Granny Quinn’s trip

Here’s a few photos of my mom’s trip. It was great having her over and we are looking forward to her next visit in August.

Hanging out at Wachusett Mountain
JMan and mom in the Wachusett Mountain lodge
Mom and you’d truly at Wachusett Mountain
Talking in the sights at the Old North Bridge Concord MA
Mom looking at the birth place of Freedom! Given what’s currently going on in America this is an ironic image!

Random weekend photos

Long time no blog. Here’s a few from over the weekend.

Front left corner of our new place. Jess and I got in to do some more measuring and we also walked the lot looking for the boundaries.

Long since forgetting. Perhaps nature wants to play.

Found these in the woods. No idea what formed them.

Koda sporting a new look! He was not impressed.

Come on in #19…

Jess and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary on 10/31….yes, Halloween…and no we did not dress up…at our wedding or at Halloween! This weekend I organized an overnighter to Portsmouth NH. Jess and I really like this part of NH and Portsmouth is such a fun city.

One good thing that comes with maturity…yes, I’m admitting publicly that I’m getting older…is the ability to stay and more importantly pay for nice hotels. This time it was the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.

View from our room. We could see the water but not the giant sandbag! The staff were friendly and the hotel was very nice. Recommend if you have a few extra shekels to spare. Bonus is you can walk to downtown which is full of great stores and restaurants.

Saturday night was a bit of a blur as we were both tired and just wanted to chill. Dinner was at the Portsmouth Gas Light. Food was great and the porter I had did the trick quite nicely.

Sunday am was fun as we got an extra hour of sleep. Bonus was no upstairs neighbors walking about like elephants or dog or kids! As usual no visit to Portsmouth is complete without breakfast at the original Friendly Toast and the whole reason for the following image puzzle I gave to Jess.

Think about it for a few. Answer below.

Liquid gold in a mug….fine, black coffee will have to do.

The Friendly Toast is full of really fun items and people.

We waited for over an hour to get a table. Actually, high top this visit. Jess was very excited when the food showed up. As usual it was all wonderful.

If all bathrooms had one of these signs we’d all be happy. Even alien who apparently lay around.

Decisions decisions…in all fairness we were starving and 8 hours later I still have not eaten anything.

Now thats a good looking flag!

Stone carvings on the main drag. We sure don’t design like they used to design.

Its that good looking flag again in Market Square.

All in all it was a great mini get-a-way. Love you Jess…looking forward to the next 19 and beyond.

Image puzzle answer: We will be having pancakes at the original Friendly Toast on Sunday morning. So pack your bags and we’ll get out of here. Food in fridge, kids will be okay.

Yum…..

If I can’t buy a McLaren I guess a good breakfast at 5pm will do. The Friendly Toast in Burlington MA filled that gap quite well.

BTL Benny for me…

Hash Keish for Jess…..

In the middle was the reminder of a banana pancake….yum.

Documenting on high

Today I’m doing some live Revit documentation of a church steeple. Really cool stuff.

Apparently the top of the steeple is leaning for the least 100 or so years. The intent is document the structure to see if a suitable jacking point can be used to right the steeple.

Water has done a number over the years but overall the building is in fine shape. I really like the rock counter balance on top of the bell.

Looking skyward to the top of the steeple. Clearly my iPhone flash is not bright enough to illuminate all the way up.

Corner structure detail. It was fun figuring out how all the loads are transferred down. Cold job this am and the entire steeple shook a lot when the wind picked up. Below is an image from my finished Revit model.

Random photos

Just some random photos from the past week.

Clockwise: The boys in uncle Richie’s shop. On the way home from NJ we checked out the shop. It came out great and Richie is very happy with it.

GMan opening his new and very cool sneakers. The name on the box says it all.

The shop that Al designed….outside of Richie shop. Would love to have one just like it in my own back yard!

Friendly Toast

We have a Friendly Toast in Burlington MA! No more driving to Portsmouth NH…..unless a side trip to Kittery Trading Post is included.

Jess surprised me for our anniversary. Happy to say the food and service are spot on….and if you go in hungry you will not come out that way.

The bonus is if you like shopping is it’s in the Burlington Mall….right next to Legal Seafood.

Random Ireland photos – 8

No trip to Ireland is complete without a trip to Sean's and Murray's. We got to Sean's in the afternoon and I made Murray's tonight with my brother.

Gangs all here. Sean's bar is officially the oldest bar in the world and the first bar I (illegally) bought a pint in.

Pint of black for me and a glass of cider for my better 1/2.

One of my favorite spots in Sean's, just inside the front door on the left.

I really like this pint glass nook. My hat is off the the architect!

I didn't take any photos in Murray's, that was strictly a "have a few pints and go home" event.

Cheers all. It will be hard getting on the plane tomorrow, but we'll be back again.

Random Ireland photos – 6

It's a grand Irish summer day. Blue skies and a high of 56F. Here's a view out outlet hotel window. Yes, I stood on the furniture, reckon they own me for the lack of parking.

I call this one "Cork roofs".

Here's a shot of the massive parking lot. I stand corrected, it has 21 spots, that's for 101 rooms! Good ratio if you're a room, bad if you're a car.

Various photos of Cork City.

Yes, the coffee is exactly the same!

Oliver Plunkett Street is one on the main shopping places and it's pedestrian only.

We did a bit of shopping and headed north.

Along the way we went to the Devils Bit. Here's a link to read all about it. We were unprepared to hike so a photo will have to do.

Ireland is littered with stone towers. This one is down the road from the Devils Bit.

Here's a really odd flavored snack food. For those who don't know prawns are shrimps stateside…..and no, I did not sample them.

Back at our home away from home we made ice cream with the kids.