Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Hog

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Here's the latest addition to the family. He's settling in well and learning how to run in his wheel. we're not sure on a name yet but "Biscuit" seems to be sticking.

White Christmas

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Well there was snow on the ground in the Boston area anyway. We haven't had any actual snow for a couple of weeks. We travelled to Jen's parents' house in Peabody for a couple of days and had a very nice Christmas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Guitar Build - Day 6

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Finally I'm getting back to the guitar project. First I trimmed down the overall guitar shape to closely match the final intended shape. This also required belt and spindle sanding to get everything clean and smooth. As you can see here in the previous guitar build post, the heel at the base of the neck required work. I worked with files for about 40 minutes to contour the heel and smooth the transition between the neck and body.
(Previous Guitar Build Post)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Fantasy of Lights

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For just $10 you too can take a car load of people around Lighthouse Point park. Myself, Jen, Chris, Carrie and Tera took a drive on Saturday night. Various local companies sponsor the lighting displays.
The first one here is especially for you Andrea. Let the fantasy begin.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chapel Street Fire

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No word on exactly how it started but this morning downtown New Haven was at a standstill because of a fire here on Chapel Street.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tree Lighting

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It may be small but it is a real live tree. We even have a couple of presents under it since I took this photo.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Whirligigs and Lumieres

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Yesterday there was a Christmas tree lighting ceremony here on New Haven Green. I was only there for 10 minutes and I didn't actually take any pictures of the tree. There was a merry-go-round that was very popular with the kids.
Once again the pathways were lined with lumieres. I think they do this every Thursday night for a month. each paper bag has sand in the bottom and a candle.

Beth & Andy in NYC

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A couple of weeks ago we met up with Beth & Andy in New York. We hadn't seen them since we lived in Edinburgh. They decided to come over because it was Andy's 30th birthday. We had a great time even though it was raining all evening and we got drenched.
The Burger Joint - This little place was hidden away behind a curtain in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien hotel. The burgers were great, in fact I wouldn't mind one right now.We stopped off in a Times Square bar for some drinks and to dry our feet off.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


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After our two day trip to Barcelona a few weeks ago, we went to home to Ireland for a week and a half. I finally got around to uploading pictures.

At home in Rossclare

HeidiJen cooking up a good fried breakfast on one of our first days in Ireland.
A submerged second world war relic on Rossnowlagh beach, on the west coast of Donegal. This used to be a lookout post but now there is mostly a view of the sky from inside.
Killybegs is located on the west coast, in county Donegal, and is the most productive fishing port in Ireland. We stopped off quickly for some photos and headed back to Fermanagh.Portora Royal School, my high school. This is the original part of the school that housed boarding students up until only a few years ago. This would have been the extent of the school when Oscar Wilde attended back in 1864-1871.
Enniskillen (from the Irish: Inis Ceithleann meaning "Kathleen's Island") is the largest town in County Fermanagh. It is located in the centre of the county on the natural island which separates the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne. This is the town hall in "The Diamond". Enniskillen castle, constructed in the 15th century, overlooks the river Erne.Feeding time for the chickens at home.
These blocks by the lake at Rossclare have been here since the second world war. Rossclare was a salvage yard used to maintain the lights on the water landing strip for the PBY Catalina Flying Boats and to salvage any that had crashed in the lake. The Catalinas were based at RAF Killadeas.
We took Jen to experience cutting turf (peat). Our family owns an area of blanket bog that we used to use to supply fuel to burn through the winter. Jen learned how to use a turf spade which has a distinctive blade on the side to separate each block of turf.
Here are two ancient celtic stones in the church yard of Killadeas Parish Church. The Ballaun stone bears at least ten cup-shaped hollows. For good luck, travellers leave coins in the hollows. Close by is the Bishops Stone which is carved with a figure carrying a bell and crozier. It is thought the stone may have also been used as a corbel at some time.
Wee Joe Johnson is on the ball.
Leah SindiqueJenny the donkey is still in her field and has been there since we last visited her two years ago.Overlooking the lake at Rossclare

Thursday, November 1, 2007


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As usual, there was a mass exodus of costumed kids in our neighbourhood last night. Many people drive over here so there a literally hundreds of people on the streets for about four square blocks. We went out to walk around and see everyones decorated porches. For about two hours kids were gathering up chocolate from the houses.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


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On our way to Ireland we spent a couple of days in Barcelona. Here's a selection of photos from the trip.
Jen with a lizard fountain in Park Guell.
A typical street in the old parts of BarcelonaWe had a lot to see in just two days so we rented a scooter to get around. Sagrada Familia, designed by Antoni Gaudi, is still under construction. It was started in 1882 and is estimated to be completed 20 years from now.Our hotel "Hotel Principal" was just two blocks from La RamblaBarcelona pavilion designed by Mies Van De RoheSpanish food and SangriaPark Guell