Alone again

Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:36 pm
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Well, this morning my sister and her wife flew back to Hawaii after an eight-day visit here. We were up at 4:30 and out the door by five to take them to the airport, so I'm a bit tired, but I'm also really sad. I like my sister very much, and this was a great visit. They stayed with us, in our new den/guest room, which worked really well and, they tell us, was very comfortable. Yay! I took some photos, which didn't really turn out, but I'll post two anyway so you can see the new blinds on the French doors:

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And here is the other end of the den:

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We really like the blinds but mostly we like that they're installed because that's the official end of the remodel. We might do more stuff later, but right now, that's it. Done and dusted.

I spent several hours with Mother today, too, and as she said, it helped ease the pain of losing my sister until she returns in February. We had a quiet day, spending part of it in the garden, and then I massaged lotion on her arms and legs and rubbed her feet.

Anyway, my sister is three thousand miles away.

Because they were here and we were so busy, I didn't practice ukulele or yoga, and I didn't read much online. I do have a few links but first I want to recommend the documentary Score. I loved it so much and am encouraging Webster to see it as well. I gather it was kickstarter funded??? Whatever, it was really interesting and I learned a lot.

I also want to recommend a new-to-me podcast, The Fall Line. I learned about it from Georgia Hardstarck on My Favorite Murder and I'm grateful she mentioned it. Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook (often misnamed as "Millbrooks"), 15, disappeared on the afternoon of March 18, 1990. They have not been seen since. Their case was closed in 1991, and not reopened until 2013. Many neighbors expressed surprise, stating that they didn't even know the girls had gone missing, or that they heard the twins had been found.

What happened to the twins? Why was their case closed? Why did they receive so little media attention? Where does their case stand now?
Heartbreaking. Similar in structure to Somebody Knows Something, another great podcast.

I miss the ocean! So I really enjoyed this timelapse of a thirty day sea voyage. Found via Kottke, of course.

Alas, I have been paying attention to politics and we have called both our senators about that horrible health care bill, fat lot of good that will do. But as a Bay Area girl in my heart, I was pretty thrilled to read the official Golden State Warriors statement: We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. Ha!

And that's it from me. I need to recover a bit, get back into uke and yoga, and of course catch up with all of you. I hope you are well.

Hmm. Just...hmm.

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:26 pm
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I found out today that one of my brothers and his wife are down in Florida. They were supposed to go on a cruise to St. Thomas with her family, but after Irma the plan changed to a different island--my mom didn't know which one--and then today he emailed them asking for a phone number for my cousin who lives in Ft. Lauderdale. No other explanation, so we're not sure if they're cruising or not.

But my question is, what are these cruise lines doing running business as usual down in the Caribbean right now? If they had any ethics or empathy, couldn't there be a way to get the boats down to people who need shelter (and power!) and take care of them until they can at least start to rebuild? Give people who've booked cruises the option of refunds or of using the money as a donation. The positive publicity would be incredible.

I don't know, maybe there are regulations or something that prevent it, but honestly, I would think this is a decent time to say screw the regulations if there's some way to help.

England April 15

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:16 pm
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April 15 – Met up with clara_posts at St Pauls, then we had a quick breakfast and it was off to the Guildhall. Underneath is the remains of a Roman amphitheater and I think they did the exhibit very well. After that, we went into the main Guildhall (a bit intimidating to get into and it wasn’t obvious at all) and looked at all the carvings, etc. Off to the Museum of London next to see if there were any new exhibits that didn’t cost anything (there wasn’t). We stopped for lunch at The George, the last galleried inn in London. Very old, dating from the 17th century. Then we wandered around a bit before she had to go off to do her volunteering at the Sam Wanamaker Theater and shortly after that, I found my seat to see Othello.

Interesting stage production, only candle light with real candles, and the acting was great. The play, while lovely language, just showed how much of an idiot Othello was. Then it was back to the hotel.

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England April 12

Sep. 15th, 2017 05:20 pm
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April 12 – I had a long list of things to see and only a day to see them. So I was off pretty early, driving south first and then driving around the island. First up was The Braaid, a 9th century iron age round house and 2 rectangular ones. It was way out in the countryside (as was most of the sites I went to). It was cold as heck, the wind was whipping up, and no sun so I was shivering even with 2 layers on but the views were spectacular.

Then since I was close to a location that I’d tried and failed to find yesterday, I gave it another go and was able to find it. Cronk ny Merriu was a Viking cliff-top fortification high above the Port Grenaugh beach. It was just me and the sea gulls but I loved the views again.

The Ballakelly chambered tomb was impossible to get to. It’s on private land and although I was able to find a place to park (always a problem on Man), there was no open or unlockable gate. So I only saw it from a distance.

I also stopped at the Balladoole Viking heritage site to look at the boat burial site. There was also a keele there.

Since it was getting later and the threat of rain was increasing by the minute, I drove to Meayll Hill Circle. I was able to park fairly easily at the bottom of the hill, but the climb up the hill was hard, steep, and muddy. Also the temperature had dropped, the wind was howling, and at this point, I had 3 layers on and it wasn’t comfortable at all. But the site was amazing!!!! Six narrow Neolithic/Bronze age tombs high on the top of a steep hill, situated around in a circle. Locals call it Druid hill but no Druids there. The views were spectacular yet again even though just as I was done, it began to drizzle. The temperatures dropped further so I left.

I decided at this point to mix it up a bit so I went to Peel Castle which was out on a promontory with lots of harbor boats around. Ruins, of course, and quite extensive. Since I had a National Trust membership, I got in for free. Lovely castle and I was very glad I went. As a little aside, some guy was wandering around and I swear at first he looked just like Tennant’s Doctor Who, with the same hair and raincoat. I had to get pretty close before I could see that it wasn’t Tennant (not that I thought he was since David is doing a play in London) but I thought it was great that the Doctor would be wandering around ruins!

The Ballaharra Stones were right next to the road with easy parking nearby (finally). So a quick stop there and I walked over to the Giant’s Tomb which was in the wall in a road just up the street.

It was raining and miserable but I pressed on. I was going to try a garden estate but decided I’d rather see more archaeology since I can see gardens anywhere. And the best was next!! It was hard to find parking as it was a one lane road but there was a little layby close so I was able to walk up to Cashel yn Ard. And what a site! Neolithic chambered tombs, in a clear line plus lots of upright stones. No one there but me and the sheep. This was the best archaeological site on the island, imo. And the sun came out and it was nicer and much warmer although certainly not warm enough for me. But I did linger since the site was so lovely.

On the way out, I stopped at the Ballaglass Glen for a quick walk. It was very lovely with lots of little waterfalls and no one in sight. I lingered a bit soaking in the quiet.

At this point, it was getting late but there was still plenty of sunlight left so I backtracked a bit and went to Kirk Maughhold which was a working church but there were keeills (early Christian chapels) and lots of early Christian Celtic crosses just outside. They were all pretty worn but I could still see some of the carvings so I was happy.

Last on my list was King Orry’s Grave. Easy to find parking! There were two locations just across the street from each other. They were pretty impressive. The stones were quite large and there were chambered Neolithic tombs. This was probably my second favorite after Cashel – and a lot easier to get to.

Then I gave up and drove to Douglas to my hotel. I think I saw quite a bit!



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