Friday, September 04, 2015

Neighborhood renovation

I've been passing a building this summer that has been renovated in a very charming way.  I was hoping that it would become a cozy neighborhood cafe or art store/studio or an independent bookstore.  Not to be.  It's a financial agency with a somewhat humorless employee who answered my nosy questions about the old vs new building.  Well, based on its new appearance, someone in there has an artistic soul!

Linking to week-end reflections

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Beach Boats

 Boats and rafts for the beach are part of the fun.

Added Later: Check yesterday's post to see that Gracie from Perth is the winner!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Half Hulls - ABC WEDNESDAY "H"

While visiting the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wi, I noticed some activity in an art gallery.  One of the staff members was busy taking down and storing some half boats that had been part of an exhibition.  A former resident of the city who had a large collection of sail boats and half boats donated his pieces to the museum to sell and then to use the proceeds for the museum. Many of the pieces had been sold and the others were being packed to use at other future exhibits. I couldn't resist and bought one of the half boats below.  Can you guess which one? The first person to guess correctly will get a card from me!! (I'll wait 'til tomorrow to publish the comments and identify the winner).

Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY-"H"

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Theme Day, September, 2015-Curiosities

Buoy and Sinker

Buoys have long helped in guiding ships safely to and from the port of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Numerous buoys are maintained by the Coast Guard to ensure that vessels can safely navigate the waters of Sturgeon Bay. This buoy has a cast iron sinker attached to it by a mooring chain. The letters "US LHE" indicates that this particular sinker was manufactured by the United States Lighthouse Establishment. The identifier dates the sinker to the mid-1850's.

Go here to see some curious and sometimes bizarre September Theme posts.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Getting Ready for Theme Day

I wasn't really thinking about the September theme, Curiosities, when I saw this. . . whatever it is, plying the waters of the Sturgeon Bay, Wi channel, a waterway that allows boats and ships to travel between Lake Michigan and Green Bay waters. There was no-one around who could identify this floating curiosity for me.  Perhaps it is a good lead-in to tomorrow's theme.  Do you know what this "barge" is?!
Added later:  After I maxed the photo, the yellow sign reads: Aquarius Systems.  Still a mystery to me.

EUREKA! I found the answer. Check this link; it is surface water management, getting all the weeds and invasive "stuff." It's an interesting video; go watch it.  I should have googled this in the first place!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Tug, Susan L

There are all kinds of pleasure boats in the marina in Sturgeon Bay,  but I tend to be drawn to the working ships, boats, and tugs like the Susan L.

Only two more days, and it is getting “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice. . . . . Would she be satisfied and understand more if she would visit CDP bloggers on September Theme Day?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sturgeons in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Stella, the Sturgeon

Sturgeons Around the Bay:  Street Art Auction to be held September 19, 2015. Proceeds support the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center and the artists.  

& Saturday's Critters

I was curious about these figures of Street Art, but I decided not to use them for the upcoming September Theme of Curiosities.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bridges And Boats

The Old and the New: I prefer the old drawbridge to the new one; I think it has more character.  On the other side of the old bridge are hundreds of pleasure craft of all makes and models.  A popular boating area.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lake Michigan Road

A Good Sturdy Fence

Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

John Purves Tugboat

I think this qualifies as a sign.  This large tug is moored behind the Maritime Museum and is a living museum itself.  Daily tours of the Tug are offered for curious landlubbers.

Linked to Signs, Signs