ODDBALLS: TWO BLOGGERS AND THE LOCKS AT UXBRIDGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge June 20, 2019

I usually can’t find this challenge until it’s a week old. Remarkably, I was able to find Cee’s entry and track it down that way. I have to go check my “Reader” and see why this isn’t showing up. Actually, the problem is that I have so much email from posts, advertisements, political stuff, news and occasionally, a real message from a personal friend (!!) — I’m surprised I ever find anything.

As it happens, I have some good oddballs this week and am glad to be able to use them!

Both of these were taken by Garry. They are Rich and I are standing in front of the locks that control the Blackstone Canal in Uxbridge. The two formidably large locks have been subject of a lot of my photographs. I’ve been trying to get a decent picture of them for years, but I never found the right angle.

Garry found it. So this is me (Marilyn), Rich Paschall (visiting from Chicago) in light rain in front of the big metal locks on the widest section of the canal.

Locks and bloggers

More locks and bloggers

So even though I’m writing it, this is actually Garry’s photo blog since he took both pictures. Finally, a couple of decent shots of the locks!

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

ODDBALLS – Marilyn Armstrong

Oddball Challenge: October 18, 2018


I don’t even remember the pictures I’ve taken this month. I know some of them were odd, maybe even weird … but in the pile of pictures we’ve taken, I don’t remember the details. I do remember the first picture, though. My problem turned out to be where I had put the file with this picture. It was taken with a bunch of autumnal pictures, but it really belonged in a different file.

Let’s see what I can unearth in this week’s ODDBALLS!

Please THINK! Excellent idea!!

One blues brother and two Red Sox bar stools.

Remember when it was “Willys Jeep”?

Our working kitchen and the autumn outside

I am either not getting prompt posts at all or getting them several days late. Since this is pretty consistent, I’m still not sure if this is WordPress or Gmail. I get regular post notices on time from the same people. Since most of my email that isn’t from a company or a newsfeed is from someone on WordPress, I have no way to compare this.

Is anyone else having this problem? The only reason I found the post at all was finding someone else’s oddball post and realizing I hadn’t done one. Then I had to use their link to backtrack … which doesn’t always work as well as it should.

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

 

 

ODDBALLS FROM IMPERIAL – Marilyn Armstrong

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge 10/11/18


If ever I run short of oddball photos, remind me to visit my car dealer. The guy who owns it is a collector. He collects a lot of stuff for charity, but he also collects things all kind of car-related stuff. He sells almost everything that could be considered an American car, and a few things that aren’t. He has to have the most entertaining interior of any car dealer anywhere.

The Blues Brother, hanging out

He also collects a lot of movie star life-size period images. Elvis and the Blues Brothers. The Sinatra band. Cars that were made to order and have nearly disappeared.

Plymouth Prowler from below

Plymouth Prowler, up in the air!

The last time I was there for any length of time, we were buying a car, so I was a bit distracted, but this time — back in hopes of getting that all-important second key for the car, I was ready to do a little shooting.

An engine in use as an end table in the lounge

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

KAMMIE’S ODDBALL CHALLENGE – Garry & Marilyn Armstrong

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge 10/4/18

Meeting on the path – Photo: Garry Armstrong

Garry likes to take pictures of signs and posters. He used to use them, when doing news pieces, as ways to “place” the story — in case he forgot where he had been.

Find your adventure? – Photo: Garry Armstrong

He didn’t do one story a day like they show on television. He often did a handful or more of stories in all different parts of Massachusetts and often, Rhode Island or New Hampshire or even Maine.

King Charles as a small dog – Photo: Garry Armstrong

And he often had stories on the network, so his work got seen in many other places and thus was recognized in some very odd locations. Like Dublin and a castle in Scotland.

Carry  out, carry in – Photo: Garry Armstrong

Those posters and road signs reminded him where he had been. Now he takes them because they are interesting and occasionally, funny.

KAMMIE’S NEW ODDBALL CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Welcome, Kammie to the Oddball World where anything goes. I’m delighted you took over this challenge because I really didn’t know what to do with all those funny pictures!

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: September 6, 2018


Photo: Garry Armstrong – Look! Up in the sky! It’s a … car? An old one?

Graphic Veggies

Movie genre cushions – Our decorating style is highly mutable

Portrait of Robbie the Robot

More books

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge

ODDBALL PHOTOS – CEE’S PHOTO CHALLENGE – Garry Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

We went photographing the other day. It was definitely a farm day. Not all farms are equally friendly to guests and some of these pictures require no further explanation.

It was certainly an interesting day for shooting, from the super-friendly Ironshoe Farm to the farm around the block where they are always friendly and by the way, do you need a kitten or half a dozen?

And then, there was the other one.

Kitten anyone?

The contemplation of photography

Not all farms are as friendly as others. This one, not so much …

Probably not so friendly

Does this sign mean “weapon”? 

Farm stand at Ironshoe Farm

 

CEE’S ODDBALL CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: August 12, 2018


Ingredients and a quart of leftovers

Ready for the chowder pot

Ukulele display

Panasonic FZ-1000

What with Garry still recovering, we haven’t gotten out much lately and probably won’t this month. But I’ve taken a few pictures around the house. Certainly as odd as anything else I’ve ever shot!

FADED ODDBALLS – Marilyn Armstrong

Odd Ball Photo Challenge


Oddball searching time has come around again. I’m pretty sure I took some pretty odd pictures recently. I’m NOT sure if I processed any of them yet. I might have to do that first!

Tinted dolls in the bedroom

Garry and the Duke

Tinted Philodendron

Tinted books in the hallway

Vines in the dining room against the French doors

All of these are sort of black and white but tinted so there is color, but faded.

 

ODDBALLS FOR THE WEEK – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

It’s hot out there. The dogs don’t even want to leave the house. Air-conditioning is on for the day. What to do?

Just a cushion. For the dogs.

It is beautiful outside. Beautiful, humid, with just enough sunshine to make it feel like a cooker. There isn’t anything unusual about this. We call this “summer” in New England.

In and out of the deli

I always laugh at people who somehow think we have this crisp weather here. Everyone takes pictures of New England in the fall and that is when we actually have crisp weather. But that is the only time we have it. The rest of the time it’s bitterly cold with mountains of snow. Hot, humid, and hazy, or layered in the mud.

Trying to get out-of-town. Futile and expensive.

Let me restate that: anywhere near the coast is like that. Probably if you live in Vermont in the mountains, it’s different. Actually anywhere far from the coast with some altitude generally gets less of the mucky weather, though this year, that hasn’t been true. It has actually been hotter north of here than in the valley.

The last time we did laundry … and it’s time to do it again.

That’s not usually the way it goes. The only place the weather has been typically typical is on the coast itself where the sea breeze drops the temperature and generally makes life more pleasant in the summer.

ODDBALLS – MY HUSBAND AND OTHER CREATURES – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: July 1, 2018

I got a new camera. Having given my favorite camera to Garry, I realized I need at least one long lens. After a lot of checking, it turned out to be far less expensive to get a whole camera than a long lens for the Olympus. The Olympus lens is not only more expensive, it was also much slower. And, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t use it much, either.

Testing, testing …

I bowed to reality. Fortunately, the price on the camera I wanted had dropped by half since I last looked at it. This probably means Panasonic is going to make this model obsolete and introduce another which will cost more, but not necessarily be better — or even as good  — as this one. I have lost faith in new models as improvements over earlier versions.

It was really hot today. Humid, too. Normally I’d have “gone out” to shoot with the new camera, but at 100 degrees (37.8 for your metric folks) and nearly 100% humidity, it felt like hot soup outside. I took a few garden shots, then went back inside for the air conditioning. I don’t like winter, but I really hate hot and humid.

It’s the Duke!

This heat won’t last long. Less than a week, then it will cool down. For the beach bunnies, this is perfect weather for a long holiday weekend. I burn easily and heat stroke is my favorite warm weather activity, so I’m happy in the A/C. Garry claims to love hot weather, but I notice he’s not outside, either. I think when you reach our age, extremes in temperature are unhealthy.

Sleep baby sleep …

Just saying.

ODDBALLS IN RIVER AND GARDEN – Garry Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

You are in a slow, no wake zone. Go slowly or the eagle will get you. Photo: Garry Armstrong

It’s getting harder and harder to figure out what’s odd and what’s just interesting and maybe unique.  That being said, we’ve got a few. We took a lot of pictures this past couple of weeks, which is typical of summer and fall.

Serenity, the dock

During these two seasons, we take probably 75% of all the pictures we take for the entire year.

THE ODD BALL CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: June 17, 2018

I think I actually have a couple of odd ones for the day! Try not to faint with excitement. Around here, I do the fainting!

I still have a lot of pictures remaining from those we took the last time we went out. Rather than just developing everything, I’ve been taking it easy and processing what I need when I think I need it.

Also, I’ve been going back to see what’s still waiting for me in previous outings. It turns out — a LOT.

Bonnie was groomed and Garry simply has to show her off!

Generations by the Blackstone in June

Sisters playing by the river. Can you see the ripple where she threw the stone?

He wanders to the bank only to realize the bank is a mess of sucking mud. Now, he is wandering to see what else the park might offer.

ODDBALLS FROM SATURDAY AT RIVER BEND PARK – Garry Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

The ongoing issue of what, exactly, is oddball remains. I took a bunch of pictures of people in the park this past Saturday. Odd pictures insofar as I have no idea when I might otherwise use these pictures. I guess that makes them as odd as anything I’m like to be taking.

Here is a man who needs another hand.

Marilyn on her way back to the car after taking a few pictures.

Marilyn deep in trying to figure out what to do with a fisheye lens. She never did get an answer. She says she needs more practice.

Two guys. Fishing.

LIFE IS ONE LONG ODDBALL – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: June 3, 2018

The more complicated life gets, the more I yearn for some kind of simplicity. The thing is, I don’t really remember ever having a simple life unless we were on vacation. That was what the Vineyard was about, I think. It was very simple. If you stayed for a couple of weeks, you could easily forget you’d ever been anywhere else.

I’m beginning to think we really need a vacation. Probably not as much as we need an improved chimney.

Stop!

Lost Dutchman now found

A bathroom in a bookshop

Betsy Wetsy as painted by Cezanne?