Saturday, March 17, 2012

My Lucky Clovers + A Few Irish Proverbs

I always look for four and five leaf clovers but hardly ever find them. The 5-leaf clover is a mutation like the 4-leaf clover that does appear occasionally, but is less common than the 4-leaf clover. It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover but that shouldn't stop you from looking. I keep mine in an antique miniature chest of drawers.

This Made Me Laugh

Found over at Crush Party :)

Starting the Seeds

Have you started any seeds yet? I have not but this photo inspires me to start digging out my small clay pots stored in the garage. I recently ran across the bag of seeds I've been saving so maybe I'll start some indoors too. I have several wooden crates I picked up at the curb so I am really all set to get a head start before the soil outside warms up enough to transplant them. via
Have a great weekend. Everyone's Irish today.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Webster says Goodnight

Have a good sleep tonight so you'll be fit as a fiddle for St. Patrick's Day and don't forget to wear something green tomorrow. I took this photo with my new iPad.

A Beautiful Outbuilding


This delightful outbuilding belongs to a good friend. It will be covered in English ivy before you know it. I honestly thought that ivy covered buildings stayed green all year long but I was wrong. That is one thing I like about winter. When the leaves are off the trees and the ivy you can really appreciate the architecture. This charmer has been many things from a potting shed to an office and I can't remember what in between. iPhone photos all.

An Owl's Wingspan

I wish I could have seen this perfect two-point landing by this beautiful owl. via Animals and Birds 

Carriage House Garage

I don't even want to see the rest of this house. I'll just live in the garage. Designed by David Phillips, a Massachusetts architect.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crate Bedroom

I would have loved this idea for my dorm room in college. Do you collect old crates? Now you know what you can do with them. Designed by Allesandro Capellaro See slideshow here featuring more of this loft in Florence with crates in every room.
I'm looking forward to going to bed early and watching come quality TV in bed really soon. My TV has been on the blink for a couple of weeks and I've been watching full episodes on the computer. That's been fun too. My power source cord (with a brick in the middle) was the problem so the repair bill was only $50.00 for a new one including the diagnostic and I was absolutely thrilled. I took iPhone photos of all of the cords and connections in the back and labeled a few with colored tape. It wasn't too bad putting everything back together again.

Beautiful London Photo

Verde & Co Ltd by Les Forrester -- Old Smithfield London 2010 but could be from Dickens days.

Definition of Home

I thought both of these were very sweet. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Khan The future of education? - 60 Minutes - CBS News

Salman Khan has taken a simple idea, YouTube videos that explain math, and transformed it into the future of education. It all started out when he started tutoring his niece remotely to help her with math. He never intended for anyone else to notice the videos on YouTube or even care. Then he found out that Bill Gates was using the tutorials to help his own kids with math. The rest is history.
The non-profit organization promises a Free World-Class Education for All. I learned about this last Sunday night on 60 Minutes. The interview can be seen again by clicking on the following link: Warning! You will have to watch two annoying ads. Mine were for depression medication, how depressing.

Khan Academy: The future of education? - 60 Minutes - CBS News

This is a must see, must read subject for all teachers, educators, parents, grandparents, homeschoolers, or just about anybody who wants to learn. The subjects covered are vast. It is said that if you watch just one video per day, it will take over 8 years to see them all. Read more here.

Kahn Academy iPad app -- Free, of course!

Kiss the Calf's Face

I've never kissed a cow before, but I would certainly like to kiss the calf on the right. As a young girl, my mother used to ride the cow home when she had to bring her in from the pasture. via

Webster Jumps Through Hoops for Treats


My new device of torture arrived yesterday and I think I'm going to love it. Webster is a little scared of it though. He watched me and all of my failed attempts to get it going yesterday and he knows to watch out when it falls to the ground. I did manage 49 consecutive twirls with this 4 pound weighted hula hoop. A friend of mine has a daughter who swears by hers. I ordered it less than a week ago for $38 and I think it's going to be perfect when I master getting it going for 15 minutes straight. I'm told this will take about 2 weeks.
Webster stood on the other side of the kitchen opening and barked and barked and stuck his head through and pulled it back a number of times before finally being unable to resist a Trader Joe's biscuit. Isn't he brave?

I can just hear what he's thinking now that he has retired to the vestibule: "I hope the thing won't fit in this small space so I can nap in peace."

Nice Chair

Nice chair. I love the collection of antique Indian Clubs and the painting too. via

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Window Box

We are having a nice warm day today. I love this concete built-in window box full of spring flowers. It's very inspiring. I like the reflection in the window too. via

Nautical Steps

I love the star cutouts on the closet doors and the boat themed nautical rope bannisters going up the stairs. Found here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Inside a Seaside Cottage

A country sitting room of a seaside cottage with timber roof, beams and iron girders, built in shelving, sofa, upholstered armchairs, wicker baskets, sisal rugs and more.

Are you in love yet? I certainly am!!! Click HERE for a complete house tour with many, many fabulous photos. I am ready to be teleported there now, aren't you? I have always loved a beautiful thatched roof.

Great Work Schedule with 11 Commandments

These principles can be applied to almost any profession. Henry Miller had it all figured out, didn't he? I so admire discipline and a good work ethic. No multi tasking allowed.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blowing in The Wind

I love the feeling of the wind blowing through my hair. Obviously this sheep does too. Shearing season is just around the corner. via

Doc Martin Season 5 -- Martin Clunes Interview

He is so different person. I can't wait for Season 5 to arrive in the US on PBS. It is one of my very favorite shows. Are you a fan too? Click here if the video doesn't show on my blog.

Did you know there is a website called Doc Martin Series 5?