Photo of the Day- Kittehs!

•June 2, 2010 • 1 Comment

I am working on my nature walk post but in the meantime I thought I would post a rare picture of Jorry and Mona snuggling and not trying to kill each other ūüôā Notice how Mona has her leg and tail over Jorry, he is so small in this photo, it’s amazing how much he has grown but he is still so wee though!

Jorry and Mona snuggling on the couch

Jorry and Mona snuggling on the couch

Wildlife walk retro post

•May 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I wrote this in my LJ last July.  I am reposting it here because tomorrow morning I plan on going to the park early taking the same route and see if I can find some more wildlife, it will be interesting to see how the two experiences differ. (For one thing I will be bringing the camera this time!!!)

First posted Jul. 29th, 2009

So I went for a walk early this morning to Humboldt Park. The air was cool and crisp and the gulls were flying around making a ruckus and I needed the sounds and sights of nature to calm me down. I hate to admit it but I have lived in this neighborhood for a year now and I have never been inside the park itself, shameful!

I first came to a little wetland pond and watched the birds pecking around in the mud for worms and watched the skeeter bugs walking on the water. I was standing on a little bridge lost in thought when I saw two young raccoons playing in the water on the other side of the pond. I was amazed that they were out in the open and completely unconcerned about my presence. They play fought with each other and swam in the water and one of them flushed out a rabbit and chased it, he reminded me of a dog he looked so happy! Then they disappeared under the bridge and I moved on.

I crossed Division and went through the rose garden which has a formal flower garden in the middle and climbing roses on trellis’ on the sides. On the other side of that I saw one of the long arms of the big lagoon (edit to add: it’s the¬†prairie river) and walked along it for a while under oaks, weeping willows, maples, and all sorts of huge old trees until I came to another bridge.

I stopped on that bridge and admired the sunrise, it was all rosy peach on the little puff clouds and it was perfectly reflected in the still waters of the lagoon. All of a sudden something big in the water splashed up and I could see it’s wake as it swam. It looked too big to be a fish, or a turtle and it stayed under too long to be a duck. I never surfaced enough for me to figure out what it was but I thought it might be an otter. I don’t know if they have otters in Humboldt Park but I aim to find out.

I kept walking around towards the Field house admiring the reclaimed prairie that has been planted around the water’s edge and was thoroughly scolded by a red wing blackbird! I saw what I thought was a wind sculpture at first but then realized that it was actually a wind turbine with solar panels below and it probably generates electricity for the park. (edit to add: I found out that the alt energy is used to cycle the water in the prairie river, instead of constantly using city water) It was very pretty and actually added to the beauty of the park so I was glad to see it there for it’s form¬†and function.

I then went under the Humboldt Blvd bridge to the main part of the lagoon and walked along the waters edge enjoying the water lilies, rushes, cattails and arrowhead plants. I found three young ducks that headed straight for me and waited expectantly presumably for food of which I had none but they were so calm and tame they came almost right up to me! Then figuring they weren’t getting breakfast from me they started sticking their heads down in the water and their little duck butts in the air one after another, eating weeds from the bottom. It was so cute! Then they got bored of me and left. So I headed to the boathouse in search of a restroom, and finding none open, went and looked off the balcony down at the lagoon and the still very beautiful sunrise and some species of flycatchers or swallows skimming the water in search of bugs. I’m not sure exactly what kind they were but next time I take a walk down there I am bringing my bird guide!

I then headed to Dunkin Donuts, where I bought an egg sandwich for breakfast and started for home. On the way home I saw an eastern gray squirrel with a surprisingly red tail and as I turned onto my street I saw two American Goldfinches flying over my head chasing each other. The next time I go, I am bringing my camera!! I think early morning is the best time to go, it’s cool, quiet, and the animals are all still around ūüôā (edited to add: I found an¬†audio tour of Humboldt Park that talks about the history and nature, woot! I smell a Grove activity) ūüôā

Procession @ Late Bar

•May 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So I finally came out of hermithood and went with C to Procession at Late Bar Tuesday ( it’s one of her DJ nights) it used to be at¬†Subterranean but I’m glad it moved I like Late Bar *a lot* better.

We got there kinda early but I was soooo happy to be in air conditioning I didn’t mind waiting around while they set up. (not only is our fridge broken, so is our AC. joy. ) C was kind enough to buy me a few drinks, ¬†I had grape soda with vanilla vodka I don’t know if they have a name cause I think J might have made them up, but it’s a variation on the Purple Martin which is grape soda and Malibu. I nearly slipped into a diabetic coma, but damn it was tasty. Someday when I am solvent again I want to try the coconut creme martini, well that and pretty much the whole cocktail menu!

The music was obviously awesome, and it was a pretty good turnout for a Tuesday night. I did have to run up the road to the Walgreens for a snack about halfway through, no dinner left me a bit light headed!

I was also glad to see A and E there even after A told me he wasn’t going to show up. Ha E¬†persuaded¬†him , good girl!

Late Bar

I love their coasters, you can put them on your drink if you have to leave it and it has a hole for the straw! I thought this was quite clever…

The crowd at Procession

At the bar.

And I need British beer!

And we finish with some cheez ūüėČ

Photo of the Day: Sweet Deliciousness

•May 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Chocolate Coconut Coffee Cupcakes

Chocolate Coconut Coffee Cupcakes

Vegan deliciousness from Vegan Cupcakes take over the World! I love these cupcakes with all my heart, they are everything I love put together!

Genealogy

•May 25, 2010 • 2 Comments

I’ve always had an interest in¬†genealogy. I even took a class in college, but I never got very far, only to about my paternal great grandparents. I got further with my mother’s side of the family, Uncle H sent me a tree, but sadly it’s back in AZ in a box somewhere and with him in Thailand now, I will have to wait until I go back to my parents house to see if I can’t find it again.

Grandma and Great Aunt H

Grandma and Great Aunt H

However now thanks to my Uncle S ¬†I have a great deal more on my Dad’s paternal side, all the way back to 1673 in Virginia and back to 1808 in Germany on his maternal side. ¬†One of the problems with finding information about the maternal side is many of the records were lost due to bombing during WWII. Someday though ¬†I will go to Germany and see if anything can be found.

As pleased as I am having so ¬†much more of my family tree than I did before I am still frustrated. (This¬†genealogy¬†thing can make you obsessive!) Try as I might, I can’t seem to get past my ancestor Abraham Farrow and 1673. ¬†And as far as I can tell on the internet, no one else has been able to trace any further than that either. I¬†did find some documents that speculated that Abraham or his father emigrated from County Durham in England but the connections cannot be confirmed without a ship passenger list or some sort of immigration record. But I have a feeling it’s out there and I will find it. First I will start with Virginia and then when I move next year I can see if I can find anything over in England.

Grandma's Family

Grandma's Family

Interestingly, ¬†I did find out that Rosemary Clooney and George Clooney and I share some common ancestors, William ¬†Farrow, my 4x Great Grandfather and his wife Elizabeth Shores my 4x Great Grandmother. ¬†The Clooney’s line comes from William and Elizabeth’s son Orson and mine come from their son Valentine. William’s father Joseph was a wagoner in the Revolutionary War. (Which I think means he transported the supplies) I haven’t found out yet if any of my family was in the Civil War or what side they may have been on, but judging from the geography and lifestyle I am going to guess Confederate. I always imagined my ancestors to be simple but poor farmers just trying to catch a break. Instead I got wealthy plantation owners that owned slaves. ¬†I actually found¬†documents¬†that named some of my ancestors slaves! ¬†I don’t feel good about this, I mean there isn’t anything I can do about it now but still it’s a bit disconcerting. The only thing I can do is stand up for people’s human rights today and hopefully when future generations do their genealogy they can look back to this generation and feel a bit better about it. ¬†(That is if they haven’t invented some horrible alien slave trade like the Ood or something..)

Granddad and Aunt M

Granddad and Great Aunt M

The other problem I found while examining the possible family tree was that there were bits that didn’t fit together. For example, it was said that the Farrows¬†descended¬†from the Virginia Farrars and as near as I can ascertain, this just isn’t true.¬†¬†The dates seem dodgy and the Farrar genealogy seems pretty well documented and their is no mention of an Abraham anywhere. ¬†It seems that the Farrows and Farrars are in fact two separate families at least in the 1600’s in America.

This brings me to the next issue: that of the Farrars being related to the Baron Ferrers of Groby and to the de ¬†Ferrers, the Earls of ¬†Derby. Apparently this is a popular notion but it just isn’t true either. The line is broken when it gets to Henry Ferror who was apparently a well to do merchant¬†in Yorkshire but not the son of Henry Ferrer, at least as far as anyone can tell although it’s doubtful as the neither the geography or the timeline fit together. Of course if our Farrow line isn’t related to the Fararrs then it’s a moot point anyway, at least from my point of view.

So the search continues, ¬†and who knows maybe I will find out I am descended from Nobility after all…but I am not holding my breath. ūüėČ

Photo of the Day: Ducks!

•May 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Ducks on the Lagoon in Humboldt Park

Ducks on the Lagoon in Humboldt Park

Taken at the beginning of April, I was trying to capture the color of the male’s head because Mallards have that crazy green-purple thing going on. I got more green than purple but I still like the picture. ūüôā

Photo of the Day in honor of World Goth Day

•May 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Happy World Goth Day!

Happy World Goth Day

Good Times Good Times….. ūüôā and some cheesy photoshop!

I want to go to the lost gardens!

•May 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall! It’s like a giant¬†Secret Garden only not in Yorkshire!¬†It was left to rot after WWI when many of it’s gardeners left for the war and never came back. The manor house (which was built in the 1200’s) was converted into flats in the 70’s but the abandoned gardens weren’t discovered until 1990 by and have been¬†continuously¬†restored for the last 20 years. It has a working Victorian kitchen garden where they only grow varieties and only using tools from that era. The also have a subtropical “jungle” that reminds me of the Conservatory here only not under glass, and a wildlife area. I think my favorite bit though, is the Wider Estate which consists of woodland, pastures, and wetlands. It seems to have a magical quality about it especially the woodland, helped no doubt by the whimsical and beautiful sculptures (very earthy and Pagan as well) tucked away in the woods. There are also some beautiful old trees all curved and looking like they came straight out of a fairy tale!

And to top it all off, ¬†I love their website, it’s the kind of design I’d make, very old fashioned in design in keeping with the theme but so elegant and easy to navigate and I love the little nature inspired adornments on the photos! They also have a gardeners blog and a podcast!

Just one more reason to go to Cornwall ūüôā

Photo of the Day 5/21

•May 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Garfield Conservatory April 2010 Orchids

Garfield Conservatory April 2010 Orchids

J and I went to the Conservatory on Easter Sunday. I took about 300 pictures so there will be more where this came from!

Finally! New Jewelry

•May 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I finally put up some more pieces on Land Under Wave. Bracelets and rings mostly, I hope to get fully stocked up in the next few days, I have a ton of new earrings to get up, some more Pagan oriented stuff, and a couple of necklaces I forgot I even had!

Giardino di Veleno

Giardino di Veleno

Defnyn Dwr

Defnyn Dwr

Koi Buru

Koi Buru

Sanguigno

Sanguigno

Roz Devine Albastra

Roz Devine Albastra

Malvagita

Malvagita

Qingting

Qingting

 
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