Thursday, March 22, 2012


Red Panda, aka Bearcat, aka Firefox

what's in a name?

I got the name from my Grandmother.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Just silly

You will find below six posts featuring pictures of kites. (this is #1)

The bottom most of the 6 is entitled World of Kites Museum and it was to have been my introduction to this whole series.

My computer was having a temper tantrum at me today so they are somewhat disjointed.

I tried to keep captions and pictures in sync; wasn't always quite as successful as I wished.

I hope you enjoy the show, please have patience.


Red: Chinese - 3-headed centipede (disc) kite

Bali - dragon kite

Japan: Edo style painting kite

WWII kites

left: Gibson Girl rescue kite

right: intelligence gathering kite

left: mail delivery kite, dropped to ships who snagged hanging lines

right: defensive barrage kite



World of Kites Museum

Who knew how interesting a museum of kites could be ?! Or that a World Kite Museum would be in Long Beach, WA.

I've flown kites over the years. Newspaper diamond shapes with tails, plastic delta winged with a ventral fin, even fabric and ribbon.

I never imagined a fabric kite 10 feet across, 20 feet long, with a tail that stretched 140 feet. 1-4-0! It had to be draped along the walls and pipes in the display room and still had a puddle of fabric on the floor when they reached the end.
It is from Malaysia

and did I mention the carved head?

There were kites from Singapore that had to not only look pretty, and fly high and long, but they are supposed to HUM. The longer the hum the better AND in as many different tones as possible. A tall order for a construction of paper and bamboo.

Afghani kites, a couple that fight a thousand feet above the ground and one that was pretty.

There were several more I would like to show you - my computer format is fighting me, mightily, so I may have to do several posts individually for them to make any sense

kites have been used to catch fish and bats - kites have been used for intelligence gathering, for defense (barrage), to signal for rescue, and to deliver mail between planes and ships

any some are strictly for entertainment

you may want to check your local event listings to watch for kite festivals

D.W.'s post about one of the WWII kites - a Gibson Girl, a rescue kite
Go Fly A Kite!

Spring is here ! ?

Here I am, and yes I know I've been gone awhile, again.
If I don't have anything I think is interesting to say, why say it?

Life has gone on at Schloss Drang, D.W. has posted a couple of thing about that.

I became an "official" member of Soldier's Angels in December. Got a membership card and pin to prove it.

I "adopted" a Marine, RB, currently deployed in Afghanistan. Please everyone think good, safe, healthy thoughts for him.

We had a power outage in February during the ice storm. We were among the lucky ones and had it back within a day and a half.

The fire dept. came out and taped off the street because of lines down in the next block. I had to wonder about the people who went up to the tape, lifted it over the hood of their car, and drove on down the street. Didn't hear of anyone getting electric shock but...

We lost at about half of our weeping birch tree which makes me sad. It was a wonderful shade tree and now it is a shadow of itself. I hope that branches that remain do well this year.

Now it is March and the arrival of Spring. AND it is the 20th Anniversary of the Bearcat/D.W. wedding! We got the T-shirts today :)

We are celebrating by taking ourselves out of town to the Long Beach Peninsula for some "together time" without interfering schedules. Now if only the weather would co-operate. Forecast for our stay high 30's to mid 40's, chance of thunder storms and snow (yup, it snowed). There was a high surf today, above 16', and it is supposed to get as high as 25' later this evening.

We went to the kite museum yesterday, I'll do a separate post with pictures of my favorites.

A visit to Fort Canby and the interpretive center is scheduled for tomorrow. Think I'll take my frogg toggs (galoshes) along.