Thursday, June 30, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

A circa 1936 poster from Germany, advertising cross Atlantic zeppelin voyages, by Jupp Wiertz, with New York City's skyline in the background.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's Blooming In Summer

Yarrow is in full bloom now. A hardy perennial that is also drought tolerant once established, it's a good plant for the back of the border. It's a dependable bloomer that reseeds freely. The grayer the foliage, the more drought tolerant the plant.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On The Beach

Winners of a circa 1920 bathing beauty contest with their trophies.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fun With Paint Pens

We've had a run of overcast weather and small surf, so my daughter's been out of the water and on land more than usual. She used some of that down time to fancy up one of her boards with paint pens.

Board technology has changed a great deal over the years. Surfboards started out in the early 1900s as not much more than crudely shaped logs. This board's core is the same material that styrofoam cups are made of, then glassed with epoxy resin, which makes it extremely light and maneuverable.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

More Beach

Random images from last week's walk. Above, an old friend's home clings to the edge of the cliff.

They say a rolling stone gathers no moss, which may be so, but floating seaweed can acquire a collection of clinging critters.

Surfers waiting for the tide to be right.

Looking up at the top of the cliff, and below, where it meets the sand.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011


Our visiting feline friend, Thomas, has moved his birding operation from the bird bath to the field next door. He still finds the time to stop by a couple times a day, more often for a snack than a nap.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

What a far cry from the Michelin Man who sells tires today. This Michelin Tire ad is from 1905.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What's Blooming In Summer

Shasta daisies are the ultimate reliable perennial - they bloom for months, reseed profusely, and grow effortlessly where other plants struggle.

They're also popular with insects and snails and slugs. Here, a black beetle makes a feast of the petals.

A caterpillar and a green beetle share the spoils.

The ants make themselves welcome. And below, a bugs' eye view of the feast.

Monday, June 20, 2011

On The Beach

A vintage travel poster for Monte Carlo, by the famous Louis Icart.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What's Cooking For Father's Day

Manicotti is on the menu for Father's Day.

Above, my dad's graduation picture. Three generations of us have graduated from the same high school, where my grandpa drove the bus during the Great Depression.

Below, one of my favorite family pictures, from about 10 years ago. My folks had joined us on the beach to watch my daughter surf in a contest. My dad will be 85 next week.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A Confederate soldier posed with his sabre and gun.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Yesterday On The Baech

My daughter took me along for a walk on the beach while she surfed yesterday. There was an elderly gentleman in a purple windbreaker, using a piece of driftwood as a cane.

A strikingly pink sea shell had been tossed ashore, while a snowy white egret darted hither and yon.

A tourist from Japan with a bright red backpack paused to photograph a neon green reef, as my daughter paddled by the in background.

And two black wetsuited surfers passed by with bright yellow boards.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

A circa 1946 cosmetics ad by Gino Boccasile, Italy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Over And Under

Under the birdbath, yellow nasturtiums are tangling with trailing blue campanulas, while above, the trumpet vine is still noisy with blossoms.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day

"O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."

Monday, June 13, 2011

On The Beach

Japanese bathing beauties, circa 1920.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Looking Ahead

It's not quite summer, but thoughts around here have turned toward Christmas. We've taken delivery of 61 gross (!) of traditional spun cotton mushrooms hand made in Germany, in need of counting, sorting and bagging, and poured over scores of designs to chose just the right advent calendars to stock this year. Next comes displaying all the new items and photographing product shots.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

Art nouveau style poster by Fritz Schoen, circa 1900, France.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What's Blooming In Spring

This unknown (to me) delicate California wildflower was blooming profusely along the edges of the Malibu River late last month, thriving in wet, sandy soil.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

On The Beach

The detail of an art deco advertising poster for the PLM Railroad, of a bathing beauty on Calvi Beach, the island of Corsica, circa 1930.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The 67th Anniversary Of D-Day

June 6th, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of France's Normandy Coast. 250,000 men, willing to lay down their lives for the freedom of strangers.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the Allied victory changed the course of the war.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

Two young Confederate soldiers in non-regulation uniforms, one with a single shot pistol and the other with a Colt revolver.

Friday, June 3, 2011

More Malibu

My favorite neighbors took me along on their surf trip to Malibu last week. With the Memorial Day kickoff to summer looming, it seemed like a great time for a getaway. We'd made the same trip last year in May.

Beachside graffiti.

At the Adamson House, a section of mural of the Malibu coast, painted on a stucco wall in the potting shed. And below, another Adamson House fountain, with hand made Malibu clay tiles.

My hosts.