Monday, July 16, 2018

Red Dress 5K Run for Women

This race supports awareness of heart disease in women  It starts in Elizabeth Park, wanders through the streets in my neighborhood and ends back in the park.  I have shown in every year.

This woman lit up and posed when she saw the camera and the whole group started smiling.

Even runners who have good times need a breather on occasion,  It was kind of hot.

"Fit-ish?"  A lot fitter than just ish.  Trust me.

This family all wear tiaras and run together.  Last year they stopped for their picture.  Nice women.

The Hartford Courant's 2018 girl athlete of the year -- a rising junior in high school -- won the race.  The winner from the last two years came in third, not even two months after having a baby.  Wow.

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Bob Crowe of St. Louis Daily Photo recently showed some spectacular fireworks photos and generously shared his technique.  Last night I went to the Hartford fireworks.  I arrived late enough that I had to go to a backup site, the Colt building with its onion dome.  Not perfect.

Some photographs came out decently, though the composition leaves much to be desired.

Try and try again.  Thanks, Bob.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Lavender Pond Farm

Lavender Pond Farm is a four year old lavender farm in Killingworth, 35 miles south of Hartford.

Chris and his wife own the farm.  Chris gives a talk and gives tours of the farm.

The place swarms with honey bees.

I left with four pots of lavender, destined for daughter Susie's garden.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Gillette Castle

William Hooker Gillette was a noted actor around the turn of the last century, famous for his portrayals of Sherlock Holmes.  He built a 24 room mansion in the form of a castle on 184 acres at a promontory high above the Connecticut River in East Haddam.  Today it is a state park.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Titicus Farm

Back in the States.

Titicus is part of Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Apparently Titicus Farm was once a very big property.
Still good-sized by most standards, the house stands on a smaller property today.
The Victorian design is lovely and the condition is impeccable.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: Last Morning in London

I made it through the British Museum.

All the schoolchildren in the UK descended on the British Museum.  No air conditioning.
Perspiring pre-teens.  Even the best-mannered kids make lots of noise and emit blasts of heat.
Noise and heat rise, and I was the tallest person around.

Elgin marbles.  Check.  Rosetta stone.  Check.  A few Egyptian and Assyrian kings.  Check.

I'm outta here!

Time to go to a Heathrow hotel for an early flight back to the USA in the morning.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: Another Day in London

The Victoria and Albert Museum is beyond wonderful.  

This Romanesque Tabernacle was crafted by German goldsmiths and carvers around 1180.

There are several rooms with dazzling reproductions of Medieval,  Renaissance and even earlier works cast in the late 1800s after government funds were set aside for preservation 
of important art that was felt to be at risk of being damaged or destroyed. 

And, lunch from the V&A cafe can be enjoyed outside with a view of a wonderful wading pool.

Did you go to London if you didn't stop in at Harrods to savor the luxury?  I left empty-handed.

All this is tiring, so for a couple of pounds a canvas seat can be rented in Hyde Park 
with a view of the Serpentine.  Good people watching.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: A Day in London

I left the ship in the morning.  By noon I was wandering amidst the throngs in Borough Market.

The market is mainly scrumptious food, but the ceramicist David Bramble also sells his
plates, bowls and platters decorated with colorful vegetables, animals, fish and shellfish.

She was wired for a microphone and was being filmed, so I imagine she was sampling
 the Borough Market foods and atmosphere for viewers somewhere.

The streets were closed to vehicles between Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
People milled about.  It was hard deciphering which cheers were for Pride and which
celebrated England's victory over Sweden in the Football World Cup.

The night ended with a performance of the hilariously funny Book of Mormon.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: London

The ship was docked in Greenwich, in sight of the Cutty Sark.

Cutty Sark was the fastest clipper in the Tea Trade when it was built in the 1860s.

The drive from Greenwich to Parliament Square and the Imperial War Museum and Churchill War Rooms went through South London boroughs, past a wide swath of ethnic shops,
pubs and cafes.  Some were prototypically English.

The War Rooms had realistic displays in the underground rooms where
the British high command planned, monitored and steered the war effort.

After touring the War Rooms, I walked across the street to enjoy a bit of St. James Park.
Looking down, I was standing on a large medallion proclaiming the walk I was
on as The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk.

And at night there was a fireworks display on the Thames.  A tall shop watched.

I forgot to mention that Friday was the eighth anniversary of the start of this blog,
which was started as Hartford Daily Photo.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: St. Andrews

The ship docked in Edinburgh, but I took advantage of the proximity to visit St. Andrews,
an hour or so to the northeast.

A golfer starting a game on the first tee or finishing a game on the 18th green on St. Andrews' Old Course does so with The Royal and Ancient Golf Clubhouse
and Hamilton Hall looking on.

With all the tourists and shoppers walking around, it must be hard for the golfers to concentrate.
Don't worry.  I took this shot with a telephoto lens and then cropped it.  He didn't see me.

St. Andrews is holy ground for serious golfers, but it is fun for bad golfers like me to see, too.
But, beyond the course is a lovely historic town and one of the U.K.'s most prestigious universities.

The streetscape is immaculately tended.

A woman enjoying a drink on a sunny day had the only clipper ship tattoo
I can remember seeing on a woman's back.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: Orkney

Moving south, to Orkney.  There are 70 islands in the Orkney Islands, 20 of which are inhabited.

Fishing, oil, dairy and tourism all play significant roles in Orkney's economy,
but production of beef is Orkney's #1 industry.
There are 90,000 cows on the islands.

The Ring of Brodnar is an impressive neolithic monument from 5,000 years ago.
A perfect circle 103 meters across, with 60 equally spaced tall stones, with 27 stones surviving.
This part of Orkney is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

St. Magnus Cathedral is an imposing structure towering over Kirkwall, Orkney's biggest city.
It was begun in 1137 and construction added to it for centuries.
Today it is owned by the municipality, not the church.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Out of the Jurisdiction: Shetland Islands (Lerwick)

Now to cross the North Sea and spend some time moving down the east coast of Great Britain.
The first stop was in Lerwick, the biggest town in the Shetland Islands.
I took a boat ride to see birds.  Too many for one post.  Let's just see gannets.

Gannets roost by the thousands on cliff sides.

Bouncing boat, fast moving birds.  I won't tell you how many images 
had to be taken and deleted to get these.

And, immature male gannets hang around on the playground,
just like many other species.