Saturday, June 25, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Traffic Duty

Thought I'd add this little bit as a follow-up to my last post.

On our drive home from M & M Liberty's photo session at Pebble Beach we met up with a traffic cop trainee.  No utility work or road work, just a random checkpoint along our route.

No choice.  Officer Tom was in the road bringing traffic in our lane to a halt.  He had been watching for a little black pick-up truck and he found us.  I slowed down and finally came to a complete stop as it became evident that Officer Tom meant business.  He approached fearlessly and glared over the hood of the truck.

Not completely satisfied that he had thoroughly checked us out, he strutted over to my window and spoke harshly.  I didn't understand anything he said and he became agitated and made a swift trip around the front of my truck and over to the passenger window.

Before Officer Tom had a chance to further complain, I asked 'R' to be sure he was clear of my truck.
And then we made a successful escape!


Officer Tom on the move

Checking us out
Heading for the passenger side

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Sweet Liberty (thanks for the title 'R')

Some of you may remember that I collect Statue of Liberty memorabilia.  I currently own over 70 souvenir statues of The Statue.  Also you might have noticed that my profile picture has changed from the Statue of Liberty frog, stolen from some long ago magazine advertisement, to my own snowman Statue.  This week I have received two new statues for my collection.  It's amazing that I have only received two duplicates in 25 years of collecting The Statue statues.  The new ones are indeed new to the repeats this week!

This first came near the beginning of the week.  I arrived home to two surprises.  'R' had received 5 boxes of books and things that he had been waiting for.  Much to my surprise one of the boxes contained a Statue of Liberty magnet and he gave it to me!

The second Statue of Liberty was discovered by 'elizabeth down the street' and it was presented to me, by her, late yesterday afternoon.  Sweet Liberty!

And so my collection grows.  And not just with the finds that I make, but with the thoughtfulness of friends and family.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Pretty Pictures...

from the past day or so.
The sunset from Niles Beach

Massachusetts had some really bad weather yesterday.  Three tornadoes that caused severe damage and several deaths in the middle south of the state. Fortunately not near us.  The storms did provide a brilliant sunset that changed from vivid yellow to orange and then to a multitude of reds and pinks before fading to dull purple then night.

Late night we were surprised with heat lightning.  Veins of lightning intermingling from cloud to cloud. pictures of that.

Today the weather was sunny with gusty winds.  We headed up to one of my favorite spots...the Moseley wander and take photographs.

Another nice spot at the estate.

I found out that the visitor center has several rooms displaying photos depicting 'the' days at the estate including many shots of the original home.
The Main House - demolished in the mid 1900s (estate photo)

Today I took this photo of the 'Main Gate' to the house above.

Also at the center are some photographs of Moulton's Castle which once occupied the eastern end of the estate...Castle Hill.
Moulton's Castle  (estate photo)
The 'Castle' was constructed from wood and painted to look like stone!  It was demolished when the Moseley family acquired the eastern property.  It once sat high overlooking the Merrimack River.
Castle Hill (estate photo)
So we had an evening and then nearly an entire day of out and about with our cameras.  Tomorrow it's back to work.