The new Central Hall block in Mystic lies just a little west of the Mystic River and the historic Mystic River Bridge, pictured many times in this blog. As such, the building will really be sitting over the water, which I'm sure must cause some interesting problems to solve during construction. It appears that the building's foundation is just about complete.
A fire destroyed the building on this site in 2000. This year, construction started on a new four-story building which will contain retails spaces and condominiums. To me it seems it takes a long time for anything to get accomplished in the state of Connecticut.
It was time. Today my 2004 Ford Explorer was officially retired to a local junk yard. I purchased this vehicle in 2004 knowing that I would need a large vehicle to move daughters back from college and between various apartments. Living in the country when I first moved to Connecticut, I knew there would be many trips to the transfer station with loads of boxes and other household waste. The all wheel drive proved very beneficial on a few occasions during the winter months. Trips to Ohio, Maine, all of New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Toronto, and one particularly long drive to Halifax, Nova Scotia began to take their toll this year, not to mention the weekly mileage to and from work. The engine developed some new noises, and a hole was discovered in one of it's eight cylinders. When the "service engine soon" light would not go out I knew it was time to let her go, although on the trip to the junkyard, the engine was running pretty smoothly, as if trying to ask me to change my mind. She served me well and kept all of us safe for 12 years. I'll miss her.
For the holidays we had a somewhat friendly "competition" to see who could best decorate their offices. Fortunately for me, my lab mate is a very creative and talented. She came up with the scheme and the decorations.
Winter time is approaching and one can see signs around Mystic Seaport that the staff here is preparing for the cold weather and snow. While the bigger ships stay in the water throughout the winter, some have their masts and yards removed for safe keeping.
This full scale reproduction of the Mayflower was built in 1955 and was recently returned to Mystic Seaport for a 2 year full restoration. She'll return to Plimouth Plantation sometime in 2019, ahead of the 400th commemoration of the Pilgrims' voyage to America.
Model railroads appeal to the child in each of us. Each year at this time at the Connecticut River Museum, a new model train exhibit is open to the public. According to their website, the artist and train enthusiast Steve Cryan is responsible for this creation. The detail he includes is fantastic, whimsical and at times very humorous, especially to the adults. One can easily spend hours finding all the hidden gems in this ultimate model railroad.
I'm not very good at wildlife photography, but I had to try to catch a few images of this guy as he grazed in my back yard this past Sunday. He posed well and didn't notice me as I was shooting through a glass window. He didn't stick around however once I went outside to try and photograph him.
Finally after a week away from blogging, I've found some time to get out, take a few pics, and actually get back to posting. I envy those of you whose blogs I follow who are retired and posting great images from all over the world. I hope to join your ranks within a couple of years, but until then, I'll have to do a better job of finding time to photograph.
This is just one of the many demonstrations that go on at Mystic Seaport. The breeches buoy is a device designed to rescue people from ships or to transfer people from one location to another in times of danger. It is used by the US Lifesaving Association. Looks like fun to me. This was taken earlier this year, when it was still warm and the trees were green.