Haven’t posted in over six weeks – shameful! So here’s the lowdown on what’s kept me so busy…
The Yosemite trip has been temporarily postponed – work pressures at the time (specifically, the day we were due to drive there) meant we couldn’t get away for the whole weekend, so it’s back on the list of things to do. Instead we wandered down to see the Pinnacles National Monument, which is a lot closer to where we’re living, and did a couple of walks around the park. It was a mere 104° in the shade that day, so walking around felt a bit surreal and left us with comically red faces. There are lots of pics (as usual), including one of what looks like not a lot… but bear with me, if you look closely you might actually be able to see the Striped Racer (Whipsnake) that we stumbled across, dangling in a bush:
The following day we ended up going to the annual Salinas Rodeo, just because it happened to be on that weekend and we were passing through the town. It’s not the kind of thing I think either of us would ever have made a point of going to, but we spent most of the day there and it was like being transported to another world – excellent fun and no fatalities or gored cowboys either.
Since then we have spent just under four weeks in lovely England, living out of various parents houses, including two weeks off work (woo hoo!), most of which was spent in a tent in Cornwall and Devon. Cornwall included a long-awaited visit to the Eden Project, a wind farm (I just love turbines), Goonhilly Earth Station and an amazing Owl Sanctuary, all in weather that varied from thunder and lightening with downpours, to scorching, sunburning heat. Ah, how I’ve missed England.
After months of consideration, deliberation and procrastination, I’ve finally taken the plunge and properly upgraded my camera to a wonderful, wonderful Panasonic Lumix FZ5 (highly recommended on the web, by Andy at work, and my Dad, huzzah! – read an in-depth review here. I’ve taken lots and lots of pics, mostly experimenting with all the settings, so won’t bore you with all of them, but instead have added the better ones from our hols to the site.
We arrived back in California yesterday, and it’s back to work tomorrow, so normal service should now be resumed. Phew!