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The Sunday porch: rooftop retreat

As the summer heat comes to an end,* I thought you might enjoy this repeat porch from July 2012.

This sleeping porch for hot summer nights was added to the roof of the White House during the Taft Administration (1909 – 1913). Photo by National Photo Company, via Library of Congress.

It’s a little funny to think of the country’s first family climbing up to the roof to bed down in what is basically a shed with screened sides.

Click here to read more about sleeping porches.

*Fall officially begins on Tuesday in the northern hemisphere.

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September Bloom Day

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Our garden in Kigali, Rwanda, September 2014.

To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.


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The Sunday porch: Mobile, Alabama

The Sunday porch:enclos*ure- Tom Riley Hse., 1936, Mobile, Ala., HABS“Tom Riley House,” 256 North Jackson Street, Mobile, Alabama, September 1936, by E. W. Russell for an Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Decaying. . . but still elegant.

A Google street view for this address shows an empty lot, but the house next door is still standing.


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Life in gardens: satisfaction

girl with possessions, museum victoriaThe queen poses in her side-yard kingdom with her horses and doll-courtiers, 1925, Euston District, New South Wales, via Museum Victoria.

Contributed by Beryl Leslie to “The Biggest Family Album of Australia” project.

Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. . .
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Life in gardens: two mowers

Two mowers, 1956, Museum VictoriaAnother nice backyard scene via Museum Victoria: John and George Lee with push mowers, September 1956, Greensborough, near Melbourne, Australia.

The photo was contributed by Mrs. Brenda Lee to The Biggest Family Album of Australia project.


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