Tuesday February 25, 2003

Old Mother Moose Tales

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On Rich's recent trip to Santa Barbara, he attended a story-telling festival. One of the story tellers is Willy Claflin; Willy Claflin is "an award-winning master storyteller, school performer, festival performer, who also has produced five age-appropriate CDs and tapes of Willy Claflin songs and Maynard Moose tales".

Actually, Willy doesn't tell many of the stories himself; his colleagues do. One such colleague is Maynard Moose. Maynard is a moose (puppet) with a voice somewhat reminiscent of Kermit The Frog and a real knack for story telling.

From the descriptions for some of the discs:

I first met Maynard one foggy autumn morning years ago in down-east Maine... his memory of the Old Mother Moose tales is as keen as ever... I would like to thank him for keeping this ancient oral moose tradition alive.

Claflin’s formula for fractured tales: equal parts moose wisdom, people predicaments, and Moothified pronouncifications.

“Mother Moose Tales,” says the storyteller, “Preserve traditional moose values.”

The stories are _funny_. Buy a CD; buy 2 or three :-) Our favorites are Sleeping Beastly, Maynard Moose Tales, and The Uglified Ducky. Here's a sample story from The Uglified Ducky, called The Turtle and the Bunny.

Old Mother Moose Tales ( in category Special Interests ) - posted at Tue, 25 Feb, 11:31 Pacific

Sunday February 16, 2003

Springtime in San Bruno - February

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February is springtime here. The ornamental plums all begin to flower in the beginning of February. This is the best year yet for our tree. Even the rain of the last 2 days hasn't made much impact on the blossoms

The picture of the tree was taken this morning, after last nights rainstorm. Still grey skies but clearing. Photos of branch and blossom were taken last week when it was sunny and nice.

This purple flower is our fall flower; I don't remember what it's called... but it has velvety leaves and big purple flowers that bloom from Sept/Oct to Jan/Feb.

This rose is a Flower Carpet ground cover rose - they take little care, are hardy and disease resistant and, in our climate, bloom year round (I know they'll grow in Pennsylvania; a friend of my parents' has some!). They are available in the US but the main information site appears to be in the UK.

Last but not least, here is Bebop, enjoying the garden.
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Springtime in San Bruno - February ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Sun, 16 Feb, 11:16 Pacific

Monday February 3, 2003

Nature Walk

We took a walk this morning along one of our favorite area trails, the Sawyer Camp Trail along the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

It was a lovely day, blue, warm, clear. I wish I had brought a camera (the photos below aren't the same animals we saw (sigh) but they look very much like the ones we saw.)

Aside from the sparrows, junkos, blue jay and hummingbird, we also saw a sweet Mule deer doe. She had come over the fence to the trail and was standing by the side of the paved walkway, nibbling leaves and things. She would look up at everyone, assess them as "tame humans" and go back to eating. She was no more than 6 feet away and didn't seem to care.

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We went 1.5 miles, then turned around and came back. Halfway back I stopped at a bench to adjust my sock, and I saw a little brownish-grey head pop out of the ground in front of me. So I called Rich over (quietly) and we sat and watched a pocket gopher eat his lunch. He looked like a little furry fingerpuppet with bright black eyes and little whiskers. He popped out just his head or head and shoulders and grabbed some clover, cutting it off at the stem with his teeth or teeth and paws and Pop! backwards into the hole.

We watched for about 15 minutes until he'd eaten all he wanted; then he filled the hole back in from the underside and went somewhere else.

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Here's more about pocket gophers


Nature Walk ( in category Nature/Cats ) - posted at Mon, 03 Feb, 14:02 Pacific

Saturday February 1, 2003

Weblog renovation

I have upgraded my weblog to use MoveableType (http://www.moveabletype.org). I like the look, prefer the configuration, and it gives me a chance to learn about CSS.

Weblog renovation ( in category WebTech ) - posted at Sat, 01 Feb, 14:37 Pacific