Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Now let's see if the tree survives two tree climbing inclined cats and a curious baby....
Monday, December 7, 2009
Heading back out to sea, hopefully getting back on track.
And immortalizing the moment. Joanna and Fernando with the penguins!
It was so amazing to see them. And did you notice we don't have coats on? On top of seeing penguins for the first time here, we had a fantastically "warm" sunny day. The penguins were beautiful! I hope they find their way home.
Here's a video of the penguins heading out to sea.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This plain white wool is beautiful and pure but kind of useless as is. There are many things you can do with the wool: dye it, spin it, knit it, and felt it to name a few. I am still figuring out exactly what I want to do with it but I did learn how to dye it (part of my art class a few weeks ago!). The good news is that it turned out great (see below). The bad news is it was supposed to be black!
I never thought wool would be something I would be interested in, but here I am in the land of sheep, taking advantage of the local resources!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
And anyone who needs some motivation to get out and exercise, try to appreciate the fact that you do not have to battle the winds of Porvenir like I do (although actually HAVING to use all that dri-fit, gortex technical gear to take on the elements is gratifying - it's not just to look cool!).
Thursday, November 26, 2009
- my family and friends (far and near, mostly far!), especially my family who puts up with my living farther and farther away and who makes the long trip to see me wherever I am, now literally to the end of the earth.
- my health
- modern technology, which allows me to stay connected to the world even from here (thank you Vonage for the Columbus phone number hook up in Porvenir and free long distance to 70 countries!)
- our new life in Porvenir which has given us amazing and different opportunities for which we will be thankful for years to come
- my husband, who had the idea of coming to live here and who probably does not even like it as much as I do now :)
- the woman in Porvenir I found who is going to cook me a stuffed turkey on Saturday (I had never even seen turkey in Porvenir until I stumbled across her little grocery store last week which had one whole frozen turkey in the freezer which I took as a sign. But then realized I didn't want to cook the thing myself so she said that she could cook it for me!)
- and most importantly my little baby girl, Olivia. She is healthy and happy. She is growing and learning new things every single day. Oh and she is freakin' adorable also...
I came across this picture of Olivia the other day. She was 3 1/2 weeks old. I can't believe how tiny she was! She is still a tiny little person now and I try to appreciate her tininess everyday, knowing that she will never be as small as she is right now.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! Will post pics of my Chilean Thanksgiving turkey later this weekend!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We spotted three foxes throughout the trip. Three seems like a lot considering I had never seen one on any previous trips.
And the money shot of the guanacos - actually looking at the camera rather than running away!
Olivia (pre-nausea) enjoying her new favorite activity - playing with rocks.
As always, plenty of sheep. What I love about this picture are the sleeping sheep. Who knew a sheep could make itself look like a rock? A defense mechanism?!!
An interesting stop we made was at a very small cemetery at an "estancia" where a few English settlers had lived. We saw the grave of Alexander Cameron (i.e. town of Cameron's namesake). The two graves pictured below described the fate of the poor souls. One man was killed by the "Indians" and the other accidentally drowned in the bay. The tombstones are in English. It was quite interesting to be in the middle of nowhere and come across English.
We also learned more about sheep. Sometimes the mama sheep dies and to ensure that the baby sheep survives they try to introduce it to another mother. Below is a mama sheep with her biological and adopted babies.