Road Trip

On my Mad Max Furiosa Road post I hinted at big things about to manifest here on Widder Island.

Mrs Widds and I are off on another adventure. I’ve been busy with the deep end of planning things, hence my not posting that often of late.

We’ve just about got all the pieces in place. It looks something like this …

Start in the pink and end in the yellow :)

Start in the pink and end in the yellow :)

This is Plan ‘D’.

Plan ‘A’ included The Maritimes and was going to be a 3 month summer-stravaganza, but life happened and we adapted, and adapted, and adapted. Seeing as we’re leaving in a month, we’re both hoping there won’t be a need for a Plan ‘E’, but we’re nothing if not flexible.

We’re going to scrounge for amethysts,  do a gazillion tourist-y things at Niagara Falls, a wine tour of the ‘Wine Country’  around Niagara-on-the-lake, (love the name) hang out at a music festival with whole bunches of like-minded lasses for 6 days, and check out the dinosaur badlands in Alberta.

That’s just the planned stuff. Who knows what spontaneity will bring.

Spontaneity Smile

Spontaneity Smile

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The last pic today goes to this handsome lad. The word has obviously gone out that we are in need of cat-terventions by any neighbourhood cats who are inclined to drop by.

Iz mah 'hello' face

Iz mah ‘hello’ face


Bon Voyage Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee

She will be missed

There’s Only One Reason to see Mad Max

Mrs Widds and I are working on a new project. It’s very exciting and rather big, which I’ll go into in a later post.

One of the things we do when we’re engaged in challenging stuff over extended periods of time, it to give ourselves space to unwind.

Mrs Widds usually does a weekend retreat, and I go to the cinema. Not to watch just any old movie, nope, not me. I go to see the whole full-on-flat-out-3D-enchilada that is science fiction adventure movies.

We all decompress in our own way! :)

As an ex-Aussie, (that’s what it says on my brand spanking new Canadian passport – hint for the immanent excellent adventure) and having enjoyed the Mad Max movies of last century, (’79, ’81, and ’85, respectively!!!) I felt it my duty to see what this new iteration had to offer.

A gazillion reviews are out there on the interwebz, and I’m not going to add to them.  All I have to say is if you’re on the fence, (watch out for them splinters – nasty things) go see it because, Charlize Theron! 



If this picture doesn’t break your heart, this one might …

All is lost

All is lost

… and if that one doesn’t, you have no heart at all :)

Bon Voyage Messenger. May the Fourth be with you

Last week, the Little Space Probe That Could, having completed it’s purpose, died. It crashed into the surface of Mercury, somewhere in the vicinity of Shakespeare crater.

By the Numbers

“ Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.” – Hamlet: Act 1, scene 2.

What Messenger saw

What Messenger saw

Image Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

What’s ‘May the Fourth’, you ask? One of the best days of the year!

Why io9?

… because, this was posted there today …

io9 – go there and be amazed.



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It Might Be Spring

Our little cottage on Widder Island smells of fresh baked bread, (I’m thinking of starting an irregular series of posts called ‘Mrs Widds Bakes’!) and fresh cut grass.

The rain has stopped long enough for our front lake to revert to a yard and there’s even bits of blue sky floating among the tumbling clouds. (I do have my doubts about those blue bits though)

There’s a tray of large-cut veggies baking in the oven. (liberally seasoned with our own version of cajun seasoning)

I’ve managed to write a couple’a hundred words for the first book in my ‘Prime Species’ series, Bel and the Knight Whiskey Runners. (aka Lesbians in Spaaaaace)

Bel's Cover Art via Pulp-O-Mizer

Bel’s Cover Art

My lungs are still not up to a lot of exertion or evening air so I’m winding down my day with a smile on my face. (days like this one are to be treasured, savoured, marrow-sucked even, ‘cos who knows what tomorrow will bring)

I wish you a day like today, wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing. :)

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For your viewing pleasure … courtesy of the folk at io9: