A forester’s cottage, Ferntree Gully, Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia, ca. 1900, a glass lantern slide by Archibald James Campbell, via Museums Victoria Collections.
I like the two log pillars at the bottom of the steps, each topped by a potted plant.
During the 19th century, the forests of the Dandenong mountains were a major source of timber for Melbourne.
“Sitting on the Porch,” a postcard from ca. 1900, location and photographer unknown, via Miami University Libraries Commons on flickr.
(Click on the photo for a better look.)
The Bowden Postcard Collection of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, holds over 480,000 postcards from nearly everywhere in the early 20th century world.
This image is not very seasonal, I must admit. Here in Stuttgart, we woke up this morning to a light covering of snow.
Children picking up our bones
Will never know that these were once
As quick as foxes on the hill. . .
And least will guess that with our bones
We left much more, left what still is
The look of things, left what we felt
At what we saw. . . .
— Wallace Stevens, from “A Postcard from the Volcano“
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.
There’s another nice arrangement of logs here.
Tomorrow Tuesday Wednesday, about my own long grass. . .
Of all our sunny world
I wish only for a garden sofa
where a cat is sunning itself.
—Edith Södergran, from “A Wish“
*I imagine a nice little snake has been drawn to it too.
Photo © deeroo designs.