When I was a child growing up in London, I yearned to possess a doll house such as the one my friend owned. It was a large, three-storied wooden house with furniture and lighting and I was green with envy. I was too young to understand that my parents couldn’t afford to gratify my craving for such a lavish toy and when they did eventually buy me a small, metal 4-room house, I can remember the feeling of bitter disappointment which I hope I managed to hide. Perhaps this is why now, as an adult, I can’t resist the occasional urge to buy a wooden dollhouse and splurge out on fixtures and fittings or gaze longingly at really fancy houses and miniature furniture in museums such as those pictured below at the Stephenson County Historical Museum in Freeport, Illinois.
I’m currently renovating an old house that I bought at a thrift store and every time our granddaughter visits she looks to see how far I’ve got with the decorating, her little fingers itching to rearrange the furniture. I want to tell her that this is not the kind of toy that you play with. This is just for looking at, not for touching, but then I remember the house that I longed for when I was her age and I have to relent. “OK kid, but be careful.”
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teddy Bears, Dolls, Toys
Railway tracks running through Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I’m not sure which way they were going or from where they came but on a rainy day, when the chance for further exploration was limited, it was one of the few sights that seemed picture-worthy.
For more on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 16, 2017
The current subject for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week Challenge is Boats and Ships. My earliest recollection of boats comes from when I was a small child and we went on a sightseeing trip down the river Thames in London. Since then my water-going experiences have been limited to a ferry-crossing to Mackinac Island, the occasional trip down the Chicago river, a couple of outings with the Des Plaines Yacht Club on Lake Opeka, and one or two other sightseeing excursions on rivers and lakes. I’ve never been on an ocean liner or cruise ship so I don’t know whether sea sickness would be a problem and since I’m never likely to find out, it will forever remain a question unanswered.
A ship and a boat at The Tall Ships Festival at Navy Pier in Chicago.
A boat docked in Sturgeon Bay, Door County in Wisconsin.
A sightseeing boat passing through the lock at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.
A ferry boat crossing over to Mackinac Island.
Competitors with the Des Plaines Yacht Club in a race on Lake Opeka.
Sightseeing boats making their way up the Chicago River.
For more on Nancy’s A Photo A Week Challenge go to A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats and Ships
Cee has given us quite a choice for her Fun Foto Challenge this week, ranging from pots and pans to dishes and silverware, none of which feature heavily in my photo files. I really must widen my field of subjects. Who knew pictures of my old Pyrex dishes might come in handy some day! However, I did come across one picture that I thought might work.
The pots and pans in the kitchens of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville are quite impressive. The service area of the house is located in the basement and includes the main kitchen, pastry kitchen and rotisserie kitchen as well as walk-in refrigerators and a laundry room.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware
After six weeks of feeling poorly, culminating in a five-day stay at the hospital with blood clots in lungs and legs, the second time in eight years, I thought that Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge would be an appropriate place to return to posting on a regular basis. Which way do I go from here? Looking back, things could have been a lot worse. Looking forward, I know that things will never be quite the same again. Although it’s nice to anticipate trips, parties and the like, I’ve learned not to make plans too far in advance. Too many of them have been cancelled recently. But I do look forward to getting back to work in our garden and also finding things to photograph. Small steps for now. I’m beginning to understand how my mother felt as she grew older when, visiting some of her favorite places like the Chicago Botanic Garden, she would sigh, almost with relief, and say, “I never thought I would see this again.”
For more on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/12/cees-which-way-photo-challenge-may-12-2017/
I’m still getting used to the new Wednesday start day for the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post so am hurrying to get this one in on time. There were so many images that looked like A Good Match but I’ll quickly share just two that stood out in the old photo files.
What used to be known as ‘elevenses’ in our house; tea and biscuits, preferably with plenty of jam on them. A good match. As the name suggests, this short break from daily activities usually took place around 11am but as the years advance I find that ‘elevenses’ has slowly worked its way forward until now we appear to be enjoying this delightful repast somewhere between 8:30 and 9am.
Two people who obviously enjoyed making beautiful music together; Violinist Oliver Colbentson and his accompanist. A good match.
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I had planned on using a different set of pictures for Thursday Doors this week, but after reading Norm’s thoughtful and moving post this morning they seemed much too frivolous. Instead I found a few images that I hope will convey my feelings. Wherever and however you choose to worship, may you find peace.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
The Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
St. Peters Church at Old World Wisconsin.
St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri.
St Matthias Church in New Fane, Wisconsin.
The Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/thursday-doors-february-2-2017/comment-page-1/#comment-13736