Showing posts from February, 2017

Bits 'n' Pieces -- Writers' Houseparty, California, Recipes, Inspiration, and A Driverless Vehicle!

h-oh. I've gotten a little lax with my editing... Mostly because I've been reading some Beverly Cleary -- I read her Newbery Medal winner Dear Mr Henshaw , and I read her two-part autobiography, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet , all about growing up in Oregon and California in the 1920s and 1930s. Which is actually rather timely, or at least her references to San Francisco (a place I haven't yet visited) are, since it's time for... Another Writer's Houseparty ! This one will take place in San Francisco in 1860 , and will start near the end of March. "This year, the mythical fog will be transporting your people to: San Francisco's notorious Barbary Coast, post-California Gold Rush, in 1860. Be prepared to weave your way between gamblers, drinkers, villains and whores, and expect plenty of other challenges to arise along the way." I love the way the mythical fog has become an actual device that we use -- it was invented by a fe

February in the Valley: Photos of Snow and Fog and Toblerones

inter is still lingering in the northern hemisphere! We've had lots of fog, due to living in a bowl between mountain chains, but drive up a few hundred metres and there's sunshine and snow These photos are from last month, when it snowed down in our valley, too, and then there are some shots of fog, and bonfires and other traditions...: Pizza in Lausanne! Love the name of these bottle sizes (shown below): Magnum, Jeroboam, Reoboam, Methusalem, Salmanazar, Balthazar, and Nebuchadnezzar Founex street Richard Burton's grave Welsh anthem Street in Rolle, which reminds me of Montreal and Quebec City in this shot Rolle castle. Small person for scale. Toblerones! The Toblerone Trail is a military defense line built over 10 km during World War II. The concrete blocks were meant to serve as t