Friday, July 21, 2006

A promise or two


I have been enjoying the proliferation of claimed spaces of late. Other feet on ground, making up the worlds they wish to live in. And the ensuing linkage.

Odd, how these words have a vaguely familiar ring.

Ten days of silence above/below, but the acolytes have had much to say, all the same naughty words, full of sound and fury, signifying, well, what we know they signify.

They were given permission a number of years ago, when the words started to change, permission to replace history, reasoned argument and wisdom with ephemera, invective and argumentum ad hominem.

Una lástima, in every single meaning of that simple word.

So, no more words from me on the subject for quite some time, I’m afraid. Although I am still hoping that another mama, of long standing and good stead, might be having a few words to say, perhaps even a scolding along with the hugs, for one of the boys in question.

And cheers to the ghosts in the Parlour machine today, who succeeded, however briefly, in taking us down. I assume it was the posies and poesy that pushed you over the edge, providing firewall for invective but coaxing you to brute force attack.

All is well, of course, and I believe Jasmine and Peony have already solved the case and are plotting cunning revenge.

22 comments:

V said...

So glad to have you back and the Garden is looking splendid, my dear. How do you do it?

irlandesa said...

Ah, how DOES one do a Garden?

Tending is paramount, of course, and there is nothing like the simple, daily task of pulling weeds to make all things flourish, both inside and out.

But the other, much more important requirement is listening, learning, obeying the flower. Each knows where it must be [how much sun, shade, damp, slope, nutrient, attention, it desires] and will not countenance imposition by preconceived plan.

Though I might have wished for, say, larkspur next to dahlia, I should know it would have none of it, and salvia it must be.

If not, the larkspur would simply rebel, fail to thrive, leaving me sad but, hopefully, very much wiser.

V said...

Voices carry as easily over the lake as though we are standing next to each other.

I hear an answer to your Garden, coming from...over there... do you?

http://lacdevie.blogspot.com/

B said...

Lovely Irl...lovely Parlour persona's one and all,

Sometimes silence is golden...

especially given the uncertainty of so much. Although crtique so important as we move through all and more, I will reserve mine for when the fat lady sing's (s)

TripleJ said...

I am no gardener, yet I have patented an infallible way to identify weeds:

I pull everything out, what grows back are the weed :^)

JJJ

V said...

A reply for you and a guessing game for all are waiting at the Cabin, Irlandesa.

http://lacdevie.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Northern tip of Leach Island, Lake Ontario

Anonymous said...

Pointe de la presqu'ile de Quiberon en Bretagne.

L'embouchure de La Vilaine en Bretagne

V said...

Nope and nope, respectively.

Here's another hint:

It's in the mouth of the Wolf.

Anonymous said...

Ft. Lewis, WA. Center of many types of operations.

V said...

Ha, ha! No, not that kind of Wolf. But one which keeps his gaze toward that direction...

Anonymous said...

The non-uniformed sort, then? With hearts and minds the objective?

Anonymous said...

Oh, of course!

Fort Lewis, on the 'mouth' of the Grey 'Wolf' River.

V said...

Still quite cold. See the map - the whole thing- in a slightly different way. It's not so much in a name...

Where is the Wolf who gazes toward Washington state but is not in it?

V said...

This from the comments on my own blog:

Yes, that latitude covers the whole earth. That's what makes it difficult. It's hard to find one's direction.

You are standing on the Moon, looking down on the Earth. Somewhere along the 47th parallel, you see a Wolf which gazes toward the West.

Where is this Wolf?

J3 said...

Hmm, that latitude covers bugger all, it has no width so the area it covers is zero. It certainly doesn't cover the whole earth.

In fact it misses me altogether and I am quite big :^)

Besides the stone doesn't even specifies the hemisphere. And come to thing of it I've seen something similar in Tasmania.

V said...

Well, not the whole earth in one sense, but it bands the earth at it's eyebrow level (if one accepts the conventional thinking of north as the "top" of the planet.)

There actually is at least one indication of the location of the rock right on it. The initials U.S.L.S. are one. This was a service begun in 1841.

But you don't need fancy GPS systems or even satellite programs. You just have to look at a map and find the feature that appears to be a large Wolf gazing westward. Find him, find his mouth and you will find the rock. Someone in my own comments guess Duluth, Minnesota and that person was tickling the nose.

His eye'll be royal.

V said...

Another guess, another clue...

Anonymous said...
It appears that the body of water may possibly be Chequamegon Bay,Wisconsin being the lower jaw of the wolf.

8:02 AM



V said...
You might make the Wolf sneeze by tickling his whiskers...

11:30 AM

Remember: His eye'll be royal...

V said...

This latest clue...

Anonymous said...
isle royale national park?

5:33 AM



V said...
Ah!! Very, very good! That is the Eye. But the Eye of what Wolf?

Can you tell me this?

Then there still remains the task of finding the Stone...

6:10 AM

V said...

Still another answer and another clue:

Anonymous said...
It's the wolf you mentioned that one might see on the 47th parallel gazing west.I don't have a name for it...possibly a wolf of lake superior.

2:10 PM


Anonymous said...
So the stone might be in the United States, in the state of Michigan near a town named Houghton.

2:56 PM



V said...
Anon, you are so close you are practically stealing the Stone from the Wolf.

Step back into space a bit and gaze down upon the area. The Wolf (and I did not make up the name, it is the moniker given to the area for many years) glares out toward the West.

Think BIG! Isle Royale is indeed the Eye of the Wolf.

But once you find the mouth, there is only one spot on it which meets the latitude of 47 deg, 28 min. 11 sec. Houghton is still too South. Check your atlas. The 28 minutes indicates a location nearly halfway between degrees.

Once you have found it, I will tell you the easier way everyone could have taken, even with as few clues as you were given on the Stone.

4:00 PM

V said...

Someone is almost on top of the Stone...

Anonymous said...

I've been using an online map without numbers so It's been hit and miss.
I've now found another map and it's looking like Keweenaw Point at 47 28 11,but not certain.

4:36 PM

V said...
It's just a tiniest bit too South and East.

Can you find the tiny town on the northern shore of this peninsula, which was very famous beginning in the1840's, and from which poured more wealth than all of the Gold Rushes in US history?

Can you name the commodity for which it is most famous?

5:22 PM

V said...
The Stone is on the edge of this town.

5:23 PM

V said...

This is how it could have been done much more easily...

One can assume that the "US" on the USLS means the United States. Since the initials and the date are both on the stone, you can look this up on Google. The first references will take you to the history of the United States Lakes Survey, a service begun in 1841 to chart all of the Great Lakes for navigational purposes. This service is now incorporated into NOAA, but at the time, it was unique and new.

Navigation of the Great Lakes was of extreme importance because of the mineral wealth of the area. So much so that resources were used to chart these very wild areas even throughout the bloody Civil War and this helped turn the tide in that war.

Knowing that USLS refers to the Great Lakes, you have already narrowed your search down to that area. Since there is only one lake which is located above the 47th parallel, you can deduce it is Lake Superior, known by the dubious moniker of "The Wolf's Head", because of the shape of its shoreline.

There are exactly three points on Lake Superior which meet the latitude of 47 deg, 28 min. and 11 sec.

Once you know that the marker is "in the mouth of the Wolf" you can find it.