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Boat sails will end to landfills no more because Dvelas from Pamplona, Spain has the Reusail Project that will reuse old boat sails to create sustainable furniture pieces.
If you are a boat owner and has used sails that are destined to be on the landfill, you had better contact Dvelas because they are interested in giving your old or even torn sail new life and make it loveable once again in the form of an elegant furniture piece. Turning Safe Search OFF may display content intended for mature audiences.You must be at least 18 years old to continue. Please enter at least one email addressYou are trying to send out more invites than you have remaining. April 7, 2014These picture frames are inspired by furniture and frames made from reclaimed boat wood which came from fishing villages in many parts of the world.
Using a Dunn Edwards color fan deck, I chose a palette of subdued blues, greens, a little yellow and white.
Find a really flat surface, if that is your dining table or someone’s shiny glass desk, protect the surface with a piece of cloth. Please note that some of the links in this article are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. For the LTSC Annual Cruise I was supposed to be on-board Selene with all the other boats in France.
The plan for this yeara€™s cruise was Normandy, going across first to Fecamp, then on east to Dieppe, back to St Valery-en-Caux, Honfleur, Oistreham, Caen, back to Oistreham, Carentan, and St Vaast. The first step on Friday 3rd June was supposed to be to either Gosport or Brighton dependent on choice. But many, many other sites are now available if you carry some device that will connect to the Internet. The problem for a yottie with the Shipping Forecast is that the sea areas are pretty big: a€?Dover, Wight, W Force 4 - 5 but 3 at times, soon veering NW increasing F 5- 7, perhaps Gale 8 for a timea€? actually tells you a lot.
All these sources are actually based on things called GRIB files, which are the way the international met community shares basic data on pressure, wind strength, temperature etc. The photo shows the output for 1754 UTC June 17th from an App (program) called PocketGrib on my iPad. In the ten years I have been a member of LTSC I have been on all or part of 4 Summer Cruises, and had been intending to go on two more. However, it has to be said that the Flotilla Cruise nature of the LTSC cruise, with a carefully pre-planned day by day itinerary, is not my preferred format even when all is well. The thing that really needs to be got rid of in all this is that old-fashioned word a€?phonea€?, which causes so much confusion. So it is interesting that Apple Inc has now downgraded your computera€™s status, be it a Mac or a PC, a notebook or a desktop. In practical terms that has been true for a while - there is nothing really I do on my desktop machine that I cannot do on my iPad.
That is where Apple is leveling the playing field between a€?computersa€? and other devices. I have been playing with computers of various kinds for 50 years, and for perhaps 10 - 15 years have been counseling people who were just beginning to realise they might need one to keep in touch with their friends let alone keep up with the world. Finally, here is John Stacey emerging on to the deck of his boat, Mixit, during one Meander long ago. For the LTSC Annual Cruise I was supposed to be on-board Selene with all the other boats in France.A  Sadly, I had an accident (me this time, not the boat), tore some muscles in my chest and between my ribs, and was told medically I should not go, indeed that I should not sail at all for several weeks. New flash, plastic everything, and a sneaking suspicion that some things were better off left as-is. As of November 2010, Wool Wood and Whiskey will also feature rugged vintage clothing for men harvested from the wilds of Maine.
The genius of the food mill is in the delicate consistency that is created by mechanical simplicity.
You're likely to score one of these at a good antique store, or you can find sweet ones CHEAP on ebay.
It's not really all that necessary to point out that cell phones aren't doing great things for us these days. Let the spoiled boomers live out their silver years "camping" with granite counter tops, I'm down for broken AC and wet dog smell in the Dodge.
Well, the mince pies are all gone, and I have been to the Boat Show at Excel (yawn), so it must be 2011. My Annual Post-Christmas Turkey Hunt went OK, although this year I could only find a frozen one. I was much helped in my culinary efforts by advice for cooking turkeys kindly sent to me by Phil Ball. As a venue Excel beats the old Earla€™s Court in that the air conditioning is much better, so part-cured GRP odours do not get up your nose so much, but that is about all.
I had two nautical as opposed to social purposes in going to Excel, and both were easily achieved without any queuing or waiting about.
One was to visit a€?Hanse UKa€? (Inspiration Marine), say a€?Hia€? to the folk I dealt with when buying Selene last year, and take a look at the new Hanse 355, which model has replaced my 350. The other serious purpose was to visit Selden and talk about a small removable mini-bowsprit for Selene to make the chute set better and handling it even easier. Of course we all want to look out for the perfect piece of multi-purpose navigation and safety equipment.
So what should this hypothetical ideal piece of navigational and safety electronics be able to do?
So no wonder I was not particularly excited about trying to find new charts, plotters, or almanacs at Excel - I had it all in my pocket anyhow!
The iPhone is not perfect for reading books or magazines and newspapers because of its screen size, although you can do both,, nor for playing Scrabble or Monopoly round the cabin table when weather-bound in port. But the point is that the iPhone, like its bigger cousin the iPad, is a really seriously useful piece of boat gear.
My policy on Selene for cruising as opposed to day-sailing is that each crew-member is already expected to have at least a basic mobile phone as part of their personal safety gear. I shall be surprised in three years or so if most yotties do not carry a GPS equipped smart-phone. On Wednesday 19th January, we on Selene in company with Bonni Lady, LTSC Commodore Derek Eastera€™s last boat, were able to salute him coming down the Solent from Chichester in his new boat, Dawn Bird, which appropriately for her name, is equipped with red sails.
At about the same time poor Silver Flame, a Westerly Konsort (identical to my last boat, Dawna€™s Early Light, see Other Stuff), literally hit trouble somewhat inshore from the Hamstead Ledge buoy.
Very bad luck, but it serves to remind us that the Solent is still littered with WWII debris in various places.
I mentioned last time the great 2011 Cruising Programme Launch that Andie and Mike Smith are running at 1830 hours on February 4th. I thought last months photo quiz - Portland Bill Light from the inshore passage, taken from my boat in August 2009 - would be too easy.
I have had a few offers of photos for the cruising archive, but there must be masses more out there. Another route if you have some topical photos, sailing or social, is that LTSC now has a Facebook page established by the IT guys, and you could paste them up there. The other serious purpose was to visit Selden and talk about a small removable mini-bowsprit for SeleneA  to make the chute set better and handling it even easier. At about the same time poor Silver Flame, a Westerly Konsort (identical to my last boat, Dawna€™s Early Light, see Other Stuff), literally hit trouble somewhat inshore from the Hamstead Ledge buoy.A  She stuck fast on something, much to the surprise of those on board. I first saw them perform at the 2009 Tribes Hill Annual Meeting and Hootenanny at the historic Hammond House headquarters in Valhalla, NY.
Much of their work carries the style and emotional power of musical theater, something Ia€™m very fond of. After they found out that they were all into music, they'd go over to Paul's house and play just for fun doing covers of Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and others. Outside of her positive chorus experiences, there were two stumbling blocks, one of them having a lasting negative effect. The next step she took was to enroll as a Theater major at SUNY (State University of New York), Fredonia, near Buffalo NY.
Around 1996, the three had been getting together to play at Paul's house for some time, eventually playing a few shows as The YaYas, but never took any of it too seriously. In 2003, they self-produced their first 10-song CD, Everything, co-produced and mixed by Ben Wisch whoa€™d produced the Grammy-winning album Walking in Memphis by Mark Cohn and additionally, other notable performers (Patty Larkin, Lucy Kaplansky, Jonatha Brooke, Red Molly). While Catherine is the lyricist for the band, she readily acknowledges the integral part that Jay and Paul play, sometimes helping her complete the songs, pushing her past hurdles in the narratives. Paper Boats was just completed in September, and I was able to listen to the album before its release. The band moved to Mohegan Lake, near Peekskill, NY in 2005, and has become a part of the Tribes Hill community. The YaYas will appear in Acoustic Live showcases at NERFA and wea€™ll be at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse for their October 1st show. I thought Jay, wry humorist, was the joker in the 3-card hand until Paul started to tell his story.
With this project and with the participation of boat owners, landfills will be drastically reduced and we all can enjoy pretty, affordable and environment friendly furniture pieces with the Reusail Project.
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Solar Loon Powered BoatMany of the people that wanted to embrace the eco-friendly lifestyle now successfully use Eco-friendly land and air transportation devices. The layered chippy paints and spontaneous colors tell the stories of the wind and dreams of the sea.
Our frames here are made from readily available materials – the humble fence wood boards, some stores call it lathe. I used acrylic paints, mixed some colors till I got the golden rust color that I liked, and diluted the paint with water to make the wash.
One of the photos shown are from our kayak trip in Vermont, the other one with the stunning whale is taken by my friend Heather(thank you Heather!) at a perfect moment on her trip to Alaska. The first 10 days included 4 days with gale warnings in Dover and Wight, and the cruise ended with more gales and gale warnings with only one of 10 boats making it back to the UK, and most of the others temporarily parked in St Vaast or Cherbourg.
The Cercle Nautique da€™ Honfleur were in Lymington for the annual race with LTSC and supper, which was most enjoyable, on Thursday 2nd and were warning that Fecamp in the North Easterly F6 then forecast would be bad news because of the nature of the approach into the harbour.
Of course the Met Office forecasts, and perhaps Meteo France, remain the gold standard in forecasting, and you can get these on your Navtex. And although we all have our favourites, it is important to realise that where things like wind-strength are concerned they are all really simply re-packaging the same data which is widely shared internationally. GRIB stand for Gridded Binary and the merit of GRIB files is that they are very compact and hence good for transmission and interpretation on e.g. The first time I pulled out was because I had just discovered what was not then yet public knowledge, namely what had been going on behind my back in my then marriage. You could always do this and drop in on the LTSC Cruise as and when you feel like it, taking pot luck about marinas etc, which Mike Kelly puts so much excellent effort into arranging for those who prefer to sail as a group. Yachting Monthly has just caught up, the July edition having a lengthy piece entitled a€?Has the iPhone killed the Chartplotter?a€?.
With their new Operating System(s), anything you type or generate on your a€?computera€? is immediately available on all your other devices. However the speech bubble is of course entirely the product of my warped imagination, since Mixit was safely moored at the time. It yields perfect apple sauce-never watery and never chunky baby food-and the best mashed potatoes ever. Check a Foley out, you can thank WWW after you've finished happily churning out something delicious. We all work more, drive crazier and are completely disconnected from people who surround us in our everyday lives-it's pretty obvious.
Not because "retro" is all the rage in Front Gate, in fact, not for aesthetic reasons at all (although, come on!). Or to be exact I went to meet up with a friend, to drop in briefly on the Boat Show with her (mainly for lunch), and then in the evening to meet older son Ed for a meal and go on to stay with him and his lovely wife, Maria for three nights over that weekend.
Ita€™s quick and easy enough to get to from Lymington, via South West Trains, Jubilee Line, and the Docklands Light Railway (although my friend, who lives much closer to London, was thinking about something else, and despite having been to Excel last year, had to text me to say she would be late - she was on autopilot and had gone to Earla€™s Court by mistake!) But once you get to Excel, the surroundings around it are a desert. The hull, deck, and rig, are identical apart from the shroud chainplates having been moved from the deck to the side of the hull.
My individual subscription to the RYA paid for itself via the membera€™s lounge where we had quite a good lunch. The various sailing comics like Yachting Monthly provide all the information about the available makes of baggy wrinkle, widgets, or electronics, you could ever need. The point is I already had one of these marine wonder devices in my pocket - it is called my iPhone. Right now it has 14 days worth, continuous without repeats, of my favourite music on it, ready to plug into Selenea€™s sound system. For that you need an iPad and its bigger screen, although that does fail the pocket-size test.
It is a back-up for all my fixed gear on Selene except the echo sounder, and in most cases can do just the same job.
There are situations where a€?999 Coastguarda€? on your cell-phone could be easier to do than to remember the procedure for a VHF Mayday, particularly on a strange VHF set. My iPhone is certainly the best all-round piece of kit I have acquired in the last 2.5 or so years. Hamstead Ledge is, I believe, the remains of a barrier which stretched across to Sowley Boom, and the chart shows a narrow band from the IoW right across to Sowley marked as a€?Obstructions, No Fishing or Anchoringa€?. According to QI on the box it takes 8 weeks for Spring to get from Landa€™s End to John Oa€?Groats, so no wonder there are so many Scots around down here. Details of all these events are now on the LTSC Web site, but I will outline them here as well. I am afraid I shall not be there because that evening I should be at about 110 N 890 W underway from Barbados to the island of Curacao. Mike Kelly was the first to venture an answer in public on the Forum - he said it was a€?the Pointe de Raz opposite the Ar Men lighthouse in the Raz de Seinea€?.
So lets now see what Peter himself looks like on an LTSC Meet when he has been trying for ages to work out which boat the party is on (in this case some years back on Mike and Annie Stevensa€™ Manike at Gunwharf Quay). This is mainly so those who are away can post short pieces so that family and friends can see where we have all got to and what is going on.
Piece of cake.A  Selden (whose stand like everyone elsea€™s was pretty much empty) make all the bits needed in a range of sizes, and were very helpful.
The Sea Start Rib, which came to her aid, also thought when alongside that there should be enough water under Silver Flamea€™s keels.
Hamstead Ledge is, I believe, the remains of a barrier which stretched across to Sowley Boom, and the chart shows a narrow band from the IoW right across to Sowley marked as a€?Obstructions, No Fishing or Anchoringa€?.A  So it can pay to be much more cautious than the depth-sounder might lead you to believe is necessary. Mike Kelly was the first to venture an answer in public on the Forum - he said it was a€?the Pointe de Raz opposite the Ar Men lighthouse in the Raz de Seinea€?.A  Peter Upcher soon put him right and gave the correct answer. The band in which she sings lead vocals, The YaYas, has just released a new album, Paper Boats. With her husband, Jay Mafale on guitar and old friend Paul Silverman on piano, she forms the point at which the lineup, in tandem, pushes its way into the listenera€™s heart. Neither of his parents had musical ability, but his father played Sinatra records all the time. Her teachers were serious about teaching everything from folk singing, to sight reading and ear training. The company would rearrange the space differently, according to need, sometimes in-the-round, often with the audience in close proximity to the actors.
He didn't pursue any type of musical performance during his 4 years at college, but his drive to play was persistent. He did some acting for fun and enjoyed the camaraderie of the other actors, continuing with the theater group after graduation.
During this period, Jay and Catherine fell in love and in October of 1997, they got married. On their honeymoon, Catherine was thrown from a horse and two of her vertebrae were crushed. Reaching back to their first CD, Everything, it was evident that they had something special. Catherine continues to do what she does best, writing songs that touch upon her personal experiences, but contain universal appeal, then express them with refined, passionate vocals. Reaching back to their first CD, Everything, it was evident thatA  they had something special.
Don’t forget the braces on the back, they will hold the glass in place, and allow us to attach hardware later. Mixing colors becomes a lot easier with the guidance of the fan deck.For some pieces I used stiff bristle brushes to give them a chippy paint look. Due to the asymmetric character of these frames, you may want more than one picture hangers so you can hang it in different ways. Through creativity, we fill our individual homes with joy, and we make our planet Earth the beautiful place that it is meant to be. Most boats set off on the Friday, but by then the forecast for the Saturday was NE Gale 8 and that continued through Sunday, so everybody was expecting a couple of days rest on this side of the Channel. But it does not help you much with working out what to actually expect point to point in a passage. 17th June was a windy day mid-channel - three full feathers on a Wind Arrow means 28 - 32 knots.
My problem is that when I get somewhere that I like, the weather is lovely, and the bars and restaurants are good, I have a tendency to want to spend yet another day sitting on the harbour wall or outside a bar watching the world go by.
That is what it says on the cover, but when you get to the article it is actually about the iPhone versus handheld chartplotters. I still prefer a real keyboard to a virtual touch-screen one, so typing things like this blog gets done at the desk, but that is about it.
The end of the idea that you need some sort of special training to use a computer lest it rise up and attack you. It can also mean that they think there is some mythical set of rites, a religion, you have to be taught and follow if the thing is to work - an idea fostered by Windows as an operating system. I still prefer a real keyboard to a virtual touch-screen one, so typing things like this blog gets done at the desk, but that is about it.A  The central position of my iMac computer in Burgess Towers nowadays is simply because that is where all my data has always been kept and fed out from. This is what food processors looked like before there were food processors-simple, easy to use, no electricity required, undeniably functional. According to a certain WWWer who works a certain renown restaurant with certain slow food leanings, a mill gently loves starches while a processor thrashes them grainy and sour. At Wool Wood and Whiskey we like communication-sitting on porches and stoops, spinning yarns and chewing the fat.
One of the first priorities of the work was a complete examination of all previous exploration and excavation in the precinct, particularly that of Margaret Benson carried out in 1895-7.
Jostling through the heaving crowds, one went from stall to stall discovering new galvanised widgets which with ingenuity one could turn to some purpose quite different from that for which they had been designed, and so improve onea€™s little boat. That is simply because the cabin has been redesigned and it eliminates the substantial rods which on my boat take the shroud loads down through a locker to the bottom of the hull. And for reading in the cockpit in bright sunlight, why then you need a Kindle with its e-paper screen.
And at least you do not have crew members wandering off at lunch-time to try and find a phone-box in Brixham, as happened in 2009!
I have had someone comment that Selenea€™s chart-plotter being positioned by the wheel is not ideal because the crew cannot see where we are! Just log-in and search for Lymington Town Sailing Club (LTSC has been grabed by some other organisation).
I came back much refreshed with the winter blues chased away a bit.A  But I do not think the Excel Boat Show had much to do with that! It was obviously a very local obstruction because she is twin-keeled yet was beginning to list as the tide fell. The song, a€?All these Gifts,a€? is from that album, and epitomizes her command of the songwriting craft and her vocal abilities. Once they found out about their mutual interest in making music, in small increments, their path revealed itself. When she was around 14 years old, as a Christmas gift, her mother purchased private lessons for her with a voice teacher.
Finding that she liked it, she performed through the rest of high school in some dramas and a couple of musicals. It gave Catherine a new, heightened confidence, having the audience right next to her at times. She'd lost the grandmother she sang with at age 14 and her maternal grandmother the year before her mom died.
I got my hands on Everything at the 2009 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference.
Although no one else in her family had musical talent, her grandmother, who loved to sing, lived next door.


I got my hands on EverythingA  at the 2009 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. Bottle Boat: A Fun Bath Toy For Your Little OnesA fun toy needs not to be expensive and made of first hand materials by known toy brand.
If you want to leave the wood natural then skip all the painting and give it an oil finish at the end. You may notice that I only painted the front face and sides, and left the back blank – well, the path of least effort! Mike Knowles transferred his flag from Selene to Barry Danielsa€™ Juniper when it turned out I could not go, and Juniper got to Brighton and then, after a couple of enforced days off, across to Dieppe, and thence down to St Valery, so back on plan. Looking at the synoptic charts, now and predicted, will tell you more, but still in a fairly broad-brush manner. You can also see the veer and slight decrease further West as the front passes and the decrease near both the English and French coast. This year the withdrawal was much more prosaic being simply due to aching and injured ribs! Touch screen devices like the iPad blow both worries out of the water whilst still doing everything and more that your old-fashioned beige box could do. The apparatus itself is simple: the food mill body is essentially a colander that tapers in to an inverted cone at the bottom of the bowl.
One inch of ice in 3 days !!!It wasreal windy most of the day and I spent more time in the EskimoQuick Fish 3.The two holes in the shelter provided some steady action for perch and bluegills. And they tell me some sort of world sporting event is to be held down in Docklands next year?
Things that onea€™s local chandler had never heard of, and certainly did not stock, and which otherwise could only be obtained from some place in deepest Essex. Oh, and the other change on-deck is that the Eberspacher exhaust outlet has been moved - which would have saved me two separate fenders when crew have slung them over the stern rail whilst the heater was running! Then it must be able to display our position automatically on up-to-date electronic charts, perhaps carrying charts for the whole of the English Channel all the time, but with any other area easily and cheaply available.
It also has the King James Bible, the Quoran, the Baghvad Gita, and a book on Buddhism (as a rationalist I like to be able to hold my end up if I get into religious arguments) plus the complete works of Shakespeare in fully searchable form. No doubt the usual suspects will have been heard talking about what will happen when Scotland gets its Referendum and becomes independent. Mary and Adam Reay will look after the supper in my absence and Adam has devised a cunning after-supper entertainment which involves Mike Peyton cartoons. I have not used Facebook much, but there is a quite surprising and growing band of us LTSC wrinklies on there now. I had never thought about Twitter until the last Round the Island Race, when one could access on the race web site the a€?tweetsa€? from various boats as things proceeded, which made it all very alive.
Unfortunately, whilst Sea Start pulled her off, the transom-hung rudder broke off below the lower of the two stainless supports.
I have not used Facebook much, but there is a quite surprising and growing band of us LTSC wrinklies on there now.A  Pasting photos on Facebook is useful to the IT team who are always looking for good photos about the club for the club web site. The lead singer begins, her voice with that little catch in it which always works its way past my defenses.
During a 90-minute conference-call interview, amidst many laughter-filled moments, we learned about each membera€™s individual path and what brought them together. Given that there wasn't much money available for such things, it was for just one lesson per month and, to her, it was a special gift. However, during her senior year, her English teacher told her that the subject matter in her poems was immature and not worth writing about.
Rehearsals were held mostly on Long Island and toward the end also in Manhattan, where Jay was living. She was confined, with a brace, to bed rest for three months, allowed to take a few steps once a day. In my December NERFA CD reviews, I wrote: a€?While Jay on guitar and Paul on keyboard are terrific, Catherinea€™s voice is the jewel in the setting.
In addition to co-bills with Freda€™s band, Hope Machine and the YaYas, Fred and Catherine will be touring together this fall. And as I struggled to my kitchen to try to get a glass of water, I involuntarily coughed very hard indeed and a small hand-grenade went off in my ribs.
Thereafter all was well until near the end, when Gale Warnings were again the order of the day and Brittany Ferries did a brisk trade in repatriating crews of the seven yachts that were being left in France pending the arrival of better weather. That is probably a consequence of the fact that for the first 25 years all my cruising was in a family context, but there we are.
YMa€™s only real point favouring dedicated handheld chartplotters is that some are waterproof - but you can get a waterproof case for your iPhone. Touch screen devices are genuinely much easier to learn and use than old-fashioned a€?computersa€? but they also seem so much friendlier and more intimate than the old beige boxes and keyboards. YMa€™s only real point favouring dedicated handheld chartplotters is that some are waterproof - but you can get a waterproof case for your iPhone.A  YM then goes on to review the six marine chart iPhone Apps now available - that is up from just two alternatives when I wrote about such things just three months back.
When you're anchored to a single spot in your home talking to someone on the phone becomes an activity again.
A thirty year old semi-invalid of a distinguished English family, she had the rare good luck to ask for the concession to a site that seemed unimportant and a site that no one else wanted. Books written by gnarled mariners (or, at the least, Maurice Griffiths) about long voyages down muddy swatchways accompanied by roaring paraffin stoves.
Down below lockers etc have been changed, with more stowage for books etc, but overall somewhat darker and more joinery dominated than my boat. But if you really need to do that side by side at a show, air fares are cheap, and going to a show in Dusseldorf in January is as feasible as traveling around Britain. There are several other books I keep on it in case I get bored, and I can use it to buy others if I need.
The Kindle, like the iPad, also downloads newspapers nicely whilst you are waiting for your train to leave, instead of scrumming in W H Smith, as I proved when coming home from London. There are several other books I keep on it in case I get bored, and I can use it to buy others if I need.A  It has my Calendar and all my Contacts and Phone numbers.
And you can find your chums from the club, and get prompted to say Happy Birthday to them as the years go by, as several of us have just done to Adam Reay, who has just caught me up in years by having his big 70th.
Hearing them again, on a number of occasions, their brilliance reinforced my initial impression. When he was 12, his parents took him to a Sinatra concert and he was thrilled to watch Buddy Rich drumming.
During the third lesson, Catherine asked the teacher if she had a chance to become a singer. The forecast information, such as above, is available at 3 hour intervals over a 5 day span, and can be seen in animated form if you desire. So type a letter in Lymington on your a€?computera€?, sail off on your boat with your iPad or iPhone, and the letter is there for you on that device.
Rather than worrying about trying to pass that semi up ahead or if that the crazy guy who rides the 38 is going to want to sit next to you again, you have to sit down (or pace in the general vicinity) and listen.
The death lull kicked in around1230 and fishing picked back up again at 3pm.I landed the usual residents of the lake-- a few trout, afew nice crappies, perch and gills.
It was assumed that even an woman amateur with no experience could do little harm at the nearly destroyed Temple of Mut, in a remote location south of the Amun precinct at Karnak. Cunningly implemented protractors said to make navigation in a rough sea a doddle and to be so much better than my trusted Captain Fielda€™s parallel rules (no, they werena€™t, and yes I still have my parallels.) A new discovery down every aisle in those days.
The same device should also have access to the widest possible range of weather forecasts, and data, including synoptic charts.
It can do so anywhere in the world where there is a 3G phone signal, and Amazon pays all the network charges. How can they be certain we English will not get there first and have an English Referendum on whether to continue the Union or not?
During her recuperation period, she had time to reflect, and she realized that singing was the most important thing in her life and she wanted to make a serious attempt to work at it full-time.
Two days or so later I noticed a large 20 cm bruise running down from my ribs towards my groin.
She worked there for only three seasons from 1895 to 1897 and she published The Temple of Mut in Asher in 1899 2 with Janet Gourlay, who joined her in the second season. However, I came away with a couple of good ideas for handrails, and thus lee cloth fixings. Why stint things whilst we are at it - why should it not also give us easy access to talk to the Coastguard in both ordinary and distress situations? And you can carry around up to about 1500 books in a single device weighing less than the average paper-back. No problem, all such data is safely synchronised automatically at all times with my back-up system up on the a€?MobileMe Clouda€?. She worked 30 hours a week her first two years and didn't audition for anything the first year.
She spoke to Jay and Paul about pushing for more gigs, so in 1998, they surveyed the musical landscape and began their serious run as a band.
So the next day I tried to a€?be a mana€? as I was brought up to be (that never really worked), and to ignore it, and went sailing, and I regretted doing so in some agony the next day. The App (a€?programmea€?) you used to type it did it all for you via Applea€™s iCloud as you typed - so long as your word-processor was made by Apple. The App (a€?programmea€?) you used to type it did it all for you via Applea€™s iCloud as you typed - so long as your word-processorA  was made by Apple.
In the introduction to that publication of her work she emphasized that it was the first time any woman had been given permission by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities to excavate; she was well aware that it was something of an accomplishment. And Harbour Masters and Marinas likewise?A  And loads of other useful data, like it being able to find the restaurants nearest to whichever marina you are in, and then guide you to them? After re-acclimating herself as a student, in her sophomore year, she started performing in plays again. He worked with rehearsals for shows, so there wasn't time to practice the material a€” he just had to pick it up quickly. I can type on it, and produce documents, and I can send or receive e-mails, or, of course, text messages. In addition, she took a writing course, and in Carolyn Sobel, her professor, found a believer.
Ita€™s dreamlike, with Paula€™s keyboard ringing like chimes and Jaya€™s solemn guitar strum conducting a stately march.
We were frankly warned that we should make no discoveries; indeed if any had been anticipated, it was unlikely that the clearance would have been entrusted to inexperienced direction. Catherinea€™s voice floats, ethereally high over them: Please let him keep looking toward this horizona€¦When Ia€™m thinking of him, ita€™s twilight. Plenty ofpanfish with a few perch hitting the 9-inch mark and a crappie thatwas almost 10 inches.I caught trout sporadically throughout the day, ending with 9. 3 A Margaret Benson was born June 16, 1865, one of the six children of Edward White Benson.
He was first an assistant master at Rugby, then the first headmaster of the newly founded Wellington College.He rose in the service of the church as Chancellor of the diocese of Lincoln, Bishop of Truro and, finally, Archbishop of Canterbury. Benson was a learned man with a wide knowledge of history and a serious concern for the education of the young. He was also something of a poet and one of his hymns is still included in the American Episcopal Hymnal. Arthur Christopher, the eldest, was first a master at Eton and then at Magdalen College, Cambridge.
A noted author and poet with an enormous literary output, he published over fifty books, most of an inspirational nature, but he was also the author of monographs on D. He helped to edit the correspondence of Queen Victoria for publication, contributed poetry to The Yellow Book, and wrote the words to the anthem "Land of Hope and Glory". Most important to the study of the excavator of the Mut Temple, he was the author of The Life and Letters of Maggie Benson, 4 a sympathetic biography which helps to shed some light on her short archaeological career. He also wrote several reminiscences of his family in which he included his sister and described his involvement in her excavations. He helped to supervise part of the work and he prepared the plan of the temple which was used in her eventual publication. His younger brother, Robert Hugh Benson, took Holy Orders in the Church of England, later converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a priest in that rite. He also achieved some fame as a novelist and poet and rose to the position of Papal Chamberlain. Teddy told me the lake is completed covered and the ice might be about 1 inch orso.Teddy has patrolled and lived next toAntietam Lakealmostall his life and he knows the lake. Her publication of the excavation is cited in every reference to theTemple of Mut in the Egyptological literature, but she is known to history as a name in a footnote and little else.A Margaret Benson was born at Wellington College during her father's tenure as headmaster.
Each career advancement for him meant a move for the family so her childhood was spent in a series of official residences until she went to Oxford in 1883. She was eighteen when she was enrolled at Lady Margaret Hall, a women's college founded only four years before. One of her tutors commented to his sister that he was sorry Margaret had not been able to read for "Greats" in the normal way.
5 When she took a first in the Women's Honours School of Philosophy, he said, "No one will realize how brilliantly she has done." 6 Since her work was not compared to that of her male contemporaries, it would have escaped noticed. In her studies she concentrated on political economy and moral sciences but she was also active in many aspects of the college.
She participated in dramatics, debating and sports but her outstanding talent was for drawing and painting in watercolor. Her skill was so superior he thought she should be appointed drawing mistress if she remained at Lady Margaret Hall for any length of time. She began a work titled "The Venture of Rational Faith" which occupied her thoughts for many years. From the titles alone they suggest a young woman who was deeply concerned with problems of society and the spirit and this preoccupation with the spiritual was to be one of her concerns throughout the rest of her life.
In some of her letters from Egypt it is clear that she was attempting to understand something of the spiritual life of the ancient Egyptians, not a surprising interest for the daughter of a churchman like Edward White Benson. A In 1885, at the age of twenty, Margaret was taken ill with scarlet fever while at Zermatt in Switzerland. By the time she was twenty-five she had developed the symptoms of rheumatism and the beginnings of arthritis.
She made her first voyage to Egypt in 1894 because the warm climate was considered to be beneficial for those who suffered from her ailments.
Wintering in Egypt was highly recommended at the time for a wide range of illnesses ranging from simple asthma to "mental strain." Lord Carnarvon, Howard Carter's sponsor in the search for the tomb of Tutankhamun, was one of the many who went to Egypt for reasons of health. After Cairo and Giza she went on by stages as far as Aswan and the island temples of Philae.
She commented on the "wonderful calm" of the Great Sphinx, the physical beauty of the Nubians, the color of the stone at Philae, the descent of the cataract by boat, which she said was "not at all dangerous". By the end of January she was established in Luxor with a program of visits to the monuments set out.
I don't feel as if I should have really had an idea of Egypt at all if I hadn't stayed here -- the Bas-reliefs of kings in chariots are only now beginning to look individual instead of made on a pattern, and the immensity of the whole thing is beginning to dawn -- and the colours, oh my goodness! There isplenty of rainfall predicted for that area.Most of the fish sitting in the estuary should be entering the river as I type this.
The ancient language and script she found fascinating but she was not as interested in reading classical Arabic. Her interest was maintained by the variety of animal and bird life for at home in England she had been surrounded by domestic animals and had always been keen on keeping pets. By the time her first stay ended in March, 1894, she had already resolved to return in the fall. When Margaret returned to Egypt in November she had already conceived the idea of excavating a site and thus applied to the Egyptian authorities.
Anglers tend to give you space, the scenery is beautiful and the Osprey's always put on a show.
Edouard Naville, the Swiss Egyptologist who was working at the Temple of Hatshepsut at Dier el Bahri for the Egypt Exploration Fund, wrote to Henri de Morgan, Director of the Department of Antiquities, on her behalf. From her letters of the time, it is clear that this was one of the most exciting moments of Margaret Benson's life because she was allowed to embark on what she considered a great adventure.
A Margaret's physical condition at the beginning of the excavation was of great concern to the family. Wednesday was spent in the upper fly zone and wasslow in the morning but pretty consistent in the afternoon. A Margaret Benson had no particular training to qualify or prepare her for the job but what she lacked in experience she more than made up for with her "enthusiastic personality" and her intellectual curiosity.
In the preface to The Temple of Mut in Asher she said that she had no intention of publishing the work because she had been warned that there was little to find. In the introduction to The Temple of Mut in Asher acknowledgments were made and gratitude was offered to a number of people who aided in the work in various ways. The professional Egyptologists and archaeologists included Naville, Petrie, de Morgan, Brugsch, Borchardt, Daressy, Hogarth and especially Percy Newberry who translated the inscriptions on all of the statues found. Ialso landed a smallmouth bass, a few small brown trout, afew small rainbows (steelhead smolts ?), a fallfishand a baby AtlanticSalmon.
Lea), 10 a Colonel Esdaile, 11 and Margaret's brother, Fred, helped in the supervision of the work in one or more seasons. The Mohawk egg pattern accounted for many smaller fish and the salmon sized Light Spruce fly produced a few hookups. A It is usually assumed that Margaret Benson and Janet Gourlay worked only as amateurs, with little direction and totally inexperienced help. Last years--One Day Trip-- hot fly,Olive bugger with White marabou tail and redcrystal flash also received plenty of attention and did account for 2 fish. It is clear from the publication that Naville helped to set up the excavation and helped to plan the work.
The guyI was fishing withused plenty of flies with smaller bucktail flies doing most of the damage. Hogarth 12 gave advice in the direction of the digging and Newberry was singled out for his advice, suggestions and correction as well as "unwearied kindness." Margaret's brother, Fred, helped his inexperienced sister by supervising some of the work as well as making a measured plan of the temple which is reproduced in the publication. He didhook-up with a few fish while usingmy Death Stonefly, landing one nice Coho.I can tell you this---the next few weeks will provide some serious action. There are fish in the system at this moment and with the water release at 1800 CFS and the rain.
Benson) was qualified to help because he had intended to pursue archaeology as a career, studied Classical Languages and archaeology at Cambridge, and was awarded a scholarship at King's College on the basis of his work.
He organized a small excavation at Chester to search for Roman legionary tomb stones built into the town wall and the results of his efforts were noticed favorably by Theodore Mommsen, the great nineteenth century classicist, and by Mr.
Benson went on to excavate at Megalopolis in Greece for the British School at Athens and published the result of his work in the Journal of Hellenic Studies.
His first love was Greece and its antiquities and it is probable that concern for his sister's health was a more important reason for him joining the excavation than an interest in the antiquities of Egypt. 13A It is interesting to speculate as to why a Victorian woman was drawn to the Temple of Mut. The precinct of the goddess who was the consort of Amun, titled "Lady of Heaven", and "Mistress of all the Gods", is a compelling site and was certainly in need of further exploration in Margaret's time.
Its isolation and the arrangement with the Temple of Mut enclosed on three sides by its own sacred lake made it seem even more romantic. 14 When she began the excavation three days was considered enough time to "do" the monuments of Luxor and Margaret said that few people could be expected to spend even a half hour at in the Precinct of Mut. A On her first visit to Egypt in 1894 she had gone to see the temple because she had heard about the granite statues with cats' heads (the lion-headed images of Sakhmet).
The donkey-boys knew how to find the temple but it was not considered a "usual excursion" and after her early visits to the site she said that "The temple itself was much destroyed, and the broken walls so far buried, that one could not trace the plan of more than the outer court and a few small chambers". 15 The Precinct of the Goddess Mut is an extensive field of ruins about twenty-two acres in size, of which Margaret had chosen to excavate only the central structure. Connected to the southernmost pylons of the larger Amun Temple of Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes, the Mut precinct contains three major temples and a number of smaller structures in various stages of dilapidation. She noted some of these details in her initial description of the site, but in three short seasons she was only able to work inside the Mut Temple proper and she cleared little of its exterior. Serious study of the temple complex was started at least as early as the expedition of Napoleon at the end of the eighteenth century when artists and engineers attached to the military corps measured the ruins and made drawings of some of the statues. During the first quarter of the nineteenth century, the great age of the treasure hunters in Egypt, Giovanni Belzoni carried away many of the lion-headed statues and pieces of sculpture to European museums. Champollion, the decipherer of hieroglyphs, and Karl Lepsius, the pioneer German Egyptologist, both visited the precinct, copied inscriptions and made maps of the remains.16 August Mariette had excavated there and believed that he had exhausted the site.
Most of the travelers and scholars who had visited the precinct or carried out work there left some notes or sketches of what they saw and these were useful as references for the new excavation.
Since some of the early sources on the site are quoted in her publication, Margaret was obviously aware of their existence.


17A On her return to Egypt at the end of November, 1894, she stopped at Mena House hotel at Giza and for a short time at Helwan, south of Cairo. Helwan was known for its sulphur springs and from about 1880 it had become a popular health resort, particularly suited for the treatment of the sorts of maladies from which Margaret suffered. People at every turn asked if she remembered them and her donkey-boy almost wept to see her. A "On January 1st, 1895, we began the excavation" -- with a crew composed of four men, sixteen boys (to carry away the earth), an overseer, a night guardian and a water carrier. The largest the work gang would be in the three seasons of excavation was sixteen or seventeen men and eighty boys, still a sizable number.
Before the work started Naville came to "interview our overseer and show us how to determine the course of the work". The pool we were fishing was loaded with suckers and chubs and I did see a few trout and a couple of nice sized smallmouth bass. A A good part of Margaret's time was occupied with learning how to supervise the workmen and the basket boys. Since her spoken Arabic was almost nonexistent, she had to use a donkey-boy as a translator.
It would have been helpful if she had had the opportunity to work on an excavation conducted by a professional and profit from the experience but she was eager to learn and had generally good advice at her disposal so she proceeded in an orderly manner and began to clear the temple.
On the second of January she wrote to her mother: "I don't think much will be found of little things, only walls, bases of pillars, and possibly Cat-statues.
I shall feel rather like --'Massa in the shade would lay While we poor niggers toiled all day' -- for I am to have a responsible overseer, and my chief duty apparently will be paying. 18A She is described as riding out from the Luxor Hotel on donkey-back with bags of piaster pieces jingling for the Saturday payday.
She had been warned to pay each man and boy personally rather than through the overseer to reduce the chances of wages disappearing into the hands of intermediaries.
The workmen believed that she was at least a princess and they wanted to know if her father lived in the same village as the Queen of England. When they sang their impromptu work songs (as Egyptian workmen still do) they called Margaret the "Princess" and her brother Fred the "Khedive". Any questions as to what to tie, just shoot me an email or use the Contact 2Bonthewater page. A PART II: THE EXCAVATIONSA The clearance was begun in the northern, outer, court of the temple where Mariette had certainly worked.
Earth was banked to the north side of the court, against the back of the ruined first pylon but on the south it had been dug out even below the level of the pavement. Mariette's map is inaccurate in a number of respects suggesting that he was not able to expose enough of the main walls. At the first (northern) gate it was necessary for Margaret Benson to clear ten or twelve feet of earth to reach the paving stones at the bottom. In the process they found what were described as fallen roofing blocks, a lion-headed statue lying across and blocking the way, and also a small sandstone head of a hippopotamus. In the clearance of the court the bases of four pairs of columns were found, not five as on Mariette's map. After working around the west half of the first court and disengaging eight Sakhmet statues in the process, they came on their first important find.
Near the west wall of the court, was discovered a block statue of a man named Amenemhet, a royal scribe of the time of Amenhotep II.
The statue is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo 19 but Margaret was given a cast of it to take home to England. All that cold water coming from a quarry and the creek itself in that area is near lifeless. When it was discovered she wrote to her father: A My Dearest Papa, We have had such a splendid find at the Temple of Mut that I must write to tell you about it.
We were just going out there on Monday, when we met one of our boys who works there running to tell us that they had found a statue. When we got there they were washing it, and it proved to be a black granite figure about two feet high, knees up to its chin, hands crossed on them, one hand holding a lotus. The bridge is now being painted a Hunter Green color.Most of the creeks in the OleyValley are really low. 20A The government had appointed an overseer who spent his time watching the excavation for just such finds. Even with the rain, the creeks remain very low.A I have a trip scheduled to the Salmon River planned inlate September thanks to Jack. He reported it to a sub-inspector who immediately took the block statue away to a store house and locked it up. Without Jack's kindness and awesomeness, I would not be going salmon fishing.A I have startedtyingflies for the upcoming salmon trip.
He said it was hard that Margaret should not have "la jouissance de la statue que vous avez trouve" and she was allowed to take it to the hotel where she could enjoy it until the end of the season when it would become the property of the museum. The statue had been found on the pavement level, apparently in situ, suggesting to the excavator that this was good evidence for an earlier dating for the temple than was generally believed at the time. The presence of a statue on the floor of a temple does not necessarily date the temple, but many contemporary Egyptologists might have come to the same conclusion. Zoe competed in a National Beauty pageant and won honorable mention in the beauty competition (FYI -- Zoe wears no make-up, fake hairor fake teethand she competes in the natural division--she is my little girl and I would never DRESS HER UP like all those crazy folks you see on TV).
One visitor to the site recalled that a party of American tourists were perplexed when Margaret was pointed out to them as the director of the dig. At that moment she and a friend were sitting on the ground quarreling about who could build the best sand castle.
We dressed as fishermen, answered a question about each other and then Zoe did some fly casting on stage. This was probably not the picture of an "important" English Egyptologist that the Americans had expected. A As work was continued in the first court other broken statues of Sakhmet were found as well as two seated sandstone baboons of the time of Ramesses III. Zoe was crowned Little Queen when she won the Pennsylvania state pageant back in 2006 while competing in a Sunburst pageant. 21 The baboons went to the museum in Cairo, a fragment of a limestone stela was eventually consigned to a store house in Luxor and the upper part of a female figure was left in the precinct where it was recently rediscovered.
The small objects found in the season of 1895 included a few coins, a terra cotta of a reclining "princess", some beads, Roman pots and broken bits of bronze.
Time was spent repositioning Sakhmet statues which appeared to be out of place based on what was perceived as a pattern for their arrangement. Even if they were correct they could not be sure that they were reconstructing the original ancient placement of the statues in the temple or some modification of the original design.
There are plenty of out of the way smaller streams that are teeming with Smallmouths, Carp and a variety of Panfish. In the spirit of neatness and attempting to leave the precinct in good order, they also repaired some of the statues with the aid of an Italian plasterer, hired especially for that purpose. A Margaret was often bed ridden by her illnesses and she was subject to fits of depression as well but she and her brother Fred would while away the evenings playing impromptu parlor games. For a fancy dress ball at the Luxor Hotel she appeared costumed as the goddess Mut, wearing a vulture headdress which Naville praised for its ingenuity. The resources in the souk of Luxor for fancy dress were nonexistent but Margaret was resourceful enough to find material with which to fabricate a costume based, as she said, on "Old Egyptian pictures." A The results of the first season would have been gratifying for any excavator. In a short five weeks the "English Lady" had begun to clear the temple and to note the errors on the older plans available to her.
She had started a program of reconstruction with the idea of preserving some of the statues of Sakhmet littering the site.
She had found one statue of great importance and the torso of another which did not seem so significant to her.
Her original intention of digging in a picturesque place where she had been told there was nothing much to be found was beginning to produce unexpected results.A The Benson party arrived in Egypt for the second season early in January of 1896. After a trip down to, they reached Luxor Aswan around the twenty-sixth and the work began on the thirtieth. That day Margaret was introduced to Janet Gourlay who had come to assist with the excavation. Perkiomen Creek -- air temp 89 degrees, checked the temperature at two spots, temps were 70 and 69 degrees -- Taken between 415-425 pmA Manatawny Creek -- air temp was 88 degrees, checked the temperature at three spots, temps were 76 degrees at Red Covered Bridge, 74 degrees above TIKI bar and 76 degrees below the Rt.
The beginning of the long relationship between "Maggie" Benson and "Nettie" Gourlay was not signaled with any particular importance. By May of the same year she was to write (also to her mother): "I like her more and more -- I haven't liked anyone so well in years". Miss Benson and Miss Gourlay seemed to work together very well and to share similar reactions and feelings. They were to remain close friends for much of Margaret's life, visiting and travelling together often. This heatwave has made most ofthe local trout streams too warm to fishfor the catch and release angler. Their correspondence reflects a deep mutual sympathy and Janet was apparently much on Margaret's mind because she often mentioned her friend in writing to others.
Maiden Creek below Ontelaunee Lake should provide anglers with some fishthat are willing to bite.
After her relationship with Margaret Benson she faded into obscurity and even her family has been difficult to trace, although a sister was located a few years ago. A For the second season in 1896 the work staff was a little larger, with eight to twelve men, twenty-four to thirty-six boys, a rais (overseer), guardians and the necessary water carrier.
You can find Carp, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bassand a wide assortment of panfish to keep you busy.
With the first court considered cleared in the previous season, work was begun at the gate way between the first and second courts. Take some cold water with you !!!Your best way to keep the water cool is to freeze a bottle or two of water the night before you head out. An investigation was made of the ruined wall between these two courts and the conclusion was drawn that it was "a composite structure" suggesting that part of the wall was of a later date than the rest. As the day heats up, the water bottles will slowly melt, leaving you with nice cold waterto drink throughout the day. The wall east of the gate opening is of stone and clearly of at least two building periods while the west side has a mud brick core faced on the south with stone. Margaret thought the west half of the wall to be completely destroyed because it was of mud brick which had never been replaced by stone. She found the remains of "more than one row of hollow pots" which she thought had been used as "air bricks" in some later rebuilding. Originally built of mud brick, like many of the structures in the Precinct of Mut, the south face of both halves of the wall was sheathed with stone one course thick no later than the Ramesside Period.
During the Ptolemaic Period the core of the east half of the mud brick wall was replaced with stone but the Ramesside sheathing was retained.
Here the untrained excavator was beginning to understand some of the problems of clearing a temple structure in Egypt.
Mariette's plan of the second chamber probably seemed accurate after a superficial examination so a complete clearing seemed unnecessary. Other fragments were found and the original height of the seated statue was estimated between fourteen and sixteen feet high. I fished for 30-minutes on Manatawny and landed 2 wild browns on a tan caddis dry fly in the area where the water temp was 68 degrees. The following year de Morgan, the Director General of the Department of Antiquities, ordered the head sent to the museum in Cairo The finding of the large lion head is mentioned in a letter from Margaret to her mother dated February 9, 1896, 22. In the same letter she also mentions the discovery of a statue of Ramesses II on the day before the letter was written. Temperature wise, if it is 90 degrees outside, pretty sure most, if not all of the local trout waters will be at 70 degrees or higher. 23.Her published letters often give exact or close dates of discoveries whereas her later publication in the Temple of Mut in Asher was an attempt at a narrative of the work in some order of progression through the temple and dates are often lacking. About the same time that the giant lion head was found some effort was made to raise a large cornerstone block but a crowbar was bent and a rope was broken.
We don't wantto kill the trout.The trout that survive through the summer will offerus great fishing in the fall. The end result of the activity is not explained at that point and the location of the corner not given but it can probably be identified with the southeast cornerstone of the Mut Temple mentioned later in a description of the search for foundation deposits. A Somewhere near the central axis of the second court, but just inside the gateway, they came on the upper half of a royal statue with nemes headdress and the remains of a false beard.
I have not made a trip to the Schuylkill River as of yet, but I'd bet the house that the smallie action should be pretty darn good.
There had been inscriptions on the shoulder and back pillar but these had been methodically erased. The lower half was found a little later and it was possible to reconstruct an over life-sized, nearly complete, seated statue of a king. The excavators published it as "possibly" Tutankhamun, an identification not accepted today, and it is still to be seen, sitting to the east of the gateway, facing into the second court.24 A large statue of Sakhmet was also found, not as large as the colossal head, but larger than the other figures still in the precinct and in most Egyptian collections. It was also reconstructed and left in place, on the west side of the doorway where it is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the temple. In the clearance of the second court a feature described as a thin wall built out from the north wall was found in the northeast corner. It was later interpreted by the nineteenth century excavators as part of the arrangement for a raised cloister and it was not until recent excavation that it was identified as the lower part of the wall of a small chapel, built against the north wall of the court. You can also takeyour watercraft outbefore Epler atCross Keys Road or at Muhlenburg Township park which is below the PFBC Epler Access.
The process of determining any sequence of the levels in the second court was complicated by the fact that it had been worked over by earlier treasure hunters and archaeologists.
In some cases statues were found below the original floor level, leading to the assumption that some pieces had fallen, broken the pavement, and sunk into the floor of their own weight. It is more probable that the stone floors had been dug out and undermined in the search for antiquities. There is little room to fish, unless you don't mind walking the shoreline that is covered with all types of vegetation, including Poison Ivy. A An attempt was made to put the area in order for future visitors as the excavation progressed. Pleny of fish to be caught in this body of water, that is if you can get to them.A Manatawny Creek fished OK. This included the reconstruction of some of the statues as found and the moving of others in a general attempt to neaten the appearance of the temple. Other finds made in the second court included inscribed blocks too large to move or reused in parts of walls still standing. The statue identified as Ramesses II, mentioned in Margaret's letter of February 9, was found on the southwest side of the court, near the center. It was a seated figure in pink granite, rather large in size, but when it was completely uncovered it was found to be broken through the middle with the lower half in an advanced state of disintegration. The upper part was in relatively good condition except for the left shoulder and arm and it was eventually awarded to the excavators.
A Mention was also made of several small finds from the second court including a head of a god in black stone and part of the vulture headdress from a statue of a goddess or a queen.
The recent ongoing excavations carried out by the Brooklyn Museum have revealed a female head with traces of a vulture headdress as well as a number of fragments of legs and feet which suggest that the head of the god found by Margaret Benson was from a pair statue representing Amun and Mut. Another important discovery she made on the south side of the court was a series of sandstone relief blocks representing the arrival at Thebes of Nitocris, daughter of Psamtik I, as God's Wife of Amun.25A At some time during the season Margaret was made aware of the possibility that foundation deposits might still be in place.
These dedicatory deposits were put down at the time of the founding of a structure or at a time of a major rebuilding, and they are often found under the cornerstones, the thresholds or under major walls, usually in the center.
They contain a number of small objects including containers for food offerings, model tools and model bricks or plaques inscribed with the name of the ruler. The importance of finding such a deposit in the Temple of Mut was obvious to Margaret because it would prove to everyone's satisfaction who had built the temple, or at least who had made additions to it.
A They first looked for foundation deposits in the middle of the gateway between the first and second courts. At the same time another part of the crew was clearing the innermost rooms in the south part of the temple.
Under the central of the three chambers they discovered a subterranean crypt with an entrance so small that it had to be excavated by "a small boy with a trowel".
This chamber has been re-cleared in recent years and proved to be a small rectangular room with traces of an erased one-line text around the four walls.
In antiquity the access seems to have been hidden by a paving stone which had to be lifted each time the room was entered.
A The search for foundation deposits continued in the southeast corner of the temple (probably the place where the crowbar was bent and the rope broken).
Again no deposit was found but in digging around the cornerstone, below the original ground level, they began to find statues and fragments of statues.
As the earth continued to yield more and more pieces of sculpture, Legrain arrived from the Amun Temple, where he was supervising the excavation, and announced his intention to take everything away to the storehouse. This stretch used to provide some very nice smallmouth action, but the last few trips here have been poor. Aside from the pleasure of the find, it was important to have the objects at hand for study, comparison and the copying of inscriptions. Switched to a spent spinner pattern and hooked up twice--snapped one off and landed a nice stocker brown. The water is up from recent rains inthe valley, but the stream was clear and in perfect condition. The Schuylkill River and a few tribs shouldprovide any cat or carp angler with a few bites each nite. Channel catfish prefer dead baits andsmaller live bait, while the Flatheads prefer larger live bait. Carp will eatsmaller live bait including minnows andcrayfish along with the standard fare of homemade MUSH bait or whole kernel corn.The bottom line is--It doesn't really matter what bait you areusing. But, by now it was pitch black and it was raining pretty good and thelightning made it look like the 4th of July came early.I managed to land 2 fish on my emerger pattern androll 2 other trout. Started out at the mouth of Sacony Creek but there was some serious bridge work going on, so I left after a few casts. Caught some nice bluegills, onebrown trout, pumpkinseeds, green sunfish, agolden shiner and I almost hooked into a very nice largemouth bass.
Kids and water mean plenty of noise,lots of splashing and lots offun.Normally, 750pm is about the timethe sulphurs start popping off. I saw some Iso's and huge stoneflies coming off and flying around.I caught a trophy Bluegill, no kidding check out the picture, almost 9 inches. I left my headlamp in the truck so I had to walkout before it got too dark and miss the potential spinner fall.
I then drove to another stretch of the crick and hooked up a few times fishing a brown spent spinner.
I lost them at the bank.A Fish the mornings with a brown or white spent spinner and you might get a few takes on the surface. My favorite is a "John's Spring Creek Pupa" tied in size 18 and 20 (Trout Flies of The East--page 93).
I caught two brookies on a CDC sulphur dry fly and the rest of the fish were caught with nymphs. What an amazing fish, especially on a 2 wt bamboo fly rod with a fly reel that is dated to the 1930's or 1940's.
What a specimen.He looked like a submarine swimming in the water !!My first impression of the leviathan is that it was a wild fish. Tonights fishing provided a mixed bag of fish, a few smallwild brown trout, along with a few stocker browns, stockerrainbows and the brook trout. I topped it all off with a visit to Ted's house to show off the bamboo fly rod and talk shop.
It was about 40 degrees and raining.I didroll a larger fish on a midge, but aside from that, it was a very slow night. Cast down and across and hop the flies upoff the bottom with quick upward lifts of the fly rod.The fish would really strike hard.
I still have not figured out whyone day I will catch all browns, one day I will catch all rainbows and some days, you will catch a little of everything.



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