Tuesday, January 31, 2012

100 Years Ago

Photo by Lewis Hine, the caption reads:

"Overcrowded home of workers in cotton mill, Olneyville, Providence. Eight persons live in these three small rooms, three of them are boarders. Inner bed-rooms are 9 x 8 feet, the largest room 12 x 12 feet. 23 Chaffee Street, Polish People. Property owned by the mill. Rent $4.50 a month. Location: Providence, Rhode Island."

Monday, January 30, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

A section of "The Stony Beach" by American impressionist Maurice Prendergast, painted in 1897.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

At The Fruit Stand

The fruit stand has a mountain of grapefruit, grown in the deserts just east of here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

100 Years Ago

Photograph by Lewis Hine with a caption that reads:

"8:30 A.M., Nov. 12, 1912. Two young girls, Murry and Westover, carrying home sacks full of hose-supporters for home work, from American Narrow Fabric Co., Worcester, Mass. Loads are heavy and distances long. They hurry so they won't be late to school. They have to stop frequently to rest. Location: Worcester, Massachusetts."

Friday, January 27, 2012

What's Blooming In Winter

The stately calla lilies are back - so dependable, so sturdy, such great cut flowers. If you have room at the back of your flower border, they're a terrific addition and once established, you can separate and transplant easily.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yesterday On The Beach

The temperatures were in the low 70's yesterday, so it was a delight to join my daughter for a walk on the beach in the afternoon at low tide. We walked at the north end of town, where the lagoon flows into the ocean through the jetty.

Youngsters were busy with shovels and buckets, clambering on rocks, happy for a beach day in the middle of winter.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Seeing Faces

At the beach, a face in the bluff.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

100 Years Ago

Both photos by Lewis Hine and his caption reads:

"Photos taken during noon hour, October 23rd, 1912, at the Loray Mills, Gastonia, N.C. They said they were working and went in to work. At night I counted over thirty children coming out when the whistle blew, and they seemed to be from ten to twelve years old. The Superintendent was much disturbed over the photos. Location: Gastonia, North Carolina."

Monday, January 23, 2012

What's Blooming In Winter

It's a toss-up which of these narcissus has the sweetest scent. It's strong enough to waft across the garden and elicit comment from the UPS man. In a vase indoors, they'll fill an entire room with sweetness.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Always Something New To See

Another day, another (sand) dollar.

Daughter surfing (in hat).

A shell that glowed, and a string of brown pelicans skimming a swell.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

100 Years Ago

Caption and photograph by Lewis Hine:

"Mrs. Montemora, Fifty-five years old, is janitress for a large tenement, 133 W. Houston St., (lives Apt. 7) housing 26 families. When not tending the furnace or occupied with other duties for others and her own family, she makes flowers, assisted by her niece Josephine, 12 years old. They both work until 10:00 P.M. frequently. Photo was taken at 2:30 P.M., Feb 2, 1912, a school-day, and their only explanation was, "She just stayed out." Making buds. Several adult men relatives live with them. The flowers bring in only a dollar or two a week. Location: New York, New York (State)"

Friday, January 20, 2012

Diamond Jubliee

Queen Elizabeth has been a reigning monarch for some 60 years now. The photo, above, shows her In April, 1945, training as a mechanic during World War II, when she was attached to the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and below, with her children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, in 1952.

Photos are courtesy Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis and Paul Popper/Getty Images.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

A small section of the larger painting made in 1869 by Edouard Manet called "On The Beach At Boulogne".

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's Blooming In Winter

Nothing like a punch of bright orange on a winter's day. The true name of these perennial daisies escapes me. They're prolific bloomers, don't need much water and come back faithfully year after year. We cut them back hard when they stop blooming and they come back even stronger the following winter.

Snails find other things to eat and except for an occasional caterpillar, these daisies are relatively pest free.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stormy Day

The long awaited storm brought rain during the night and a lot of wind during the day. It was cold and blustery on the beach, with white caps on gray water as far as the eye could see, topped by lots of gray sky.

After walking, we took a ride up the coast to watch the rest of the storm pass by.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter Sky At Twilight

From the patio, the sky last night, looking west. Rain has been in the forecast, but we've had nary a drop.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Watercolor Beach Day

My daughter heading out for a surf.

A curlew, standing on one leg, waiting patiently for something edible to cross his path.

Birds of a feather, well, you know the rest.

Random surfer.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

100 Years Ago

100 years ago, the caption reads:

"Two hobos walking along railroad tracks, after being put off a train".

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

Just a section of the painting "Walk On The Beach", made in 1909 by Spanish impressionist Joquin Sorolla y Bastida.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Other Day On The Beach

Sea gulls were busy working the reefs and clumps of seaweed washed ashore, on the lookout for a tasty morsel.

It's uncommon to see a whole sand dollar, as they usually break apart when the waves push them ashore.

This mussel was shining like a jewel as the water washed over it.

Small shorebirds darted hither and yon, while a young boy burst with exuberance.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

100 Years Ago

Photograph by Lewis Hines, his caption reads:

"1:00 A.M. Sunday, Nov 24, 1912, and still selling. Stanley Steiner, the boot-black and newsboy, is ten years old, and sells until 1 A.M. Lives, 92 Ulmsbec [?] Ave., Providence, R.I. The other, Jacob Botvin, is 13 years old, 33 Hilton St. Location: Providence, Rhode Island".

Monday, January 9, 2012

Until Next Christmas

The very last of the Christmas ornaments are being wrapped in tissue paper and put away until next autumn.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back On The Beach

It was a silvery afternoon on the beach, with the temperatures in the 70s and the tides extremely low.

The air may be warm, but the water is plenty cold and won't be warm again until summertime.

Youngsters were busy on the reefs.

A quick rinse, a climb up 7 flights of stairs and we were off for home.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

100 Years Ago

100 years ago, the caption reads:

"California delegates cheering on stagecoach at the 1912 Republican National Convention held at the Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, June 18-22, 1912"

Friday, January 6, 2012

Yesterday's Sunrise

We've been having unseasonably warm weather and high surf. The sound of the waves breaking carried all the way to our house and drew me outside, just in time to catch yesterday's sunrise. The first picture is the sky above the hill to the east of our house, and below, looking south.