Catch a Falling Star and…

Aurigid

…put it in your blog post, la da da da di dah dah! We got up at 3:00 Saturday morning and drove to an outlook point in the Gorge about a half-hour east of town. Lots of people had the same idea, so we were glad we got there when we did: we were able to sit in the shadow of the building, cutting out a lot of the bright moonlight. The Aurigids didn’t live up to their advance billing; the Perseids last month beat them handily. Still, there were a few good fireballs, particularly a long-tailed green one that shot right overhead, and we did come away with this shot, so I guess it was worth it. It was a good kick-off to a great weekend.

We hung around the outlook until dawn in hopes of getting some pretty sunrise shots, but fog rose up from the river just as the sky was getting interesting, so we packed it in. We stopped for breakfast, then killed a little time so we could be at the local farmer’s market just as it opened (8:00 a.m.) We went a wee bit crazy, coming away with apples, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, kohlrabi, fresh basil, bell peppers in three colors, a wedge of artisanal cheese, a tub of pesto, and a loaf of French bread. Naturally, we ate like kings””really healthy kings–for the rest of the weekend, and I can’t wait to go back. I don’t even want to go to the grocery store anymore, I just want to go to market. With a cute little basket. And maybe a bonnet.

The early morning messed with our sleep clocks, so it was a good thing we had two more weekend days to work on recovering. We lazed, we read, I knitted, and we puttered about the house, stuffing ourselves with fresh fruit and vegetables at every turn. I took a couple of two-mile walks, trying to prepare for the Komen Race (Walk) for the Cure in three weeks, and thus did our weekend pass. It were blissful, truly it were.

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6 Responses to Catch a Falling Star and…

  1. CountessZ says:

    Oooo! When I get there, we are totally going to the market. With baskets. And in bonnets. And pretty dresses that look like they belong in Pride and Prejudice. Then we will buy fresh cream. Oh, and bunches of wild lavendar. And fresh goose eggs.

    Seriously though, falling stars? farmers markets? walking for noble causes? Are you trying to entice me to Portland a full year ahead of schedule? Vixen.

  2. kaizerin says:

    Oh, you’re on to me! Curses, foiled again!

    Yes, yes! Bonnets and gowns and pretty beaded reticules! We can have the groom drive us there in the carriage, unless you are feeling adventurous and would like to drive the pony cart yourself. And perhaps there will be handsome captains of the guard with whom to flirt. (Hee! It’s SO time to re-read Austen.)

  3. CountessZ says:

    Maybe that should be our next site read? I reread P&P every couple of years, at least.

  4. kaizerin says:

    I’m up for it!

  5. Ramona the Stargazer says:

    Are you any relation to Wilhelmina Fleming?

  6. kaizerin says:

    Hmm…well, perhaps in spirit. Do I take it you watched Seeing in the Dark on PBS tonight? We tuned into it halfway through, so have set the TiVo to catch a later showing in HD, so we can see the whole thing. There were some glorious photos in the part we saw, and I liked the overall tone of “C’mon, you can do this. Astronomy isn’t hard or expensive–look how easily these guys set up an observatory!” I hope it will increase interest in amateur astronomy.

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