Back from Vermont

Today, Emily and I made our way safely back to Ottawa. We also played what may have been the first ever game of Scrabble Hold-Em, with generally positive reviews.

Tomorrow, it is back to work – to face a ‘pending’ pile of unknown size and content.

P.S. As native Vancouverites, it is unusual for Emily and I to come home and find significant growth of fungal and insect life inside of our dwelling after twelve days away. Evicting the fruit flies seems likely to be a time consuming process. Ottawa’s heat and humidity takes getting used to, on several quite different fronts.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

7 thoughts on “Back from Vermont”

  1. My favorite part is when he throws the sand in the little girl’s eyes.

    (… I hope someone else watches the video so they know what I mean..)

  2. As for fruit flies, the University of Kentucky Entomology website suggests:

    “…construct a trap by placing a paper funnel (rolled from a sheet of notebook paper) into a jar which is then baited with a few ounces of cider vinegar. Place the jar trap(s) wherever fruit flies are seen. This simple but effective trap will soon catch any remaining adult flies which can then be killed or released outdoors.”

    I’ve done this before, and it’s very effective at killing them. If you don’t mind watching their big beady fruity eyes behind the glass, as they age to their death, unable to escape from the funnel.

  3. Umm, don’t blame being Vancouverites. You may just be filthy. : P

    Glad you made it back. I live with Marc now.
    Come by to visit.
    Bring Apricot St. Amboise.

  4. the fruit fly trap posted above is a good idea me thinks.

    However, in my mothers fight against fruit flies, the greatest ground was taken when I realized they breed down the sink (for us, specifically in the garberator), and that plugging the sink (i.e., with a yogurt container top with a weight on it) drastically reduces their birthing.

    You may also want to consider covering fruit and breads left at room temperature with dishtowels.

  5. Emily,

    The fruit fly trap sounds like a good plan. We should remember to get some cider vinegar when we next go shopping.

    Ashley,

    The place was actually quite clean when we left. I think it was the absence of continual cleaning (in response to the humidity-emboldened forces of nature) that led to our present (relatively minor) woes.

    Tristan,

    Good suggestions, thanks.

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