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Friday, August 11, 2017

Vintage Children's Dishes

The talents of a sea gull are much like mine.  I am attracted to colorful and shiny objects... oh, and food!  At the many estate sales in the area I often pick up items for no reason and with no plan although basically I profess to collect vintage linens.  Sometimes I don't even know what I'm buying, then come home and do the research... a good way to learn.  Here's one of my latest favorite finds: a few assorted pieces of Akro Agate dishes.  Made during WWII, the history of the company which originally began making marbles is found in this article:

I hope you enjoy reading about these dishes.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Amazing Garden Success

Here are a few pics of the little garden and how it has grown in two months.  Lots of challenges along the way with a doe nibbling green beans and hollyhocks and bunnies nibbling everything else.  Bunny's favorite seems to be the bachelor buttons.  I later heard from a neighbor that the doe has two fawns hidden in the wooded lot to the north.  I cannot begrudge mama deer good nourishment.

Otherwise crabgrass is the next most challenging nuisance.  All in all I'm very pleased.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Sunny Garden Spot

Who can believe that even more months and calendar pages have disappeared?  My last post was in October 2016!  But jumping right into the past few weeks for an update, I decided to battle the voles and moles in the front yard because it has sunshine for some sun-loving plants.  The back yard is mostly shade and well-established with shady perennials.

To dress up the plain front of the house we now have a simple decorative picket fence with a gate.
It's about a foot away from a ground level deck and gives the feeling of a porch.  Neighbors have stopped by to admire and approve.  I'm glad.  I removed some sod, turned earth, added compost and manure and have begun to plant.  My next door neighbor shared daisies, iris, lilies and rudbeckia.  I transplanted hollyhock, hosta and astilbe.  I planted marigolds beside pole green beans hoping to keep bunny away.  Bachelor button seeds sprouted almost before I could turn around.

Here we are within the city limits and before the earth could settle there were fresh deer tracks across the garden space!  I've never seen a deer here.  There are houses everywhere and traffic and people and bikes.  Yet the deer is checking out my garden!  Stay tuned.