Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Monday, December 22, 2014
We went skiing at Stowe in Vermont this past weekend, about 500 km N of NYC and only 80km south of the Canadian border. It was a lot of fun. Flew to Burlington, VT then 40 miles by road to ski-in/ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge - very comfortable and cozy for this time of year. Glorious sunny day Saturday, -2 deg C but no wind on a 60-120 cm groomed base (they've had a lot of snow already this month); overcast, colder and breezy Sunday. Xavi had his first go on skis and obviously his scootering and biking helped with his balance. Paul & Monica found skiing is like riding a bike, straight back on the piste despite not having been for about 5 years - as our ski gear attests! :)
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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Another "nor'easter" storm yesterday (named Damon) brought us our first snow for this winter. That makes it 6 Decembers out of the last 7 it has snowed. It snowed pretty steadily from 6-8pm and left about 1-2cm on the ground. Enough to play in.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014
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Saturday, November 29, 2014
It was a cold bleak day, with a "wintry mix" of snow flurries, freezing rain and sleet at times. Despite a plot by 'anarchists' to disrupt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (thankfully foiled by NYPD), we went over to watch it and got a great spot on the corner of Central Park South & 6th Avenue, right where they turn. Emma Lovell, in US for a conference, came by for lunch. In the evening, we went for dinner to the apartment of some new expat friends fresh off the boat, Ray & Di and and their daughter Katarina who is just a week younger than Xave. This year, we're giving thanks for the Rabbitohs of course. Also the cherry tomatoes, egg plants and herbs on our terrace did pretty well! :) (the first frost, marking the end of the 'growing season' occurred Nov 18 this year)
Posted by monica/paul at 7:38 AM
Thursday, November 27, 2014
This year, I'm saying "yep, and it's big there too" - after 6 years of getting shocked &/or dismayed reactions to "no, it's in the Southern hemisphere, so it's spring there, it's not harvest time (and the water really does go down the plug the other way), and Christmas is our big family occasion".* But unlike Halloween, Valentines Day and various other American holidays, Thanksgiving is a nice concept, as these old photos show. Being just 2 deg C outside with a wintry mix (rain/sleet/snow flurries) today, staying inside to eat and drink and watch the footy sounds like a good option. We would do well to add "Thanksgiving" to the NSW Public Holiday roster, perhaps some time in late May?
Posted by monica/paul at 12:28 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Perhaps the record cold temperatures (and snow - but not in NYC) across the eastern US yesterday made the World news in your neck of the woods? if not, it struggled to get above 0 deg here, and the 30-60 kph winds made it feel much colder. Nevertheless, it was a surprise to M & X that they had the Union Square playground to themselves at 10 am - a time when it would normally be teeming with hundreds of kids. New Yorkers are such whimps!
Posted by monica/paul at 6:03 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Although not winter until December 21st, the cold weather is now upon us and and there was even forecast of snow one night during the week, that did not eventuate. The "Holidays" (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) are just around the corner, and yesterday we went to the Botanical Garden to see the Holiday Train Show which Xavi enjoyed very much. Although the "Fall colors" are past their peak, the Garden was pretty spectacular on a clear, crisp day (max. 3 deg C). Even the real MetroNorth trains looked good today.
Posted by monica/paul at 9:38 AM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
From the sublime to the ridiculous - last Sunday we were enjoying the regional dishes of the northern Veneto with Stephen & Jenny in the old world charm of Hosteria Ca' Dentro on via Canova in Asolo. This Sunday back in NYC we had lunch at Ikea in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. All you could eat for $14.40: Swedish meatballs and fries, soup, salad, yogurt, chips, soda (free refills), apple juice. Plus great views of the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty from the dining room. Plus a free water taxi ride to and from Pier 11 at South Street Seaport. Not to mention plenty of exercise climbing through the "Bjursta" cupboards. Only trouble was it was extremely depressing standing in the long, slow moving line waiting to be served lunch...
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