Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Happy Holidays! The Bronx Bowles Brigade has a new first in our first home. Our first Christmas tree. We went out on Saturday and picked the best pre-cut, wrapped, bundled, and netted tree that we could find at the vendors under the elevated subway. Going to get a tree in the city is nothing like taking a trip to a tree farm and looking for the best one to cut down and hauling it home. Regardless of the process, we chose a beautiful tree (if I do say so myself). We trimmed it Saturday night with help from our friend Xanthea who was visiting for the weekend. Mom made us a beautiful tree skirt. The pictures don't come close to doing it justice. The colors and the pattern and of course the craftsmanship are above comparison. Thanks Mom! Happy Holidays to all.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
We woke up to no water on Monday morning (in the middle of a snowstorm). I did some layman checking and was pretty sure I could rule out every option except the pump. Sadly, that turned out to be the culprit.
Now, $1,400 later, we have that new pump--hope this one lasts 19 years like the old one did. (Actually, in 19 years, it's pretty likely that neither Sue or I will care too much about water pumps.)
It's an interesting process to see 365' of tubing being pulled out of a hole in your yard. The best line of the day, though, came from one of my golfing buddies (who was pretty flabbergasted to learn that our pump is that far underground). He said, "Damn, that's a good 9 iron!" Indeed.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I am now an official member the Park Vanderbilt Cooperative. I spent the past 72 hours ripping out the filthiest carpet I have ever seen, pulling out staples, and mopping the floor. Sadly I still think I will need get the floors sanded before I can really settle in. But all and all I am very excited to be in the new place and out of 5th ave.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Last night, as I was preparing some macaroni and cheese with peas, Max decided that the table was a much more appealing drawing surface than a measly piece of copy paper. This picture was taken as I said, "MAX!" It is amazing how simultaneously naughty and cute he is.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
An added plus was that we got to have dinner with Davey who was (miraculously!) in NY for a couple of days
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I will officially know on thursday.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Last weekend we drove upstate with some friends from Brooklyn and went pumpkin picking. Max and his friend Evan had fun on the hay ride and bumping along in the back of the old town fire truck. The pumkin farm and apple orchard were in New Paltz, NY which is about 80 miles north in Ulster County. We had a really good time. We ate fresh made apple donuts and bought pumpkins and gourds for decorating. As you can see by Max's clothing it was a balmy 80 on sunday. Not quite the weather I am used to for pumpkin season. We had a really good day.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
When we moved to Riverdale, we weren't thinking about the Bronx Zoo, but now that we're here, we've discovered that we live 20 minutes away! Max and I got to go with some friends/cousins on Columbus Day. It was very hard to drag Max away from the prairie dog exhibit.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Our friend, Eric Wolf, has been visiting the cabin for a number of years--he finds it to be a relaxing and private retreat where he can paint without the interruptions of daily life in New York. Eric shared these images of various works he produced during his most recent visit (September 2007). A section of our family web site has more information about Eric, his style of painting, and the paintings he has done for our family. Click here to visit the Bowles web site.
Update (10-9-07): Eric just wrote to let us know that he has a new web site. Click here to check it out (you'll notice that most of the paintings he features on his site were done at the cabin!).
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Sue and I sang with this group in the early 1990s, but it sorta disbanded for a while and we were quite involved with the Monadnock Chorus, etc. I am now singing with the PCC again. It's an excellent group of singers that performs a'cappella music, often from the Medieval and Renaissance periods--music I love.
We are currently preparing for a concert on October 21. The concert will be held in a beautiful stone church in Jaffrey--wonderful acoustics and a perfect setting for the music we will be performing.
What are we singing, you ask? Here's the program (I'm sure you will recognize the names of all the composers!). Note that most of the pieces are settings of the Ave Maria text--I'm really looking forward to the concert.
Clemens— Ave Maria
Grieg— Ave maris stella
Mozart— Ave verum corpus
Willan—I beheld her, beautiful as a dove
Willan—Fair in face
Verdonck— Ave Maria
Parsons— Ave Maria
Pärt— Bogoroditse Devo
Rachmaninov— Bogoroditse Devo
Stravinsky— Ave Maria
Byrd— Ave verum corpus
Bruckner— Ave Maria
Gombert— Ave Maria
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
well it has been a lovely and much needed vacation, but not only that there has been an amazing vacation in a vacation. we just got back to rainy London from beautiful Mallorca. there were cannonballs into the sea, wine festivals and amazing food. what is more amazing it that I still have another week to relax and enojoy London.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Deeda and Max went to the antique gas engine meet where we found this prehistoric creature. So many tractors!
And, he read countless books. He even got visitors to read to him.
(In this case, our friend, Pam Stevens).
Deeda arranged for Max to spend two days at the Pine Hill Child Care Center--the center that operates in the school where Deeda works. PHCCC is a wonderful, nurturing place. Max fit in quickly and well.
Max is home, now, in his new apartment, in his own room, and sleeping in his "big boy bed." Sadly, our house is a little quieter now.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Well after years of talking about wanting to hang photos, It has finally happened. A friend of Amanda's sent out an email that The Flying Saucer on Atlantic Ave in brooklyn was looking for art work. After a quick email, they liked the possible images and away we go.
I hung Seven photos on the back corner of the coffee shop. They will be up for at least a month, and there is the possibility that there could be more photos hung up in the future.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Peterborough was recently named as one of the ten "coolest" towns in the nation by Budget Travel Magazine. Click here to read the story.
Of course we could all agree that Peterborough qualifies. But, another fun discovery I made as I read the article was that Parkville, MO--home of Park College--was another one of the ten coolest towns. Click here to read THAT story.
Naturally, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce has been all over the story including our connection to Parkville. Check out this paragraph in the latest edition of the Chamber News:
"Another thing we have learned has to do with another town on the list--Parkville, Missouri--which just happens to be where well-known local educator and civic leader Chet Bowles and his wife Sue went to college. So this would make them doubly cool. Or super cool. Or something. But then again, we already knew that. Cool!"
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
WE ARE MOVING!
Brian, Lauren and Max will be moving to The Bronx. 555 Kappock St. #8S to be exact. It is a sunny, spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath on the 8th floor. This is our view! We face East. That is the Harlem River, so The Bronx is on the left and Manhattan is on the right. The baseball diamond in the middle is for one of the high schools, and across the river is Columbia's Bakers Field sports complex. We will be able to watch them row crew on the river. More to come.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
There's an infrared sensor that detects the temperature difference between an animal and the background. When it senses an animal, it turns on a sprinkler (the ka-chunk, ka-chunk kind) for about 3 seconds.
Since I probably qualify as a large animal, I sacrificed my dry clothes for a field test of the installation. Seemed to work just fine. We'll let you know the fate of Sue's remaining hosta.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
In addition to mushrooms, I found that we had a nice clump of White Lady's Slippers growing near the driveway at the cabin.
We have lots of the pink variety, both at the cabin and in Sharon--they are classed as a "threatened species," so we are quite happy to be able to enjoy so many of them. I know that they grow in other colors, however I had never seen a white one. I did some limited research on the Internet and, while the white variety seems to be fairly common in the upper Midwest (MN, SD, etc.), they weren't even listed as growing in Maine!