Pictures from China

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Pictures from China!

China 2012

Day 80

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My nephew, Townes, doing his homework

Day 79

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Sorry I haven't been posting lately.  I've been out of the country visiting my sister and her family who are living in Shanghai this year.  So now you get slammed with China pictures.

Somewhere over Siberia

Day 78

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We ended up with maybe 4 inches of snow. 

Day 77

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Then, on Wednesday, this stuff arrived.  What the heck?

Day 76

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After the storm.

We lost power for about six hours during the storm, but really, it was much better than both storms last year.  Those storms left many friends without power for over a week each time.  This time it was only a few days for most people I know.  My heart goes out to those folks in New York and New Jersey, though.

Day 75

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Daisy watches the leaves stirred up from the hurricane. 

Day 74

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I took this the day before the hurricane, as a "before" picture, but we didn't really get a lot of damage or rain, so the "after" picture probably won't be too different.

Day 73

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I can't skip this picture, because it's so flipping cute.  Silly cats.

Day 72

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I'm so behind on pictures.  I may skip ahead a bit.  But here's a picture of the UConn football stadium.  Go Huskies.

Day 71

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Went to Cranberry Hill Farm on Sunday for a Walktober event.  Along with farm tours, they were demonstrating heritage livestock breeds that belong to some other farmers nearby.  These two are Milking Devon steers - about 18 months old - who were brought in for the day to help clear oak logs from among the sugar maples.  Milking Devon cattle are a very old breed - they were brought to North America in 1623.  They were bred for milk, meat, and work, before the specialized breeds like Holsteins and Herefords were developed, and are now very rare.  When they're full grown, they'll be about twice the size they are now.  Sadly, I remember that the steers are named Smith and Wesson, but I can't remember the name of their young driver. 

Day 70

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The puffball in aspic is deflating

Day 69

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Now there's some color

Day 68

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Now back to your regularly scheduled cat picture.  Yes, they're still sitting in front of the same window.

Day 67

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And we're done.  Now we're waiting on the electrician to hook everything up, and for CL&P to switch over our meter. 

Day 66

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Time to install the actual panels

Day 65

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Solar installation, continued. 

Day 64

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Fall color still not quite there, although all the wind and rain has taken down a lot of the leaves.

Day 63

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Oops.  I think I this is practically a repeat of Day 61, except with cameo by Dr. O.

Day 62

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Connecticut has a pretty good incentive program for solar panels.  With the prices coming down anyway, it made sense to Dr. O and me to go ahead and do it.  Plus, our house has no trees in front and faces due solar south.  So it's a perfect location.  The two panels on the upper left corner are our existing solar thermal panels for hot water.  We got them a couple years ago and they seem to be working well.

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