Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases/Margaret D./NYC Talk

Willard Suitcases ©2015 Jon Crispin

Margaret D. came to Willard with almost all of her household, including her car.  I posted here and here about her before. / The cutlery in the La Lure box is very cool.

On Tuesday the 9th of February I will be giving a presentation about the suitcases sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.  It will take place at the New York Public Library branch, 524 Main Street on the island.  The start time is 6.30 pm and I would encourage anyone coming to get there a bit early, as the branch closes at 7.45 and we will need to start on time.

 There is very little on-street parking, I would encourage everyone to come by public transport.  (Hey, it’s New York City!)  Here is a link for travel directions.  If you are coming by tram, the station is at Second Avenue and 60th Street.  You will need to pay with a Metrocard ($2.75).  When you arrive on the island, take red bus (free) to the second stop and walk forward about 50 yards to the library.  If coming by subway, take the F train from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island.  Then the red bus to the first stop and walk 50 yards to the library.  If you follow the project online or have been in touch directly, please come up and introduce yourself.  I will be in the building by 5.00, I hope, and will have time to chat once everything is set up.  Hope to see you there.

 I noticed today that the willardsuitcases.com site is acting up a bit.  All of the information below the photograph on the splash page seems to have disappeared.  Fortunately everything else seems to be working, including access to the cases page.  I have a call in to Steve Fox who did a beautiful job designing the site, and I hope we can get it cleared up soon.

Leaves / Ice

Posted in Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 28/01/2016

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I had a nice little walk in the woods today with the dog.  We don’t have any snow, but there is ice.

Weird Little Thing

Posted in Superstition, Uncategorized, Weirdness by joncrispin on 21/01/2016

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I can’t really explain why odd little occurrences amuse me so much.  And I won’t even begin to attempt to go into too much detail here.  I was shaving in the shower as I usually do and took the top off a new can of gel.  I placed it on the grab bar but it fell through the gap, slid down the wall and stopped.  It stayed there during the rest of my shower but when I checked an hour later it had dropped off.  The scientific explanation that comes to mind is “surface tension”, but I really have no idea.

Willard Suitcases / Nora M

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Even though I am in South Carolina taking a short break, I’m still trying to get quite a bit of editing done on the suitcases project.  Nora M’s cases are pretty amazing.

Willard Suitcases Projecty ©2013 Jon Crispin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The above shot is a great example of how the museum conserved and catalogued each item in the collection.  In the photo below you can see how Peg and I unwrapped and set up Nora’s cutlery.

Willard Suitcases Projecty ©2013 Jon Crispin ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

In the past few days I have been able to upload several more cases to willardsuitcases.com, so please go check them out.  On the main page, click on “The Cases” at the top of the page.  There are quite a few shots on Nora’s page, so be sure to click “view: all” underneath the “Add To Cart” button.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for following.

Beach Flower

Posted in Beaches, Flowers, Plants by joncrispin on 04/01/2016

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It is wonderful to come to a place in the month of January where wild plants are still flowering.  In all our miles of walking the beach, this was the only blossom we have seen.

Anyone out there have any idea what plant this is?

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New Page

lab swims

I have just created a direct link to all of the suitcase posts for those of you who have very little interest in my dog, or the other bits of my life that I like to post here.  If you look to the column on the right →, under “Pages” you will see a link to “All Willard Suitcase Posts”.  I hope that it makes it easier for folks who are looking for all the suitcases in one place.  I will still upload all suitcase stuff to this site.

bobcat

We are in South Carolina for a bit and seeing tons of interesting wildlife.  This bobcat was just hanging around on the deck yesterday.

lizard

And this little lizard was on one of the dining room chairs.

labrador sleeps

Olive has been swimming every day, and it doesn’t take much to get her to nap between dips.

Happy New Year’s everyone, thanks for following, and be well.  Cheers, Jon

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