Izzy’s 11th Birthday

Izzy turned 11 yesterday!  She decided she wanted to have a friend stay the weekend and we go out to putt-putt and play arcade games.  We did those things and I failed to get pictures of any of it.  I did, however, get pictures of her opening her gifts up from her Grammie and Pops!

She also got a new bike, easel, watercolor set, paint brushes, a trip to a cattle farm (which sounds like a lot of fun!), and several other smaller things.

Izzy's Grammie shipped her a package for her birthday.  She loves her tape!

Izzy’s Grammie shipped her a package for her birthday. She loves her tape!

More tape...

More tape…

Even more tape!

Even more tape!

Ah!  We're in, on to the reading of the cards!

Ah! We’re in, on to the reading of the cards!

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Izzy loves to shop!  Thanks for the gift cards!

Izzy loves to shop! Thanks for the gift cards!

And a gift card for some new books!

And a gift card for some new books!

Izzy has been wanting new head phones for a while now (her other ones decided to stop working).  Now she can listen to her music, videos, and games!  Oh yeah, and they're noise cancelling so she won't be able to hear her pesky parents. HAHA!

Izzy has been wanting new head phones for a while now (her other ones decided to stop working). Now she can listen to her music, videos, and games! Oh yeah, and they’re noise cancelling so she won’t be able to hear her pesky parents. HAHA!

 

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Oh yeah, you’re still here!

I got an email to renew my domain forwarding, which I plan to do.  I figured if I’m going to keep this page, then I need to start uploading again.  We’ll see how this goes!  I haven’t picked up the camera in a long time, which is sad.  We do have a trip to Gatlinburg, TN planned for the fall – I expect to take a lot of photos there.  In the mean time I have been drawing again (remember I posted a few images a couple of years ago).  

I picked up the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers' Pocket Box, a water brush, and a Tikky Graphic pen to draw with.  These go along with my pencils and kneaded eraser.

I picked up the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers’ Pocket Box, a water brush, and a Tikky Graphic pen to draw with. These go along with my pencils and kneaded eraser.

In the spirit of summer and the Indiana State Fair, corn!

In the spirit of summer and the Indiana State Fair, corn!

Tree in a park.  I didn't intend on the face in the moon, but once I got done, it was there!

Tree in a park. I didn’t intend on the face in the moon, but once I got done, it was there!

A lot of folk I know were sick when I drew this one.

A lot of folk I know were sick when I drew this one.

Just a beach scene.

Just a beach scene.

Abstract inspired by my brother - he's an amazing artist!

Abstract inspired by my brother – he’s an amazing artist!

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The Buxton Blog

I never met Ayrton Senna. I never even saw him drive in the flesh. And so I’m afraid that this article will give you no amazing new insight into him as a person or as a racing driver on the 20th anniversary of his passing. But May 1st 1994 changed my life forever, and would come to influence every day of my life that followed.

In 1994 I was a 13 year old chorister at Worcester Cathedral. As such, Sundays were always busy; Eucharist in the morning, home for Sunday lunch, then back to the Cathedral for Evensong. I sung so many times and for so many years in that magnificent place of worship that, over 20 years later, it has all pretty much merged into one. Except for that one Mayday.

I remember leaving the house to go and sing Evensong, wondering whether my hero was alive or dead…

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Chicago Summer Trip 2013 Part 3

These are all “fun” pictures!  Most of them are from my phone and/or Instagram.

Chicago Summer Trip 2013 Part 2

Better late than never – part 2!  This time it’s from the Shedd Aquarium.  90% of the images are all low light (no tripod) so please forgive any blurry images.  Hope you enjoy.

 

Chicago Summer Trip 2013

Over the next few days I’m going to be posting various pictures from our Chicago family trip.  We had a great 4 day trip.  It was long enough to see a few things, but more than enough time in the “big city” for me.  These images are from the Museum of Science and Industry.  This was one of our favorite places.  There was so many cool things to do here.  We got to learn about a lot of different storms, transportation (air and rail), dissect an owl pellet (we found a lot of mouse bones), see a U-boat, and many other things.  I highly recommend the Museum of Science and Industry, you won’t be disappointed.

I’ll be following up this post with posts and pictures from the Shedd Aquarium, pictures around Chicago, and family fun pictures.  I’m not sure they’ll be in that order, but there will be three more posts after this one.  Stay tuned!

Indy 500

Izzy and I both went to our first Indianapolis 500 mile race on Memorial Day weekend.  What a great time!  Izzy had just as much for as I did, and that’s saying a lot for a 9 year old who had a full day of racing!  The cars were fast and the crowd was fun.  We’re already excited for next year, but we’ll be doing one thing different – leaving the track much later.  It took us 2.5hrs to get home.  Next year we will just hang out for a couple of hours then pack up and leave.

Izzy was rooting for the hometown hero and pole sitter, Ed Carpenter, to win.  I was rooting for him as well, but also Tony Kanaan and rookie Conor Daly (from Noblesville, IN).  TK took home the win, Carpenter 10th, Daly 22nd.  It was an amazing race!  Fastest Indy 500 at over 187mph average speed and the most lead changes with 68!!

The race didn’t convert me to be a full blown IndyCar fan.  The cars sound like garbage and aren’t easy on the eyes, but this year’s Indy500 was an amazing race to be apart of and I’m really happy I was there and got to share it with Izzy.  We’ll be life long Indy500 race fans and who knows, maybe in the future I’ll follow the series.

Below are some images I captured throughout the day.  The gallery images (after the first 2 of Izzy and I) should have captions.  Enjoy2013-05-26 08.44.38-12013-05-26 10.03.15