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Glad you guys are okay. I just saw the videos of flash floods on the BBC and rushed to the blog. The weather's been kind of apocalyptic lately. All we have is piles of snow and pretty much bitter cold every day. But then it's pretty much the same in Dallas, I guess …
Really excellent pictures, Christie. I know you like the new camera, I've witnessed the joy at first hand, but I think we regular readers of the blog are going to enjoy it, too.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2010 on Farewell 2010 at The Plunge Down Under
Let me second Shanda's praise of the blog and add that it's getting better and better. Maybe this is a teacher's view--that essential dogged conviction that experience (not to mention peer review) has to make a difference--but in this case it's also true. Great stuff. Also, I know it's from a different post but I'm still laughing over Ross's "hassle of epic proportions." Kinda makes me miss you guys.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2010 on Cricket Culture at The Plunge Down Under
Nicely put, Dad, and a very good post all round. The bit about Australian animals and their uncomfortable habit of being deadly is just about perfect ("that's all I'm saying"). It made Karin and me laugh on the way to meeting this morning (she read it to me while I was driving). It also made us jealous. More details soon, we hope.
I haven't checked in for a while but I've been reading and marveling apace. Grandma R. and I enjoyed looking over our black-and-white paper version of the blog last night, especially. The tall poppy post, now that started to make things make sense. And now the humor seals the deal. It sounds like Dad is going to fit right in. But we're still having trouble explaining this whole globe thing to the kids. On Saturday Conrad and I tried to find you guys by looking down a very deep hole until he remembered and reminded me that Australia is under the water. Which is kind of true.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2010 on An October Spring at The Plunge Down Under
I'm almost certain that the best flavors are the exotic ones. Here's betting that the fruit kinds are especially piercing and pungent, in a good way. Or maybe it's just because the goods look so much like Italian ice cream. Speaking of which, it is astonishing how much better some stores are than others. They often look exactly the same but you gotta ask. What I mean is, you can't consider your research complete or even half-baked until you've tried say ten ice cream shops. Should only set you back a few hundred dollars but then this will be money you've saved baking your own $3 cookies.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on We Love Our Library at The Plunge Down Under
I've been drinking about four cups of coffee a day lately, more than ever in my life except at Grandma's house. First for the delight and slowing down, but really mostly after hearing this NPR story about Alzheimer's: Since I really wanted to hear this news, I've vowed not to pay attention to any more stories about the medical effects of coffee, ever. Except for ones where they find it's even better for you.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on Drive In Coffee at The Plunge Down Under
Well, the boxes are good news and all (my energy failed at the sight of them but then I haven't been without my stuff for weeks, either), but I hope their infinite variety won't distract you from remarkably fascinating and detailed accounts of birds and beasts. Natural philosophy suits you very well, soul, along with cultural anthropology!
I make no accusations, mind, but it is hard to believe your house was laid out very much like that in 1910. It's lovely and open, but that's just the thing, isn't it? All those balconies and built-in closets, and an alcove for the refrigerator? I draw of course on my extensive knowledge of Australian domestic architecture which now, thanks to this post, extends to precisely one house. I really like it.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on Inside Our House at The Plunge Down Under
Great posts, Christie, and excellent photos. Is the laundry done yet? And Stephen Maturin wants to know how you would identify the birds, the ones on the rocks. The van has been super, by the way, all fixed and a treat to drive. Conrad, its only other rider so far, has been delighted. We're looking forward to more antipodean news and posts.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2010 on Off to a Mostly Good Start at The Plunge Down Under
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