Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Spring! (a belated but exciting post)

The blossoms are blossoming, the weather is warming, and the moorhens are getting feisty. Yes, Spring has come to Cambridge! Our days are even getting long! Here are some exciting pictures:

Remember King's walk?

It's covered in flowers!

And all the colors seem brighter.

Here is an inexplicable gap between fences. Lewis walked all the way down it...

...only to find that it terminated in an impassable mass of bramble...

...and a fantastic view!

There has also been much in the way of fauna making appearances lately...

Gus the cat belongs to the Master of Selwyn College, apparently, but he likes to spend time at Elmside. He's taken to jumping in to Jim and Natasha's window at 2 in the morning.

Here is one of the squirrels that hangs out around Elmside. Note the characteristic red face -- this is a genetic remnant of the red squirrels that used to be all over England until American grey squirrels chased them out!

This one is our personal favo(u)rite -- we call her green woodpecker friend. Jim got this fantastic picture of her in mid-nervous-glance.

And last but certainly not least:

Don't worry -- she's not ours! But our friends Yong and Su are now the proud parents of a healthy baby girl. Welcome to the world, Phoebe!

Spring has been treating Laurie and Lewis very well. We've been walking around without big jackets on and enjoying the fragrent scent of flowers everywhere. Well to be honest, Lewis has been rather busy lately. He's working on a large project on Eipo, a language spoken in the remote central highlands of New Guinea. He's putting together a paper about how Eipo uses intonation to indicate givenness. It's going to be almost as exciting as his new Harris tweed hat: better with a coat perhaps...

Meanwhile, Laurie is perfecting her calligraphy skillz. Think happy thoughts for her wrist as she tackles the wedding invitations! (It's the right wrist. Thanks.) Laurie got a nice new sweater in Scotland. It is warm as well as fuzzy. Laurie is also continuing to perfect her culinary skills, having lately manifested themselves in the form of a delicious ginger-lemon cake. Yowza.

Cambridge is lovely, but Lewis and Laurie are also looking forward to coming back to the States soon! It'll be great to see everyone and to have this big party thing everyone seems to be on about... Life is good.


At 12:01 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I will miss Camtales when you come back to the States. But then perhaps we can frolic in the verdant hills of California together, and, if the gods see fit, laugh and sing like drunk children.

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am really happy about you and Lewis. I wish you all the best and i know that the two of you will be very happy. Congratulations Laurie, you deserved it!

Lots of love from Prague,


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