There may be a story here … or not. Pigeon on TV antenna. Yes, weather that dreary. A dead penguin on the beach. An appeal to ecological awareness, which caused me to remark how surprisingly free of plastic waste the beach in fact was. And a surprise: the fishing platform mostly gone – it has been a long time since I walked on the beach. It always had room for several people … no more. And Mocha never stopped running the entire time – so…Continue Reading “A walk on the beach”

The beautiful sunny days faded into more typical dreariness, and though it was’t cold-cold (do people say such things elsewhere?), a fire beckoned last night. We have a good supply of wood, and anything that decreases humidity is welcome almost any time, so it wasn’t difficult decision. And The Committee approved.

The weather forecast – pronóstico – called for two glorious sunny days. Inspired by the first, I proposed a country drive the second. A vague goal was to explore the abandoned ‘gringo palace’ in Pueblo Eden. Long story, but short for now, as we never got there. In Uruguay, topography = interesting, and we headed into the hills toward Minas, gaining serious altitude, with little more in mind than enjoying the scenery. However, as we whizzed past Parque Salus (about where the arrow ends above),…Continue Reading “Oot and aboot”

I saw this at Tienda Inglesa, and was absolutely appalled. No, not that the ham was upside down. That only made it worse. Can you see it? OK, let me give you a clue: Ah yeah, you’ve got a point: that’s not much of a clue. That’s me in Tangiers, Morocco, in 1983. On the right. I have absolutely no memory of the photo being taken BTW (by someone named Lisa Ebright). Having extricated myself from teaching at a vastly under-studented international school in Malta,…Continue Reading “Simply inexcusable”