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The fire pit in May

There is a fire pit underneath, awaiting summer cleanup — but I was drawn to the nice arrangement of shaggy grass and logs* (and, of course, the bench and the other beautiful pile of wood in the background).

This is at my brother’s and sister-in-law’s home in Loudon County, Virginia. The picture is from her (mostly about) quilting blog, deeroo designs.  Check out the spring color in their garden and also some ideas for half-square triangles here.

Tomorrow Tuesday, about my own long grass. . .

*I imagine a nice little snake has been drawn to it too.

Photo © deeroo designs.

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Life in gardens: flower fair

Grand Kermesse poster, Library of Congress“Country flower fair, May 19 and 20, 1918, at the Bordeaux Town Hall. To benefit the war charities and children’s charities.” Poster art by A. Guindet, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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Vintage landscape: Verona, Italy

Watercolor of Italian courtyard, Natl. Archives of EstoniaSan Giorgio cloister, Verona, Italy, May 19, 1878, via National Archives of Estonia Commons on flickr.

The watercolor is one of many Italian scenes collected (perhaps painted?) by a Baroness Meyendorff in the 1870s and early 1880s.

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Life in gardens: from the window

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Hagar Olsson — Finnish novelist, essayist, and critic — in her parents’ home in Räisälä (then in Finland, now in Russia), ca. 1920, photo by Edith Södergran, via The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland Commons on flickr.

Edith Irene Södergran was a Finnish poet and one of the first modernists in Swedish-language literature — both she and her close friend Olssen wrote in Swedish.  She was also an amateur photographer. She died in 1923, at the age of 31, from tuberculosis.

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Look out our astounding
clear windows before evening.
It is almost as if
the world were blue
with some lubricant,
it shines so.

Denis Johnson, from “Looking Out the Window Poem

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Vintage landscape: a dream of summer

Berry dreams, 1912, National Library of Norway

Raspberry bush (bringebær) in Målselv, Norway, 1912, one more autochrome by Hanna Resvoll-Holmsenvia Nasjonalbiblioteket (National Library of Norway).

Dream, dream, for this is also sooth.

— William Butler Yeats, from “The Song of the Happy Shepherd

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