Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Grey Owl

This Great Grey Owl is beautiful, isn't he? I find owls to be very fascinating. Whoooo me? Yes, you.



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By Magic, I Woke Up In This Bedroom

I went to sleep last night in a barn and by magic I woke up in a bed overlooking a lake. Pretty cool, don't you think? I love the way the center window opens up. All things are possible via blogging.



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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Wonderful Post and Beam Summer Bedroom

I finally broke down and turned on my central air today. I thought I should since we're supposed to have a whole week of 100+ temperatures. No rain either until Friday at the earliest. Even the weeds are dying it's so dry. They come up easily too. I just tackled a spot near the house that is usually very hard to weed but tonight it was a breeze. Webster chose to stay inside in the A/C.

I'd love to be sleeping in this barn bedroom tonight with the door and windows wide open. Enjoy the fireworks. See you tomorrow, Rosemary.



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Miss Liberty Standing Proud on July 4th

Enjoy your Liberty today. I scanned this image from an old Life Magazine. The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
  • Crown: There are 25 windows in the crown which symbolize gemstones and the heaven's rays shining over the world.
  • Rays of Crown: The seven rays represent the seven seas and continents of the world.
  • Chains: Chains and a broken shackle are at the Statue's feet and cannot be seen from below. This symbolizes the Statue as a goddess free from oppression and servitude.
  • Tablet: Represents a book of law.
  • The tablet reads in Roman numerals July 4, 1776, the date of American Independence. (JULY IV MDCCLXXVI)


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1952 Family Portrait on the Fourth | Saturday Evening Post

Family Portrait | Saturday Evening Post:
Family Portrait on the Fourth by John Falter July 5, 1952
Have fun with your family today and tomorrow. Don't forget to eat a hot dog, a hamburger, and some watermelon.



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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Picnic on the Creek |July 4, 1883 | Thomas Eakins


This looks like a pleasant spot for a family picnic on July 4th long ago. I'm glad they took the dog along for some quality creek swimming. Enjoy the holiday, Rosemary.
July 4, 1883 | Thomas Eakins



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Coney Island | Weegee, 1940

Standing Room only on the beach at Coney Island in 1940! I wonder if this vintage photo was taken on July 4th? I hope you are able to find a less crowded spot to enjoy this long holiday weekend commemorating America's Independence Day.
Coney Island | Weegee, 1940
Weegee, American Photographer, born Hungary, 1899-1968



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Friday, July 2, 2010

Blackberries For Breakfast

As my oatmeal sits simmering on the stove, I dream of blackberries for breakfast. I made a mixed berry buckle last night and it was delicious. My mom and I ate the whole thing! Have a great July 4th weekend, Rosemary.



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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Country Road

I hope you can find a nice escape route such as this beautiful country road with no traffic this holiday weekend. via Pixdaus



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Chateau du Grand Luce, Loire...

Chateau du Grand Luce, Loire Valley, France A former property of the French government, Chateau du Grand-Luce’ is now privately owned and has recently undergone a $10 million dollar restoration. The chateau and its magnificent gardens have attained the status of French National Landmarks. And while it is close to numerous other chateaux of the famed Loire Valley, many guests enjoy the pleasures of Chateau du Grand-Luce’ so much that they often choose not to venture beyond the walls with its beautiful gardens and woods! This looks wonderful. I haven't been there, have you? Watch video here.



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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

So Beautiful

I wish we could see the rest. Beautiful architecture and plantings. via favorite things



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Greener Acres - Perfect Pool House in Chicago

Greener Acres - Chicago Home "Greener Acres ~ A grand home in Lake Forest goes formal and nearly flowerless with Euro-style landscape design" I love this perfect pool house, don't you? The article from Chicago Home Magazine is very interesting. Notice the lack of color in the landscape design . . . green only. Don't forget to view the photo gallery.



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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Stockholm Library | WOW

It makes me dizzy just to look at the enormous bookshelves in the Stockholm Library. WOW. Click image to enlarge for the full effect.



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Mud Room Of My Dreams

This is absolutely wonderful. Love the double doors



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Green Pleated Skirt by Maira Kalman

Sounds like a plan. Isn't this one of the sweetest things to dream about?

"My dream is to walk around the world. A smallish backpack, all essentials neatly in place. A camera. A notebook. A traveling paint set. A hat. Good shoes. A nice pleated (green?) skirt for the occasional seaside hotel afternoon dance." — The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman



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Monday, June 28, 2010

Fabulous Laundry Room

You can't possibly imagine how much I love this laundry room. via



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34 Fresh Ideas for Decorating a Home Office Area





34 Fresh Ideas for Decorating a Home Office:
Decorating a home office area can be tricky. I liked so many of these . . . click on the link and see each of the 34 wonderful ideas. I have lots of horizontal working space in my own personal home office and right now every single inch is covered with papers. Really! But ask me where anything is and I can put my hands right on it.



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