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.