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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

March 2002

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Wed, Mar. 6, 2002 - End of the Rainbow

End of the Rainbow

Another slow start this month. I kept thinking I was going to be going out photographing with Greg, but we kept postponing it due to our schedules and then the weather. We had a great run of nice weather last weekend so I actually got out in the yard and did some work.<\p>

Elections were interesting up here. No dimpled, pregnant or hanging chad in this county. You mark the ballot with a felt pen. So high tech. Some of the candidates were really lame too, they didn't even have a photo, any contact info such as phone or web site, and no description of what their platform was. One guy wanted you to vote for him simply because he was a grandfather!

This morning when I went out to grab the paper, we had a rainbow right over Ferndale, stretching from the Catholic cemetery on one end, over the the fairgrounds on the other. The treasure was everything in between.

Fri, Mar. 8, 2002 - Out with the old

Out with the old

Work started today on installing our new fireplace. We are replacing the existing wood burning (yet not original fireplace) with a new gas fireplace that looks like an old Victorian coal burning fireplace. I'll have pictures of the new one later this week once it gets installed. But this picture shows a good view of the construction of old homes up here. The wood on the wall is 1" thick redwood. Makes hanging those pictures pretty easy. You don't have to hunt for studs with construction like that.

Sat, Mar. 9, 2002 - Greg land sailing

Greg land sailing

Greg Rumney is a local photographer I met and as some of you know we are working on several joint projects. We've been trying for the last few weeks to get together to take pictures for one of them with little luck due to weather and our schedules. Today we were going to try again before the next storm arrived, but we didn't make it. We went down to Avenue of the Giants to find a few more of the giants had fallen very recently. Greg has already had bad experiences being in the forest during wind storms so we quickly left and decided to head for Bear River Ridge where it would probably be windier, but at least there aren't any trees to fall down and kill you. We were driving by this little pond which I think I might have shown before and I told Greg I'd like to find out who owns it to get permission to go on their land. We stopped to look at the pond and noticed that there were whitecaps breaking on the surface. Just for fun we got out to see just how windy it was. Or I should say Greg got out. I tried and thought my door was locked, but when Greg got out I knew it wasn't. So I tried again. I had to push with all my weight to get the door open, it was that windy. We took a few pictures of Greg leaning into the wind, and then headed back to the truck. One huge gust really got ahold of me and just about blew me past the truck and down the hill. When I did get back to the truck, I felt like the door handle was going to break trying to get the door open, and once I got in, it was all I could do to keep the door from closing on my leg. I have never been in wind that strong before. We could see the rain quickly approaching so we decided to go back home and call it a day.

Sun, Mar. 10, 2002 - Chelsea and Jessica W.

Chelsea and Jessica W.

Lori and I spent the afternoon watching and photographing these two girls play dress up. On the left, is Chelsea, who you met earlier at the beach. She is modeling a dress that is dated to about 1918. On the right is Jessica W., not to be confused with Jessica D., who you have met before. I met Jessica W. while she was working at the Blacksmith Shop, and then again during the Ferndale High School's fashion show. Jessica is modeling a dress dated from about 1916. Both dresses were gifts to Lori from Mom. The white dress is perhaps the most complicated piece of clothing to get into that we have. It seems like the Edwardians really had a thing for making dresses with dozens of hooks, buttons and snaps. This one has three different layers that all attach in various manners and it's a bit of a puzzle to figure out the correct order to attach everything.

Mon, Mar. 11, 2002 - Red Light District

Red Light District

What with all these home improvement projects going on, and Lori not bringing in any income, I've been looking for ways to supplement our monthly income. I decided that what Ferndale really needs is an old western bordello. Actually this picture was Jessica's idea, and we did get a few stares from folks rounding the corner while we were shooting it.

Tue, Mar. 12, 2002 - In with the new

In with the new

Here's what the new fireplace looks like. It will eventually be surrounded by tile and a mantel, but we wanted to get this step done before we started wallpapering. I will probably make the mantel unless I find an antique one that I really like that happens to fit. If I have to make it then it will have to wait until our garage is done, which at the rate we're preceding through the permit process, may be some time near the end of this decade.

Sun, Mar. 17, 2002 - Lowell, hard at work

Lowell, hard at work

Once again the forecast for snow didn't materialize. We only got a bit of hail in the morning. Then it sort of cleared up which allowed Lowell and I to work on installing the crown molding in the parlor without getting wet. It stayed pretty cold though throughout the day. In addition to installing the crown molding, I also took some shots of Jessica W. and Celeste in the outfits that they wore in the recent fashion show. Then later Kelsey and her friend came over to be measured for some upcoming photoshoots. Lowell said he'll come work on our house more often after seeing the parade of pretty women coming and going. We'll have pictures of Jessica and Celeste later in the week.

Mon, Mar. 18, 2002 - Our new crown molding

Our new crown molding

Here's what the crown molding and picture rail looks like that we installed yesterday. Wow, two home improvement projects in one week! I must be getting back into the swing of things. The room already looks greatly improved and more Victorian, even though we still need to do a lot more in the parlor. The crown molding and picture rail will be painted, although what color we're not sure yet.

Wed, Mar. 20, 2002 - Jessica W. & Celeste

Jessica W. & Celeste

Despite the weatherman's predictions of rain all week, it has been nice and sunny, even a bit warm today. Unfortunately, I came down with the flu so I don't really have the energy to go out and enjoy it. Since I wasn't fit to be out taking pictures, I've posted a shot of Jessica and Celeste as I promised I would. There's lots of new updates on the Victorian Fashion page, so if you have that interest, check it out.

Thu, Mar. 28, 2002 - Jessica W. at the Benbow

Jessica W. at the Benbow

Sorry the updates have been slow again. Lori and I have both been down with what is called locally, "The Humboldt Crud". Seems everyone in town has it, sort of like Outbreak, only not so deadly. But at the first sign of helicopters, Lori and I are jumping on the KLR and heading for the hills.

A few weeks ago Lori was interviewed via the Internet for an article on vintage fashion by a magazine that is produced in England. They found her via the internet and will be featuring her web site in the article. So I've been busy photographing the collection and adding as much to the web site before the article appears. Yesterday we went down to the Benbow Inn to photograph a black velvet dress from the 1930s. This is basically the photo project from hell. As Mom knows, I wanted a big piece of black velvet to use for backgrounds simply for the reason that it soaks up light like nothing else. So to photograph a black velvet dress and have it come out looking like anything but a black blob and still be able to see the model's face is quite a task. Next time I see one of those Black Velvet whisky ads, I'm going to have to take a closer look at the lighting.

Fri, Mar. 29, 2002 - Fields of yellow

Fields of yellow

Spring arrived last week, but I was too sick to notice. Today I realized that due to bad weather and not feeling good, it had been over two weeks since I had taken any of the motorcycles out. So at lunch time I took the KLR out to see some of the fields that are in bloom. When there are a million of them, these weeds don't look half bad. The arrival of spring has also been noted by the arrival of two of our favorite birds, the one who pounds on our chimney, and the one who poops on our car. At least the new fireplace doesn't seem to resonate as loudly as the old one.

Sat, Mar. 30, 2002 - Time for the Sprint

Time for the Sprint

After spending the morning replacing the drive belt on the mower, and then mowing the lawn, my chores for the day were done. With it being such a nice day out, it was no tough decision on how to spend the rest of the day. So while the KLR got excercised yesterday, it was the Sprint's turn today. Today's photograph is overlooking Honeydew, on the Lost Coast Loop. I'll probably have some more pictures from the ride later.

Sun, Mar. 31, 2002 - Trillium

Trillium

On yesterday's ride, I stopped in the redwoods to take pictures, and right where I stopped was this trillium. I knew that they grew up here, but this is the first one I've seen. I thought it made an appropriate flower for the easter holiday. I'll leave it up to you to figure out the symbolism, although it probably helps if you are Catholic.