Saturday, February 23, 2008

Don't blink, you'll miss it

February is almost over already! It seems like every time we get to the end of a month, I'm surprised...and left with a list of things that somehow just don't get done.

Cyclone Nicholas was a bit of a non-event. We were on warnings of one colour or another for days; we even hit red alert for a while. Ultimately, the most damaging winds and rain came after we were given the "all clear". We had no real destruction until then - after the announcement we lost trees, pot plants, had some flooding...

The neighbors lost a big tree - they have since pulled all of that greenery out completely.

Most of the animals took the wind and rain in stride. No one was too excited to go outside and sleeping was high on the list of things to do.
Boof prefers the high ground on one of the bar stools

Lobo's pretty happy anywhere

Harry staked out the big chair early in the piece

Dora took advantage of some rare moments of peace and quiet to snuggle into her bed alone

You'll notice images of Tilly sleeping are missing...she doesn't like to go outside when it's windy or rainy so all of that energy gets let loose inside the house. Her distaste of inclement weather means we've also had some house training issues so I'm really glad we don't get it too often! She did manage to find some sort of fluffy bit of plant and wear it on her head

and she couldn't leave Dora alone for too long

and she can't let Dora get any extra attention...

Tilly has commandeered our little boat in the backyard. She's not very graceful on the slippery bottom, but once she gets there she thinks she is a bit of all that - especially after Dad's given her a pig's ear!

The morning after dawned with no wind but a lot of cloud cover. We took both girls to the beach for a run and a swim. It was gorgeous there and the shallows were teeming with rays and small fishes

Dave and I had a lovely walk and the girls ran amok, burning off a ton of built up energy. Dora had to have a little snooze on the way home

MatildaLily of course had to pester her until she gave up that side of the car. Dora wasn't thrilled and Tilly was just confused, facing the wrong direction.

She eventually figured it out, had a scratch and fell off the seat - I was laughing too hard to get a photo of that!

It was all too much excitement, and she curled up next to Dora for her own nap

I was contacted early in the week by Boeing Frontier magazine to do a photo shoot here in Exmouth for an upcoming article about their environmental impact plans as they are leading the way for the company. I headed out Friday morning with Jutta, an environmental officer, and we had glorious blue skies and hot & sticky weather for the session. We did several locations to illustrate the low impact of Boeing's operations: the beach, the Pier, the power plant. It was not only a nice session but I learned a lot, too. It's also given me an excuse to start trying out the new logo!

On the beach we were lucky enough to come across this crab with salt water bubbles all down his chest so we added a detail shot of him and a wide angle scene of the beach, too!

The afternoon turned even balmier and big storm clouds formed over the Gulf. We started to get some light rain as we were at the beach for another walk but the real drama came around 8pm. This is the view from our driveway to the west

to the south west

and back towards the house

We had some light showers overnight, but nothing serious and the driveway was already dry again by about 7am.
It's reassuring to see that the girls have taken this long week in stride

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