castalia: (Shaun the Sheep - knitting!)
I haven't posted about knitting in forever, so here are a bunch of things I've finished and haven't talked about, except to post them to Ravelry.

Cut for massive picspam )
castalia: (Lt George by wild_rice_icons)
I have been knitting a LOT lately. It's a nice way to pass the time when I'm subbing, and very relaxing. I spent much of the day on Monday knitting with [ profile] shanola22's mother while my car was being fixed, and have met fellow knitter [ profile] firiel44 through another friend, so now I have others to sit and learn with.

Not surprisingly, the first new thing-not-a-scarf project I chose was a tea cozy. Specifially, the Lily Sugar'n Cream Tea Cozy for a small teapot, as posted at

Specifics and pictures behind the cut... )

Next/current projects: My so-called scarf and the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf. Both of these have been lessons in Choosing the Right Yarn. Oy.


Mar. 13th, 2007 02:42 am
castalia: (FMA - Ed&Al hug)
My fangirliness for FMA knows few bounds these days. It's very sad.

Cut for bandwidth )
castalia: (Nature is Art (diatom))
Travelogue Part the Second - Three Days in Devon (Warning, image heavy) )
castalia: (Aeryn by greensilver)
I've got a very few up here, but for the bulk of the pics go to this album hosted by one of my classmates.

My goodness, my Guinness! )

Alas, the t-shirt was borrowed but I now have one of the extremely goofy looking green hats seen in the pic of us having an Irish singalong in the Auckland. I think the horrendously orange beards really make the hats ;P
castalia: (Rebecca)
Pics of the new do beneath the cut. Not too much change this time from the last pic I posted, except for the sides. This is first time I've had it cut around the ears. It feels so odd not having hair to tuck behind my ears; nice, though, b/c it doesn't bother me like it always did.

Don't mock me 'cause I'm ginger )

It's a Friday night and by all rights I should be out doing something fun but a week of video conferences about Coastal Zone Law and lectures on economics has all but killed me. As my classmates would say, I'm completely knackered. Rest sounds infinitely more appealing than Raccubah (I hate clubs anyway). I've got to walk over to Menai Bridge tomorrow anyway to feed the cuttlefish, so I need the sleep. Some of them are getting bigger now (about 4 inches mantle length) and are hungry little bastards. Aggressive, too; the ones in tank B keep squirting water at me through their siphons. They're lucky they're so cute.


Mar. 1st, 2006 10:46 pm
castalia: (Lt George by wild_rice_icons)
We have snow in Bangor! Dude, and they said it never snowed here. At least it hadn't in several years - I obviously chose just the right time to come here :)

We did drive in to Menai Bridge this morning, just b/c we didn't think we'd be able to get out of the lab stuff we had to do - I couldn't believe Marie's little car got us there, but the light weight must've been in our favor, b/c we made it up the ramp to the A55 while all the heavy vehicles around us couldn't get any traction. The gritters hadn't even been out yet we got there with no trouble at all.

Anyway, despite everyone coming in anyway, neither of the profs supervising this module did so the safety officer told us we weren't allowed to do any work. Despite us telling him we'd been on our own for most of the past two weeks anyway. So we had an impromptu snowball fight in the parking lot instead. I got thoroughly pelted with snow and did some pelting of my own. It was more fun than I've had in weeks.

Afterwards we went for a walk along the Strait and to Church Island, then dropped by the bakery for some hot chocolate. I had planned to come home and read for my lit review, but lunch, a nap and lots of poking around later (urban legends are fascinating, I tell you), I haven't actually done much reading. Oh well.

Pics of snow (not many of the actual fight b/c I was too busy lobbing snowballs) are up in my photobucket album. Other pics of our day at the Bangor Pier are up the international students album.

Hm, I need a proper winter icon.
castalia: (Welsh)
I suck at keeping my photobucket account updated, but here are the latest uploads.

Several weekends ago, I went with a few international friends to the tiny village of Portmeirion ("Port-mary-on"), located just outside Porthmadog. It's a completely secluded village which requires tickets to enter and is one of those oddities you wouldn't expect to find in rural Wales. Regarding trivia, it's where Patrick McGoohan's tv series "The Prisoner" and Igrid Bergman's 1958 film "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" were filmed, and Noel Coward wrote Blythe Spirit while staying in one of the hotel suites. The architecture is just...bizarre, I think. The scenery is lovely, however, and we had the most perfect weather for our day out.

Pics from Portmeirion

That album also includes some pics of Caernarfon Castle, as we stopped there on the way to have breakfast. [ profile] keleos, I took pics of the bathroom for you - I gave it 8 flushes for cleanliness, comfort, and the hysterical instructions of how to do your business that were posted on the wall.

The next weekend was spent in Aberystwyth in celebration of not having any work to hand in the next Monday. Marie, Helen and I drove down to visit Marie's sister who's doing her undergrad in maths at the Uni of Wales, Aber. We hit the pubs, stayed up late to watch Pirates of the Caribbean, then spent Saturday at the pier and the old castle ruins, with lunch at the local Wetherspoon's. That toilet gets maybe 6 flushes; despite a spacious interior and a nice window view, the toilets themselves were cramped and not terribly clean. I also have rocks for you, K, from the beach.

Pics of Aberystwyth

Another of the international students in our group is leaving this week, so we're having a party for him tonight. I hate that so many of the Erasmus students are leaving. These are the first people I met when I arrived and we all bonded so quickly. It's sad to see them go.
castalia: (Squid on squid action (Over the Hedge))
One more pic, b/c I'm going to be vain about the new hair. )


Jan. 17th, 2006 12:22 am
castalia: (Rebecca)
Got my monthly hair cut last week and I think the lady went even shorter this time. At any rate, I can spike it. This pleases me so very much.

Pics of the new cut behind the cut )

Spikes! *happy*
castalia: (Nothing Christmas)
A better pic of the new do under the cut, for those interested.

Redheaded hedgehog? Now rotated to save neck strain :P )

Damn, five in the morning. Off to bed now, really.


Nov. 27th, 2005 05:34 pm
castalia: (Shiny squid)
Taking advantage of a rare Sunday off to spam you all with posts. Here are some new pics from Wales, for those interested.

Our international student family photo, as Ruben calls it. We had a low-key party last night, which was fun as I hadn't seen some of these people in weeks. I don't know a few of them, as they're new additions to the group, but some I've known since I got here. Andi, Johannes, Maria, Manis and Pawel in the back; Me, Sonke, Jake and Ruben all squished in the right-hand corner. You can also see my spiffy new SOS sweatshirt.

Another shot of the above, as someone was rude and walked into the shot in the first one.

Ruben, a fellow Marine Biology MSc student, has put up his own album of pics from the SOS, which can be viewed here. My favorites are from the Prince Madog trips, the pics from my birthday, and of course our muddy shore group from Shell Island. You can see our group photo (which is going on the cover page of our report) here.

For fandom-related picspam, go over to [ profile] cimmerianwillow's LJ, where she's been posting wonderful screenshots from Starsky and Hutch.

More pics

Oct. 23rd, 2005 05:15 pm
castalia: (Shiny squid)
Pics from our offshore fishing trip on the RV Prince Madog )

Am exhausted, but it was a profitable day. It's nice to learn new things that are both fun and useful. I've never eaten some of these things before, but I'm going to get some tips and give them a try.

Today is more flailing about doing the stats for our barnacle report, and writing up the fisheries essay. Monday is more ship work (this time just taking measurements here at the pier) and writing up the barnacle report. I'm not sure how good this report will turn out, considering how little time we've had to learn about this and do it, but I'll do my best. See you all after the deadlines...
castalia: (Shiny squid)
Snowdonia, Porthmadog, and Aberffraw )

Next on the agenda - pics of Menai Bridge and the School of Ocean Sciences. And pics of our group of international students, once Angels sends them to me :)
castalia: (Default)
A little late, but here are the pics I've taken so far, as promised. Flash drives are wonderful inventions, oh yes.

Scenes from Bangor and home )
More to follow...


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