first time
Hey, you on the left - what's so funny?
This is "little yellow jacket" and friends
It was great to be out in the country for a couple of days. We stayed in a small cabin next door to the main farm house. We woke up in the morning to see the alpacas grazing right outside our window. Best. Weekend. Ever.Fonzie is lucky he still needs to nurse from his mum or I would have had him in the back of my car on the way back to New Haven. Actually I thought of swiping him and his mum but I thought the Foshays might notice if there were too many animals missing from the pasture. ; )

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Big E

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The Eastern States Exposition is a huge agricultural fair that encompasses many of the New England states. It is one of the largest fairs in the U.S. and lasts for 3 weeks. We headed up to Massachusetts on the scooter in the sunny weather. It took us about 2-1/2 hours but it was a fun ride. We met up with Andy and Erin who had driven over from Boston.
Erin seems to be quite happy as a sheep. Andy on the other hand appears to be quite a serious sheep.

We met lots of animals and specifically a lot of sheep.There were thousands of people at The Big E on Saturday and there was plenty of fried food and carnival rides for everyone. As you can see, Erin and Andy were quite excited about riding the Ferris Wheel Andy tried to break some bottles but fell short of winning a toy.The "Whac-a-mole" game was just as fruitless.A final attempt was made by Erin but the carnival got to keep their toys and our money.By the end of the night we had satisfied our appetite for carnival food and entertainment and headed home. We hadn't anticipated how chilly it would get in the evening so our nighttime ride home to New Haven was a cold one. We stopped half way to warm up in a McDonald's with some coffee. It was almost 1am by the time we got back and as Jen said "I've never been so happy to see New Haven". Next time we'll be better prepared.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Shopping Buddy

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We took a trip today to do some shopping. As you can see, Jen has the parcels strapped to the back of the scoot. The weather was great for cruisin' along, although it got a little toasty while waiting at traffic lights for too long.


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We knew Friday would be busy, so we both took the day off work. In the morning we had our motorcycle driving test. the whole process dragged out for a couple of hours, but that's the nature of the DMV. We both passed, so the day was off to a good start. The key activity for the day was Jen's naturalization ceremony. At 10.30am we heading downtown to the city courthouse. As you can see, the room was full of people. It was so full that we got to sit in the jury box. It turns out that the jury gets some very comfortable reclining leather seats. We were practicing our "We the members of the jury find the defendant...guilty" speech. There were a total of 67 people getting citizenship, from 29 countries and 5 continents.
Surprisingly there were no little flags handed out and there was no speech by George.W.Bush played on the screens. A judge entered and the formal part took maybe 15 minutes. The 67 people stood and recited the oath. The judge left the room and the citizenship certificates were handed out by a man wearing a stars and stripes tie. And here's a photo outside the courthouse.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

North Haven Fair

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It's fair season as autumn approaches. The north haven fair is very close to New Haven and is one of the smaller fairs. As with all the agricultural fairs, there were livestock competitions, farms machinery and baking contests.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Norwich B&B "Shear Luck Farm"

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I thought I would post some photos from our trip last weekend. It was a long weekend because Monday was Labor day. We went up to Vermont and stayed on a farm just outside Norwich. It's currently not a working farm but they do have a few sheep and they keep chickens for fresh eggs. The food was excellent and our hosts were great. We spent our time visiting the local tourist spots.
Quechee Gorge
is a mile long, 165 foot deep gorge formed by the Ottauquechee River, in the village of Quechee, VT.There was a labor day weekend flea market taking place close to the gorge. This is a miniature steam train that they have drivng around a quarter mile track. We also sampled plenty of Cabot cheese here.Lake Morey Country Club for 9 holes of golf. I'll not tell you our scores.The Cornish-Windsor Bridge was, until this year, the longest covered bridge in the US (A longer one was built in Ohio). The bridge spans between Cornish, NH and Windsor, VT. The Connecticut river forms the border between Vermont and New Hampshire.On the way home we visited a maple syrup farm that taps 6,000 trees every year. We also visited, and got a tour of an Alpaca Farm, "Paris Hill Farm". The owners were very friendly and told us a lot about breeding alpacas. They gave us directions to get to a goat farm nearby, "Oak Knoll Dairy", where we could buy goats' milk. We found the farm and they had about 400 goats. As we had been told, there was a small shed with a paper sign that read "buy goats' milk here". We went in and all that was inside was a refridgerator with a price list on it. Inside the refridgerator was a selection of milk and a tin can to leave your money. We bought some milk and headed home.