A mooring in Loughborough

Well, I have had many inspired mooring this year, mostly just what I needed at the time with good people and supply. Now I am at a point where getting some work done with as much support as I can get is

appreciated. What I have found here is really exceptional, all the shops, all the WiFi cafés, two Witherspoon’s, a laundrette, a well connected rail station and a library with Wi-Fi and really exceptional parks!

So I am soaking up the goodness of this place and I hope it rubs off onto the work.

Moving NB Poppy North

Getting the new cover fitted at Compton
Poppy moored in Oxley

The days have been going along well, not moving very fast but getting many things on Poppy improved. New canvas for the bow and now waiting for its oil change to take place at Oxley Marine. The people along the cut (canal) are great, except for some hire boats which, I think want to be kind and calm but have to get back on a due date!

My stay in Birmingham

IMG_20160702_185252I have been working on a model for my website that will produce the timeline of garden history contexts I need. It is not ready for sharing but I hope to put up a draft for comments soon. In the mean time here is a photo of NB Poppy at her 14 day mooring. It is near the library and Costa and 2 Wetherspoons!

A Week in New Orleans

French Quarter Facades
French Quarter Facades

Wow, I have learned so much on this visit.  First, New Orleans can teach what we need to know about the history of race relations in the United States.  The path from French colony to American city is a case study in the development of race separations and the assertion of a superior class.  Second, as many know, it must be one of the richest of cities for its character and diverse architecture. The confining water on all of its sides has made a concentration of urbanity and desperation which is hard to find anywhere else.  But, it is not a museum city like Venice.  It just reminds you of such places. I have had a great time here and will look forward to learning more and returning for another visit.

Christmas at home in Alaska

2014 Christmas Tree

I am enjoying moving my nexus of activity from Tampa for a few weeks to be home with Leah.  Work is going very well and continues during the holidays but at a slower pace.  The schedule includes gathering a Christmas tree and being able to join Todd, my son in law ornithologist on the Christmas bird count!  This is the shortest day of the year so rather than getting up at 4 am to get up with the birds we are going out at 10 am when we have dawn here in AK!