Sunday, October 22, 2017

Snow next week...

This fall has been wonderful.  The colors not as vibrant as they could be, but the warm temperatures have been amazing.  Here's a couple pics of the evening sunset.

The setting sun plays some amazing tricks in this shot

Soon the dock must be pulled out... I'm sad to report that in a few months ice will cover the lake...

Symmetry, colors and calm water on a wonderful fall evening!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Sam Clemens place in Hartford...

Amazingly, I just walked through the room "Mark Twain" wrote Huck Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper.  The old home built in 1874 was his residence for 17 years.  Sadly the house was the place where his daughter eventually died of spinal meningitis... He would leave the house on a World Tour to rescue his finances after poor investments and bankruptcy.

This was one creative neighborhood...

No photography is allowed in the house, but here is a great documentary.

Sam's neighbor was Harriet Beecher Stowe!

This was a Tucker design, and the Clemens family loved the home and the period was Sam's most productive.

The carriage house was home to the Clemen's horse and carriage.

Sam Clemens was an activist who opposed racism, imperialism, and crimes against humanity of any sort.  In his later years he spoke out about injustice and his disappointment in the human condition.   Several of Sam’s works were never published during his lifetime either because magazines would not accept them or because of a personal fear that his reputation would be ruined.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

The jewel of the Blue Ridge

That's what they call Asheville North Carolina.  I've spent a lot of time in the Carolinas and  must say I agree!  If you take the time to get to know the city and its surrounding attractions, one can't help but agree!

The fall colors are starting to peak...

We've had a strange mix of warm weather and rain that somehow turned the often colorful fall into more of a green to no leaves kind of fall...

Hazel was "pointing" leaves, then chasing them as they dropped

There goes another one!

Asheville is home to so many gifted artists.  It is one of my favorite cities in the US.

Yard art anybody?

More about these later...

Does anybody recognize this?  It's a genuine IBM time clock.  Employees are assigned a number along the periphery of the wheel.  An employee moves the handle in the center to their number and pushes a punch which actually spins cylinders and mechanically records your time in and out to the second!

A 1915 Ford Model T... This is a "Copperhead" - so named because of the BRASS radiator...

WOW, a 1940 Packard 120 Coupe!

The '55 Caddy Sedan... This is a series 60 Special.  Elvis Pressley bought one of these!

An American LaFrance fire truck is parked in the foreground.  This Type 20 chain drive rumbled up and down the steep hills of Asheville in the 1920's. The Edsel is a 1959 Corsair,

The dashboard layout of the infamous Edsel

This rather innocuous looking barn is where the cars are kept!

Take a closer look...

How about a rabbit in a chair...

While three more rabbits ride a steam punk unicycle!

Perfect for the golfer in your family...

Two black bears easily knock over a bird feeder in this really detailed broze

Like a bolt of lightening... Be true to yourself!

There's also a great REO Flying Cloud and a '26 Caddilac Limo...

Hope all enjoy the pics.  Got to go!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Off the beaten path in Virginia

Every now and then I get to experience some really interesting places.  Abingdon, Virginia is one of those places.  Steeped with history, very scenic and today - a sleepy, quaint community.

Oldest building in town... Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson and Pierre Charles L'Enfant all stayed here
Yup, watch where your going!

Danial Boone and his party were attacked by wolves on this site in 1760

Hazel says "my folks were from England!"

Charming 1700's homes lime the streets

Commemoration of those who served in the Civil War

Can you spot the Vanderbilt place?