Yesterday I was delighted by...
A great service at my parents' church.
My parents and I went to my brother and sister-in-law's place to celebrate Daniel's first birthday. My sister-in-law told the enthralling story of her recent jury duty service--she got to be on a criminal case a couple weeks back, was head juror, and what a story it was! Too bad she has to wait 60 or 90 days before selling movie rights. ;)
I spotted two magpies on the way back to my parents' house. This was special, as California has the only population of Pica nuttalli in the world, and that population is being decimated by West Nile Virus. Sacramento used to be full of magpies, now it's a treat to see any at all.
Poring over maps yesterday for our bird-watching outing today, I came across a little place called Princeton, and right next to it, a place called Princeton Ferry. That delighted me, as they both make an appearance in my first Geren book!
It's amazing the differences between the various species of birds called magpies. I know Australian magpies are a completely different species and don't have the iridescence. Wikipedia says that the ones you saw are related to the European magpies but they remind me a lot of Indian mynas (except prettier).
I'm glad to hear that you're having a wonderful time. Your family must cherish having you around.
Names are fun. Like the great difference between American robins and European robins, or that what we call 'chickadees' are in the same genus as what Europeans call 'tits.' Which was why I was happy to find that what you call crows are truly in the crow family, and not just a big black bird!
I'm certainly cherishing my time with my mom!
My word, those are odd looking. Funny how a change in colour of just one part can make them seem so 'wrong'. Fascinating though. Like when I saw blonde hedgehogs on tv the other day, who entirely inhabit the Channel Island of Alderney. They're not albino, they're just blonde - and very cute. Fewer of them get run over too. Speaking of albinos, saw an albino pheasant the other day, just thought I'd share...
I would hate to be on a jury, especially head jurour, but it must be an interesting experience.
Eep! You're not going to cross on the ferry, are you? I should think both Geren and t'DoL would have something to say about that. We have a Princeton on Dartmoor, which is where the prison is. Bleak, bleak place. I always thought it was quite fitting, but then you always did do well on describing the city as a nasty place to live ^_^
I'm so pleased you're getting to spend time with your family again, especially your mom.
It doesn't help the photo they have there is of a bird that's somewhere between fledgling and adult. But yes, a yellow beak lends a quite different effect.
No, there isn't a ferry there anymore, just a bridge, and the closest I got was the sign pointing to Princeton. At least the Princeton ferry didn't give Geren any trouble; I'd have been shuddering if I saw a sign for the Gateside ferry! ;)