October 2012 archive

Oct 28

Little Free Libraries

When I was little I remember playing ‘library’….. putting slips of paper in the front of all my books with a place for someone to write their name when they sign one out. My favorite part was using my rubber stamp to mark the DUE DATE on the slip and then file it away. When I got older and had kids of my own I saw them do the same thing. Books were always a part of our lives and I can’t imagine what it would be like not to have access to them in any format. Going to the library was a fun event in itself! So in the age of eBooks, tablets and electronic readers I stumbled on something very curious. Something called Little Free Libraries. Started in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in Hudson WI, these libraries are popping up everywhere. The premise is simple – create an easily accessible ‘house’ for the books and then let people ‘Take a Book, Return a Book’. This site has all you need to know about it!

Little Free Library


Oct 20

Abandoned and Lost Spaces

I have always been drawn to old spaces and places that people used to inhabit. Traveling on back roads I am the first one to call out ‘abandoned!” causing the others to swivel their heads for a peak at something on the edge of ruin. These old and sometimes exquisitely sad buildings remind us how quickly the earth swallows up the places we no longer tread. On a recent drive we stopped for a few shots of an old farmhouse I have watched decaying for years. What’s the story…. how does someone just leave a place behind?

Check out this video …… some amazing old spaces ………….

Oct 09

Whoa… What happened to September??

Wow – the summer is over and we are plunged into Fall. And it has been C-O-L-D too! We already had a killing frost but somehow the garden perseveres.One fine day we went to the Farmers Market in Madison and then over to the Allen Centennial Gardens. Just beautiful! Who knew this place was tucked away near the Campus. I love to see what clever things people do to make gardens interesting. The house itself is an old Victorian that is being renovated. I would love to have seen the inside. I thought these resin planters all lined up looked neat! The second photo shows how they arranged slate on its side and then put succulents in between the pieces. it almost looked like ribs of n animal skeleton. How clever!