29 February 2008

Circular nature of things

time may be linear, but life is not really, is it.

1) NPR. Ever wonder what is on in the middle of the night? Well, as I have the privilege of living my life five hours in the future ahead of you in NY, I can now tell you: Leonard, BBC news, and morning edition. What? Yeah, I guess they block their programs in twelve-hour blocks. The other nice thing is that two of my favorite shows - to the point and the world - are on around the time I'm making dinner here. I don't know why that's nice, but I like listening to them at that time.

2) Leap year - I don't know if this is the same in the US (anyone know?), but here, there is a tradition that says that today is the one day of the year that a woman is "allowed" to ask a man to marry her. Apparently comes from Ireland and nuns complaining that men weren't asking them to marry them, so st. patrick said he'd allow them 29 feb as a day when the nuns could ask the men to marry them. I guess this is an example of liminality.

3) Lambs! Last year around this time, I was in Brighton this week, and we drove all over sussex and there were tons of lambs. And here I am again, I went down to Brighton for two days and again lambs, lambs, lambs! I didn't even know you could have black lambs and black/white lambs. I am so lamb-ignorant. They were so cute. I asked Cardie to stop the car so I could go and look at them. They ran off when I approached (why, why? all I wanted to do was give them hugs), so I didn't get very good pictures. I've been promised to go to see lambs being birthed for my birthday. Can you imagine my happiness?

Speaking of lambs, I'm knitting another lamb for my friend Philippe, who welcomed a son to his family just a few short weeks ago.

Some pictures from Sussex, including: the seaside at Steyning, St. Botolphs (where we stopped to look at Lambs), Michelham Priory.

Also, I believe I promised you pictures of the flower market on Columbia Road, so here they are. We bought ivy for our flat. I forgot that plants were lovely - our flat in NYC was soooo dark and unsuitable for plants.

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