Saturday, March 29, 2014

Isn't that interesting? Maybe.

Here are some photos of things you may have missed this week.  Some of them are interesting, and some mundane.  Am I right?  Right?  Well, maybe.  Click on the photos to enlarge.
I'll be almost glad the week is over, but tonight the freezing stuff begins and may last in to next month (Monday).  I'm hoping it doesn't get here but I'm frequently wrong.
Running in the snow?  Or, running from the plow?
Photo: Susan Walsh, AP
The USS George H.W. Bush making a port call in Greece
Carriers are backed in most of the time.
Photo: Thannsis Stavrakis, AP

Surfing the Golden Gate
Photo: Robin Loznak,

Friday, March 28, 2014

I had or have no idea

  What I don't get are weather forecasts.  I know that forecasting the weather isn't an exact science but when it's visibly snowing and they tell me the sun is out, or vice versa what am I to think?
   There are a growing number of satellites in space helping NOAA forecast, radar unlimited, and even looking out the window - - - and they miss.  Oh, well.
   Maybe it was just a bad day.  Or, maybe the man in the moon was wrong.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

An escape for me

Just about sums it up
Well we here in Levant missed "the big one", except for the wind.  It is still windy today and it will last until midnight.  The wind was 118 mph off Jonesport, that is hurricane category two wind!
At least we escaped the snow which was plentiful down east in Washington County.
We here still have a couple of feet in the field but the roads are clear - except for frost heaves and holes that are large and seem to move from one place to another.      Waiting!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ready to go!

Red Sox players take the field - click to enlarge
Photo: Gabe Souza, Maine Today Media
  The Red Sox will be heading in to the Regular Season ready to repeat last years wins.  The 2013 World Series Champs are ready!  After a month of practice games and workouts they are in shape for the work that lies ahead. 
  With only two regular players gone, Ellsbury and Drew, and a couple of new ones, Sizemore and Bogaerts, they are more that capable of a repeat.
  Play Ball!!
During a game on March 17th
Photo: Gabe Souza, Maine Today Media
Pitchers and Catchers return to the dugout
Photo: Gabe Souza, Maine Today Media

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

See the Sea (glass)

Examples of sea glass - click to enlarge
Photo: Gillian Graham
 Gilliam Graham has an extensive collection of sea glass.  Glass reclaimed from the beaches of the world made up of "mostly" broken bottles is often colorful, and a desired commodity.
  You can view more photos at:

Colorful stuff!
Photo: Gillian Graham

Monday, March 24, 2014

History - not repeated

Part of the Pepperell Mill in Biddeford, Maine last week - click to enlarge
Photo: Shawn Patrick Ouellette Maine Today Media
  There was a time, fifty years ago, when Pepperell bedding was the gold standard for sheets and pillow cases.  These were items carried by what were called the "better stores".  It was all gone in what was almost a flash as mill after mill in Maine closed in the 1950's.  I've written before by families displaced by the loss of work, thousands of workers were laid off, the work had gone south for tax-free land, cheap labor and to be closer to the raw material, cotton.  Now those jobs are gone to.  They now make bedding in India, Egypt, China and other places where labor is cheaper, and there are raw materials available, this time it was factory workers and farmers who lost out, not to forget the other business in towns that lost the mills.
  Maybe there'll be a comeback, some of the old building, like the on at the top, are housing new businesses, they're being converted into housing, retail space and new businesses are growing in those old mills.  Slowly, but surely they're coming back to life.
Making lightweight tents and camping gear from nylon in the old Pepperell mill now. - click to enlarge
Photo: Shawn Patrick Ouellette Maine Today Media

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Standing watch at Acadia National Park

At sunrise, three are watching - click to enlarge
Photo:  Robert F. Bukaty Bangor Daily News
  Someone or somebodies have arranged the rounded rocks for the cobble beach at the foot of Otter Cliffs in Arcadia National Park into what I call Sentry's.  At high tide most will be broken and the someone or somebodies re-assemble them or make new ones.  What a great spot to have a hobby!
At Muster, they get instructions for the day - click to enlarge
Photo: Robert F. Bukaty Bangor Daily News
Standing watch in the snow - click to enlarge
Photo: Robert F. Bukaty Bangor Daily News