Sunday, March 31, 2013

#519: He is Risen!

At Easter dawn...
Everything changed.

'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus,
who was crucified.

He is not here, He is risen.
Just as He said.'

Alleluia!


Saturday, March 30, 2013

#518: A day in the life

OK, first off, it's tricky to shoot
a day in my life as I'm the one with the camera.
But I thought you might like to see what goes on
off-season so here goes:
My daughter made banana bread, then happy faces for breakfast.
She is 21 and lives her life with flair.

Next, I load up the car for a dump run.
Twice a week I take the Consignment Shop leftovers
to the Take-it-or-Leave-It.
Folk are always glad to see me coming.

While I'm out and about, I put up some yard signs
for my son's campaign.

When I get back, a friend arrived so we made buttons,

And had lunch, we grew the dried beans last summer.

The afternoon brings me a chair in need of repair before
I can reseat it with neckties.

Lots of repair, but it'll be worth it,
I like the lines of this one.
When I'm done, it will be our computer chair.

Then a bit of wandering and picture-taking.
Monomoy, the harbor after a storm.

Tiny chick.
These are the prizes for my Sunday School kids
when they memorize a Bible verse.
I think I'll go on a hike and hide some in the trees.
Tomorrow.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

#517: Necktie Silk Dyed Eggs

Sunday School at Summer Street
was creative this morning.
We took plain, white eggs and made:

Super pretty eggs!
God, being the Creator, gave us the gift of creativity.
Want to make some?
You need:
12 white, or light colored eggs
12 silk squares from various neckties--
I have hundreds of ties, give me a call and I'll give you some pieces.
12 8" cotton squares  (I cut up a ratty pillowcase)
12 twist ties
3 Tbs. white vinegar
A big pot with enough water to cover eggs

Tongs to take them out when done
You can either blow out the eggs or use them whole.

Wrap each egg with a piece of necktie,
pick one side to be the tightest and smoothest,
the bunching on the other side will make blurry spots.

Make sure the brighter side of the silk is against the egg.
Wrap silk-wrapped egg in cotton square, tie with twist tie.

Remember, the tighter the silk is in contact with the egg,
the more color will transfer.
We did whole eggs first to get the technique down,
then blown eggs.

Put the eggs in the pot. Cover with cold water, add vinegar.
If you're using blown eggs, weigh them down:

Heat to boiling, reduce heat, simmer for 20 min.
Remove, wait a minute till they cool then unwrap:



Silks can be reused but next batch will be lighter.
I love expressing God's gift of creativity,
and even more enjoying His:
I only colored 3 of these!

And this, this is just, glory:
Orion Nebula


Friday, March 22, 2013

#515: Spring Equinox snow

We woke this morning to a magical snow:

Cisco Beach

Cisco Beach cliff,
quite a bit of erosion
 from all the storms this winter.

Snow covered roofs, icicle sparkle

At first glance, a crashing wave
but it's the grasses at the side of the road,
snow dusted.

Even in the snow, a true sign of Spring:

Political yard signs,
in all the languages Nantucket speaks.
Here's hoping my son, Tobias,
gets elected this time.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

#514: Lunch in town

Town is full of folk in the summer,
not so much in March,
especially after a storm:
This fish market, unlike Glidden's, is closed all winter.

Cru is not open for business until May 8.
Who wants to eat oysters
surrounded by brown Christmas decorations, anyway?

My favorite bench for eating a sandwich
and watching the boats is behind yellow barriers.
The sidewalk will need to be rebuilt.

Lucky for hungry folk,
Stubbys is always open.
See the open door behind the sandbags?
Way to go, Stubbys.

Come on in.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

#513: Winter Harbor

The harbor belongs to the scallopers in winter:
No yachts here

Just a lone scalloper heading out

Look how neatly those dredges are stacked!

Of course the boat is the Gaffer,
named after Sam Gamgee's dad?

It's a good thing there were only easily-pulled-out scallop boats.
The three day storm was hard on the wharves,
already damaged by two previous storms.

Astack of not-whale-oil barrels.
Trash barrels, if you must know.

Looking toward summer.
We'll do our best to have it all repaired for
the summer folk.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

#512: Nantucket greenhouse

It's winter, 
not pretty, snowy winter
but windy, gray, drizzly winter.
This is when I focus in on God's renewing work
all around.
so much looks lifeless and empty--
but it isn't.
The ground may have been snow-covered
in February,
but there's growth in the greenhouse.

Tiny onions 

Bigger ones planted February 18th.

Mesclun lettuces,
these are replanted all winter,
one 3'x6' tray for harvesting, another for growing. 

Outside it looks like this.
No boats for three days, no planes for two.

But the tulips don't know that.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

#511: Winter Storm from the Tower

Here's what a winter storm looks like from
Summer Street Church's tower:
This picture's enhanced,
even so, you can't see the harbor at all.
If you want pictures of the flooding
go here.

Even red houses fade.

It's not really snow,
more like slush,
falling from the sky.

Being driven almost horizontal
by the winds.

Whoosh!

Think I'll climb down,
the tower's shaking...
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