I’ve gone from doors to steps with Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge. Arriving at the top of the steps; sometimes steps can be quite a challenge, such as these seen here at Copper Falls State Park in Mellen, Wisconsin, especially after a long hike, to which my husband can attest. He did just that, a few weeks before knee replacement surgery this spring.
Going up the steps at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Coming down the steps at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.
Beautiful steps at the old Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
For more on Ailsa’s Travel Theme challenge at Where’s My Backpack go to https://wheresmybackpack.com/2017/09/19/travel-theme-steps/
The subject for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is furniture. What you see in the following images is anything but ‘just part of the furniture.‘ I love ornate furniture like these chairs and table at The Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland, Wisconsin, although they are not necessarily designed for comfort. Of course you would need the right kind of house in which to put them. And I definitely wouldn’t want the job of dusting them every day.
Now, if you owned a place like Biltmore House in Asheville, you would need plenty of fancy furniture to fill all those rooms, like these beautiful pieces in the Salon.
In Mr. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.
In the Van Dyck Room
And in the Morland Room.
Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota also has it’s share of fine furniture, although maybe not on quite such a grand scale.
And furniture at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills, Illinois is certainly worth seeing.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Furniture, Tables, Chairs, Sofa, etc.
Lights! Camera! Action! This week, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge puts lights in the spotlight. I hadn’t realized how many pictures of lights I had until I went through the photo files looking for suitable images. Here are just a few.
Light stands in Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago.
Still in downtown Chicago. Kids enjoying some summer fun at the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.
A chandelier at the Chicago History Museum.
Traveling north to Door Country in Wisconsin, a close-up of the lighthouse on Cana Island.
Two set pieces including lamps at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina and Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Iowa.
Lights on a vintage car at the Joliet Historical Museum in Illinois.
Lights on a terrace at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lights
This week’s Photo Challenge at The Daily Post, set for us by Michelle, points to the fact that it is easy being green, despite what some frogs may tell you.
A frog working on a spot of lawn care for the Ribbit Exhibit at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
A green scene at the Green Bay Botanic Gardens, Wisconsin.
An interesting feature at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.
A lively sculpture of children playing ball at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In the Garden of the Gnomes at the Vander Veer Botanical Park in Davenport, Iowa.
And Allo Allo; a little tank at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/it-is-easy-being-green/
Many years ago, (far more than I care to remember) when I was growing up in England, there was a form of entertainment that was known, in theatrical terms, as farce. The leading performer of those hilarious comedy shows at the time was Brian Rix, and for more than twenty-six years he and his wife Elspet Gray entertained audiences at Whitehall Theater and other theaters in London and around the country. The plot usually involved a lot of running in and out of doors, mostly in the bedroom. I don’t ever remember hearing any swearing in these shows, there was never anything smutty and the biggest laugh invariably came when the gentleman dropped his trousers (in the nicest possible way, of course) usually at a most inopportune moment. How I miss those light-hearted performances. So I thought I’d dedicate these bedroom doors to the memory of Brian Rix and all the laughs he gave us over the years.
Bedroom doors at the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Bedroom doors at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, Minnesota.
For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/thursday-doors-december-1-2016/
The subject for this week’s Photo Challenge from Michelle at The Daily Post is ‘On The Way.’ Anyone who is interested in photography will tell you that they’ll look for any opportunity to get some interesting shots wherever they happen to be. Usually, whenever we go anywhere, I have a camera handy and the photo files are crammed with images that I’ve captured en route to one place or another.
Last year we stopped off at Egg Harbor on the way to the northern tip of Door County in Wisconsin. The boats were huddled together under threatening skies; the area had already received large amounts of rain which had flooded several roads and there was a chilly wind, not the ideal weather for strolling around, so I quickly took some shots of the harbor, rushed into the British import store to replenish my supplies of Marmite,Twiglets and Spotted Dick and headed back to the car.
On the way to the Badlands in South Dakota we stopped off at the city of Albert Lea in Minnesota to stretch our legs and discovered this delightful spot, Higbie Gardens, a park adopted and made beautiful by the Shades of Jade Regional Garden Club.
Recently we called in for a much-needed Starbucks coffee at the Belvidere Oasis on the way home from a trip to Wisconsin and found this 1942 Lincoln Zephyr from the personal collection of former Republican Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, on display.
On the way back from our vacation in South Dakota we decided to take the scenic route and were rewarded with some spectacular views of Spearfish Canyon.
For more on The Weekly Photo Challenge go to https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/on-the-way/