Winter Weather Fluctuations

The North East coast was hit by a “snow bomb” which dropped more than two feet of snow in my backyard.

Boston Icy Waters 1/8/2017

Boston Icy Waters 1.8.2018

The Boston Harbor  and surrounding water channels were uneven sheets of ice.

Then, a rapid warming over a few days  melted everything.

Yesterday, the temperature rose to a balmy 50 degrees at 10am but by noon, it had dropped to 20 degrees.

To cheer myself up, I folded a blue Origami Dinosasur.  Thank goodness it was an easy model.

Blue Origami Dino 1.15.2018

Blue Origami Dino 1.15.2018

My fingers and hands were stiff and clumsy.

Each Origami model I tried to fold resulted in a disaster.

Perhaps  I can blame it on these crazy winter weather fluctuations.

Maybe…

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Father’s Day Tall Ships

Seagulls strut along the dock.  A ship’s horn scares them and they scatter to the heavens.

Boston Ferry 6.18.2017

Boston Ferry 6.18.2017

Seagull 6.18.2017

Origami Seagull 6.18.2017

Our ferry passes Tall Ships.  We gape at the size of their masts.

We are informed of each vessel’s country and specifics of the complex rigging.

Schooners and smaller craft sail by.

More than 40 Tall Ships, decorated with a multitude of colorful flags, were on parade yesterday.   Today, the Tall Ships are at rest, sails folded.

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It’s Father’s Day and I am now fatherless.  My dad, Errol, died over ten years ago.

Errol was larger than life…bigger than these Tall Ships in my eyes.  Brilliance and hard work led to a full life in Academia.

With my mother, he brought me and my siblings to North America via the Caribbean, Africa and England.

In New England, we would have opportunities not available to us in the British West Indies.

“You’ve had your father your whole adult life,” a friend consoled me at his memorial service.

I did not realize it at the time but she was right.  I am grateful for his life.

 

 

 

Boston HarborWalk

If you visit Boston, check out the Boston HarborWalk.  This walkway runs around the Boston Harbor and beyond.

You can walk by piers, wharves, beaches and shorelines.  There are even free walking tours offered throughout the year.

Saturday was a lovely morning for a Boston HarborWalk on the North End.  An unseasonably warm 50 degree day, it was perfect for walking.

Here are a couple of snapshots taken that day.

Our tour guide was excellent.  Leaving from the Long Wharf Marriott, we walked all the way to the little Maritime Museum near the Coast Guard.

When I passed a dolphin sculpture on my way to the meeting point, it inspired me to fold this Money Dolphin designed by Jeremy Shafer.