Tuesday, October 26, 2010

sad news.

Paul the Psychic Octopus has met an early demise.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

big-nosed fig.


And he tasted sweet and delicious.

Friday, October 22, 2010

October Garden

We just planted a bunch of new stuff: lettuce (lots of it, I think we overdid it!), kale, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, some herbs, and romanesco broccoli.

These shots are left over from the summer. I loved the pea plants, they grew very easily and looked beautiful growing around the stakes. Pretty flowers that turned into curling peas. The peas were crunchy and sweet, and did not attract any bugs.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Turkish Pix

We spent three weeks in Turkey. Our itinerary: Istanbul > Antalya > Olimpos > Ruins at Myra > Kas > Kalkan > Fethiye > Didyma > Ephesus > Pamukkale > Cappadocia. We had a car, so we drove about 2000 miles all along the Western Mediterranean coast, up the Aegean Coast, and then inland to Cappadocia.

Amazing sites, friendly people, delicious food, incredible culture, and ancient ruins galore.

Stay tuned for more details, here are some pix to whet your appetite.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Temple of Artemis, Turkey

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, now only a column and a half remains, with stork nesting on top.

To get to this site, you turn off the main street heading out of Selcuk, at the big sign denoting a monument. The husband was driving too fast and missed the turn off the first time around, so we banged a U-turn and got to it the second time around. We pulled into the empty dirt parking lot, greeted by a homeless dude trying to see us fake "ancient" liras (coins). Ancient monuments give me goosebumps, so I tuned him out and tried to imagine what the monument looked like back in the day.

I have to admit, for something that was once so great, the remaining column was in a sad state. Surrounded by a swamp, it smelled pretty nasty. But I was determined to get closer and touch it. Imagine that people from 323 BC(!!!) had touched this.

And then the homeless dude started playing the flute. I don't know if there is such a thing as good flute music, but this was bad flute music. Conjuring up images of leprechauns and fairies. And that really bad yoga class I took where the teacher whipped out her flute and started piping away when we were in shivasana (corpse pose).

The flute music, combined with the hundred degree weather, had us retreating and back in our air-conditioned car in minutes. Lesson learned: some things are best appreciated from afar.

Stay tuned for more photos from our vacation in Turkey.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

All I want for Christmas is...

this little guy:

It's a tube-nosed bat, recently discovered in New Guinea. You can read about him here.

Have you ever seen anything so freakishly, fiendishly cute?

(Well, maybe here).

If he could live with me, I would rock him to sleep every night, er, morning, with a lullaby. I'd swing him on the swings at the park, and feed him pineapple bits with a toothpick.