Posts Tagged ‘travel’


View from the road

October 10, 2019

Last week we traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina and stayed at the beautiful Anchorage Inn.  With many porches and porch swings.

I was there for a pastel workshop taught by Eve Miller.  Below you can see my color palette . . .

. . . for my first ever pastel painting (below).

Beaufort features mermaids.  We were there for their 25th Shrimp Fest.  Beaufort is right on the water.

And so there could be alligators.


Why am I looking forward to Saturday?

September 12, 2019

The second Saturday of September is Pie Day in Pie Town, New Mexico.  This small community (population 186) has earned a reputation for offering excellent pies for sale.  It started as a crossroads community – a stop for people traveling west – and is now popular with tourists. This Saturday is Pie Day.  I would like to stop by the Pie-O-Neer cafe where they serve pie, “that’s it.” It sounds like my kind of place.  Here is a story about the town at Cowboys & Indians magazine.


Where have I been traveling?

July 5, 2018

Scenes from the road – in no particular order.

Flying Monkeys

Fresh Peas

Looking up the River

Off our dock


My Favorite Lighthouse

Giant Lobster

Former Stable

Former Stable Door



Why am I freezing?

May 17, 2018

This is where Oulu is on the map:


What do I want?

February 5, 2018

Puppy1 is the world’s 1st self-balance and auto-follow suitcase.

Puppy 1 drives on 2 wheels, supported by Segway’s balancing technology.

With modes of auto-follow and remote control, you can either let Puppy1 follow you anywhere or ask it go wherever you want. It can also go back and forth with its bi-directional intelligent follow.

It can follow you at a speed as high as 18 km/h with positioning accuracy up to 5°.

Its electric power assistant, power ramp, deceleration and parking brake makes it capable to meet all your travel needs.

The Puppy1 will launch in middle of the year on crowdfunding.

From WordlessTech


What do I need?

A farmer in China creates ‘Suitcasemobile’ an inexpensive small-sized scooters, by recycling old suitcases, capable of carrying two people.

The farmer came up with this suitcase invention, after ten years of work, that runs up to 12.5 Mph (20 km/h) for 37 miles on one charge.

The Suitcasemobile consisting of a stripped-down electric scooter embedded into a suitcase, also includes a navigation system.

Also from WordlessTech


Where am I reading?

December 6, 2017

I recently read about a house in Japan that features an inclined wall of bookshelves.  The slant prevented the books from falling off the shelves in case of an earthquake (usually), and was constructed so that one can climb up the shelves to find a particular book.  I thought it was genius.

It reminded me of our crossing on the Queen Mary 2.  The ship’s library was just steps from our cabin.  Their solution to keeping the books in place during heavy seas (and there were some), was to have locking glass doors on all of the shelves – also genius.


We spent a lot of time there.


What am I driving?

October 23, 2017

The Pleiades

Messier object 45 is known in many cultures by many different names – the water girls, the orphan boys, the lost wives, and in Greek mythology, the seven sisters, daughters of Atlas and Pleione.

Yes, I bought a Subaru and I am calling her Maia.  Judging from the picture above, I may need to invest in some new clothes.

“The Pleiades in Japanese culture are known as ‘Subaru’ and are usually referred to as being seven stars. ‘Subaru’ also means ‘unite’ or ‘unity’ in Japanese. However, when the car company Subaru chose the name for their business, they decided to depict only six stars in the company logo, supposedly because only six of the stars are visible to the naked eye.” – Lucinda Riley