Cool Local Project in Louisville

As many readers know, I also do a blog for Pond And Fountain World (linked there) where I expose my long-held passion for everything “water” in a landscape and in urban environments in general – world-wide, no less. I get a refreshing look at others’ work, too, exploring the water features they have installed for home owners and businesses, locally. It’s been a treat working there. I meant what I said about how I really do get to explore the fountains of the world, the good ones as well as the bad ones! I always felt design ideas and simple human wonder take off from starting points of history and the relevant notions artists and architects provide us all. There are some absolutely amazing fountains in this world of ours, let me tell you. For example…………not many of us have one of these in their back yard-

“It’s good to be King!”  😉  (this pic from Versailles, France)

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I can also concentrate fully on all the good stuff Pond And Fountain World deal in as contractors and installers of the stuff they sell – including gorgeous retail/wholesale items listed in their home page catalog and presented in full physical glory at their headquarters. There are also other set examples of the installation of naturalistic water features abounding there, complete with plants they offer as well as some pretty amazing fishies.

The people, particularly the owners, George Davis, and his lovely wife Cara, are heart-warming people with ready smiles and those nicely nervous dispositions which give them away as business people. It has been a very good relationship and I have to think they like the “Face” I am helping them present to the world. Those who work there, shipping, answering phones, helping me hugely with the Internet angle of life – such as Rich and Lynne – also do so much to make it a very cool experience.

But they take also great pains to present their “Face”, all by themselves, here at the “world headquarters” of a firm which ships out quite a few products to designers and home and business owners the world over. I have always delighted in walking there and spending time looking at their monstrous supply of gorgeous Koi –

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Looks like feeding time!  True story, actually.

I could watch  this large and gorgeous Yellow fish for days:

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Moving along now, these guys have begun a small renovation right at the entry to their premises which I particularly like. Naturally, the construction would always attract my attention, and so it is that I now pass by daily, boning up on my Espanol, taking pictures and asking questions. I honestly really appreciate what they are accomplishing.

Whereas before, the entry looked like this:

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Oops!  My bad!! This is not Pond And Fountain World!!  This is Quinn, my brother’s niece! How “pushy” of her!  😉  Well, she was thinking about going there, how’s that?

Ahem, back to the entry:

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Note the position (above) of the water feature and the composition of walking materials, then compare to this “progress picture” (below) of what is currently going on:

There’s a new surface in town!

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Needless to say, the water feature went and moved itself.

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And here are a few later pictures, representing what I am growing to feel is some very perfect surface work:

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From a strict design perspective the polyglot mix of materials offers a retailer an opportunity to provide instances of various possibilities. The Blue Stone in the foreground may not always be indicated for everyone, especially for those with more conservative tastes. But the workmanship is the sort of thing a guy like me looks at. I love it all.

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The cutting and fitting of disparate materials gives an overall very organic tone to this project. The preciseness of the cuts and the uniform sorts of tolerances between the fits makes it something more than it probably should be.

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Pretty cool beans, all the way around. I’m a big fan of this stage of work! I know – there’s dust all over, saws operating, different languages singing out – all that stuff. Man, there’s always a ton of garbage too.

Heaven!  🙂

But for pure thrills, watching these projects come together is a highlight reel for me. I think they’re just nailing it.

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Very nice work, George, Javier and crew!

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The Washington D.C. National Cherry Blossom Festival- A Guest Post


I recently got an email which gave me a start. It was addressed from the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. Hey – It’s really not that funny. I thought to myself – “Oh, boy, it’s that mattress tag I ripped off!!!!  They finally caught up with me!!” 😉  With a slight trepidation, I peered inside the mail, wondering if I should give “Three Fingers” Yarmi a call from my speed dial.

Instead, to my ultimate surprise and satisfaction, it was a very gracious guy, Erik, who asked me more than kindly to perhaps host a guest post right here on my very own blog, dedicated to the Cherry Blossom Festival, with some special attention paid to this excellent and fascinating Museum.

Just the same, as I read the following: “The museum displays excellent depictions of historically famous crime scenes along detailed information concerning past wars, forensics, organized crime, and more. Currently, we’re promoting 98 years of tradition with the annual D.C. Cherry blossom festival, which remembers the long lasting friendship between Japan and the U.S.”, I have to admit, I was still on the nervous end of the crime pole. (Maybe it was the Santa I lifted at Santa Claus Land, Indiana as an 11 year old?). Nevertheless, I held off calling “Slats” Hennepin in Chicago or my West Coast Buddy, “No Nose de la Vega” for some extra work and just acted as if it were a normal letter – which it was. In the end, I was flattered. I said “Yes, I would be delighted.”

Below is the guest post, written by Erik:


“Springtime, perfect for having picnics, wearing shorts and admiring the Cherry Blossom in DC. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an two-week, yearly event that celebrates springtime in Washington, DC as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.

DC Attractions include multiple festivals, museums, monuments, and more. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization that coordinates, produces, and supports creative and diverse activities promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and the environment, and community spirit and youth education. It’s also begins peak season for an influx of tourists to Washington, also brought in by the thousands of historical landmarks, museums, and other buildings, The National Museum of Crime & Punishment, located in Washington, D.C. is one of those such buildings, with excellent depictions of historically famous crime scenes along detailed information concerning past wars, forensics, organized crime, and more.”


I have found out that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is actually the biggest annual event in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. It takes place every year to celebrate the beginning of spring and has grown into one of America’s premier celebrations of the springtime season. It is honestly pretty cool, with eye candy to absolutely die for.

The Festival commemorates the March 27, 1912 event where the nation of Japan gifted the United States with 3,000 cherry trees. On that day Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki donated the trees for the purpose of enhancing the budding friendship between his nation and America. Today, nearly 100 years later, the leaders of the world’s two largest economies use the Festival as a way of recognizing the continued spirit of friendship between the U.S. and Japan.


The Cherry Blossoms tend to bloom between March 28 – April 12. Every April along the Tidal Basin that nearly surrounds the Jefferson Memorial, millions of people from around the world walk along a pathway that glows with an unmistakable pink hue. The sea of pink is a photographer’s paradise and best of all its COMPLETELY FREE. (Yayy!!) The festival, which lasts two weeks, is opened with a ceremony that is usually attended by the First Lady of the United States and the Japanese Ambassador to the United States.


Approximately 3,750 cherry trees are on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Thousands of trees are located around the region as well.


That’s a lot of Cherry Blossoms, man!


“No Nose” gave me a call just as I was writing this. I suggest you all make sure and go and especially drop into the Museum of Crime and Punishment. “No Nose” has gotten into gardening recently, with an eye towards pruning. He says if you turn down this glorious Springtime opportunity, he might just have to prune your Cherry into something resembling this one:

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Thinkaboudit.  😉

Sites I Bookmark

Among the sites I am most prone to drop into when I need or want a real different and invigorating experience, there are 3 which move me most. The three sites I include here can make a difference in a day, simply by clearing the mind and providing some of the most interesting thoughts. The Alaskan Volcano Observatory


If you don’t think volcanoes are interesting, then Heaven help you. Having lived near Mt. St. Helens in Washington, seeing it every day from Portland from the highway, and having heard it erupt when working in Vancouver, British Columbia, 250 miles away (“What was that?” “Wow, dunno, must be dynamiting for roads.”)  😉 – having been around the North West cluster of geological events, this site offers every possible thing a person could want. Information on recent eruptions and tendencies, plus live web cams one can tune into at any hour of the day, just to see what’s going on in the Alaska Chain. Those web cams are live, by the way, streaming in real time. I watched Redoubt go through some interesting pulsations, complete with a bit of bright orange, last summer. There is some “dome formation” going on at another, usually a precursor to an eruption.

OK, I may as well give up another source of Volcano Love right here -but it’s almost like cheating: In here, you get Fuji, Mt. St. Helens and many more, including Redoubt. The Hubble Site Gallery Page


What can one say about the Hubble telescope that has not already been said? The pictures here on this site are stunning – simply amazing. Anyone with the slightest scientific interest in the world around them, and in the Heavens above us has to look in total wonderment at the glories of space. How rich, diverse and incredibly active and colorful it all is! This should be a bookmark for everyone, just because of the killer wallpapers it can yield. The Louisville Arena Construction Project Web Cam

Louisville is building a fascinating new basketball-primary arena, right out on the riverfront and smack in the middle of its downtown. An Adobe Flash presentation, I can’t really download a ‘screengrab’ picture, but I absolutely insist you check it out while this construction project is ongoing. Constructo-philes like me will especially love the cranes and the new roofing being applied. Don’t forget to check out the time lapse scenario presented at the top of the page. You can see every single step of the construction from the initial cleanup, the excavation and the resulting progress, all scrolling at rapid speed. Maybe too rapid, actually. As well, the calender on the left can allow one to scope out the progress at the recorded different months and days as well as times. You can scroll through the months to see all the stages at your own pace. Blotanical


I absolutely adore this site. Started up by Stuart Robinson, an engaging, popular and smart Aussie from THIS WEBSITE, Stuart’s great original idea and his engaging ways have coalesced a massive influx of garden bloggers, all of whom share the wealth with relish. It is a wonderful way of introducing oneself as a garden blogger and also a fascinating stroll through all the very best gardening bloggers in the world. I should pay more attention to the site, myself, but I sure have zero compunctions about sending folks there. This is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in gardening and in seeing what others do. The tips and information flow as freely as the good vibes and the incredible photography. I feel very lucky to have found Blotanical, the truth is.

Other Sites of Interest –   The Resource for Chinese Gardens the world over. It is exceedingly rare to find such salient and relevant information in such a surprising place. This is put out by a bureaucracy – which, for me, usually means various peter Principled persons battling for air – but the Metro Water District of Southern California really pulls it off. A must-read for people out West. –  I just like this place. He seems smart and super interesting. Some candy, I guess. This is where I go to shrink my photo’s. Easy as pie and loadable directly from my own files, this takes just moments. Like most of us, my camera takes immense pictures. I like that because, when I download them intact, they can be enlarged in great detail. But when I need something less than Gigantic, this is where I go. Astronomy For Kids


OK, shameless plug here. This is a site I had ignored for a while and am bringing back up to speed. Having had a kid who was an avid Heaven’s watcher and, having lived out West, where the night skies can simply be other-worldly and maybe, somehow even closer – I have developed a real “thing” for astronomy and the stars. For those with children, allow me to acquaint you with another resource of which I am in much admiration as well – this is someone else’s site, but it is perfectly constructed, IMO, and very kid-friendly. Check out this:

Anyway, I bet a few of those people find entertaining. I know I sure have.