Been There, Done That

commentary on many different thoughts

Month: July, 2016

Cherry Blossoms

April took me to Japan for a cherry blossom tour.  DC has cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin – Kyoto has cherry blossoms all over the city.  We happened to be there at the very height of the blossoms.


This was all the way along the river, all through the city, and all over the countryside.

The drawback, of course, was that it was the height of the cherry blossom season;  by definition the height of the tourist season, spring break for schools and mostly lovely weather.  Which meant the tourists (like us) were out in droves.  There were times and places that you couldn’t move for tourists.

The cherry blossoms (and the sushi) made it all worth while.


One More Blackpool Shot

I don’t think I ever posted this one.  As a friend of mine puts it: SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!


Many thanks to my incredible teacher/partner, Jari Muller, and to Dore Designs for the incredible dress!

More Tour de France

No photos, as the day didn’t lend itself to lots of shots.  What was extremely interesting was that Stage 9 started in Andorra in 104 degree heat – the pavement was actually melting – and finished in Revel in France in a 40-degree hailstorm.  The hail was big enough that you could see individual golf-balls on the cameras.  Those poor guys who trucked on through that.  I personally think they’re nuts.

Tour de France

chris froome

This is last year’s winning team.  They hope to repeat.  If you want to see a really, really spectacular stage, go on YouTube and watch Stage 8 of this year’s race.  It’s one for the record books and I won’t spoil it by telling you why.



Thank you Wamble Farms for the loan of Alvin the Awesome, and thank you Courtney Huguley for all your hard work!

Water Lilies


This is done completely with isomalt, a sugar substitute. And the preparation means that the sugar is molten.  Which means burnt fingers!  But everything for the art.

Catching Up

It’s been a while since my last regular posts, so will try to catch up on what’s been going on. I’ve done a couple of driving shows, and in March, Alvin and I were champions at the ASAC (American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas – I think).  Alvin was an absolute saint.



This is an old photo – I will scan the recent ones and post them later – but Alvin is still awesome!

Back in Business!

Storming the Bastille

A bas les aristos!  And it’s Bastille Day!