First, I regret that I have not been able to devote much time at all to blogging, and for this I apologize to those of you who have been wondering where I’ve been. The simple answer is here, but busier than I can say. And it’s not going to get any less busy for some time—probably close to another month, as we plan a drive of several thousand miles to California and back to meet up with Squiddy, who is flying there to do ocean-critter research. But please be patient with me. I’ll try to do at least a postcard blog or two along the way.
Second, I’d like to share a new photo of The Elf with you. Squiddy dressed her up for Hallowe’en as a pukeko (pronounced POOH-keck-oh, a relative of the purple gallinule). These are quite common (and very popular) in New Zealand, and one of our favorite birds.
To give you an idea of how clever the costume is, here’s a shot that I made of a couple of the birds while I was in New Zealand last year. Can you see why folks (especially children) are so fond of them?