August 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
This cool, artsy white-and-blue-splotch wallpaper is in the Annex Coffee Shop in Brooklyn.
Photo by Adam Elstein and Jin Hyung Kim; found via design*sponge.
Not exactly my blue, but love it in a free-form pattern and in combination with white.
August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
During a random Internet search, I came across these two images of a sunken path flanked by log retaining walls (image 1 and image 2). The log ends that face into the path are painted with various shades of pink and purple:
Genius! There’s a particular spot on our front yard that I think would benefit from a retaining wall, but, alas, logs are way too big for the spot. Or maybe not if you cut them into very short pieces… This needs some thinking! :)
August 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
You know those photo challenges that ask you to take one photo every month in exactly the same place, with exactly the same subject matter, angle, and all that? I thought it would be a really interesting project, so I decided to do that this year.
I’m taking a picture out of a second floor window towards the woods at midday on the last day of the month, every month, from January 2014 to December 2014. Here’s July 2014:
A nice, cool, overcast July day.
P.S. I also posted a collage of the first third of the year.
August 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today Mr. E harvested his first cucumber. Yes, one cucumber – but what a hoot it was!
It’s a lemon cucumber, apparently a heirloom variety. The seed bag only gives the generic species name for cukes (Cucumis sativus), so I don’t know whether there’s a more specific way to identify the variety.
We promptly had it with lunch. The taste was delicate, slightly sweet, but not at all bitter even at the “poles” of the cucumber. The peel was a bit hard, though, but that might get softer with more time on the vine (at least that’s what Mr. E thought). We loved it!
And there’s more where that came from!
July 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
July 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
Turns out that our wild turkey mama has been joined by another! We’ve named them Nina and Simone (or Sybil – kinda vacillating between the two still). Both have sizeable broods – Nina has nine, and Simone seven or eight. They’re also difficult to keep track of and/or photograph.
One time when they were on their way through our yard, I thought I counted 16 chicks in all, but that may have been a fluke. We don’t see them very often, but whenever they’re here, we’re delighted to catch up, so to speak. :) Just yesterday they were back, briefly. There was the huge flock of chicks (on the left side of the photo below) and three adults, two of whom were engaged in a fight (on the right):
We’ve been seeing a lone turkey on and off apart from the two mamas. My guess is that one of the hens fought the lone turkey, maybe over priority to use our neighbor’s bird feeder. It was eerily silent – no squawking or clucking, just the two birds pushing back and forth for a few minutes, attempting to grab each other. Talk about drama mamas!