Thursday, May 5, 2016
I haven't been to the canal in many months. It is a great location for walking or cycling. Although it was chilly and breezy, the late afternoon sun made for nice images.
The construction is done on the Sagamore Bridge so no more tarps, equipment, and associated noise. The bike trail is almost empty today.......
...except for this one lone cyclist approaching.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Passing by the Hyannis Harbor, I stopped to see these lonely little sailboats resting on their docks. My timing was lucky because.......
....in just a couple minutes, a small army of young sailors appeared and starting setting up the boats for use.
I must not be a true New Englander. The idea of sailing when the air temp is in the forties F and the wind blowing 10-18 knots with white caps on the water is too much for my cold-averse mentality. On the other hand, the excitement of these young sailors to get set up and on the water is palpable.
All set and ready to fill the sails and GO!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) began the 2016 performance season in partnership with Sacred Heart Elementary School with a production of "Charlotte's Web" on the Barn Stage. Here are a few images during one of those two performances. "Charlotte's Web," the classic story by E.B. White is perhaps the most beloved children's story in the United States.
"Charlotte" the spider.
"Wilbur" the pig.
Wilbur and Charlotte take their curtain call.
The full cast takes a bow.
A long-standing tradition at PBT workshops is to have the entire cast introduce themselves to the audience after the performance is completed. Director Matt Torrance at center leads the group as they sit on the edge of the stage.
The Wilbur and Charlotte characters look more relaxed now that the show has ended.
The director of this production was Matt Torrance, who many of you may recognize from his lead acting role last summer in "Chicago," right here at PBT. "Charlotte's Web" was produced by Bob and Sandy Malone, Owners and Guardians of PBT.
Monday, May 2, 2016
On the waterfront in downtown Plymouth, a few boats are back on their buoys in the harbor. Over the next few weeks, the harbor will fill once again. The white sand at the tip of Long Beach is visible on the horizon.
It's a little cool to sit in the wind today but, the leaves are starting to come out and the grass is greening.
I don't know of many beach towns that have green grass to the water's edge. I like that.
The daffodils are in full bloom at Brewster Gardens across the street from the Plymouth Rock Memorial.
Ah, spring in Plymouth, "America's Hometown" - just as fine as summer, fall. and winter.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The final major project on the Priscilla Beach Theatre campus was well underway upon my return to the area. This new wooden structure is the new Outdoor Pavilion, a permanent structure that will replace the seasonal white circus-style tent of years past.
Two of the three main beams that span the width of the performance and audience area are in place.
The third beam is being installed here with the aid of a hydraulic lift. The huge laminated beams are heavy!
All three are now installed but, there are quite a few holes to drill to bolt it all together.
The view from the Barn......
....and the view from the audience side.
Here is the architect's early rendering of the finished project. Looks like the real thing - except for the trees.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) began the 2016 performance season in partnership with Sacred Heart Elementary School's production of "Charlotte's Web" on the Barn Stage. Here, the cast posed for portraits during a final rehearsal.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
It is disorienting to arrive home when spring is already well underway. Last I remember, it was snowing and cold. Although it is still chilly, seeing a forsythia bush blooming yellow and the grass greening are clear proof that winter is over.
The birders are out at Manomet Point observing the spring migration.
The seals are lazing around enjoying the longer days and increasing warmth.
Yep, life is good in Manomet.
My yard flowers - some folks call them weeds.
A faint hint of color around the pond perimeter.
And indoors, spring is happening also.....
.....tulips in the late afternoon sun.
A sunset selfie as reflected in a 2007 Honda gearshift.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
To conclude a long trip, I sometimes puzzle over the final blog post. What's a good visual summary that evokes the location? We've been here in Spain for about two months - in good weather and bad, in good times and in bad, in health and in sickness.
I decided that the final image should include the nation's iconic animal - the land of the bull! The quartet above was most obliging in posing.
Goodbye Spain, thanks for the wonderful memories and sights along the way. I look forward soon to sleeping in my quiet bed, in quiet Manomet, in a land where I can speak the language. Travel is a strange and magical and unpleasant and wonderful thing all at once.
Each time I travel I am struck by what a strange thing it is that people all over the world speak different tongues. It is amazing that there isn't even more strife in the world with the challenges and nuance of communication and miscommunication.
Not being a linguist, I must rely on others and my few wits, and pointing, and smiling, and hoping for the kindness of strangers. When I am home and pass a stranger, lost, confused, non-English speaking, I try to stop and help. Maybe I'm not much help but, the kindness and the gesture can make an incalculable difference in someone's journey along their road as a visitor in a strange land. I want to return the thousand kindnesses others have shown me.
So, in case you are wondering, maybe there is a fence between me and these four bulls - and maybe there isn't - I'm not telling but, let's just say I can still move pretty fast for an old guy...........Addios! Spain!
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Wandering the backstreets, I was struck by the crowd of people at this Chocolateria. First of all, what is a "chocolateria?" And second, why are there so many people in line for service?
I came back later with Amy to try out their offerings. It turns out that the San Gines Chocolateria is an iconic establishment in central Madrid and has been open for the past 120 years, drawing locals and tourists alike to their churros and hot chocolate.
This is basically the only thing on the menu - churros and hot chocolate - served by white-shirted waiters/waitresses. For about four Euro, you too can enjoy fried dough and dark hot chocolate at one of Madrid's iconic spots. There was a line at midday, late afternoon, and evening - people here love their chocolate and churros!
And always - everywhere - stores - displays - or live - music and musical instruments...........