Saturday, March 28, 2009

Vote Earth! Switch Off Your Lights For Earth Hour . . .

Earth Hour: everyone has a vote. Tonight for one hour 8:30PM - 9:30PM turn off your lights to protest global warming.


Image by Shepard Fairey

This YouTube video is only 31 seconds long. Please watch!



I will be taking part and hope you will too!

TwitThis



Content in a Cottage

Life's Little Instruction Book, pages 56 + 57 . . .





...To be continued...



Content in a Cottage

Friday, March 27, 2009

My Monogram "RB" . . .


You are in luck if your initials are RB. I bought a fabulous 19th century book at a small antiques show recently.

It has every imaginable combination of initials and a beautiful monogram for each. I love mine. It reminds me of the engraved initials on antique sterling silver hollowware.




Content in a Cottage
Click orange square to subscribe in a feed reader or by email.

Silence has its benefits | Mother Goose nursery rhyme . . .

I can relate to this totally. I am not that talkative, but I'm a great listener.



Content in a Cottage

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Heirloom flower seeds are being planted now in Colonial Williamsburg . . .

In the Garden -- Hands-On History Lessons
You will want to get in the garden and start digging after you read this great article!


The garden beds at the Lewis House in Colonial Williamsburg are being seeded right now with heirlooms. Larkspur, corn poppies, wallflowers and many other flower seeds need this early start. Stephanie Oberlander photo for The New York Times

Calendulas, or pot marigolds, like many early bloomers, need sufficient periods of cold for their seeds to germinate. They are accents in not only the garden but also the kitchen; high in vitamin C, they can be used in soups and salads. Barbara Temple Lombardi photo.

THE quince hedge was already covered with salmon-pink flowers the day Lawrence Griffith, the curator of plants at Colonial Williamsburg, planted 19 varieties of heirloom flowers from seed. Read more...



Content in a Cottage

Free trip around the sun | illustrated quote . . .

I never really thought much about this...but it's true. Oh the things we take for granted!



Content in a Cottage

Life's Little Instruction Book, pages 54 + 55 . . .





...To be continued...



Content in a Cottage

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."

Artwork by Andy Warhol. I think it is very fitting for this Emerson fashion quote, don't you?



Content in a Cottage

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Photos from my walk today | Mostly of Webster, the wonder dog . . .


The grass on the "back 40" is turning green.


I got some decent photos of Webster today.


My beautiful shelter dog.


He doesn't like to pose.


Grabbed a shot of him almost smiling.


Begging for a treat from my pocket.


Handsome even with something on his nose.


Tabitha came along briefly.


Vine monster.


Another view of the vine monster.


Shutter detail.

I used my Nikon D40 today. I love that camera! Would I like a D90? Yes, but I really don't need it so I am holding off. If I purchase anything it will be the 18-200 zoom lens. Baby steps.

Gail from Northern California left a comment this morning to suggest a great-sounding program on PBS tomorrow night (3/23) at 10PM-11:30PM in my area. It's called The Powder and the Glory (check your local listings), about Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubinstein, two power-house women in the cosmetics industry who never met. One can only imagine the empire that would have resulted if they had. I will be watching 'Medium' at ten o'clock when the PBS program premiers so I set my DVR. Thanks Gail! I never would have found it without you.



Content in a Cottage