Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wounded Bulldog on 1908 Penny Postcard

AFTER THE DUEL
You should see the other guy!


Antique postcard with Dec. 3, 1908 postmark. Benjamin Franklin is on the one-cent stamp. Boy, postage has really gone up!



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Wild raspberries = free food...

Have you ever tasted wild raspberries? They are so much better than all the rest! Tart and sweet at the same time. There is only one problem ~ you have to get to them before the birds. I have tons bushes on my property and most are in treacherous locations; either on steep slopes or behind poison ivy. Both prove to be quite difficult when wearing flip flops. Tomorrow morning I shall wear my boots!




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Friday, August 1, 2008

Smiling bulldog...

I was looking through some ancient magazines this evening and came across this silly photo. I though it was very fitting for wishing you a happy weekend. Have fun and enjoy everything you do.



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Best birthday hat ever...

This is my BBF - Best Baby Friend! She celebrated her first birthday on Tuesday. One of her presents was this fabulous hat. Doesn't she look beautiful? Everybody should have a baby friend. I am so lucky. I gave her one of those ugly dolls and she grinned from ear to ear. Her big brother and two big sisters liked it too.



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Thistle do...

I finally have a flower that is beginning to bloom on my giant thistle bush, weed, plant, or whatever. It is gigantic and I am so glad I did not pull it up. The state bird of New Jersey, the goldfinch, loves it. I never tire of seeing this beautiful bright yellow wild canary with black wings. Many photo opportunities await! Butterflies will gather here too. So stay tuned!

You can click on most of my photos if you want to see the larger version.




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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Perils of Country Living...

Webster and I got an early start this morning. I love the way the sun's rays are filtered through the trees.

I call this my poison ivy tree. If they ever find a use for this as a cure for some disease, the first stop for harvesting should be here. Don't look at the next photo if you are afraid of snakes!

This snake in the grass clover was very cooperative. He did not move an inch and I think he was actually posing for me. I tried to get his red tongue but missed every time. Aren't I brave?

My blog is one month old today and tomorrow I will have an archive! Yippee. How am I doing so far? I think I have mastered nearly everything and have my layout looking almost perfect. It's a good thing too. If I were to continue working so hard on the design, I would have to change the name of the blog to NEGLECT IN A COTTAGE!



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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In and around the cottage...


Here is my dog outside the front entrance.


I am a little concerned about the fall colors that are already appearing. I usually take this to heart and start planning ahead for the leaf season!


A peek inside my pantry.


There is still a lot of summer left. I always have a hard time letting go of the current season. It is so hard to imagine anything other than flip flops on my feet! 
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sunflower planted by a bird...

A happy accident growing in my driveway. I am so glad I did not pull up the seedling. Sometimes laziness pays off!

Enjoy your day.





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Monday, July 28, 2008

Eudora Welty

EUDORA WELTY
1909-2001

"I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within."

The photo above is one of her self portraits. I meant to honor this fine southern writer and photographer on July 24 to commemorate her passing in 2001. Sorry I am a few days late! If you missed it, you will definitely want to read her obituary by Albin Krebs in the New York Times. It is 4 pages long and is a wonderful tribute. I often think back on her words expressing her early love of books.

''It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that storybooks had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass,'' she wrote. ''Yet regardless of where they came from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them."

Have you ever seen a simpler work space? Why do we feel that we just can't be productive unless we have a big place? There are blogs, flickr groups, and websites devoted to this subject.

She was organized too. I guess it could go either way after 76 years in the same house. She probably never fell victim to the computer. It is a good thing too because her hand-written and typed archives are invaluable. Look at the ball fringe on the curtains. I can remember sewing this on my kitchen curtains in the early 1960s.

It makes me feel so much better to see these piles of books on her dining room table. Now I don't feel so bad about the piles on my kitchen farm table.

Her home in Jackson, Mississippi is open for tours by appointment.

She lived in this very house from the time she was 16 until her death at age 92. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Garden lovers will want to view the gardens designed by her mother. The photo above shows one variety of the many camillas on the property.

A garden tour seems to be forming outside the lattice-work fence. There is always something in bloom.

The garden arbor. I love the look of this ~ especially the height of the fence. I wonder if this would keep the deer out?

The garden plan. Nothing has changed. The gardens are maintained by volunteers.

LINKS:
eudorawelty.org
Eudora Welty biography
Eudora Welty garden
Eudora Welty house ~ don't miss the virtual tour!




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