Thursday, October 26, 2006

Wedgwood Jasperware Green Pitcher, available at Posted by Picasa

A Bit of Wedgwood History

Thousands of Dollars Worth of Wedgwood Smashed by Disgruntled Employee

Temperamental artists can be dangerous. Daisy Makig-Jones, the artist and designer who made Fairyland Luster for Wedgwood, was upset when she was fired in 1931. She went into her studio and smashed every piece of her work. A single piece of her surviving work could auction for up to $55,000 today.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Wedgwood Jasperware Cobalt Sugar Basin, available at, at Posted by Picasa

Wedgwood Jasperware Cobalt Creamer, available on, at Posted by Picasa

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Monday, October 02, 2006


Huntsville Hamfest - August 18 & 19, 2007

In 2007 we will host the ARRL National Convention

We will keep details of the 2006 Hamfest on the site to give you an idea of the scope of our hamfest. As plans are solidified for the 2007 version, the site will be updated.

On the third full weekend in August, the place to be for hams in the Southeastern U. S. is Huntsville, Alabama's Von Braun Center
700 Monroe Street SW. The site of one of the best hamfests in the USA.

Since the first Huntsville Hamfest in 1981, we have grown to the point where the Amateur Radio manufacturers and dealers consider us to be one of the few remaining major hamfests in the country. Our reputation among hams visiting the hamfest from all over the country bears out the success of our policy of going the extra mile to produce a "Friendly Family Hamfest."


Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Palace View by Spinnaker, Branson, MO Posted by Picasa

Stoneridge Resort, Blanchard, ID Posted by Picasa

Orifino at Straight Creek, Dillon, CO Posted by Picasa

Angel Fire Hotel Resort, Angel Fire, NM Posted by Picasa


We are back from a 3-month sojourn across the great country of the USA. During this time, we stayed at several timeshares along the way; and here is our review of these vacation resorts:

Branson, MO
This is a very nice family-oriented vacation resort RCI Gold Crown, in one of the best family desitations--Branson, MO. We stayed a week in a 2 bedroom lockout and invited my two sisters to join us. The guest bedroom suite had a king bed, pull-out sofa, bath and mini-kitchen, with washer/dryer, and small dining and living area. The master suite had a king bed, pull-out sofa, spa bath and shower, full kitchen, large dining and living area, with a large patio, and central heating and air.

The elevators (four floors) were centrally located in each building and luggage carts were readily available. There was always plenty of parking space and the grounds were very nicely landscaped.

The resort staff had organized daily activities at the resort, such as board games, bingo, treasure hunts, and ice cream socials. Two pools are on site, one indoor--one outdoor, in addition to an exercise room. The hot tub was a popular spot! Discount tickets to the Branson shows were available in the lobby. DSL was available in the lobby and dial-up internet was available in the unit.

All in all, a great vacation place, which we can highly recommend.

We rate this resort a 10 out of 10!

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Angel Fire, NM

Angel Fire Resort is a hotel, of which a portion is devoted to timeshares; and it is an Affiliate resort of Fairfield Resorts. It is a ski destination--elevation 9-10,000 feet. We occupied a "studio", which was the smaller unit of a 2 bedroom lockout. The bed was a murphy bed; and there was a pull-out sofa, bath with washer/dryer, mini-kitchen with small dining and living area.

There was a small indoor pool and hot tub, near the lobby. There was no oranized activities for guests and the on-site restaurant was closed until "ski time". The studio was clean and sufficent for the two of us, except that the carpet was dirty and stained--my poor white socks were grey and dingy. Also the hallway carpeting leading to the timeshare units were dirty and stained. DSL was available in the lobby; however, dial-up could not be used in the studio because the outlets were located behind furniture that could not be moved.

The elevators (four floors) were located at the far end of the hall from our studio and it was difficult for loading and unloading, even with the luggage carts that were available. There was a "tour desk" in the lobby; but for the 5 days we were there, we never saw a person at the desk to assist in tours. There was A/C in the lobby area of the hotel, but not in the timeshare units. There was plenty of parking space available. The grounds were adequately landscaped.

We rate this resort a 7 out of 10.

The Angel Fire area is part of the "Enchanted Circle", an area including the villages of Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River, and Taos, NM; and the best part of our stay was a self-driving tour of this "circle" and a quiet time at a Vietnam Memorial, build by a local doctor to remember his son, who was killed in Vietnam.

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Dillon, CO
This area is also a ski destination--elevation 8-9,000 feet. We occupied a two bedroom unit, with full kitchen, 2 1/2 bath, with washer/dryer, large dining and living area. The bedrooms and two baths were located upstairs. There was electric heat, but no A/C. This is apparently an older timeshare resort and was not up to par with other resorts we have visited. The furniture and mattresses really needed to be replaced.

There was no landscaping to accent the buildings and the check-in/check-out office was located several miles away. There was no planned activities for guests. There was limited parking space available.

We rate this resort a 4 out of 10.

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Blanchard, ID
Stoneridge Resort is in the beautiful "panhandle" of Idaho, about 20 miles north of Corde Alene. Our "Studio" had a king bed, pull-out sofa, bath, mini-kitchen, and small dining area. Each unit had a separate storage closet, accessed from the hallway The laundry was located at the check-in building. Thankfully, We were on the ground floor, as there were no elevators.

The resort amenities were all located very conveniently close to the resort buildings. There was an indoor pool, spa and sauna; a shuffle board area, indoor basketball court, outdoor picnic area, tennis courts and golf course. There were planned activities for guests and a complimentary hot-dog lunch on Saturday. There was limited parking. DSL was available in the lobby and dial-up was available in the units. The grounds were very nicely landscaped and there was a nice restaurant on-site.

We rate this resort a 9 out of 10.

Wedgwood Jasperware Vase Posted by Picasa


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Go the and click on GROUPS; then search for "timeshares".

My favorite group is