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Sunsets & kittehs & wildlife [20120821|17:36]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Our new house has a couple of west-facing windows, including the one in Humuhumu*'s room, and it turns out that Worcestershire in summertime features spectacular sunsets. I didn't managed to snap them all, but there were four in particular during the past two weeks that merited diving for the dSLR.


Mackerel skies on the 13th.


Fisheye on the 14th.


Blood-red on the 18th.


Stratified on the 19th.



Standing in the back garden, a little way down our long path, looking at the back of the house.


Bloke in kitchen.


Cat in bath.


Peacock butterfly on stone wall by the canal.


Newt in drainpipe.

I'll make a more organised house post when I've settled into my routine better. At the moment I'm quite anxious about getting things right. Particularly my work-from-home setup and the commute to London, which starts very early on Wednesday and ends late on Thursday and involves multiple trains, buses and coordinating places to sleep. I'm sure it will all come together just in time for me to go on maternity leave and undergo another massive life change.

* Passenger has become Humuhumu, after the reef triggerfish, humuhumunukunukuapua'a, which is the bloke's favourite Hawai'ian word. I would have preferred "Manapua", which is a roast pork bun. Anyway, this began because of our ongoing debate about whether or not Humuhumu is going to have an Anglo first name or a Hawai'ian first name. To Be Continued...
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2012-08-21 17:15 (UTC)
Love this post!

I don't think you can go wrong with a Hawai'ian first name.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 07:48 (UTC)
With the way that Anglo names are gendered, it makes it much easier to select a girl's than a boy's Hawai'ian first name that is easy for English speakers to pronounce (and won't get the poor kid tortured at school), since most Hawai'ian names end in soft vowel sounds.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2012-08-21 17:54 (UTC)
I love all the wildlife and the great photos of each one that you took!

And other than adding more furniture, and making one of the rooms babyfied, is there much that you need/want to do with the house and garden?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 07:51 (UTC)
Thank you!

No, not yet. The rooms all need a lick of paint, the roof could use some love and we need to get the damp-proofing looked at. Also, there's quite a lot of lavender in that garden and it needs some trimming! These things aren't unusual in an old house. We're probably going to make sure we at least get the roof done before winter.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2012-08-21 17:59 (UTC)
awesomeness. hey just saw this funny post made me think of you(r pending future). i had a real fear of diaper changes too but I can assure you it's the food going in part that's way more work lol. newborns feed often and overnight, ... then as kids get older it gets more interesting shall we say lol.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 07:52 (UTC)
Wow, what a charmer that person is. Yes, I've heard the diaper-changing isn't that unpleasant while they're exclusively breast-feeding but once they go on solids, that's when the fun really begins.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2012-08-21 18:09 (UTC)
love the fish eye!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 07:53 (UTC)
Me too! These windows were made for it. (Telstar likes it too - he always tries to rub it with his face when I put it on the camera. Maybe it's the name?)
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2012-08-21 18:16 (UTC)
Pork bun! Yay! Trigger fish!

Anyway.

Send us a mailing address for you when you get a sec?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 07:54 (UTC)
We went to a big garden centre last weekend and they had a tropical fish section with a humuhumu in it! The bloke very nearly used it as an excuse to get a fish tank there and then but decided against it.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2012-08-21 18:29 (UTC)
Beautiful pictures. There've been some lovely sunsets lately, we got to see some from train windows this weekend and I realised how much I miss them, the sky's so small in London!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 07:56 (UTC)
Everything's more enclosed in cities. I'm definitely still struck by the difference in the views here, having lived in cities for 99% of my life. I spend a good deal of my (rather limited atm) free time gazing out the windows, marveling at how much I can see.
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2012-08-21 21:49 (UTC)
Am especially impressed by your newt!

Is that the national fish of Hawaii, that you can get t-shirts of all over the place?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 07:58 (UTC)
I was trimming back the nasturtiums and weeding the path when I found the newt! We were both equally surprised, I think.

It is the national fish. Dad & I caught one once, when I was little, and we tried to put it in the fish tank with our five other fish. Which became four other fish. And then three. When we got to two, we put the trigger fish back into the ocean. :P
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 08:01 (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaloha!
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From: pbristow
2012-08-24 20:30 (UTC)
[HUGS AND HOLDS YOU TIGHTLY COS YOU POST AWESOME PIKCHURS AND YOU R MY FREND ALSO COS I AM DRUNK A BIT] ... *Cough*, *splutter*... ALSO PLEEAZE READ MY POST WOT IMMEDIATLEY PRECEDS WTHIS COMMENT IT R DEFINITELY MORE COHEEEEEEERUNT AND AWESOME!!!!]

HIC! =8o>
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From: pbristow
2012-08-25 21:21 (UTC)
(Some time later:) Oooohhh... My head....
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 08:06 (UTC)
D'awww. I like your post preceding this one. And I like you. Here, have some paracetamol.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2012-08-25 18:22 (UTC)
Newt! Your house is all kinds of awesome :). Big sky country by the looks of it. We don't have a view of sunsets unfortunately, being down a small valley with trees as well. One day, I will have an old house, with a conservatory, and lots of light! One day...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-08-26 08:05 (UTC)
It is big sky country. I've lived in cities for 99% of my life so I suspect this will take some getting used to. I keep asking the bloke if he's sure we're not on holiday here. :P

You're right about the light, too! We've no windows along the wall that faces our neighbours, but somehow each room is still much brighter than in our previous house.
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[User Picture]From: thatdamnninja
2012-08-30 06:51 (UTC)

That is also my favorite Hawaiian word. But not my favorite word ever. That would be yammerschooner.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-09-01 14:12 (UTC)
I like the sound of it, but what does it mean?
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