Monday, August 21, 2017

2017-07-11 - Tuesday - Bottles

Tuesday night I made some more bottles using riverside grit. I haven't used this clay in ages and it throws pretty nicely.


2017-07-04 - Tuesday - Beer and fireworks

Tuesday we went to Sonny's and then down to the park in our neighborhood to watch people shoot off fireworks. It's always quite a show. Unfortunately the phone doesn't catch the explosions as well as the regular camera, but I like some of the effects.

Olde Mecklenburg Copper rings.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017-07-02 - Sunday - Ferns

This wet spring and summer has been very good for the ferns so our flower beds are looking lush.

Lady ferns and Christmas ferns.

Wood wort.


2017-06-30 - Friday - John and Michelle's wedding celebration

Friday I went to a celebration of John and Michelle Freeman's wedding. They held it at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and it was wonderful. We toured the orchid conservatory before the festivities began. The orchid conservatory is always a treat and as always there were many ooos and ahhs.

Orchid wall.

The bole of this tree is about a foot in diameter. Ouch!

We had a delicious meal and tapped our feet to De Tierra Caliente, a band that came all the way from Philadelphia. We all had a great time and wish John and Michelle a long and happy marriage.

The bride and groom take the floor.

De Tierra Caliente.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017-06-28 - Wednesday - Reception

Wednesday my friend Vince held a reception for Clayworks board and committee members at his uptown condo. He has a lovely home with lots of great artwork.

It was a fun evening with good friends. We have a great community at Clayworks.

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The view of the green from the veranda.


2017-06-27 - Tuesday - Card and fungus


No doubt who my recent birthday card from Stephanie was for.

I found this fungus in the yard.

It makes me think of an old apple slice.


Friday, August 18, 2017

2017-06-24 - Saturday - Charlotte Squawks

On Saturday we went to Charlotte Squawks and it was hilarious, as usual. It's a great show every June. Don't miss it.

Third row.

Old guy trying to figure out the selfie thing.


2017-06-23 - Friday - Herb Cohen Movie Night

Friday night was movie night at Clayworks and we showed Herb Cohen's video of him making a platter several years ago. It followed his process from pugging the clay, throwing the piece, and carving and decorating it.

We had a HUGE turnout and everyone wanted to talk to Herb. He also displayed several photographs of his work which prompted lots of questions. Herb patiently answered them all with his usual thoughtfulness.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017-06-19 - Monday - Deer lounge

Monday night Stephanie and I pulled into the driveway and I noticed two large does resting in the back yard, ears up like satellite dishes. They looked at us, but didn't bother getting up; too much trouble I guess. We walked past them and into the house.

When I told Karen about them she went out with her phone to try to capture more photos and they were standing by the fence, grazing. She flashed a couple of photos (that didn't come out) and they stopped grazing long enough to look up at her and went right back to eating grass as if we weren't there.

They are getting way too used to people.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017-06-18 - Sunday - Art from Poland

Stephanie and Brett wanted a "thumbprint tree" for the guest book at their wedding reception so I found one on Etsy that would be custom made --in Poland. It was a great deal, with lots of options to customize it, and the shipping was only about $15. It even came with three color choices of thumb ink pads.

It arrived and looked great. The print is actually on canvas stretched over a wooden frame. Unfortunately I did not remember to snap a photo of the finished tree, but here's the shop so you can check it out yourself. StudioGoldArte.


Monday, August 7, 2017

2017-06-17 - Saturday - Leaving Hawaii

Before leaving for the airport we took a stroll around the man-made lagoon at the hotel and visited the marina.

The lagoon was filled with calm salt water and would be great for families with small children.

The marina was large and full of very impressive boats.

While walking along the edge of the marina I saw a puffer fish. Not just any puffer fish; this one was over a foot long. I'd never seen one that large and quickly grabbed a video of it foraging.

Soon it was off to the airport to start our mind-numbing journey home. We left Honolulu at 5 pm on Saturday, arrived in Minneapolis at 5 am on Sunday, and then in Charlotte at 12 pm Sunday. We didn't get any sleep on the plane and crashed for a while when we got home.

The lagoon.

The marina.

I think it's odd that when I zoom in the audio also appears to "zoom in".


Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017-06-16 - Friday - Pearl Harbor

Friday we took a bus tour to Pearl Harbor. It was a very moving experience, especially the USS Arizona memorial.

The U.S. Parks service only sells 1300 tickets per day for the USS Arizona memorial so you have to line up early. Our bus picked us up at 5:00 am and our driver, Tiho, who is from Bulgaria, stopped by a Leonard's, a Portuguese bakery and picked up some malasadas. While we were standing in line at around 6:00 am, he handed out the still-warm malasadas, saying, "Do you see all these other people standing here in line? They don't have donuts --but you do!". He was definitely a character.

The anchor.

Our ticket for the 7:45 tour.

On the boat to the USS Arizona memorial,
passing a docked aircraft carrier.

Pulling up to the memorial.

Gun turret number 3.

The wall of names of those lost on the Arizona.

From the deck of the memorial we could see the USS Missouri,
where the treaty was signed that ended the war with Japan.
We were able to see the ships that represented
the beginning and ending of the war at one time.

After Pearl Harbor, Tiho took us to several areas around Honolulu, including seeing the rain forest in one of the many reserves including a nice view of Honolulu.

We visited Aliiolani Hale where we saw the statue of King Kamehameha that seemed to be a staple of 60's television shows.

We stopped by the docks and fed the tropical fish. These are fish I'd only seen in aquariums before that day and here they were being hand-fed in the wild.

Back at the hotel we attended the Brian Wilson concert on the green. It was good, but without the rest of the original members and their harmonies it sounded more like a Beach Boys tribute band. If you'd like to see an amazing visualization of the Beach Boys harmonies, check this out.

Later still, we were off to the Ocean House for a great meal right next to the surf at Waikiki. Oh, and another Coconut Hiwa Porter.


Monday, July 10, 2017

2017-06-15 - Thursday - Heading north

Thursday we took a ride north to check out some of the sights.

We went to Diamond Head, but the parking lot was full and people were walking about a half a mile from another parking lot at the bottom. That walk was before the hike up the hill so we decided to skip it and keep moving.

We stopped at the Koko Head scenic lookout to, well... look out.

These people were fishing and getting very wet.

The crater.

We were here.

Back in the car and off to Turtle Bay Resort. We had lunch right on the beach and watched a guy surfing with his dog.

Later we were scheduled for a sunset cruise around Honolulu. We had heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. I had another coconut porter.


Diamond Head.

Closer view of Diamond Head.

The only rainbow we saw.

It was a wide one.