Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Fourth everyone!

Celebrate the good things in our country.

Family Stuff. . .

 When ever we go up to my wife's families farm I always like getting Grandpa and Grandma talking about their time growing up.
Grandpa came from a small, now gone, town called Cherrybox just a little northwest of Hannibal Mo.

Very little remains other the the town sign. . .
 . . . and an old church.
 While driving back from Cherrybox we drove through another little town called Leonard.
While driving past this old building Grandma said she use to play basketball upstairs for her school team.
Grandpa said he had been been to a dance there once.
Grandma said she didn't remember that.
Grandpa said, well, he hadn't gone with her  . . .
 The front view.
Would love to see inside.
Look at the stone foundation and all the corners and porches.
Although it has an abandoned look, I love the fact that you can plainly see an A/C unit and a satellite dish.

 East view.
 From there we drove to the small historic town of Bethel.
Well worth another visit when I can walk around town.

 The old school house in Bethel Mo.
 Back at the farm the black raspberries were ready for pickin'.
 Wife and mother near the back door of grandma's house.
Raspberry patch is bottom center.
 Daughter also had her first swim meet a couple of week ago.

Here getting her game face on.
Her second meet had a couple of rain delays.

Monday, June 29, 2015

As both of you know who follow this blog. . .

. .  I am always trying to do research on my family history, with a particular interest in my families experience in WW2.

In the past I have shown here stuff I have found out about my dad and a couple of uncle's.

My dad served in the RAF during the war, and what I know so far can be found here.

One of his first stops during his time in service was at the 
 Brighton Hydro, South Shore in Blackpool.
I take it that it was a hotel of some kind.
I have found nothing about his stay there, or where they may have sent him next in Blackpool, but I did find this interesting write up from a C. Morgan about his time there and though it may have been similar to my dads. His book  can be found here.


"We arrived at Blackpool and were met by RAF police who took us to an RAF unit office by lorry. We were kitted out with uniforms and other equipment including a 'Housewife' each and ten shillings pay. We were next taken to `Brighton Hydro' to receive instructions about billeting. I was taken to Crystal Road, South Shore and billeted with a Mrs MacMartin, who had two daughters, one was twenty and the other eighteen years of age. They were not interested in us `Erks', they were going out with Polish Airforce Officers. The following day we were taken to the Tower ballroom where we received our first RAF pay of ten shillings. The next day we were walked to a church hall for inoculations. I was advised not to look at the needle going into my arm, so after seeing a brawny lad in front of me who had been staring at the needle, faint right away, I looked at pictures on the wall and did alright. . . . . . ."

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Update on summer activities - Little League night at the ball park.

 Some where in this mass of humanity may be my daughter. . .

There they are on the Jumbo-thingy.

Wait! There she is under that umbrella.

We even had a rainbow over right field.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Remember when these old book covers steered us into imaginary adventures. . . .

 . . . and then we would go out and try to create adventures of our own?

Yea, me neither. I came along after these books started going out of fashion and television was already taking over our imagination.

But thankfully through my love of Scouting and history I discovered these old books.

Being a big fan of old illustrations these covers and content are just wonderful images.
The colors used and the dramatic tension they captured really invites one into the stories.

Produced in the thousands in the early parts of the last century they are still pretty easy to come by and fairly inexpensive.

I have even started getting girl adventure books for my daughter.

Monday, June 8, 2015

If you are interested. . .

is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

One of my pictures is suppose to be in it.

Keepin' the summer rockin'

Tuesday night swim team try-outs and practice.
And she had just come from two hours of dance practice!
 Practicing into the night.
 Wednesday first strawberry.
 Then off to Grant's Farm.
Grant's, well, farm. . . .
The old log cabin that U.S. Grant lived in.
 '. . .  where the buffalo roam . . .'
 Feeding the goats was fun. . .

 . . . feeding the birds was not.
 Finding the baby camel was fun. . . .
. . . but she was a little nervous about the big guy.
 Back to the little one and sharing her food.
Actually of the two, the horse was in a better frame of mind than the attendent.
 Grandma with lunch and free beer.

(I drink the beer.)
 Happy campers.
 Feeling enpowered!
 Oh, yea, this is where they have the horses.
 Saturday soccer team pool party.
 Sunday pool time. . .
 . . . high flying fun . . .
 . . . and Circus Flora!
 The Flying Wallendas. (We had met Tino a couple of years ago at church.)