Friday, February 26, 2016

Photo Friday [125]

This week:

 I was supposed to shoot a panorama for my Project 52 this week, and to get some fresh views other than those we see every day in Ukarumpa, I convinced Brian that we ought to go for a Sunday drive.  We took one of the "back roads" and ended up here.  (Uka friends, this is the back side of Lone Tree).

Actually it was tricky to find a place to shoot from, as usually the grass on the side of the road is quite tall, not allowing for a panoramic view, and if you dare to step off the road, you'll get attacked by plants that grab onto your legs and don't let go in a desperate attempt to spread their seeds to the wider world.

Kate isn't sure she likes this adventure.

But the boys were happy  (although they did admonish Daddy to find a less bumpy road so that they wouldn't have such trouble eating their crackers in the back seat...)

 I also tried a panorama of some of the ladies selling bilums at the market.

Here's another scenic view, this one from our regional center in Alotau, on the far eastern tip of the mainland.  Brian had some work to do there and was away from us for two nights.  I asked him for a photo and this is what I got.  He's coming home today!

 When Brian is gone, Greg insists that I sleep with his giant stuffed tiger because, as he told me,  "when I sleep with Tiger it makes me feel safe, like nothing bad can get me.  So you don't have to feel scared when Daddy is gone."  Awww... got my boys looking out for me!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Photo Friday [124]

Here's another Photo Friday for ya:

A favorite book.

Waiting at the airstrip for Daddy to return home.  He had been gone for 12 days on a trip to the U.S. for meetings.

 On his way to North Carolina, he was able to stop in Oregon for a few days, and with the help of his brother, the visit was a complete surprise to his parents!  They had a great weekend together.

While Brian was gone, I decided to be the costume lady once again for the High School play.  It's a lot of work, and a little stressful to get everything done in time, but I enjoy it.  This time I got to create a "saucy" hat from scratch for one of the characters.  (Lovely background of my pantry shelves, right?)  It makes my job easier that the High School has accumulated an amazing collection of costumes over the years.

 Kate did her own hair, taking a wet washcloth and rubbing it around on her hair until it was satisfactorily disheveled.  

Rainy season is back in our neck of the woods, and with that comes the destructive power of lots of water.  We're feeling a bit isolated at the moment, as this bridge collapsed in one direction (not my photos):

And a landslip is quickly eating up the highway in the opposite direction:

Suffice it to say that no one is getting very far these days via road travel!

That's all for this week!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Photo Friday [123]

This week's shenanigans: 

I guess the jail got too full, so they had to start chaining bad guys to the outside.

Rain and puddles.

Braving the mosquitoes (they've been really bad lately) to play ball in the yard.

   A super-hero photo shoot with lots of action 

He kept running to see the photos on the back of the camera, and saying "Oh wow!  That's awesome!"

Caleb wanted to jump off of something too.

So happy these are mine!

A Super-Bowl party!  Actually, it's pretty remarkable that we were able to have  Super-Bowl party on the Tuesday after the game.  In past years people haven't been able to download the game here and have had to wait weeks for someone to mail a recording, trying to keep from finding out the result that whole time.  Now the die-hard fans only have to stay off of Facebook for a few days so that they can avoid any spoilers.    We didn't have any commercials though.  One of our Papua New Guinean employees came and cheered for the Broncos - not because he knew anything about American football, but because he's a fan of the Brisbane Broncos rugby team.  

 These were for sale at market this morning.  Not sure what species they are, but Greg proudly informed me that they are meat-eating birds, as you can tell by their curved beaks.   He also made sure I knew that we were walking East, towards the morning sun.  (He has been "teaching" me a lot a things lately - thanks Mrs. Miller!)

Here is the final shot of the composite photo I mentioned last week.  The photo theme was "candy."

Friday, February 5, 2016

Photo Friday [122]

It feels a bit like the "What Kate Did" show this week.  She's growing so fast I guess I just have to document it!

playing piano...

Pulling books off the shelf - a favorite pastime.

"Shoes" is one of her few words, and she says it all. the. time.  The girl likes shoes.

Lounging in a bean bag runs a close second to pulling books off the shelf when it comes to fun ways to spend your day.

 Amazing sky (and a tiny bit of rainbow there on the right.)

 In my spare time I've been teaching myself how to do photo composites in Photoshop Elements.  I had Caleb pose in front of a white background to get some base shots for something I'm working on.  (Will post the final version later - if it turns out!)

Making homemade granola this morning.  Our store is between food shipments, and the cereal shelf is very bare, so we needed something for breakfasts.

That's all for this week.  See you next Friday.