Monthly Archives: August 2013

Woodland Park Zoo – Flowers

Standard
IMG_0106 by specialthings14
IMG_0106, a photo by specialthings14 on Flickr.

The Woodland Park Zoo isn’t just about animals, the grounds are so beautiful and lush. I took many pictures of the plantings so I’ll be posting a few of them soon.

Enjoy!

Advertisements

Woodland Park Zoo – Giraffe

Standard
IMG_0427 by specialthings14
IMG_0427, a photo by specialthings14 on Flickr.

This is one of the giraffes at the zoo, I am not sure if this is Olivia, the mother to the new baby giraffe but she is very beautiful. They have a “Giraffe Cam” in the barn so people can watch Mom and baby. I must admit to having it on my second monitor everyday….

Enjoy!

http://zoo.org/giraffecam#.Ug5LUJLVCSr

A Trip to the Woodland Park Zoo

Standard
IMG_1016 by specialthings14
IMG_1016, a photo by specialthings14 on Flickr.

Last weekend we went to the Woodland Park Zoo. My husband couldn’t go because he had to work so my daughter, her husband and I went. I love going to the zoo but this time I wanted to go because I wanted to try out my new camera. I have actually had it for about 6 months but I my life is so busy that I haven’t had time to really use it short of single photos of flowers in the yard. The trip was a success and I took 3,052 pictures.

I am going to be posting some of these photos over the next few days. I have finally figured out Flickr so I can post them through there.

Enjoy!

A Quick Check-in

Standard

I have been meaning to write something all week and just have not found any time. I have been working long hours and have a really big project that I am working on that will take some time. Today I announced to my daughter that I believe that suckyness is to be declared a real word. She works at the same place and she agreed.  So that how my week has been.

I ordered some new knitting needles on eBay and they came this week. They are ChiaGoo Premium Stainless Steel 12” circular and have a wonderful red cord that never kinks. I have a few in 40” that I got at Madrona last year and I really liked them so I was thrilled to find they also have 12”.  I get a size 1 and a size 6 to make socks in both fingering weight and worsted weight. I have more than a few pair of socks started so I am going to switch to these on a couple. I love working socks on a circular needle but I haven’t figured out how to do the heel on them so I switch to DPNs for that (and the toe).

Something else that came this week (today actually) was a D23 Expo vinylmation!! We had tickets to go this year but couldn’t because of work and I was more than sad.  We are definitely going when they the next one in 2 years! I found the vinylmation on eBay and it is very cute. I have a weakness for them….

Well, that’s about it. Hope everyone’s week is going well!

Dana

D23 Vinylmation - They also came in blue and white

D23 Vinylmation – They also came in blue and white

A Trip to Port Townsend to see a Tug Boat

Standard

Last Thursday my sister, my Mom and I went to Port Townsend to see the Navy Tug that Kevin is working on. Because he usually works on a Navy base I have never had an opportunity to see what ships he is working on close up.  This tug is being worked on in the marina in Port Townsend so it was a good time to go see what he is doing. Of course we could only walk around the tug at a distance and his work is done inside (he is a pipefitter general foreman). It was exciting to be so close to such an interesting ship and because the workers had gone home by the time we got there, we could spend time enjoying the marina and all the other boats in dry dock.

We arrived about 5 minutes too late for Kevin to give us the grand tour but it worked out better because we had time to really enjoy everything.  Kevin did call and told me about a few things to point out to Mom and Linda and I’m glad he did. I am going to add some photos with captions explaining each.

We also drove around Port Townsend because we hadn’t been there in a long time. My parents lived there for many years (close to 30 years) and loved it. My daughter took her first steps in their house there.  We drove to Fort Worden State Park and passed the house and then just drove all over. We stopped at the Penny Saver Market to pick up sandwiches to take to the beach and I swear it hasn’t changed in 20 years! Everything was in the same place and the sandwiches were all the same ones we loved. They didn’t have amaretto cheesecake but I’ll let that slide. It was a great trip and I hope we do it again. Mom enjoyed it this time too. It was years before she could drive by the house but this time she was glad to see that the people who bought are loving it and taking good care of it. I also got to see a Sisters on the Fly travel trailer! We have seen them on tv many times (we watch a lot of RV type shows on the Travel Channel). It was fun to see one, a lovely vintage Shasta trailer!

One of the things we noticed on this trip was how relaxing it was. Linda and I have very stressful jobs and while we always take Mom out on Thursday, we usually just get our shopping done and we are exhausted by the end of the day. This time we just relaxed and enjoyed the moment we were in. We stood on the beach and listened the water and the birds; we wandered around many different boats being worked on and studied them; we watched others having fun on their vacations. It was great.

There were many different types of boats in the marina dry dock but the one that held the most fascination for me was a huge fishing boats that was obviously old and was covered in mud. There was a lot of damage and rot but the basic structure was sound and it was up on blocks.  I tried to look for a name so I could Google it latter and find out what happened but it so covered in mud that I couldn’t see any.  I asked Kevin if he could ask around and he did yesterday.  He didn’t get a name but said it had sunk of Port Townsend 2 years ago and it had taken the owner all that time to bring it back up. I hope they are going to restore it, it is a wonderful boat and probably has a great history.  I will update here if I find anything out about her.

Following are some photos from our trip, I hope you enjoy them. I wished I had brought my good camera but this trip wasn’t planned so all I have is iPhone photos.

Enjoy!!

 

 

From out on the road, a view of the worksite

From out on the road, a view of the worksite

 

 

A little closer. That green tanks is what they use to clean and flush the pipes onboard

A little closer. That green tanks is what they use to clean and flush the pipes onboard

 

 

A view down the side.

A view down the side.

 

 

The aft end with the propeller laying on the ground. The propeller was really beautiful.

The aft end with the propeller laying on the ground. The propeller was really beautiful.

 

 

A close up of the propeller

A close up of the propeller

 

 

These are the rubber from around the railings and along the side of the tug, to protect it from rubbing up against other boats or the dock

These are the rubber from around the railings and along the side of the tug, to protect it from rubbing up against other boats or the dock

 

 

This is the rudder

This is the rudder

 

 

The view from the path next to the marina. I was glad to see lots of people enjoying this path.

The view from the path next to the marina. I was glad to see lots of people enjoying this path.

 

 

This that fishing vessel that had sunk off Port Townsend. It was really big. I sure hope they bring her back to her glory

This that fishing vessel that had sunk off Port Townsend. It was really big. I sure hope they bring her back to her glory

 

 

The lovely vintage Shasta trailer with the Sisters on the Fly logo on the back. They have a great website and I added a link for it above

The lovely vintage Shasta trailer with the Sisters on the Fly logo on the back. They have a great website and I added a link for it above

 

 

This called North Beach. We had our lunch here

This called North Beach. We had our lunch here

 

 

North Beach. Couldn't resist an "arty" shot...

North Beach. Couldn’t resist an “arty” shot…

 

 

The strait of Juan de Fuca, that goes passed Port Townsend is a busy shipping area, they go from Seattle out to the ocean

The strait of Juan de Fuca, that goes passed Port Townsend is a busy shipping area, they go from Seattle out to the ocean