Day 9 – Friday, 8th August 2014 – One Direction !

8th August 2014 Canton, MA

Canton Citizen, 8th August 2014

Canton Citizen, 8th August 2014

To nearby Norwood for breakfast at the Town Square Diner. 2014-08-08 10.54.34   2014-08-08 10.54.52 2014-08-08 10.56.212014-08-08 11.17.54 I had coffee, two eggs  over-easy, home fries & a side order of corned beef hash plus toast.

Norwood Town Square Diner

Norwood Town Square Diner

A bit of a walk through town to follow. Found a carpet and furniture warehouse with amazing Kilims from New Delhi India. The owner tried so hard to sell us one. We are sorely tempted to buy one !

Detail: Kilim from New Delhi, India

Detail: Kilim from New Delhi, India

Norwood Theatre, Norwood, MA

Norwood Theatre, Norwood, MA

Norwood Theatre, Norwood. MA

Classic Car, Norwood, MA

Classic Car, Norwood, MA

A General Motors ‘Brougham’ Car in the supermarket car park, Norwood.

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Cinema, Braintree, MA

AMC Cinema, Braintree, MA

AMC Cinema, Braintree, MA to see  ‘Into the Storm”. Best recliner seats ever ! 2014-08-08 16.38.38

Tarmac Calligraphy - AMC Cinema car park, Braintree, MA.

Tarmac Calligraphy – AMC Cinema car park, Braintree, MA.

2014-08-08 16.38.31 Tomorrow – 9th August 2014, we set off at 05.00am to drive the 850 miles to Cincinnati, Ohio in one day.

All the girls went off to Boston to the One Direction concert at Gillette Stadium.

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Day 8 – 7th August 2014

7th August 2014 Canton, MA Another day, another drive – this time to Lowell, Massachusetts to take a look around the Lowell National Historic Park.  We took a boat trip on the Merrimack Canal & some lunch at a Dunkin’ Donuts. We were meant to go on to the American Textile History Museum, but were pushed for time and the weather was threatening thunder and rain. Hope we don’t regret that ! Lowell is also home to the New England Quilt Museum. Lowell was the epicentre of the Industrial Revolution in the US and modelled its mills and production upon the industrial landscape of Manchester and other key mill towns in the UK. The architecture and canals are certainly reminiscent of that, as is the post industrial decline and renaissance through heritage and arts culture.

Lowell, Massachusetts

Lowell, Massachusetts

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American Museum of Textile History, Lowell, MA

American Museum of Textile History, Lowell, MA

The Museum is situated in the Kitson Building which was the former Kitson Machine Shop. 

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School buses on the Merrimack Canal, Lowell, MA

 

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Main St, Lowell

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Canal escarpment walls built by Irish immigrant workers

All Irish immigrant workers lived in an area of Lowell called Paddytown. 2014-08-07 11.37.32     2014-08-07 12.31.05   Massive kerb and paving slabs suggest an industrial heritage. Something I would definitely aspire to try to achieve on a project somewhere. 2014-08-07 13.13.342014-08-07 13.24.47

2014-08-07 13.26.57   Father John’s Medicine  was a cough medicine formulated in a pharmacy in Lowell, MA in 1855

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Putnum Building, Lowell, MA

Day 7 – 6th August 2014

6th August Canton, MA Visited a large thrift store – Savers – second hand & donated clothing and household goods. Really interesting displays of  objects –

Saver's Store display

Saver’s Store display

Saver's Store display

Saver’s Store display

Saver's Store display

Saver’s Store display

In the late morning we took off for downtown Boston and walked around the streets adjacent to Boston Common & Downtown Crossing. This liturgical suppliers caught my eye.  This store is not the famous Sheehan’s of Boston but it was pretty interesting nonetheless. Actually, I now think that this store is called the Sisters Disciples Liturgical Centre at 43 West St.

Liturgical Store, downtown Boston

Liturgical Store, downtown Boston

2014-08-06 13.46.01 2014-08-06 13.46.28 A little further down the same road was this great book store – Brattle Street Book Shop – with external shelving, open to the skies. One of America’s oldest and largest Antiquarian Bookshops established in 1825. A new build project, Millennium Tower is a 60 storey development adjacent to the former Filene’s Store, which will now become a part of the development. Scheduled to be completed in 2016. 2014-08-06 13.48.12

Brattle Street  Book Shop Boston, MA

Brattle Street Book Shop
Boston, MA

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Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA

 

Mike's Pastry, North End, Boston.

Mike’s Pastry, North End, Boston.

Mike’s Pastry in the heart of the Italian district is as famous an institution you can find…as if you couldn’t tell by the street scene & the level of noise in the shop ! 2014-08-06 15.34.27 2014-08-06 15.39.46 More embossed tin tiles on the walls and ceilings. These look fairly new & I have seen suppliers advertising – must get a catalogue or some printed material about it.

Mike's Pastry box

Mike’s Pastry box

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Cannoli, Cheesecake…

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Sacred Heart Italian Church, North Square, North End, Boston MA

Sacred Heart Italian Church is opposite Paul Revere’s House on North Square in North End, Boston. 2014-08-06 16.20.57

St Lucy at the Italian Church, North End, Boston, MA

St Lucy at the Italian Church, North End, Boston, MA

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Boston Common

A peaceful political demonstration at Park Street Church on the corner of Boston Common

Park Street Church on Boston Common

The Frog Pond, Boston Common

The Frog Pond, Boston Common

Had a great paddle and cool down at The Frog Pond in the centre of Boston Common.  2014-08-06 18.02.56 Then walked through the Common to the Public Gardens  which was established in 1837 and crossed the bridge by the Swan Boats… 

Day 6 – 5th August 2014 – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

5th August Canton, MA.  A full day was had – drove through downtown Boston, to Cambridge, MA to visit Harvard and the Harvard Museum of Natural History & particularly the Glass Flowers collection. 2014-08-05 11.21.01

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Trucks on the highway –

2014-08-05 11.16.22 Trucks on the road…Lobster Trap Co Inc. 2014-08-05 11.23.09   Passing through (under) downtown…

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA

Arriving in Cambridge, MA, we walked to Harvard Square and into Harvard Yard. From there it was a short walk to the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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The Earth & Planetary Sciences exhibition displays thousands of minerals and rocks to the most amazing effect.

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Glass Flowers Collection Harvard Natural History Museum

Glass Flowers Collection
Harvard Natural History Museum

I don’t think that I have seen anything quite as beautiful as this for a  long time. This gallery was worth the trip in itself. The work was created by Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf. The commission started in 1886 and continued for fifty years.

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

mmmm

New England Forests Collection Harvard Museum of Natural History

New England Forests Collection
Harvard Museum of Natural History

Vitrines in the Great Mammal Hall

Vitrines in the Great Mammal Hall

Portrait of a Capybara  Great Mammal Hall

Portrait of a Capybara
Great Mammal Hall

Beaver Great Mammal Hall

Beaver
Great Mammal Hall

Chimpanzee Great Mammal Hall

Chimpanzee
Great Mammal Hall

 

Group Portrait Great Mammal Hall

Group Portrait
Great Mammal Hall

Gorilla  Great Mammal Hall

Gorilla
Great Mammal Hall

Orangutan Great Mammal Hall

Orangutan
Great Mammal Hall

Black Bear New England Forests

Black Bear
New England Forests

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Aye Aye

Aye Aye

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2014-08-05 14.16.07 A 42 foot long specimen of Kronosaurus in the Vertebrate Paleontology room.

Seat

Urban seating in The Plaza at the Science Centre.

2014-08-05 15.10.29   Farmers Market in the contemporary public realm of The Plaza adjacent to the Science Centre and Memorial Hall. The Plaza was completed in 2013 by Stoss. It is built atop a covered underpass.

Tin Ceiling Urban Outfitters, Cambridge, MA

Historic embossed tin ceiling. Urban Outfitters, Cambridge, MA

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Historic embossed tin ceiling. Urban Outfitters, Cambridge, MA

mmm 2014-08-05 15.24.58   Harvard Yard, Memorial Church.         2014-08-05 15.26.58 mmmm   2014-08-05 16.16.49 2014-08-05 16.46.542014-08-05 16.53.402014-08-05 16.43.36 2014-08-05 12.16.192014-08-05 17.01.47 2014-08-05 17.37.47   On the way home…

Day 4 – 3rd August 2014

3rd August 2014 Canton, MA

New York Times, Sunday 3rd August 2014

New York Times, Sunday 3rd August 2014

Walked up to Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center, Milton, MA. Conceived and built by Abbot Lawrence Rotch in 1885. Amazing 360 degree views as far as Boston some 10 miles distant are to be had from the top of Great Blue Hill, which is the highest point in Norfolk County, MA

Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center

Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center

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Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory Kite Shed, 1894

View north to Boston

View north to Boston some 10 miles distant

View south to Houghton's Pond

View south to Houghton’s Pond

Saw a Common Garter Snake. 

Blue Hill Observatory

Blue Hill Observatory

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Blue Hill Observatory, Climatological data 1884 – 1985

 

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Eastern Chipmunk, Great Blue Hill, Milton, MA

Eastern Chipmunk, Great Blue Hill, Milton, MA

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Blue Hills Reservation – carved tress trunks

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Blue Hill Reservation – Forest trail with rocks & stones

Blue Hills Reservation - moss & boulders on the forest floor.

Blue Hills Reservation – moss & boulders on the forest floor.

Went for dinner to the Legal Seafood Restaurant at Legacy Place, Dedham, MA. I had New England Clam Chowder and Wood Fired Shrimp   Animals on the list today include:

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Chipmunk

Otter (Captive)

Bald Eagle (Captive)

Common Garter Snake

 

Day 3 – 2nd August 2014

2nd August 2014   Gloucester, Massachusetts Went whale watching today out of Gloucester, Massachusetts with the Cape Anne Whale Watch on the Hurricane II – and despite the rain and cold (very untypical weather), saw two Humpback Whales feeding. This is the second time I have been whale watching. The first time 14 years ago on my honeymoon I saw zero whales , so this is a great success by comparison. No photos of the whales however – it was raining hard and my mobile may have ended up in the ocean – so I erred on caution and simply experienced the scene as it happened in real time & not through a lens – an experience I would recommend! It may not make for the most riveting images of the day, but I can assure you I had a great day.

New York Times weather report for 1st August 2014 is not promising ! Where is the sun?

New York Times weather report for 1st August 2014 is not promising ! Where is the sun?

New York Times 1st August 2014

New York Times 1st August 2014

Cape Ann Whale Watch from Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Whale Watch from Gloucester, MA

Heading out from Gloucester, MA on the Hurricane II

Heading back to Gloucester, MA on the Hurricane II after 3 hours whale watching

Heading into Gloucester -

Heading into Gloucester –

A fishing boat following in our wake

A fishing boat following in our wake

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Gloucester Harbourside

Gloucester Harbour side

Actually on the wildlife front I had a great day all round ! – my tally for today is:

Eastern Chipmunk

Ruby Throated Humming Bird

Gray Squirrel

American Robin

Blue Jay

Northern Cardinal (Redbird)

Tufted Titmice

White Tailed Deer

Humpback Whale

Day 2 – 1st August 2014

1st August 2014

Canton, MA Planning for the day ahead: 1. May go to downtown Boston to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as it is free today. 2. I wanted to get up and walk somewhere as I could really do with some exercise – but then breakfast was too good to give up… So I will keep you posted on some images if any of this comes off… Well – we did drive into Boston – fairly heavy traffic all the way – unfortunately, queues around the block for the museum (we should have known better !)- so we just kept on driving and came back to Canton. Maybe a 2 hour round trip, but being driven around is such a treat – even that was enjoyable. Now back home & it is really humid , so I went for a long walk  in the midday sum like any likeminded Englishman ! So hot – so sweaty – so stupid. Such a headache! Domestic architecture around here is wonderfully evocative of an America seen via the TV and from my childhood…Adam’s Family, Bewitched, even Scooby Doo !

Independence Street, Canton, MA

Independence Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

Leonard Street signage, Canton, MA

Leonard Street signage, Canton, MA

Fallen Hero street signage. Sherman Avenue, Canton, MA

Fallen Hero street signage. Sherman Avenue, Canton, MA

Funeral Home, Sherman Street, Canton, MA

Funeral Home, Sherman Street, Canton, MA

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The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury

Nightingale Architects have made available some new images of the project at The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury. This particular image is of the large meeting room in the resource centre. The digitally printed artwork manufactured by Guardian is applied to the glazing screen. When the sun is strong, this creates an additional and fleeting, ephemeral extension of the artwork cast in shadow upon the floor and adjacent walls.

The digitally printed glazing artwork casts shadows on the adjacent walls.

The digitally printed glazing artwork casts shadows on the adjacent walls.

 

Detail of the Cafe and Waiting area of the resource centre. Image: Nightingale Architects

Detail of the Cafe and Waiting area of the resource centre. Image: Nightingale Architects

Christopher Tipping, the project artist standing next to a sample wall covering installation on the wards at The Whiteleaf Centre.  Image: Tom Cox

Christopher Tipping, the project artist standing next to a sample wall covering installation on the wards at The Whiteleaf Centre. Image: Tom Cox

Central Chelmsford – public art in progress

Detailed design for the Inset text to the Eastern set of steps. Central Chelmsford.

Detailed design for the Inset text to the Eastern set of steps. Central Chelmsford.

 

Detailed design for the text to the York stone steps. Central Chelmsford.

Detailed design for text to the Southern set of York stone steps. Central Chelmsford.

Ashfield  Ltd released some images of sample details for the York Stone steps with inset granite text. All looking very good & can’t wait to see a finished step. The text is in a mid grey honed granite. When wet this will become darker and much more of a contrast to the York Stone. Hopefully Ashfield will issue more images as the works progress.

Details of the text for several steps are used here on a sample panel awaiting approval.

Details of the text for several steps are used here on a sample panel awaiting approval.

Details of partial words and phrases - "Calm & quietude', 'Can you see the Can?' & 'Hurricane'. Inset granite text to York stone step.

Details of partial words and phrases – “Calm & quietude’, ‘Can you see the Can?’ & ‘Hurricane’. Inset granite text to York stone step.

Text sample images. Central Chelmsford project.

Text sample images. Central Chelmsford project.

 

Station Quarter North – Southampton & ‘Canal Shore’ artwork

A few more images of the installation of the ‘Canal Shore’ artwork  and highway works have been issued by Balfour Beatty from the site of the Phase 1 Station Quarter North project in Southampton.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Blended Granite for highway and pavement.

Black basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.

Black basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.

Black Basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.

Black Basalt kerb detail with water jet cut & inset granite text.