A true Englishman

I lost a friend yesterday. He lost his battle with prostate cancer that had spread into his bones. I could go on here and say how angry I am that his country doesn’t do routine annual PSA tests, but we all have different health systems. If only…….

Ron in front of his home

Ron in front of his home

He was such a kind man. Do we call him a bloke? a geezer? a Cockney? He was all those and more. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather and in a few days he would have been a great-grandfather.

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great-granddaughter, yet to be born

I met him in 1999 when his son took me to his parents’ home to meet them for the first time. His Dad, Ron, grabbed my arm and led me to his garden shed leaving his son wondering “what the heck?”. Ron had one question: “Did I own a gun?”. “No” I said and I think he was relieved. From TV and the news he thought every American carried a gun. This was the beginning of our friendship.

Jen and Ron

Jen and Ron

He had a quick wit, a dry sense of humor and a very thick Cockney accent. I learned the slang from him. I learned to love football/soccer through both him, his son and their extended family. Every time I made a trip to London, and there have been 25 of them, we would pile into a car or van and head to the Valley for a Charlton Athletic match. The day always started and ended with a few beers…..His wife warned him as we headed to the ground “only one Ron”. right.

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He’d give you the shirt off his back. If I needed to be picked up or dropped off at the airport and his son couldn’t do it then Ron would run to the rescue. There was one time when he did get lost on our way back into London and it took a Yank and his daughter-in-law who doesn’t drive to guide him back in the right direction. But that was Ron. Riding in his car was always an adventure.

He loved his garden and was most proud of his fish pond. He took great pride in that.

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He loved his kids and his grandkids. He was always there for them. You’d find him at the boys’ football games every weekend without fail. He was almost like a mascot. For the girls, he was at ballet recitals, school plays, gymnastics, and anything else they were involved in. He always gave encouragement and his undying support. He once told me he couldn’t live the way we do in America with our families spread all over the country. His family all live within a few miles of each other and were there in the end. He was blessed.

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It’s difficult for me to imagine what life will be without him for his family and friends. Even though I only saw him when I was in London he meant the world to me. I will remember him fondly and I will miss him forever.

watching the boys play the game

watching the boys play the game

He was a true Englishman and I am proud to be able to say he was my friend.

RIP Ron Crabb. We all  love you.

PS: I was just reminded, by Jade Foote, of something he would say to me. “You’re alright, for a Yank”. And Ron, “You are more than alright for a Brit”

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The last farmers market of the season

I have been so busy getting caught up on my posting over at 52rolls that I have fallen behind here. It has been a busy summer and I have managed to take out my film cameras every week and make photos. i may have to do one big summer summary, but today I am posting photos from my Holga plastic camera of the last day of our farmer’s market.

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live music every week

live music every week

I feel fortunate to live in a community that supports its farmer’s market. It’s filled with organic produce from the fertile Willamette valley. There are also vendors of bakery goods, gelato, flowers, crafts and food carts. One of the crowd favorites is the wood fired pizza. I choose the market as my Tamale Thursday. I love homemade tamales and look forward to them every week…..except they weren’t there on the last day.

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Now we have to wait another 10 months for the market to open again. Hope you all had a nice summer.

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(I used my Holga 120 CFN and Kodak Portra 400 film.)

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more from Trillium Lake

As summer comes to a close, although another 90-degree day here today seems like Fall is a long ways away, I want to post a few more photos from my day at Trillium Lake with Donna and Monica.

Donna and Monica setting up some pinhole madness

Donna and Monica setting up some pinhole madness

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Goodbye summer.

(all photos taken with a Canon AE1 and Kodak Portra 160 film)

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where did summer go?

I am not sure what happened to August, but it is coming to a crashing end and kids head back to school next week. It’s been hot here in Portland for the past 2 1/2 months with many days over 90. I can’t remember such a hot summer and I have lived here for decades. Eight years ago I moved from a house with a pool and so now I find relief at the lake, Trillium Lake this time. I visited the lake with two pinhole photographer friends and they were good sports playing with my animal masks and posing for a long exposure even though it was sweltering under all that rubber.

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Trillium Lake is at the base of Mt Hood and you can’t ask for a prettier landscape. There is a trail around the lake and it is an easy walk. We managed to get there early enough to see beautiful reflections on the lake. Later in the day, the swimmers and boaters showed up causing ripples across the water’s surface, but with a long exposure on the pinhole camera, even these smoothed out.

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(all photos taken with my Zero Image pinhole camera, Kodak Ektar 100 film and with about a 10 second exposure time)

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Soccer City USA

2014 All Stars in Portland

2014 All Stars in Portland

Portland put on a show for the past week leading up to the first-ever MLS All Star match against Bayern Munich. Best of all the MLS won 2-1. The only bad moment came after the match when the Bayern coach refused to shake the hand of MLS coach Caleb Porter. I guess Pep thought the MLS players were too rough. I don’t think I have seen a soccer match that wasn’t rough. Sadly, this has made all of today’s headlines instead of the great party that took place in sunny Portland.

Reports are that there were 44 States and 10 countries represented at Providence Park. I was hoping to get photos of all the represented States and countries but everywhere I looked I saw Bayern shirts. I spent the day and evening downtown taking in several venues resulting in 200 photos. Here is a sampling of the day:

early morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square before the festivities got started

early morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square before the festivities got started

scavengers clean the park of garbage

scavengers clean the park of garbage

Bayern Munich coach

Bayern Munich coach/bus

matches took place for days

matches took place here during the week

Bayern shirts

seeing too much red

home of the Portland Timbers

home of the Portland Timbers

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quit showing off

the big cup

the big cup

Kells Pub bag pipers lead the parade from Pioneer Courthouse Square up to the stadium.

Kells Pub bag pipers led the parade from Pioneer Courthouse Square up to the stadium.

fans watching matches at the square

fans watching matches at the square

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Timber Joey, our mascot

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Soccer City

several bands lined the parade route. this one dressed as Batman and played the theme song. hilarious

several bands lined the parade route. this one dressed as Batman and played the theme song. hilarious

what the heck? he can be found all over Portland playing his pipes and riding his cycle

what the heck? he can be found all over Portland playing his pipes and riding his cycle

the Timbers Army was well represented

the Timbers Army was well represented

carrying the ball

carrying the ball

parade route

parade route

Soccer City colors

Soccer City colors

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NO PITY from the Rose City

the city decorates

the city decorates

opening ceremonies

opening ceremonies

singing the National Anthem

singing the National Anthem

And then the game began.

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3rd annual OES walk

With temperatures in the 90’s, eight Old English Sheepdogs, their owners and friends, gathered in downtown Portland for the 3rd annual OES walk. We meet up at Jamison Park in the Pearl District and slowly work our way up to Director’s Park, in the SW Park blocks, for refreshment for humans and dogs alike.

waiting for everyone to show up

waiting for everyone to show up

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we can barely get across the street before the 'don't walk' sign appears

we can barely get across the street before the ‘don’t walk’ sign appears

 

Everyone we pass wants their photos taken with the dogs. Some of their comments are priceless. Sheepdogs seem to put smiles on everyone’s face.

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a passing wedding party had their photos taken with the dogs.

a passing wedding party had their photos taken with the dogs.

Sheepdogs will sit anywhere:

finding a soft place to sit

finding a soft place to sit

Kathy and Daisy

Kathy and Daisy

they'll sit any where

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We then head down to SW Waterfront park where the breeze off the river was very welcome.

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Our last stop was for more liquid refreshment near VooDoo Donuts before very tired dogs and owners made their way home. We brought daisy home with us so her parents could have some time to be tourists in Portland before heading back to California.

at the Oyster Bar

at the Oyster Bar

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the last stop

the last stop and room on the bench for a fluff-butt

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Small town alleys

I’ve lacked inspiration lately with my photography so I have started a new project. I’m going to photograph the back alleys of small towns across the Northwest. I’m usually making photos of old store fronts, but on a whim I decided to start walking around the back of these old buildings  discovering their true personalities.  I started with Chehalis, Washington.

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(all photos were taken with my Hasselblad 500 CM on Ilford HP4 Plus and developed at home)

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