Saturday, 22 December 2012
While driving down to Mexico in September, Andrew and I listened to the Michel Thomas Spanish course. You can learn Spanish in 10 hours! You'll listen, absorb, then speak. It simply works like magic!
Ha, ha! Call me a skeptic but I knew it couldn't be that easy. And it's not! Although the Michel Thomas method is easy to listen to and probably the best course we've come across . . . it's still not easy (at least not for me!) and requires lots of repetition.
Andrew came across Duolingo recently which also gets good reviews and which I'm finding quite fun. Even though I've apparently "mastered" the lessons on food, animals, plurals and possessives, I still have trouble sometimes remembering when to use la, el, las, los, and when verbs end in o, e, en, es, or mos, and so on.
Yes, I know there are "rules" but as Mr. Thomas will tell you, "In Spanish it is always this way . . . except when there is an exception!" Sigh . . .
Yesterday I spent more time than usual at my Spanish studies going over and over the Duolingo plurals and possessives lessons, which comes after the food and animal lessons.
Los gatos beben leche.
El oso come pescado.
Mi perro come pan.
I hope that dreaming about it last night means that it's finally sinking into my brain!
Sunday, 9 December 2012
|2012 - the dress still fits!|
Three months later (December 9 -- an even more excellent day) we got married at my dad's place with a huge crowd of 10 people in attendance.
|Me & my sister, Bev|
|Andrew, his Mom, & sister Clare|
Me & my Dad
|Ken, Andrew, me, Bev|
|With the proud parents.|
|With Reverend John Middleton, Saskatoon Police Service Chaplain and McKinlay family friend.|
|My nephew, Andrew|
|With my niece, Nicole|
|My niece Julie and brother-in-law Ross. Julie making sure the chef makes dessert properly!|
|Signed and sealed!|
|The happy couple -- 1995|
|The happy couple -- 2012|
Thursday, 1 November 2012
|Chocolate Chip Sea Star|
|The rare Andrew fish|
|Tan Sea Star|
|Usually you just see the head of an eel peeking out from a crevice in the rock. But snorkelling we saw several out swimming. This one is a Green Moray.|
|Jewel Moray Eel. We also saw a Zebra Moray Eel but unfortunately didn't get a photo of it.|
|Stinging Hydroid (maybe??)|
|I love the electric blue spots on this little black fish. It's a Juvenile Damselfish.|
See also links to my posts on the kayak trip itself, the salt mine, and Andrew's post on the kayak trip with the best photos.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
|Approaching Salinas Bay & the old salt mine.|
|On one of our diving days we stopped at a beach between dives. Someone spotted this bighorn on a nearby ridge. Luckily, Andrew had his camera out and managed to get this one shot.|
|Lunch under a shady tree.|
|The church is still in usable condition.|
|An innovative use for an old rail car that once carried salt from the mine to the dock.|
|Joel providing a lesson in types of cactus. Luckily there was no exam at the end!|
|Another unique cactus planter.|
|Accommodation for hunters and other tourists.|
|This warehouse as seen better days!|
|Anyone else remember what this is? :-)|
|Abandoned rail line and dock.|
Saturday, 27 October 2012
|Big bag of peppers and carrots!|
|Trying not to get sun burned!|
|These guys actually cooperated for a photo shoot!|
|A little spit of land on the north end of Danzante Island.|
|East side of Carmen Island|
|East side of Carmen Island|
|Looking out from a large cave.|
|A natural arch in the rock.|
Joel celebrated his 29th birthday during the trip. He baked the cake himself in the outback oven and Andrew & I secretly brought candles to put on it. I think he was pleasantly surprised! We had to put the cake on the ground and shield it to try to keep the candle flames alive til he could blow them out.
At our first campsite, on the south end of Carmen Island, these two lone palm trees provided shade. Unfortunately they didn't keep the bugs and mosquitoes away! We escaped to our tents the minute supper was done!
|While Andrew and I went snorkelling, Joel set up the sun shade.|
|Campsite on the west side of Carmen Island.|
|Andrew & Joel on summit of a small peak near our campsite on the east side of Carmen Island. From the pass you could see over the west side of the Island.|
|View from hiking peak.|
|As a result of the hurricane, one of our campsite had a freshwater stream coming down the valley. We all rinsed our hair in the tiny waterfall you can see just to the left of Joel.|