Friday, January 23, 2009

A Sagey Milestone

Last night Sage Anthony Durham completed reading his first chapter book! He began reading it out loud to his mum and dad in Shetland, but finished up reading to himself back in Fresno. He walked through all smiles to give us the news, and to assure us it was just the first of many.

Yeah for Sage, and for Julia Donaldson! The book, by the way, was The Dinosaur's Diary. Highly recommended by Sage...

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Halloween was celebrated today with a party at the local town hall.

Maya's nose lasted about half an hour!!

still got some vikings hanging around these parts apparently!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Snippets from our last few days in Perth-Shire...

Catching up with friends.....

Enjoying the views....

Climbing trees.....

Experiencing the Beatrix Potter way of life at a fantastic exhibition in Birnam.... .....some of us got quite into the activities!!

Walks in the woods......just lovely to be here!

Thursday, October 09, 2008


So Maya and Sage go to school now! After three years of homeschooling the transition has been fairly painless as this is only a school of 5 (7 now that they have joined the ranks)! They will only be here until Xmas though......they are particularly excited that they will get to be in the school play which they put on every year despite low numbers of cast members!
Beth and Sorley (my siblings) went to this school about 30 years's still the same dinner lady serving the lunches (she brings them over from a bigger school about15 mins away)!
The facililtes are incredible with all the kids having their own laptop....there is a separate knitting teacher, french teacher, P.E. teacher and music teacher!
We often see this pair of swans in the Bottoms Up position on the drive to school!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Grandpa sharing some sea-faring knowledge with sage.

Aberdeen as we set sail.
By the wee pool in front of Little Bousta where the Johnston kids once played!
Bracing wind with Muckle Bousta (granny and grandpa's house) in the background.
Uncle Jamie!
Blair Drummind Safari Park- not in Shetland! (mixed up order here).

Auntie Helen with kids at Blair Drummond.

Some Shetland wind sounds!

Competitive Auntie Helen!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yes They Can..... wacky Obama supporters if they want!