Sunday, December 4, 2011
The show began with a long blow of a horn and the slow entrance of the first boat. Kids squealed with joy and adults were pretty close behind them.
Each boat owner had their take on decorating for the event. And, some really made you smile. White's Fish Camp was one of them.
Another was the boat with a gator chasing Santa. Only in Florida would such a thing happen!
But, I think the winner was the Son's of Norway and their Viking ship.
To add to the feel I have done a video where you can view a good number of the ships sailing down the St. Johns River and watch the Son's of Norway in action.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The Blue Angels are a flying team known for their precision flying and the planes, even when standing still, give the appearance of being built for speed.
Seeing them in formation just before take-off for the show was impressive. One could only imagine the treat that was in store.
While we waited for the air show to begin, there were numerous planes on display and we did a walk-about. There were loads of kids (both young and old)who had the same idea which produced some very exciting moments just standing on firm ground.
The Navy pilots were more than patient as they answered questions about their planes and allowed others to take photos. This young woman seems to have hit the jackpot and landed a photo with two pilots.
I particularly liked the "Swamp Fox" chopper because it has such a mysterious history of being able to do so many things almost unseen. The airman inside offered a short history in guerrilla warfare which is where the name originated.
With very little coaxing, he was willing to smile for my photo next to some of the chopper's equipment. I didn't tell him, but he does look like one of those guys with the "right stuff."
I know people come to the air shows to see the precision in air flying but I was particularly taken with the pilot of the "Fat Albert" transport plane. The plane is huge so it does not do split second fly-byes, but take a good look at this guy and then view the video of his landing maneuver below. He is able to land this big baby on a dime and then make a U-turn that most of us cannot manage driving our much smaller cars.
It was heady stuff indeed and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Adolphus Busch was a German immigrant who through a love of beer, making connections, and being a skilled promoter transformed American beer. He had the good fortune to meet and marry Lilly Anheuser whose father owned a brewery. The old man helped him finance his own brewery which was first named Anheuser and Company and later when the old man died became Anheuser-Busch.
Busch had the foresight to analyze and use the tools of the day. As the railroad transformed America, he looked for a beer that was lighter in color and taste that would retain its special quality no matter where it was shipped using the Bavarian bottom fermenting process. Pasteurization and a network of ice houses near railroad stations, allowed him to distribute better than anyone.
I have often wondered how the famous Clydesdales became the emblem for the company and learned it was tied to Prohibition. Busch Sr. surprised the old man in 1933 with the famous bright red hitch complete with Clydesdale horses as a gift to mark the end of Prohibition. I guess there was still a bit of the little boy in Adolphus because it became one of his prized possessions.
Anyone want a beer?
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
As soon as I walked into the rainforest I ran into this guy.
He flew away and then returned so I could capture a front view as well.
The new camera has a super zoom that really came in handy as I got a shot of these two beauties.
This guy just flew into sight and sat there.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
What I find particularly poignant about this wall and the one in Washington is the list of names. So often we think of wars in grand scale but somehow forget the individual who was a son, a daughter, a father, or a brother. Here was a chance to reflect person by person, to really see the human cost of war.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Those of you who have followed me for awhile are aware that I hold money quite tightly and the prospect of paying almost a thousand dollars to replace just one side of the yard really forced me to take on yet another project.
The decision to take action required enlisting the aid of my niece with her truck and a visit to my favorite project place, Lowes. I thought about just replacing the fence with the type of fencing already there but opted to go for complete privacy with "board on board"... and away we go!
A dolly helped tremendously in that I could single handily move what had taken two of us. My neighbors watched with great interest as one by one each panel was moved into place.
My neighbors thought I was genius and I did not want to dispel that belief and tried to look smart while I sweated to the oldies.
The people who put in the original posts seemed to have planned for them to last a lifetime by the amount of concrete they put around them.
I will return later to replace the gate, which requires more detail work than just replacing the panels. But, sunny-Girl and I really enjoy our new found privacy and board on board also acts as a great noise buffer.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The barn sits there with her apron waiting to wrap around her to do the small chores that the place requires.
The kettle sits on a tablee ready to brew a fresh pot of coffee for the latest round of writing.
Rawlings may be physically gone but her essence is lovingly cared for by those who love her, and the rural feel of Cross Creeks lives on.