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"Confessions of sleep, the awakening seed."

This morning, I awoke to the world gone white again. On the one hand, it ruins plans I had for tonight. On the other, the snow has smoothed off all the sharp edges of winter and decently hidden the wide carnivorous sky from view.

No work yesterday, but I knew there wouldn't be. I am going to try today.

Spooky and I spent the afternoon exploring a small bit of Providence, between the Providence and Seekonk rivers. I saw places I'd not seen before, or at least never seen up close. We started at India Point, south of Wickenden Street. But the wind was too bitter to stay out very long. We found shelter in the lee of the Hurricane Barrier, where the Providence River empties into Narrgansett Bay. The massive steel and concrete barrier was built in 1966, after two hurricanes flooded the city, and guards against storm surge. Later, we headed east, back towards the Seekonk. I was feeling a little intrepid, so we explored the old drawbridge and railroad across the river. These are locations from Daughter of Hounds. When Emmie goes out in the snowstorm, and ends up at the abandoned tunnel, this is the way she walked. We briefly debated looking for the tunnel entrance, but decided we weren't feeling quite that intrepid. I took lots of photos. Spooky also took a few. I'll post the best of them today and tomorrow (the photos relevant to Daughter of Hounds will go up tomorrow).

Before heading home, we stopped by Whole Foods. For dinner, Spooky made a meatloaf with gorgonzola, sun-dried tomatoes, and wild mushrooms. We read more of The Talisman. I dozed. And I'm getting these things out of order, out of the order in which they occurred, but it hardly matters.

Photos behind the cut:

The ammonite manhole cover, India Point.

From India Point, the bridge over I-195, looking back west, towards home.

The view south from India Point Park, the north end of Narragansett bay.

Narragansett Electric on the Providence River, viewed from South Water Street.

View northwest up the Providence River, towards downtown, from South Water Street.

The Hurricane Barrier, view to the southwest.

Bridge detail, at the Hurricane Barrier.

Beneath the Globe Street bridge, just south of the Hurricane Barrier, view to the west.

Spooky got this photo of me, but my head's down, because I was trying to keep my face from freezing.

Tugboats anchored south of the Hurricane Barrier, at the end of India Street.

All photographs Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac.


( 10 comments — Have your say! )
Feb. 16th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
I miss exploring. It sounds like you and Spooky had fun.

The meatloaf sounds wonderful.
Feb. 16th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
As always -- great photos. Thanks again!

The ammonite manhole cover is wonderful. They should be the default design, everywhere!
Feb. 16th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)

The ammonite manhole cover is wonderful.

It was a wonderful thing to look down and see at my feet.
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
I bet! There's plenty of fossil kitsch out there; this is actually a really nice design on its own merits. (IMO)
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Because I reread Daughter of Hounds last week, I am looking forward to tomorrow's pics.
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)

Because I reread Daughter of Hounds last week, I am looking forward to tomorrow's pics.

They're pretty cool.
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
that meatloaf sounds scrumptious! begging the chef's recipe???
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)

that meatloaf sounds scrumptious! begging the chef's recipe???

Oh, sorry. The meat came already prepared from the butcher. Spookt just baked it (though she baked it very well, i would add).
Feb. 17th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
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