On Stimson Ave. in Athens the other evening

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

A Pre-Spring photo last week.

Snow, cold rain and then the forsythia began to bloom at the Ranch. The days are indeed getting longer. Today it was warm enough for a drone flight so I put the little bird in the air.

The field behind our house

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

If it were a little greener, it might be the Shire. (Tolkien reference) Still and all, not bad for the first day of Spring.

Our Labyrinth surrounded by trees whose greenery will surely come

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Our new roofs sure look pretty.

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

It was still a little chilly here today which affects battery longevity but I had time for one more shot.

The pilot at the controls…

Drone selfie by Jorma Kaukonen

A good day for me… not so much for the folks in the Ukraine. My grandfather was from the Ukraine.

Nuff said…


  1. Comment made on March 24, 2022 by DennisK

    I am struck by the critical roles that the drones are playing in Ukraine. The aerial video images of brutal combat, civilian bombardment and the utter devastation is hard to fathom. However, these images are there for the world to see and perhaps they will help bring an end to this madness.

    I recall last March, S.E. Ohio was dealing with some badly flooded communities. The mighty Shade River seems benign, for now. I hope it stays that way. See ya soon.

  2. Comment made on March 23, 2022 by Chappy

    Love Athens and SE Ohio in the spring…and fall and summer. Stimson Ave. pic brought back some great memories when I attended OU and lived on Palmer Street back in the early 80’s. We often cranked out HT at our parties at 4 Palmer. Of course, I must make mention of James Hall dorm on Richland Ave. where I first got turned on to HT in 1980 by my good friend Gary J. (from NY). JK, be sure to give old James Hall a nod next time you pass it…for it was the spot that fostered a life-long fan. Blessings to you, your family, FPR, Hurl, and all of SE Ohio.

  3. Comment made on March 23, 2022 by BrendanC


    The daughter and granddaughter are safe and faring allright, PS? Is it UN providing shelter and care? Will they move on from there?

  4. Comment made on March 23, 2022 by BrendanC


    That’s awful, FP. Not first part of country to see a return to something like it was, one would think. A truce would be needed before men could leave, no? Then there’s the possibility of returning to an abode occupied by strangers. Madeline Albright would have been one to tell it like it is, and likely to be. A great woman.

  5. Comment made on March 23, 2022 by PS

    Thanks Jorma.

  6. Comment made on March 23, 2022 by PS

    I made a post yesterday regarding my family in Ukraine, but it is not showing. It was in no way inappropriate that I am aware of. Please explain. Thanks.

    • Comment made on March 23, 2022 by Jorma

      Sorry… I spent yesterday recording new lessons for Breakdown Way and didn’t open the computer.


  7. Comment made on March 22, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    This link might work better, its 9 short videos tied together

  8. Comment made on March 22, 2022 by PS

    I’m an original “offender” from FPR, April ’98. My wife is from Odessa, Ukraine. Our daughter in-law and granddaughter fled to Bulgaria. Her two sons and mother are still stuck in Ukraine. Men between 18-60 are not allowed to leave Ukraine. We’re really hoping to find a way to get them out, as the alternative of staying does not look promising.

  9. Comment made on March 22, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    Moms family came from a town on the border of Poland and Ukraine. Luboml. At the time they left it was part of Poland but today it is part of Ukraine. Unfortunately what is happening today is not the first time, history does repeat itself. I found this documentary about life in the shtetl https://youtu.be/2v20h-pq0mo

  10. Comment made on March 22, 2022 by Richard K

    My family is also from Ukraine many years ago..Lets hope this insanity ends soon..

  11. Comment made on March 21, 2022 by Richard

    Yeah, my dad’s dad came across from a shtetl in Ukraine in 1902 or 3….

  12. Comment made on March 21, 2022 by Ed

    My grandfather was from the Ukraine too, and I visited relatives there many years ago. Some places I was at are now rubble.
    Reminds one how fortunate we all are. As if we have problems.

  13. Comment made on March 21, 2022 by Peter


  14. Comment made on March 21, 2022 by Robert

    Jorma, the Chelsea’s back!


  15. Comment made on March 20, 2022 by Peter

    I’ve always considered women, to be the saving grace of our world. It has been on full diplay In Ukraine, Heartbreaking.

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