Clarke Cooke House

A beautiful fall afternoon to skip out of work early and head to one of our favorite places – Newport, Rhode Island. Autumn is the best time of year here, with the summer tourists one and a crisp coolness in the air. A wonderful sunset over the harbor tonight and this view of the Clarke Cooke House with the sun glowing on the side elevation.  In 1780, Clarke Cooke, a wealthy Newport sea captain built the house nearby on Thames Street before eventually moving from Thames Street as it commercialized. The second and third floors of the building are original (while the first had been used for various commercial purposes) and these top “floors were jacked up, moved and set on a new foundation, which is now the wharf level dining area.” Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Faber Castell Pitt Art pens in a Stillman and Birn Sketchbook.

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Fall Leaves II

Some different leaves on the edge of our driveway and have gone from green, to yellow and now are starting to turn a red color. This is an Korean Dogwood tree. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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In – N – Out

After growing up in Southern California, I finally had lunch at In-N-Out Burger, It is a chain in California with a cult like following. It was crazy busy when we were there at 2:00 in the afternoon. It was fantastic. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Red Neck Hot Tub

At our friends weekend house they have what they call is a Red Neck Hot Tub. It is a galvanized horse trough with 6 cut logs around it to sit on. It is filled with cold water and you sit and relax over cocktails with your feet and legs hanging in the tub to cool off. Great idea and wonderful to use. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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Blue Angels

We were in San Francisco during Fleet Week and Columbus Day Holiday. The city hosts a 2 day air show featuring the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s precision air team. Growing up, my dad and I would go to a couple of air shows a year and I have always loved seeing the Blue Angels. This was my first experience in a city. The sound reverberating off of the buildings was amazing and you could not tell what direction the planes were. This was just practice for the weekend show. Still really cool seeing the planes over the city and flying low over the bay. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

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