Friday, June 19, 2009

French Sky -- Looking At the Sky

Old town, Carcassonsne, is next on our journey. See the map below.

We are at the entrance to the Old Town. This little town even had a mote but it never was filled with water. Today the town survives, mostly on tourist dollars and euros.

Businesses include a lot of eateries, souvenir shops, and quite a few hotels. Our money there went for food. This was right after the canal boat ride as a part of the day trip south.

We would stay until dark. The lights came on later than we thought we would be staying and still we didn't see the town lit up here on the hill except from the distant road back to our hotel.

That's all for today. Next posting will be more (or an other France post) of Old Town Carcassonne but for now all we see is mainly coming into the compound. We couldn't drive in until the tourists mainly went home so we walked up the hill from the parking lot (free).

[click here to see the whole European Holiday]

We had fun. I will be telling more of our Spring 2009 Europe Holiday periodically.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Midweek Blues -- We won! Pinewood Derby car

This one's Karen's car, it's
a 1982 or so Pine Wood Derby Racer
Karen (link#1)(link#2-the whole post) was age eight or so then. She did most of the work, Mrs. Jim and I were consultants for her.
She won first place. Of course technology has improved since then so it probably couldn't keep up with the modern cars. Dad was the chief speed advisor for her project. Mrs. Jim did the fashion painting advice. Karen did [most of] the work.
Please enlarge the picture by clicking on it so you can see the driver pretty good. The driver is a piece of lead fishing weight, carved to precision weight with the car weighing 1 ounce less than the maximum.
The paint is acrylic blue with a red, green, and blue butterfly on the hood. There's a rainbow at the rear, and some green growth with a flower on the deck lid. If we were smart, we could have sensed a tree-hugger growing up here with us.
Weight distribution is 63% in the rear wheels, 37% up front. The uplift in the back functioned better than a spoiler in keeping the car hugging the track surface. Many cars tipped and fell off or tumbled, hers went straight down the slotted hill track.
You can go here to see the rest of my not-June Bug posts.

If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo below. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions (considering it is for the second week). Just do what I did.

Or do less, all she requires is a BLUE PICTURE.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

One Single Impression: Walls


Walls restrict, walls constrain,
walls confine, walls restrain.

Walls protect, walls support,
walls will cool, walls will warm.

Dark and dank, hate these walls.
Free and safe, love those walls.

Well how to you feel now?
Depends, which side you're on?

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Find more poems at One Single Impression
"Walls" as prompt,
suggested by F.P. of
Fledgling Poet

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