FALL, the most invigorating season in New England. The season of gorgeous color combinations that can make anyone swoon and head over heel. The season of apple harvest, pumpkin galore, beautiful foliage and the crisp air. Fall in New England is extravagant and exuberant. I wouldn’t want to miss one fine day in the fall so to feel its beauty. I would wait for the blue sky and sunshine to go out and take my camera with me. But sometimes I didn’t get the chance to do that and rely mostly on my camera phone. Usually this happened when I was out and about in downtown or around Yale University campus. I pass by the campus many times at least once a week. I love going about there between the stone buildings and admiring the season as it develops. I love the arrogancy of fall, of its splendor that entices my soul and makes me exclaim in delight, “Wow!”
There’s something about a carousel that you can always love. The carousel at New Haven Lighthouse Point Park is like that, you’re going to love it as soon as you see it. The carousel was built in 1916 by the Murphy Brothers in their workshop in Savin Rock, West Haven. It is one of the unique and charming American folk art still exists. It used to be an outdoor carousel, but then when after years of effected by the sea water and weather, the carousel became deteriorating. In the 1980’s, the mayor of New Haven set up a community action organization to take care of the carousel. After it was cleaned, repaired and restored, the carousel was placed in the pavilion near the lighthouse. It is now among the National Register of Historic Places. There is a small fee of 50 cents to ride the carousel. The music they play when the carousel moves is lovely and sweet to your ears.
The music is played on an organ made by Stinson Organ Company. A mini organ with a miniature of George Washington holding a baton can be seen as part of the carousel decorations. There are also paintings of beach scenery, mermaid, sail boat, lighthouse and some nature scenery in New Haven adorned the top part of the carousel. There are 72 figures on the carousel that are placed on 20 arrays on a 60-foot platform (about 18 meters high). Each horse is different. It has different color, character and details that make each of the horse unique. It also named and the name is posted on top of each horse. When you look up, you can see the name of the horse you ride. Maybe you ride Thunder, White Lightning, Ocean Light, Wild Heart, Jumpin Jack or Bella Vista. Public can rent the pavilion and also the carousel for private party, such as a wedding or prom. I would love to attend a party here at night, when the carousel lights glimmer while the whimsical music from the carousel plays and the sound of the ocean is heard outside the building. What a marvelous night it seems!
My state, Connecticut, is located in the east coast of United States and the Atlantic Ocean part that stretches along the southern part of the state, is known as Long Island Sound. Being located near the ocean, Connecticut has several lighthouses and one of them stands in the city of New Haven. I have visited this lighthouse which is called Five Mile Point Light, many times but mostly when the weather wasn’t as lovely as the last time I came there. Two weeks ago I came to the Light House Park because of religious reason. It was Eid-ul Adha and the prayer was held in a field there. A couple hundreds of people showed up to pray together. After the prayer, I walked about the park especially near the lighthouse. The scenery was marvelous!
The Five Mile Point Lighthouse is called that way due to its location, which is about 5 miles (8km) from the center of the city of New Haven. It has octagonal shape that becomes a trademark of Connecticut’s lighthouses. This lighthouse is the 2nd lighthouse built in New Haven. The first lighthouse was called Morris Point established during the Colonial period. In 1847, the Five Mile Point Lighthouse opened replacing Morris Point that thought to be too far north on the shore. The Five Mile Point was made of sandstone from the nearby town of East Haven, while its interior was lined with bricks made in New Haven. This lighthouse stands 97 feet (29,5 meters) above the sea level. Inside the lighthouse there’s circular staircase with 74 steps made of granite leading up to the lantern.
The Five Mile Point Lighthouse operated until 1877. There’s another lighthouse that was built closer to Long Island Sound replacing it that’s still active until today. If you see the 3rd and 5th pictures, you can see far away a minuscule object which is the Southwest Ledge Lighthouse. This lighthouse stands on the reef at the opening of New Haven harbor. New Haven Lighthouse Park is a beautiful place to visit. The park has nature trail, bird watching station, small water park – wonderful entertainment for children especially in summer. It also has an indoor antique carousel. The carousel is so beautiful. Each of the carousel horses has different feature that I will write about them next time. Meanwhile, if you happen to pass by New Haven or visiting Connecticut, come and see the Five Point Mile Lighthouse at New Haven Lighthouse Park.
When I feel like it, I sketch. Often times though, even when I brought along my sketch book, set of pencils and pens anywhere, I had to have a certain mood to really want to sketch. Sometimes my hand was already tired from doing a lot of chores, that even when I set my heart to sketch, my hand seemed abstaining from doing anything. So I might ended up sitting somewhere with my sketch book open and blank page. But when those moments came, I could sit for the longest time to sketch. Who would want to care for the dirty dishes or unprepared meal anyway? (Wink).
These are three of my latest sketches and I intent to make as many as I can and create a sketch journal. But I know my limit and my mood, unfortunately. I did my first sketch after my kids, their friends from the music camp and their teachers had a picnic. I cooked some fried rice for them and the picnic went so well and everybody was happy. A friend of mine who also a mother of a student at the camp, and her daughter, and I kept on picnicking under the shadow of some trees at Yale Cross Campus after everybody else went back to their activity. We had a wonderful time chatting and after my friend and her daughter left, I did my sketch. My object was the building of Calhoun College. A few months back, there was a protest wanting the school (Yale) to replace the name of Calhoun College due to the character behind the name, John C. Calhoun, who was a statesman who believed in slavery. Calhoun was a former US vice president.
The sketch book that I use now is my second sketch book. It’s thinner and smaller than the first one that’s already full. The book has red cover. I fell in love with it when I saw it at the arts & craft store. I did my second sketch during our visit to the beach. We live quite near the beach and I promised my younger daughter and son to go to the beach when the weather became cooler one late afternoon. Summer has been crazy for us with several days of heat wave. So while my kids kept themselves busy by playing frisbee and walking to a small island that we could only reach when it was low tide, I sketched. Basically, I was left alone minding my own business. My sketch object was part of the Bradley Point that has several big trees with benches under them.
When one day I took my younger daughter along to find a “good place” to sketch, I told her to bring a book. At first, she was bored, but then she sat nicely reading her book and watching the people who passed by us. We chatted and laughed at some people who looked silly or did something awkward. We were sitting on a stone bench near Sterling Library at Yale Campus. The weather was fine that day. I decided to sketch the Harkness Hall because I wanted to learn again about drawing perspective. It’s been a while since I sketch or draw something in perspective. My skill kinda dull at the moment. By the way, I chose sepia colored pens to sketch because it reminds me of old photographs. I sure hope I will continue to sketch more and create another journal to share.
The weather has been glorious lately and visiting a garden seems to be perfect. On Saturday afternoon I visited Pardee Rose Garden because I know the irises are blooming everywhere and I’m pretty sure there will be some there. When I got to the garden, I saw the row of irises beautifully lining up on the outer side of the fence. It seemed like a party was happening in the garden by looking at the many colors the irises showed. Perhaps that’s what made Vincent van Gogh painted the Irises before he died. He captured the irises’ details intimately and created a stunning perception. I can’t paint as good as van Gogh, but I tried to capture the details I saw from the irises in the Pardee Rose Garden through my camera. Please, enjoy!
Hi all! It’s been a while. I wish you’re all well. I’ve been meaning to keep up writing a journal here, nevertheless, so many things happened and I got caught up with them. I was very ill for more than 2 months, started with the worst kind of flu that turned into a complication of pneumonia. I’m recuperating now, although having been very ill meant that my body is still not up to 100% yet. I’d like to start by sharing this cute shop that I happened to come by on the way to Hammonasset Beach in Madison, Connecticut, last summer. Hammonasset Beach is a state park with the largest shoreline park of over 2 miles of beach on Long Island Sound. The beach is beautiful and now that the weather feels like it’s summer already, is going to be a perfect destination on the weekend.
The shop is called THE LITTLE STATION SHOP, which is also an office for the Beach Tree Cottages. It is a brilliant idea to set up the shop because anyone who wants to rent a cottage will go by the shop and see what they offer. At that time, my family and I were on the way to the beach and saw that the store offered some lemonade, our favorite. It’s a soft frozen lemonade called Del’s. If you see one of the cart or shop that sells this brand, you should try some. It’s good. So after we spent our relaxing time on the beach, on the way returning home, we stopped by to have some lemonade and browsed the shop a bit.
The shop is a re-purposed garage basically. There’s a metal sculpture horse standing in front of the shop. The artist who created was the cottage owner, that’s what I thought from the sign on the horse. The shop displayed their merchandises on vintage shelves and all around were vintage toys decorating a small yard next to the shop. There was a seating area for the guests and we enjoyed our lemonade there. The Little Station Shop offered cute and wonderful stationary, beautiful jewelries, artisan soaps, etc. I was only browsing the merchandise and admiring them. The thing that I love the most was the shop and decorations. It is cute, with adorable set up. Some fabric buntings adorned the the tree and the shop. The surrounding was pretty peaceful and with the invitation to go to the beach close by, it’s a perfect little shop indeed.
“It was the way the autumn day looked into the high windows as it waned; the way the red light, breaking at the close from under a low sombre sky, reached out in a long shaft and played over old wainscots, old tapestry, old gold, old colour”.
– Henry James –