Showing posts with label Out and about. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Out and about. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Summer Evening On The Bay

A few photos of the bay on beautiful summer evening.






Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nautical window shopping

A few odds and ends with nautical flair I happened upon recently.


This large old wood spool of rope with more rope and pulleys draped on top of it.



Big wood anchor decorated in all sorts of knots and such.  While not a decoration I cared for I did appreciate the intricate work of making the knots.


I took these photos with my phone so the quality isn't the best but, you get the idea.


 Neat old navigation lantern.


more lanterns


This big vintage lantern was really neat.
It had a big price tag too.


Sailboat model.


Old oars, prop and pulleys.


This white washed hatch table I really wanted.
The old heavy iron trusses in aqua combined with
the white washed wood.....

I was in heaven.  


A different type of spool for smaller rope.
It had more of sisal look about it.


That's it for my window shopping.
Did you find something fun this week?

Friday, April 27, 2012

A trip to Etsy.

On March 30, 2012 I traveled to NY for the Etsy Success Symposium.  It was very exciting to see where Etsy operates.  I was happy when the notice came over my shop Beach House Living was selected from the wait list.

I got a ride to the pier and took a ferry to Wall Street. Any excuse for a boat ride!


Then I took another Ferry over to Brooklyn. It was literally a four minute ride.
Across from the dock on the Brooklyn side sits the legendary River Cafe.


 A bit lost a fellow ferry rider helped me select the right path.  Actually, she escorted me the entire way.


I was amazed at how clean the streets were. NY like I had not ever seen before.
Some were cobblestone!


So many happy looking people and friendly nods.


It's no wonder Etsy decided to make this part of Brooklyn called DUMBO their home.

The symposium was buzzing with excitement.  I sat near a vintage shop owner that had traveled from Florida and another that calls the Williamsburg part Brooklyn home named Amy whose shop is Sweet Olive Jewelry
Amy also owns Sweet Olive Supplies that has a wonderful selection of beads, pearls and gemstone briolettes all of which look like candy.

Amy offered me some great tips for soldering. I tried in the past but, need more practice.

At the end of the day on the way back to the ferry I snapped a few photos of places I saw in the morning.


One was this glass enclosed carousel ride.

This iron gate was fabulous.


So was the entire structure with numerous arches and more iron.


This quote was painted to the right of the arched iron gate.  I thought it was one of the most powerful single sentences I have ever read.

Till next time!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The road crew. How not to spend a Friday night.

Last Friday, March,16th I was sitting at the computer when I heard loud, odd noises.  Our house sounded like it was rumbling.  As I walked to the window the floor was vibrating.

Low and behold a road crew was ripping up parts of the street in front of our home at 8:30 on a Friday night.


The time was selected since there is supposedly less traffic at that hour where one lane could be closed off.
Great for the motorists; not so great if your home inside your house.


 This huge light illuminated the work area and our windows. It had a cloth covering like a photo tent that cut down glare for drivers and also lit the work area.


Between the construction next door, and now this I think my ears are in need of hearing aids. This project is expected to take a year since it will be done in sections at a time.  Their will be a three month time off during the summer months.




These workers must wear some pretty darn good boots to stand on all that hot asphalt.


This machine was noisy.  I wonder how the operators hearing is.


 I need tires with treads like these when it snows.


Who dreams up this equipment's design?




See how exciting things can be at the beach? It's Friday night and you're outside taking photos of backhoes and hot asphalt!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

An Alpaca afternoon.

Probably one of the last things you would expect to find two miles from the beach is an Alpaca farm, but there they are in all their fuzzy glory.


About a year ago I saw a few them grazing on what had become a somewhat neglected gentleman's farm estate.  Like so many places it was divided up  into smaller parcels however; instead of building hundreds of homes on every square inch thirteen acres were purchased by couple that believes in preservation.


The property includes a nice size cape style home, an almost 4,500 square foot carriage house built in the 1930's that the owners preserved and restored as much as possible and a small newer two stall single story barn.  The old grand house not part of the thirteen acres was sadly bulldozed.



When I originally saw fencing going up I was sad. I thought it meant fenced for home construction and was so happy to see it was for animals instead.  That was a little over a year ago.  Then a couple of months ago a sign was posted Alpaca farm open today.  We finally stopped in a got a chance to meet the growing herd and got a bit of an education on both their habits and their the lovely fashions made from their shearing.


Alpaca fiber is unusually strong and does not retain water. It can be spun to be light and airy for summer fashions to heavy and warm for winter without the bulk.When I had the opportunity to pet one of them I was surprised how soft it was.


On the side of the carriage house is a tiny little shop featuring shawls, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves and short coats that were beautifully detailed.




Demand for Alpaca fiber seems to be on the rise which may be in part due to it's hypoallergenic properties and less shrinkage with washing.

They were fun to watch and I hope to back again.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Santa's seaside row. Christmas by the Sea.

Every Christmas morning Santa puts his sleigh aside and heads to the bay


to launch his competition rowing skull.



I mean really, how else do you think Santa stays in shape during the summer.


Santa Ethan has been doing this for sometime.  I have only seen it once
but, at the time did not know who it was. I also thought my eyes were
playing tricks and, when I realized it wasn't thought it was the sweetest thing.

Santa's seaside row usually takes place before I am awake on
Christmas; unlike households that have small children up at the crack of dawn.



These photos were taken by our mutual friend Daria that withstands
the damp and cold yearly to capture this most heartfelt moment.

Santa Ethan, a rowing champion



 definitely brings a unique touch to the saying
"seaside holiday".


Should you look out onto the bay some Christmas morning
and, see Santa rowing on by you can finally say
so, this is what Christmas by sea is like.


All photos copyright 2011 D. Patrick all rights reserved. 
Published on beach house living with permission.
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