Friday, July 30, 2010

Onward to Toledo

Cathedral, Toledo
Originally uploaded by skron.

Not, Ohio.
A peek at the Cathedral. We haven't been inside yet. First we are going to something of a higher priority personally. There are two ancient synagogues in Toledo. Nice to be in a place where it wasn't all Catholic. No offense to anyone who is Catholic but Spain can be a little heavy on the mono-cultural aspect. Something to do with the Inquisition?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tapas, Goyas and Plazas

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Greetings from Madrid, Spain.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Days

Sears Tower at Sunset

Make me feel fine.

Summer's Maple

Photos of my summer to date.

Leaf and Iron

Going on vacation tomorrow. I'll surprise you with my next round of photos.

57th street

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What time is it?

London street with clock

The hoarder in me likes to collect and it turns out you can collect items in pictures without cluttering up anything but a computer or two. At some point the thought occurred to collect the kind of clocks that one sees mounted on building walls. They make for an architectural detail that really catches my eye. I'm rather proud of this collection and hope to continue it both at home and on my travels. My current Flickr set comprises 57 photos of clocks including some from Paris, London, New York and Chicago. Check out this link if you are curious.

Marks and Spencer

Monday, July 19, 2010

Spring Break 2008 Redux

Oil Well
Offshore oil well

Two years ago we took a spring vacation on the Gulf Coast. Given the recent events down south I have a different perspective on these photos that I found in my photo archives.

Pelicans in Flight
Brown pelicans in flight

Makes you sad, doesn't it?

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Well, I haven't been blogging much. I guess I've just been busy and distracted by other things. I've read a lot of books, had a few outings, some work business and a fair bit of family-related chores. Tomorrow, youngest son goes off to camp and next week parents take advantage of the break by heading to Spain! Yup, two weeks in Madrid, Salamanca and points in between. The excuse besides having one fewer child to mind is a meeting my husband has in Salamanca. Generally, I've missed tagging along to these thing because someone has to be home to mind the kids, cats and turtles. This year older son is home and has a job he can't skip so away we go! While said spouse is at his meeting, I might climb in a car and head to Portugal. Why? Because it is there and I haven't been. Plus, I kind of miss the ocean. Of course you can expect lots of pictures.

In the meantime I picked up a book designed to help me learn to draw. Not that I have much hope. I've tried before with little success. I'm not sure which it is, lack of talent or lack of follow through. Or both.

The first assignment was to draw thirty cats. I had help on this one. My cat Dot joined me as model but she had a tendency to move too much and then turned her back on me which wasn't the best pose. I scanned the results for your viewing pleasure or at least for a good laugh at my expense.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Happy Holiday

Rockets in the Sky

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends and have a great weekend to everyone else.