Sunday, August 26, 2012

All Ready

The yard is clear and the house ready. It's looking like Isaac won't hit us too bad, but there are mandatory evacuations of some beach communities. Shelters are opening for these people this morning. Storm surge of 3 to 5 feet is predicted.

That doesn't sound like a lot, but the floor of our house is only 8.5 feet up.

One new thing the last couple years is some shelters are declared pet friendly so people with pets have a place to go.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lanai Getting Full

Photo of most of the stuff from the yard in the lanai. Still putting the tracks for the hurricane shutters in. I have to chase each hole with a tap and wire wheel the bolts the clean off the corrosion.

Interruption in Production for Isaac

Sorry those waiting for whistles will have their wait increased while we prepare the yard and house for a wind and storm surge event. (First post from my Android phone.)
Predicted path:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich workshop and house concert

A couple days ago I held a house concert at Parks Whistles headquarters. Clearing the living and dining rooms of bulky furniture gave plenty of space and good acoustics for an afternoon workshop on West Kerry tunes and an evening concert by Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, well known button accordion player from Boys of the Lough and Beginish.

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich working his magic. 

Another generation takes up the bow. 

Brendan and myself having a few tunes with coffee the following morning. What a pleasure to have so much music in the house for two days. If you are not familiar with Brendan and his music, that's easy to fix. There are several YouTube clips of him playing in various venues around the world, and his latest CD will give you a taste of the music he performed during the evening concert. (Available from

So now those who are waiting for me to ship their whistles know what has been holding me up. My apologies. It's back to the shop today!