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  • 1. Merry Christmas 2008
  • 2. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. This time last year, Christmas 2007, Araminta was 11 weeks old. A lot has changed since then....
  • 3. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. Araminta is now walking (running too!); talking (dad, cat, zebra – but not mummy to Ruth's annoyance!); eating solids (feeding herself with her hands); and learning all about the world.
  • 4. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. In April, Araminta went on her first camping trip – to the Karoo National Park.
  • 5. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. In December we travelled to Ceres for a break – and to pick some Cherries. We discovered that Araminta LOVES
  • 6. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. Of course, 2008 saw the celebration of Araminta's first birthday.
  • 7. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. October saw Ruth fly to San Francisco on a business trip with her new job with Synthasite.
  • 8. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. A few weeks later Jeff flew to Chicago to attend meetings of the American Academy of Religion and then to Oshawa in Canada to present a paper at a symposium on conscientious objection. He saw a few birds & got to drive on the
  • 9. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. In October Jeff managed to go on his first pelagic trip. It was amazing!
  • 10. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. Ruth managed to write off another car after an altercation with a dump truck! We are grateful that no-one was injured. We now drive a VW Jetta. (Fingers crossed....)
  • 11. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. We have managed to find a little time to escape work & visit some scenic spots.
  • 12. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. Some of the local flora.
  • 13. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. and fauna:
  • 14. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. Jeff managed to see 33 new birds this year, including Ground Woodpecker, Protea Seedeater, Yellow-bellied Eromela, Layard's Tit- babbler, Grey-winged Francolin, Wandering Albatross, Black-bellied Storm Petrel, and Yellow
  • 15. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. Ruth managed to find a little time to pursue her creative muse—having most recently taken up spinning.
  • 16. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008.
  • 17. Jeff, Ruth, & Araminta – South Africa 2008. Merry Christmas 2008