Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Location: Bostan, Massachusetts, USA
Address: Tremont Street
Date: Sept 2013
Granary Burying Ground in Boston has been a graveyard since the late 1600s. Many of the graves have been worn thin through the years or had the writing on their faces worn down to where they are unreadable. Many famous people in Boston's history are buried here. We were looking for one grave in particular. The grave of Mother Goose.
Mother Goose is credited with many nursery rhymes. Some famous ones are "Three Blind Mice", "Humpty Dumpty" or Hickory Dickory Dock". After hunting around the cemetery we finally located her grave.
Mary Goose died in 1690. Her husband Issac remarried to a woman called Elizabeth. Thomas Fleet married her daughter also called Elizabeth. It is said that grandmother Goose sang songs and rhymes when Thomas and his wife had their first child. Thomas being a printer made a book of some of these rhymes called Mother Goose's Melodies For Children. This is said to be the first use of Mother Goose in America but Mother Goose had also been associated with rhymes in England long before even Mary Goose's death.
So it appears there is no true Mother Goose. At least not in a cemetery in Boston. Most people are familiar with some Mother Goose nursery rhymes even if much like the myth of Boston's Mother Goose, they have changed and been re-written through the years.
The Hancock Tower is the tallest tower in Boston. It is named afterJohn Hancock Insurance company which had offices there. The insurance company is named after John Hancock whose signature is on the Declaration of Independence. Johm Hancock's grave is also located in Granary Burying Ground.
Paul Revere's grave is also located in the Granary Burying Ground. Paul Revere is best known for riding through Massachusetts warning that the British were coming. We didn't see his grave, but did visit his statue in Boston's North End. Granary Burying Ground is filled with centuries of history and a little bit of mystery.
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Paul Revere Statue
Granary Burying Ground , John Hancock Tower
Post # 231
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Address: 32 Vassar Street
Date: Sept 2010
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is a private school specializing in science and technology. Ray Stata was a graduate in 1957 and contributed to the construction of what is now the Ray and Maria Stata Center.
The building is also known as building 32 and was designed by architect Frank Gehry. Gehry is well known for creating unusual buildings around the world.
The Stata Center opened in 2004 and looks like it belongs in some sort of cartoon world.
There is no shortage of skewed walls and odd angles.
The shiny roof on some portions of the building further distorts whatever it is reflecting.
Windows appear to be different sizes and look as if they were glued onto the building after it was finished.
A second level balcony offered even more unusual views. We wondered what it would look like if we were peering out one of the funny windows. Then again we don't quite have the qualifications to be accepted to MIT.
We took a peek into one window and came face to face with a dead ringer for Johnny 5 from the Short Circuit movies. It appears that some research is being done behind these curvy walls. Who knows what future graduates may come up with? At least the Stata Center will give them something to think about.
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Ray and Maria Stata Center
Post # 172
Saturday, 15 April 2017
- Lop-Eared Rabbit
- Bugs Bunny
- Flemish Giant Rabbit
- Arctic Hare
- Lionhead Rabbit
- Rabbit Balloon
- Tortoise & Hare
- Cute Bunnies
- Chocolate Bunnies
- Eastern Cottontail
1 ) Lop-Eared Rabbit
A friend of ours used to care for a very cute lop-eared bunny. A lop-eared bunny is a bunny whose long ears hang (we guess you could say lop) down. You will notice all of the other bunnies in this blog post have ears that stand straight up or sit back on top of their heads.
One of the all-time favourite bunnies is Bugs Bunny from the Looney Tunes cartoons. He is among a short list of animated characters to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The outline drawing of Bugs Bunny (above) was in the Warner Brothers Studio's Museum.
3) Flemish Giant Rabbit
From Bugs Bunny we go to Big Bunny. A Flemish giant rabbit can weigh up to 10 kg and grow to about 30 inches long. It is one of the largest domesticated rabbits. The bunny above was at the Toronto Zoo for a short time and shared an enclosure with the wombats and wallabies. Perhaps it had outgrown its previous living space.
4) Arctic Hare
While we were in Churchill, Manitoba we spotted this hare just across the road from our lodge. While it may not be the smartest thing to do in polar bear territory at night, we headed outside to try and get a closer look. Luckily, he stood still long enough for us to get the picture above. It took us some time to determine if this was an arctic hare or a snowshoe hare as both inhabit Churchill. We read about one having bigger feet or ears than the other. Some reports said that one has bigger eyes or fluffier fur. We made our determination by the black on the ears. As far as we can tell arctic hares (like this one) have black just on the top tip of their ears while snowshoe hares have a black edge that may cover the tip, but runs further along the ear as well.
5) Lionhead Rabbit
A lionhead rabbit is bred to have a mane around its face like a lion. They end up looking like little balls of fur with ears. We wondered how they can even see where they are hopping. When taking pictures, the bunny below did flash us a look from beneath all that fur just to let us know he was in there. The lionhead above is from Prickly Ball Farm and the lionhead below is from Far Enough Farm.
Artist Jeff Koons had a piece of his art appear in Toronto's Nuit Blanche 2009. It was simply named Rabbit Balloon. It featured a giant shiny silver bunny that was floating inside the Eaton Centre. This bunny also once floated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2007.
7) Tortoise & Hare
In Boston's Copley Square is a sculpture of a tortoise and a hare. It was installed as a tribute to runner's of the famous Boston Marathon. It is based on the popular fable of The Tortoise & the Hare. The fable tells the story of a rabbit who was so confident in his ability to outrun the tortoise that during a race he ran ahead and took a nap. While he napped the tortoise passed by heading for the finish line. The hare finally awoke and tried to catch up, but it was too late.
8) Cute Bunnies
We think that all rabbits are cute. There is something special about a tiny bunny that you can pick up and hold in your hands while it sits quietly twitching its little nose. These cuties are from the Toronto Zoo kid's section and from Jungle Cat World.
9) Chocolate Bunnies
Chocolate shaped like eggs is good. Chocolate shaped like bunnies is good. This bunny above is a box from Teuscher Chocolates and hides a chocolate truffle in its belly. We like chocolate.
10) Eastern Cottontail
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Toronto Zoo (Australasia Pavilion) , Toronto Zoo (Kids Zoo) , Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park , Prickly Ball Farm , Lazy Bear Lodge , Far Enough Farm
Tortoise & Hare , Eaton Centre
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Post # 171
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Address: 1 Franklin Park Road
Date: Sept 2013
Beau, the Masai giraffe, towers above the visitors to Franklin Park Zoo. The zoo offered a chance to feed Beau and we were excited to take part. Due to some signage issues, we missed the morning feeding but the staff at the zoo was helpful and squeezed us into the afternoon feeding.
Beau the giraffe stands about 17 feet tall. He is about three feet taller than his mate Jana. The couple has a baby named Henrietta who was already 8 feet tall and rising.
Henrietta and Jana were in the yard with Beau, but Beau was the star of the show.
A special elevated platform had been built so that zoo visitors would be up at giraffe level for the feeding. Henrietta was too small to reach up to the platform and Jana just wasn't interested in us.
Beau was waiting for us as we walked around to the feeding tower. As we got up nice and close we realized that he has an enormous head. A giraffe head is about 2 feet long. That also happens to be about the same size as their heart.
Beau loved eating squash right out of our hands. A zebra shared the enclosure with the giraffe family. He looked like he would also be interested in a handful of squash. He hung around just in case Beau dropped anything. Sorry our little striped friend, but Beau easily got every last piece with his giant tongue. A giraffe tongue is about 21 inches long.
Beau also seemed to love sneaking up on people while they were posing for a photo with him. He would give a big puff from his nostrils right on the back of their neck. Giraffe are beautiful creatures and Beau had a great personality which endeared us to him right away. He truly was a gentle giant.
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Franklin Park Zoo (Giraffe Feeding)
Post # 139
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Address: 63-65 Court Street
Date: Sept 2010
It can hold 227 gallons, 2 quarts, 1 pint and 3 gills. We know this since it is stamped right on the side. In front of what is now a Starbucks, hangs a giant tea kettle from 1873. We were in the upper deck of a Boston Upper Deck Trolley Tour when we got a really good look at this kettle. If you look carefully you can see steam coming out of the spout. The picture at the bottom of this post shows it best.
The kettle was built for the Oriental Tea Company and in 1875 they had a contest to see who could guess the kettle's capacity. Thousands of people came out to guess and find out what the kettle could hold. The kettle was carefully filled by a city inspector to ensure everything was accurate. The story is that several people came within three gills of the correct answer and shared in the prize of tea. This brings us back to what some of you may have asked at the start of this post. What is a gill? This type of gill has nothing to do with fish, but is a measurement equal to one quarter of a pint. It is no longer in common use today. There have been many other changes since this kettle was first hung back in 1873. We enjoyed seeing this little blast (of steam) from the past.
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Steaming Tea Kettle
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