Fall Pictures in WI- 2015

As promised in my previous post I was able to get some pictures of Oshkosh around our area. The first picture is my favorite. It was taken at Menominee Park. We were sitting on the dock fishing and this is what we were seeing. On all picture you can click to enlarge!

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This picture was taken through our living room window looking out towards the East.
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The next picture would be our view of across the street facing North.
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Lastly this picture is a tree that is in our yard. You can see the mesh of the screen a little bit but you get the idea.

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Not bright colors but pretty good.

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Moving to Oshkosh, WI in April

After a lot of searching we found a home to rent in Oshkosh, WI. We are so looking forward to moving there. After years of apartment living this will be great. We will be moving the middle of April so we are busy packing away. We love the fact that we are about 3 miles outside of the city in a very small rural subdivision. Country living but close to the city and shopping.

Lake Winnebago is huge and there will be fishing in our future! Here is a link for more info on the lake and fishing. Also a couple of pics.

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Also Oshkosh is known for there huge Air Show. Below is a video of last year’s highlights. Enjoy

May post in April if I have time!

Nautical Signal Flag Ideas for the Home

Since we have been in business since 2006 we have accumulated a lot of pictures. The other day I was going through them. Some I had forgotten about since it has been close to 10 yrs. I thought I would feature a few of them in this blog post.

Although there is lots of snow on the ground now we took this picture at a park and then put the gazebo in with the signal flags. This horizontal banner below spells FLAGS.
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The next picture spells SEASIDE in Signal flags.
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The next picture is a picture we put together with our horizontal, vertical and also our valance banners. The names are near the banner.
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The next picture is a collage that we put together of our flags.
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Lastly due to our out of state move the last day we will be accepting new orders is 02/23/15. Stay tuned to our blog for up to date info on when we will be accepting new orders. Tentatively we hope to open early June!

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It’s a Nautical Christmas ~ 2014

With Thanksgiving barely behind us we are rushing towards the Christmas season. I love Christmas decorations and wanted to share some of my favorites in this post. Since we are busy packing we won’t be decorating as much this year. The first picture is my tree a couple of years ago with the added signal flags spelling out Merry Christmas.
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I just love this boat ‘The Gambler’ decorated with the lights and star!
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Another one that I found on Pinterest.
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Next this was posted on the Navy site and released to share. It was taken a few years ago.
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Lastly a Big Thank you to all our followers and customers. I treasure the friendships I have made through the blog and our website.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Christmas!
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Our WI Vacation ~ More Pictures to Share

My last post showed just some of the pictures that I had taken. I wanted to share more of them with you. Although this trip was a vacation we were also looking around a few areas as we are going to move next Spring to WI. More about that as we go 🙂 Click on picture to see them full size!
The first picture was taken in the evening and loved the cloud formation as seen below:

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Next is a boat that was taking off. There is a boat house behind the tree on the left and they took off from there.

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Next 2 pictures show the deck that I was taking pictures from

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Next 2 pictures show some of the flower garden that they have made and foliage.

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water boat lake wi cottage deck flowers

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Our WI Vacation Pictures – Great Time!

As most of my followers know we took a vacation the end of August. It was our first in about 8 years. It was so relaxing and we had a great time. There is something about the water that is simply wonderful. Took lots of pictures and hope you enjoy them. First off is a few of the lake. Our cottage at Crown Point Resort faced the water. Lots of boats and some fishing out on the lake. We didn’t catch anything but still had a great time. These pictures I took were from our deck looking out.
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Next is some pictures of the rock garden they made. It’s near the steps leading down to the lake.

 

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Lots of birds flying in and out and finally captured one that decided to sit still for a second 🙂
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Will share more as we go along. Also if you click on any image you can see it full size. Hope you enjoyed it!

18th & 19th Century Ships-Decor

This post shows a little bit of everything as far as nautical decor on ships of old. gpcox- pacificparatrooper had a great idea and got me thinking what ships would look like back then. He has a wonderful blog that is worth checking out!

Here is a pic of a 18th century ship!

 

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photo credit-maritime-connector.com

Below is a 19th century ship.

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photo credit- mlive.com – scooner

 

Next is the Captain’s Quarters. Notice the quills that they used for writing back then!

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photo credit-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabin_%28ship%29

Next is a Captain’s desk.Mahogany ship’s Captain’s pedestal desk

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photo credit-carters.com.au

Love this lantern that they used.

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photo credit-vallejogallery.com

Lastly love the signal flags in the picture below. Dressed as a 19th century sailor on the deck of a wooden sailing ship- Punch

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photo credit- punch.photoshelter.com

Here is a link with a little bit about Frequently Asked Questions from the Navy site.

Phonetic alphabet is a list of words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. Spoken words from an approved list are substituted for letters. For example, the word “Navy” would be “November Alfa Victor Yankee” when spelled in the phonetic alphabet. This practice helps to prevent confusion between similar sounding letters, such as “m” and “n”, and to clarify communications that may be garbled during transmission.

An early version of the phonetic alphabet appears in the 1913 edition of The Bluejackets’ Manual. Found in the Signals section, it was paired with the Alphabetical Code Flags defined in the International Code. Both the meanings of the flags (the letter which they represent) and their names (which make up the phonetic alphabet) were selected by international agreement. Later editions included the Morse code signal as well.

 

Hope you enjoyed the post!