Thursday, October 31, 2013

Canonsburg Wild Clover Design

This is from the Canonsburg Pottery Company, made in Pennsylvania, now closed up.

I just could not resist this devilled egg plate in the Wild Clover Design from 1960.  I just pick up an odd piece now and again at the thrift, especially if I really like the shape and this I really liked.

Below are a couple of pieces I already have with the silver edging, which is much harder to find especially with the silver as it wears off.

This wild clover design just appeals to me.  Love my china.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Mums and Elderberry Fledgling

This is an Elderberry.  I went to the park and took a few cuttings from a bush that I knew was there.  I hope they didn't mind, but they were just little. This is the only one that took. I have wanted an Elderberry as the flowers are great for wine or cordial and the berries too can be used for wine.  Now how to baby it over the winter.  I'll probably bring it inside and put it in the Simla Room which is cold most of the time.

Some of the mums I planted around the house.

I bought my passion flower plant in, that's in the Simla Room and I am trying to baby that through the winter.  At the moment it has more flowers on than it has had all summer, they are so lovely and bring me so much joy to look at.  So I will get to enjoy them indoors for a while.  I must say though, things are rather crowded in my Simla Room, I will have to have a rearrangement of things.

This mum has lasted the longest out of all of them, I don't know why.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Autumnal Lunch Hour

I thought that I really had not taken any Autumn photos, so decided to get out one sunny, chilly lunch hour and this is what I came up with.

Mr. Groundhog looking for his winter hibernation.  So he hasn't started yet.

Along my river bank, where I often eat my summer lunches, it's so peaceful along here.

Love these roots hanging over the creek.

Further along here are some black walnut trees.  I saw on Michelle Palmer's blog that you can make ink from Black Walnuts, which sounds really interesting.  I think I am going to give it a go.

Old gnarled trees.

Cabled vines.

Another little park area not far away.

The Scream.  I have seen this tree many times, but it wasn't until I looked through the lens of my camera that I saw that face, The Scream.

A nursery on the way back to the office.  I love this time of year with all the pumpkins and the mums, winter pansies and kale.

So just a peek into my one hour lunch break.


Friday, October 25, 2013

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building was completed in 1931 and I love this era of architecture, especially on a more industrial scale.  Look at the details in the floor and the wall sconces.

This was only the second time I had visited The Empire State Building and I had never been up at night.  I had been probably five times to The World Trade Center/Twin Towers.  Actually the Empire State Building is far more central and therefore you can see uptown and downtown.

It's very confusing when you arrive. first of all the main door opposite Macy's was closed and said go around to the side, which we did.  After that it's a series of climbing and queueing and not really knowing what you are queueing for.  Of course there is the security check, line for tickets, line to have your photo taken; which you would like to bypass but can't.  Line to go up the first lift, line to go up the second lift.

I think the line above was the photo line.

I loved the little museum area and if it hadn't been the end of the day I would have spent more time viewing everything.  But did love these photos of the men working, you have to marvel at them.  No boots, no hard hats, no safety lines, short, shorts.

The weather at the top could not have been more perfect.  No wind, just the perfect temperature with a cardigan on.

I think the building above is the Chrysler Building, but I could be wrong, not being a New Yorker.  Below is looking to south Manhattan, where the bright lights divide is the Flat Iron Building.  Looking down to the new Freedom Tower.

Below looking East across the Hudson River.

Above looking uptown.

Me in my Fair Isle cardigan that Jean bought for me.  I love it. Just right.

Looking up to the radio tower at the top.

Jean enjoying the sights.

The foyer entrance at the bottom.

By the time we left it was 10:00 PM.

Now I need to tell you about the train story.

We walked into Penn Station and stood in front of the time notice screens, and that instance our train came up as the 10:15 PM.  We thought great no wait and just went down, got on the train and sat down.

Now Trenton is only at the most forty miles from New York City and do you know how long it took us?
Two hours.  I don't know what the problem was, but I did say to Jean that I think Robert Louis Stevenson's the Rocket went almost as fast.  I'm surprised they didn't have someone walking in front with a flag.  I ask you.  What is the problem with NJ Transit System?

It was a late night by the time we got home.


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