Sunday, December 3, 2017

Staver Steam Up

Grown man (with the occasional woman) nursing their model steam locomotives.  With bunches of kids, and dogs, watching.


This year, they also had a couple of vintage cars.


And a karaoke machine.  Which turned out to be OK, once the guy who had brought it let the kids use it.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

1 tree, 2 leaves, 3 persimmons




Here it is again, looking not much different from the stick that I planted in April.  Except for those orange things.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pill Hill - sketchcrawl

When I got to the top of the tram I hung out for a bit at the edge of the platform so I could enjoy the view.  But then, mindful of the antibiotics in my system, shifted to a bench out of the sun.  And did Hood, which I haven't seen in weeks, along with an unfamiliar man who appeared to be sketching.
But when he turned, I saw that he was just fiddling with his phone.  With a stylus.  Yes, he was sketching, on his phone.  His name is Chad, and he's a friend of Ellie's.

I was getting cold by then, so I went into the pavilion, and did a trio of sketchers who are hardier than I am.
And then headed towards the skybridge.  But never made it, stopping at a closed coffee shop with a stupendous view.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Party

Biketown member party.  With ping-pong.  And beer.  Way boring.  I took out my tablet and played with the sketching app, trying out some new brushes.  There's some instability there, as some of the brushes can stop working of a sudden.I tried some quick sketches of the ping pong players, settling on the face of a woman who was clearing enjoying herself.  Or maybe just liked her opponent a lot.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Storm recovery - persimmon

I gotta admit that I cheated.  I didn't do this one from life, but from a photo that I took on Sunday when the sun was out for five minutes.  (Which was lucky, as Monday's windstorm blew at least one of those leaves off the tree.)
This is obviously not the same variety as the big tree at 25th and Savier, but looks to be the same as the persimmon tree in the Chinese Garden.  Where the plaque says that it won't be ripe until December.  

And when I said that the storm recovery was finally complete?  Well, I lied.  One section of the new sidewalk isn't quite up to code and will have to be redone.  Sometime.  The company is lining up all of their ducks, with one eye on the weather forecast.  My hope is that it gets done before the anniversary of the storm.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lan Su Garden

I showed up at 9:30, for a memorial service... for a tree.

Osmanthus Life Celebration
There were speeches about how everyone loved the tree - how the Buckman neighborhood donated it to the garden (and how they used heavy equipment to dig it out, transport it and plant it) and how it scented the whole neighborhood in the fall.  I myself had never noticed it before.  It's been suffering for years and is more than a bit scraggly now.

Then we all got cups of tea and drank the traditional Chinese toast for departed loved ones - to heaven, to the earth, and to the ... tree.  (Actually, you're supposed to pour the tea out on the ground, but we drank it, rather than wasting it.)

The tree will be removed tomorrow, with a replacement showing up on Monday morning.  A smaller tree, but it will still need a crane to get it in.

Then I stuck around for Kalina's sketchcrawl in the garden.