Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday


Taken in 2006 in Pecos National Park, New Mexico.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ruby Tuesday

I'm posting today over at Ruby Tuesday 2.

Taken in Red Square in Moscow Russia on May 9, 2011 Victory Day. You can read more over here.

All photography on this post at Junk Boat Travels are under copyright. If you would like to use any of my photographs please contact me first.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?


It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.

It was a light reading week with so many other things that we had on our schedule. This usually ends up being one of the busiest week's of the summer.
I won't be posting next week because we will be in Paris!!

A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell #1)

Meh! I mentioned reading another of this author's books last week, with the same reaction. Last week I read number 7 in the series this week was number 1. At least number 7 had an interesting story line.
I'm not even going to waste any energy on this one.

Borrowed as an e-book from the library.
People Like Us
From the book jacket:
The way journalist Gus Bailey tells it, old money is always preferred, but occasionally new money sneaks in--even where it is most unwelcome. After moving from Cincinnati, Elias and Ruby Renthal strike it even richer in New York, turning their millions into billions. It would be impolite for high society to refuse them now. Not to mention disadvantageous. As long as the market is strong, there's absolutely nothing to worry about--except for those nasty secrets from the past. Scandal, anyone...?

This was most entertaining.  The characters are stereotypical old money New Yorkers not amused by all these New Money self-made "newcomers' elbowing their way into their tight lipped enclosed social circles. 
It boggled my mind that there are people who have so much money for so many generations that all they do is socialize all day every day. Every single evening is spent in getting dressed up and going out.
I will be reading more from this author.

The Ottoman Motel
From the book jacket:
Welcome to Reception…
Simon and his parents arrive in the small town of Reception and check in to the Ottoman Motel. Then, while Simon is asleep, his parents disappear.
Are they lost? Has something terrible happened to them? Have they simply driven away and left him?
All Simon knows is that he is alone in a strange town. And, as a desultory police investigation begins, he realises he is unsure who he can trust.
The local police constable is kind; a B&B owner gives Simon a place to stay. The citizens of Reception have taken him in—but why does it seem as if no one is trying to find his parents?
The Ottoman Motel is not just an intriguing character-based mystery, but a moving study of fear and loss. With this assured and nuanced debut, Christopher Currie proves himself to be one of the brightest young novelists in Australia.

2012 books read (55 to date):
The Coast Road - John Brady
Still Midnight - Denise Mina
The Bulgari Connection - Fay Weldon
Good Bait - John Harvey
The Heretic's Treasure - Scott Mariani
Dead I Well May Be - Adrian McKinty
The Devil's Elixir - Raymond Khoury
A Darker Domain - Val McDermid
The Impossible Dead - Ian Rankin
GB84 - David Peace
The Emperor's Tomb - Steve Berry
Stonehenge Legacy - Sam Christer
Inquisition - Alfredo Colitto ABANDONED!
The Troubled Man - Henning Mankell
Nineteen Seventy-Four - David Peace
Faithful Place - Tana French
Dead Like You - Peter James
Brother and Sister - Joanna Trollope
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton ABANDONED!
A Beginner's Guide to Acting English -Shappi Khorsandi
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
The Leopard - Jo Nesbo
The Stone Cutter - Camilla Lackberg
Miramar - Naguib Mahfouz
The Gallow's Bird - Camilla Lackberg
Nineteen Seventy- Seven - David Peace
Timeline - Michael Crichton
Millennium People - JG Ballard
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Birdman - Mo Hayder
Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
The Paris Vendetta - Steve Berry
Little Girls Lost - Jack Kerley
The Reutrn of the Dancing Master - Henning Mankell
Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
Dublin Dead - Gerard O'Donovan
City of Bohane - Kevin Barry
This Beautiful Life - Helen Schulman
The Copenhagen Project - K. SandersenPrague - Arthur Phillips
Fortunes of War - Gordon Zuckerman
The Cold Cold Ground - Adrian McKinty
Before the Poison - Peter Robinson
The Mozart Conspiracy - Scott Mariani
Dancer - Colum McCann
Pig Island - Mo Hayder
Old City Hall - Robert Rotenberg
The Paris Wife - Paula McLain
The Last Good Man - A. J. Kazinski
Homesick - Roshi Fernando
Black Friday - Alex Kava
Only One Life - Sara Blaedel
A Perfect Evil - Alex Kava
People Like Us - Dominick Dunne

Blue Monday

I'm linking up over at Blue Monday today.
This is the original site of McDonald's (owned by the McDonald brothers), which opened as the Airdrome in 1940 and converted to the first McDonald's in 1948. It was here that Ray Kroc tried to sell Dick and Mac McDonald a MixMaster in 1954 and ended up buying their name.
Taken in San Bernardino, California when we decided to take a drive down Route 66.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Foto Finish

Foto Finish
Cat Patches hosts this weekly meme. Her theme this week is YELLOW.

This wall mural is in a section of Toronto called Leslieville. I took this photo in June 2012 while wandering around the area.
LESLIEVILLE began as a small village back in the 1850's. The village grew up around the Toronto Nurseries owned by George Leslie and sons, after whom this neighbourhood is named. 
The mural includes Leslieville's first public school principal, Alexander Muir, who composed The Maple Leaf Forever. Muir's poetic verse was inspired when a brilliant autumn maple leaf fell from a Leslieville tree onto his jacket. That maple tree is still standing today and has become Leslieville's most famous landmark, designated by an historic plaque at the intersection of Laing Street and Memory Lane. 
The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,
The Maple Leaf forever!
God save our Queen and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Saturday Snapshot


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books.    

Age is mind over matter, if you don't mind, it doesn't matter. (Mark Twain)

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. (Mark Twain)

Photos taken on our driving trip to Branson Missouri in 2008.
The most notable reason to visit Hannibal is Mark Twain. The town is very proud of its relationship with him and has preserved many of the buildings. There are other reasons as well to visit and I'll post about those separately.

Museum properties includes eight properties: six properties are on the National Register of Historic Places, and two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original Norman Rockwell paintings, Mark Twain's Oxford gown, and many priceless artifacts. A self-guided tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum properties gives you the chance to explore the Hannibal of Samuel Clemens' childhood and experience the beloved stories he created as Mark Twain through the power of his imagination.
The exhibits are really well done. These are just a few of the pictures we took.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Friday Finds - Books

I'm posting over here today at Should Be Reading. 
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Synopsis here.

Synopsis here.

Telegraph Avenue
Synopsis here.

Friday finds - Recipes

Garlic parmesan pull apart bread from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary.
Garlic pull apart

Cream cheese apple cake again from One Perfect Bite.

Skywatch Friday

SkyWatch Friday 

Taken aboard the MS Russ on our Russian cruise in May 2011.
All photography on this post at Junk Boat Travels are under copyright. If you would like to use any of my photographs please contact me first.


Jenny Matlock 

I'm posting over at Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. 
Today's letter is J. 
I am going to feature some photos of Junk-boats that we took as we cruised the Yangtze River in China in 2009. I have not retouched any of these photos, so if they appear foggy it is because it is quite foggy as you sail along the Yangtze.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Places We've Stayed - Branson Missouri

In April 2008 we stayed a week at Silverleaf's Holiday Hills Resort in Branson Missouri.
We have stayed in Silverleaf resorts before in Texas and I am not a fan of them. They are not up to the normal RCI standard in my opinion. I did send a letter when we returned outlining my complaints about maintenance but never received a response.
According to their website:
Surrounded by the majestic Ozark Mountains and Lake Taneycomo, Holiday Hills Resort offers unlimited opportunities for vacation enjoyment. It's the ideal place for those who desire endless sight-seeing and activities or simple relaxation in one vacation location.
Only three miles away, Branson is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World" for its bright lights and spectacular musical entertainment, theme parks, museums, shopping malls and craft malls. Nature lovers can enjoy walking many hiking trails or driving the outskirts of Branson to soak up the beauty of the Ozarks. The city is a vacation within a vacation.

Regardless, it was a great spot in Branson. It was a two bedroom and the second bedroom could be "locked off" and serve as a studio with a microwave and a fridge. It is on a golf course.
You can read more about our trip here  and here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ruby Tuesday

Tina's theme tis week is *wet*.
These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago in Toronto. This is the mural outside the OK OK Diner on Queen St. E that we often go to for breakfast.
It depicts a Toronto streetcar or Red Rocket. It was taken on a very dull muggy day a couple of weeks ago as it started to rain.