Thursday, May 31, 2012

100 Years Ago

Photographer - Lewis Hine. His caption:

"Home of Rufine Morini, 6, Coburn Street, South Framingham, Mass. Two mothers, three children - 10, 8 and 6 years old, working on tags for Dennison. Children anaemic. Make $10 (more or less) a month. Witness, F.A. Smith. Location: South Framingham, Massachusetts."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Where You Are

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that Nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill

Thanks to Gerard for reminding me of this quote recently.

And thanks to the men and women of the United States military who made the ultimate sacrifice, for their fidelity to our Constitution and the Republic.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

Nasturtiums, by Maurice Pillard Verneuil, circa 1897.

The yellow and blue combination is especially effective.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

What's Blooming In Spring

The "Goblin" variety of gallardia painted daisies are blooming strong this spring. A drought resistant perennial, gallardias grow well with spring blooming bulbs, allysum and nemesia at the front or middle of your flower border.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Thomas the cat has been stopping by to visit almost every day for close to 8 years now. He's a flame point Siamese, with markings getting more pronounced as he ages and personality to spare. He lives across the street, but does a lot of bird and gopher hunting in the garden here and the field next door. Sleeping under my daughter's bird bath this week, he heard her taking pictures of her flowers. She caught this photo of him as he made a beeline to her for affection.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

Another painting by Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927), "At The Beach".

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

On The Beach

My daughter, at Torrey Pines last weekend, taking advantage of a quiet day at the beach before the summer tourists arrive.

My favorite neighbor, Kevin, who took the picture, had this to say, "The sand lounger is not only a feat of ergonomic engineering, as its form is fully customizable, but it's eco friendly as well. Shares ties to the transistor age as it is entirely silicon based, yet its origin predates history. Post modern, yet pre-industrial; a physical manifestation of the dynamic coexistence of opposites."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

100 Years Ago

The caption reads: "Bathing Beach, Washington, D.C." - probably in the early 1920s, so more like 90 years ago.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What's Blooming In Spring

Calendulas are usually an autumn annual, so it was surprising to see them available for planting in the spring. They're not really thriving, but they add a nice splash of orange this time of year.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

A section of a painting by Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927), "In The Surf".

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Land's End

This week my sister joined me and our dad on a morning drive to Fort Rosecrans in San Diego. We paid our respects at the national cemetery and drove to the Cabrillo Monument and old lighthouse at land's end. My folks had taken us there when we were kids, some 50 years ago and it was our first time back. In this fast paced and ever changing world, it was good to see some things stay the same.

The monument commemorates the 1542 voyage of Juan Cabrillo, the first European to sail the coast of California. A young blue jay huddled in the breeze atop the statue.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This Day In World War II

This day in 1943 was the final day of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. German troops had expected to clear the ghetto in three days, but in the first urban uprising, the Jews fought back and held out for almost a month.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vintage Cigar Labels

The late 1800s was the hey-day of cigar label art. Let's take a look every now and again at how beautiful was the lithographers' art.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Art Nouveau & Arts And Crafts Designs

Water lilies, by Maurice Pillard Verneuil, published in 1897.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers' Day

"Spring Blossoms", painted in 1920 by American Dorothea Sharp.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Back On Land

Yesterday afternoon my daughter was fresh from the surf, mowing her lawn in her wetsuit.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

Another impressionistic painting by Martha Walter (1875-1976), "Seeking Beauty".

Thursday, May 10, 2012

100 Years Ago

100 years ago, the caption reads: "Fort Sam Houston, Tex., 1911-1912: horse-drawn commissary wagon of unbleached flour"

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What's Blooming In Spring

Most often the hardiest flowers in my garden are the ones that self sow. Case in point, these sweet alyssum and miniature chrysanthemums. They'll bloom and reseed over and over and provide color all year.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Last Evening In The Garden

A close up look at the columbines blooming in my garden.

They're great perennial border plants and reseed profusely, although it takes 2 years for them to blossom.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

100 Years Ago

Photographer Lewis Hine wrote the following caption:

"8:00 P.M. January 29, 1912. Cardinale family making silk flowers. Father wears a cast. Does not work. (See report on schedule.) Boy, 11 years old, helps some, even at night. 43 Carmine St., N.Y. Location: New York, New York (State)"

Friday, May 4, 2012

Impressionists On The Beach

"Blue Parasol" by Martha Walter (1875-1976).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

On The Bluffs

My daughter stopped by yesterday and drove me up the coast for hamburgers on the bluff. Recent tides have brought a ribbon of rocks along the shore and this Saturday's full moon is sure to bring other changes, as well.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What's Blooming In Spring

The lantanas didn't do very well over the winter. They grow prolifically in the landscaped meridians on the roadways here, but haven't done nearly as well in my garden.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Midnight Rambler

Thomas, our favorite visitor, has been working overtime lately. Between field mice, gophers and birds, he's been extra busy.