Friday, 30 January 2009

A Bracing 32 Degrees

It's been cold the last few days... Houston weather seems to come in waves: we have a cold front, and the temperatures drop down overnight (sometimes to freezing or a bit below), and we have some cold days, but gradually the warmth creeps back until we're in short sleeves and sandals again. And then we hear about the approach of the next cold front...

Yesterday morning was particularly beautiful. I don't know how much you'll be able to see in the pictures, but every roof was white, the sunrise was rose-coloured and golden, and every leaf and blade of grass was transformed by frost.

(By the way, if you're wondering about the photos here, all is well - Dave's in the middle of moving his site to a new hosting service, so some things are in limbo right now, but all will return to normal soon!)

Saturday, 24 January 2009

This is the end of the line... all change, please

So: the country has farewelled the 43rd president with nary a backward glance, and welcomed the 44th with open arms, beaming smiles, and not a few tears. Of course, I'm not telling anyone anything new; I think the moment that occurred on Tuesday, 20th January 2009, around 12.05pm, Eastern Standard Time, was among the most watched in recent history (and in fact, for some proof of this, see this fabulous series of photographs from all over the world... and these are excellent too).

Unable to get to the steps of the Capitol, we celebrated at work in our own way: the ceremony projected onto a big screen, lots of red, white and blue, and cake! (See if you can guess which of the photos below was not taken by me...)

God Bless America!!

Saturday, 3 January 2009