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Swarms Of Little Brown Birds February 22, 2018

Filed under: Birds — Janet @ 11:58 pm

IMG_5256  On the suet cake – use a magnifying glass if necessary

 

Book Illustrations

Filed under: Art works,Book covers — Janet @ 7:52 pm

28336655_10214540023589612_6338929805233291968_o  I couldn’t resist sharing this splendid book cover for a book published in the late 19th century by L. Prang & Co.

 

 

Echoes Of The Past

Filed under: Ballard Seattle,Belmont,Childhood,Climate,Memories — Janet @ 4:33 pm

I can hear it now – “No School All Schools All Day” in the following towns in the Boston area………..   That was the announcement on the radio at 7:30 a.m. if there had been a heavy snow fall or an ongoing blizzard.   That was in the 1940’s.  And it seems to be the same 80 years on.  Here in Seattle I heard it this morning.  We had about 2 inches of snow last night.  It’s beautiful!  No longer does it mean no school for me – it’s for my grandchildren.

IMG_5233   beautiful but this small amount of snow creates havoc on Seattle’s hilly streets

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Birds In My Garden February 21, 2018

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds,Seasons,Spring — Janet @ 9:59 pm

pine-siskin-thistle-feeder-christine-haines-2  Pine siskin  (from Birds & Blooms magazine)

I think this bird has appeared on my deck – along with numerous other little brown birds of various combinations of brown, white, and black -and yellow and red.

 

Snowing Again February 20, 2018

Filed under: Weather — Janet @ 10:59 pm

Just a few light flurries so far, but it’s COLD.  And the heating system seems to have gone on the blink.  Olson Energy Service is on the way.  And I’m not away in London or Dublin and it’s not the middle of the night.

 

A Painting To View February 19, 2018

6a00d83452615669e200e54f4c6e148834-115si   Virginia Wolff Knitting, a portrait done by her sister Vanessa Bell, 1912.  This painting is in The National Portrait Gallery in London.  I was recently in London visiting family and friends.  Number 1 on my list of things I wanted to do – if I was on my own – was to visit the National Portrait Gallery.  Well the visit with family and friends was completely taken up with wonderful activities which did not include the NPG.  Save that for next time.  There is so much to do in London!!!

 

I Have Been Away February 18, 2018

A marvelous trip to London and Dublin to visit family and friends.

IMG_1013   Son Andrew and his 2 daughters Alannah 12 and Isolde 7 in their home in Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland

IMG_1048  In a pub in Terenure, DublinIMG_1039   Same pub, Vaughn’s, Alannah, Kerri-Anne and Amanda.  Amanda is Andrew’s wife and Kerri-Anne is her sister.

Following lunch the granddaughters and I went to the small but very good Village Bookstore 2 doors away.  During my trip I visited book stores at every opportunity.  My failing?  My interest!!  Alas, I didn’t come across any yarn stores in my travels.  It’s just as well, I could hardly shut or lift my suitcase for the return trip back to Seattle.

 

Vaughn’s in the village of Terenure is within easy walking distance of Andrew and Amanda’s home in Rathgar.  Rathgar village also has numerous excellent bars and restaurants and shopping facilities.  Up until about a month ago Rathgar also had a book store    IMG_5195

 

 

 

My husband Ian and I lived in Rathgar when we first came to Ireland in Year 1 of our marriage in 1968.  We had the top floor flat in a former house – very similar to Andrew and Amanda’s home now.      IMG_5211   sort of but not exactly like this red brick home

Ian and I did our shopping at the Gourmet Shop in Rathgar but sadly the owners passed away recently and the shop is now closed – a victim of the passage of time and a small shop bowing to the dominance of a much larger shopping facility (SuperQuinn) opening nearby.

Rathgar Presbyterian Church is strikingly dominant in the village.  And this is where our youngest son David was baptized.    IMG_5198   This photo doesn’t do it justice.