Got the new range, and it was not free. #NewStove

Worshipping at the “Book of Mormon.” Mormons are AWESOME! #thebookofmormon

Urban gardens have been tilled for different reasons through the years. My in-laws remember World War II era “victory gardens,” planted to keep pantries full when a trip to the market might be dangerous or farmed goods might not reliably make it to the market. This produce was then shared among the community. And that went for eggs, chickens and other livestock.

Nowadays, folks and foodies plant kitchen gardens that grow along the length of city plots. They espalier fruit trees to line back fences and harvest herbs in sunny, protected spots along south-facing walls. Some garden for the love of it, others farm for thrift, health or for ethical reasons that directly align with sustainability and environmental stewardship. I find my reasons for keeping a garden shift between all these. And over the last 20-odd years, gardening has become an integral part of each season, both symbolically and pragmatically.

Where we live, rosemary, parsley and tender perennials survive the temperate, misty Seattle winters. Plantings are protected from the wind in an area close to my kitchen so the rain (that can seem omnipresent), is just a little bit of a hassle. Well, sometimes it’s a huge hassle, but eating a fresh pea from the vine is worth any bad-hair day.

One of my favorite bloggers, Kate Beaton, found this wonderful video on war gardens. And now I share it with you.


The Wartime Kitchen Garden 

I wish I could see all the episodes from these series!

Great Dane having a great time playing in the sprinkler.

Happening in my backyard. Great Dane sprinkler love. #dogs #sprinklers #greatdane

Sunny day in Seattle under the gaze of Lady Liberty. Seattle’s mini version. #statueofliberty



Watch a rhinoceros sculpture come into being in our Katharine Lane Weems papers. We wonder if the enlarging machine being used in the 2nd photo was a predecessor to the kind of technology that smithsonian3d uses today.

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Study of a rhinoceros, 193-?

A life size model (in progress) of Katharine Lane Weems’ rhinoceros sculpture, not after 1937 / unidentified photographer.

Katharine Lane Weems at work on her sculpture Rhinoceros, between 1935 and 1936 / unidentified photographer.

Katharine Weems being introduced at the unveiling ceremony for her rhino sculptures at Harvard, 1937 May 12 / Harvard Film Service, photographer.

All images from: Katharine Lane Weems papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

All you need to know on how to build a rhino in the 1930s. -Emily

Lady Liberty leads our annual July 4 neighborhood parade.

Want to eat this rock and keep it in my belly.