Monday, August 22, 2016

The Old Stone House

The sign says closed.  But I know the owner, so come right in.
We got to cross over the covered walkway.
The sides are so pretty with wonderful window boxes.
We are looking for an old buggy wheel just like this for our landscape.
No truly we just want to sell our house!
Or perhaps a birdhouse like the one up high.
We have to get past the old barn.
Now here it is!
The Old Stone House
The large stone house which stands in my community, was built in 1802-03. It is called the Clark house for the early settler James Clark who came here in 1797 and bought the land the house was built on.
It is extraordinary - its early date, the remarkable stone construction, its state of preservation.
The house is the original two-story construction of dressed limestone and is believed to be likely the oldest standing stone house in southwest Ohio and maybe even the state of Ohio.
  They say the Eastlake-style porch addition on the east side, probably was built in the late 1800s.
Clark the man who built the house was reportedly born in Virginia and he was a drummer at the battle of Yorktown in 1781.  He was a school teacher, wrote an arithmetic text back in Virginia, built a grist mill, and ran a distillery a man of many talents.
I believe this to be the old root cellar.
Today it serves as a plant farm where Lee has gotten many of her perennials.

See some of the pretty flowers.
I'm Hot!
We need some of these high grasses for privacy since a neighbor house went into foreclosure and they took down a privacy hedge.
We love the rustic old farm equipment.
These pieces have been here over the years with the house.
Well the sign says Check Out.  Guess it is that time.
The nice thing I think about my Nati City is that we have preserved our heritage as we moved into the modern day.
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Monday, August 15, 2016

Queen City Gateway

I, Sweet William The Scot, am going to tell you about the Gateway.
If you enter my city by way of the East you will see the Gateaway Sculpture.
This Gateway was constructed by the support of  Procter & Gamble.
It is part of how my Nati City welcomes you.  We call it enhancing our "front doors" to our city.

This one is an art deco design and has a water fall feature.  
See me off to the right hand side of the fountain.
 Our city has a lot of buildings which are considered of the art deco design.
And the sculptures are our way of saying Welcome!
The Gateway sparkles in the right sunlight.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

How much is that Scottie in the window.  He is not a decal.
Yep Lee painted him for a business this week.  That ninety dollars plus our cost of paint and sealer is going to get us some dinners out at Bonefish Grill and I am ordering leftovers.
Lee is going to paint them a poodle next month.  They want four dogs in all but can only afford one painted a month.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pawlympics Coverage On The Howl

The Pawlympics are Stream Broadcasting into Blogville Square on the Jumbotron!

Finally I Am On The Air
The Howl
Blogville's one and only Non Serious Radio Station Howl at 469.5 coming to you live.

I'm your DJ Rockin Wills The Music Professor and I'm high up on Cairn Gorm doing the 'Munro Bagging' Event which is being held by Bertie.
Or maybe I am just HIGH!
Yep the Howl has ran their streaming signal way up here and spared no expense to bring you coverage of the Pawlympics.  I am live on the air that is if I live long at the elevation of 1,245 m and I don't fall to my death or the air runs out.  Blizzard conditions are moving in.
I'm getting a wind burn up here.
You know why suntanning isn't an Olympic sport? Because the best you can ever get is bronze. Your Howling now!
The Howl has given me a magnifying glass so I can report on Opening Ceremonies of the Pawlympics.
Yep Blogville has the honor of hosting the Pawlympics 2016.

Through my magnifying glass I can see the Parade of Athletes has started to enter the stadium.
Oh the Pawlympic Flags are waving.  Gosh it is windy down there. 
The women are carrying in the Flags representing their communities.
I see Shelldon, Princess Leah and Bella!  Bella is this DJ's girlfriend why look how straight she walks. 
I bet the photo shots I'm getting from this high view point I can sell to the Blogville Cat Scratch Post Newspaper!

Every pupster and kittenesta is standing and applauding wildly!
They are waving flags with their favorite Athletes name.

My MacLowland Band, Daisy, Bentley Dui, Sully and Kismet are leading the contestants into the Blogville Stadium.
The Stadium is Howling!
Do you know how playing the bagpipes is like throwing a javelin blindfolded? You don’t have to be very good to get people’s attention.
Oh I love that one it makes me Howl every time!   Bawheheeeehe!
Look out below!
Thought I would get in some practice for the Basketball Games on August 13th over at
Benji & Lassiter.

RenaBella & Dezi are hosting Fly Fishing on August 18th.
Yep it’s the Pawlympic Fishing event.  I hear it’s all online. Anyone got a good stream?  Yep I'm streaming to you live!  I could enter that event from up here.   I hear you Howling!

Now remember Athletes "the most important thing in the Pawlympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

The Honorable Mayors are lighting the Cauldron.
The Pawlympic Cauldron has been lit!  What a wonderful sight to see.
Your DJ is hearing them say
Let the games begin.

Keep Howling 

"Do what you want, dig what you do, 'cause that's what life is all about"

Signing Off

Sweet William The Scot

I love it when the Jukebox plays "Chariots of Fire".
See You At The Pawlympic Closing Ceremonies with my date Bella!
Check the schedule of all events here

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sitting On Money

Okie Dokie Lee told me, Sweet William The Scot, I had to go to the Main Branch Library.
Well we arrived early and was waiting for the door to open.  As we were waiting I said to Lee we have gone by this sculpture like a million times, what is it?  Lee said dang if she knew!
Lee looked it up on the internet to see.
Well it is a  3,800-pound, 20-foot tall painted steel sculpture by Louise Nevelson.  It is called
Sky Landscape II.
It was commissioned by Macy's.
It was given to the City of Cincinnati and relocated here at my library.
A Louise Nevelson Sculpture, I was sitting on big money figuratively and literally.
Nevelson was an American sculptor but born in Kiev, Russia, and at age five, moved to the States.
A unique feature of her work is that her figures are often painted in monochromatic black or white.
Yep this sculpture is as black as me.
Her work is seen in major collections in museums and corporations but this one sits right outside my Main Branch Library in Nati City.
Each viewing angle yields new juxtapositions.  Juxtaposition is a circumstance where two unlike things are next to one another. Yep I see that in this sculpture.

It is said she smoked small cigars, and wore exceedingly long, fake eyelashes was thin and draped clothes haphazardly.  Lee says she needs to develop a look.  I have my look, yep I have a long beard and a boy skirt!
As for sitting on money well when I stood up dang I had a quarter stuck to my bum by chewed gum.
Yuk was it sticky and dam did that hurt when Lee pulled it off.
The heat index is like a 105 degrees.
I see you in there!
Open Up we are under a heat alert!

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot
Lee promised me a ride on the ducks and we missed the boat.
 As usual missing the boat around here happens often.
 We were right across the street and there goes the boat around the corner.  Yep these Ducks take you across the Ohio River from Nati to Newport, Kentucky.  Dog Gone It!

If you would like to read about Aunty Yam's visit with us here is the site

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pigs Fly and A Favorite Mural

I, Sweet William The Scot, came back into town to show you another mural. 
Can pigs fly?  Well in my Nati City they can.
I was just walking past this restaurant and this pig just flew out overhead.
Pigs around here just need to take some care in their flights and watch out for pedestrians.
Now I want to show you one of Lee's favorite murals around the corner.
Another ArtWorks reproduction right above my head.
A six story high portrait.
Don't drop any paint on my furs.
Elizabeth Nourse was a realist-style painter born in a suburb of my Nati City.
A graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
She has been called the first woman painter of America.
Look at the detail in her face.
She also had the honor of having one of her paintings purchased by the French government and adopted into the Luxembourg Museum's permanent collection.  Did Easy help purchase this painting?
She died in 1938(1938-10-08) in Paris, France.
During the WWI, Nourse defied the tendency of most American emigres to return home and remained in Paris.
Her self-portrait was painted in 1892 and shows the artist looking directly at the viewer.

Another reason Lee knew a lot about the area the BAR was held was because of her great great grandfather and his legacy there. 
He was a regionally famous painter.
For a Quaker he ventured to follow his inner light down an unconventional path.
It was his advocacy of art as part of the school curriculum that is his true legacy. He managed to convince the Richmond School system to include drawing in school eight years before the State of Indiana mandated drawing as part of the school curriculum. This legacy helped to prepare the ground for Richmond’s early reputation as an art center.

This picture of his was on the Antique Roadshow and was appraised for $8,000 a number of years ago.
Lee loves art.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Signing Off 

Sweet William The Scot

Pssssss ~   Yamini MacLean who stayed here a few days will be telling about her visit in Nati City.  You can read about it here     if you would like to see more about Nati City and her visit. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dedicated To Martha

I drove into my downtown Nati City to show you something special.
Parking is easy in my new Tub Car.

Martha, lived out her last days at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Martha was the last passenger pigeon on Earth.
Extinct gone forever, what was once the most numerous bird species in America.
 Martha died in 1914.
6,500 square feet on a side of a downtown building we have a mural.
ArtWorks reproduced an original John A. Ruthven.  A masterpiece.
It took 103 days to be completed.  Look at the size of the passenger pigeon's wing compared to me in the center bottom of the picture.
The mural is dedicated to Martha and Passenger Pigeons.
How I, Sweet William The Scot, wish I could have seen Martha and her flocks fly.
Lets all work together to not let another species go extinct.
Here in this two minute video you can watch the mural being painted.
Hit the YouTube if you want full screen.

Well now I got to pick up my girl friend Bella for the dance over at Christmas' Blog.
Hope Bella likes my stylish Tub Car.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

Psss ~ Don't Bella and I, Sweet William, cut the rug magnificently.