Monday, August 22, 2016

Space on the Front Porch

What's the news on the front porch?

"Two members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 48 crew stepped outside the orbital complex to install a new “front porch”. The nearly six-hour long spacewalk started at 7:04 a.m. CDT (12:04 GMT) Aug. 19 with a goal to install International Docking Adapter-2 (IDA-2) to the forward end of the station.

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I was observing the front entrances of the 1950's and 1960's houses in my neighbourhood.  Some of  the front doors have steps the width of the door so one can just 'step in'.  There seems to be an absence of a front porch - that structure that was at the entrance of the house to keep one free of the elements.  A century ago, it was large enough to be an outdoor room.  
"Nobody thought much about the front porch when most Americans had them and used them. The great American front porch was just there, open and sociable, an unassigned part of the house that belonged to everyone and no one, a place for family and friends to pass the time."
--Rochlin, The Front Porch, in Home, Sweet Home

So I find out that the decline of the front porch happened with the automobile after the second world war. Car noise and exhaust fumes ruined the street as a place of relaxation.  Air conditioning furthered the decline. Finally, the television inside the house was the source of entertainment. 

Our pictures today show the bright yellows of August in the garden.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Looking for that Special Address?

Wouldn't it be prestigious to have one's office at 1776 Avenue of the Americas?  It looks possible in Manhattan, Corona, NY, Newington, Australia , Orlando, FL, and in Miami, FL,  The Google map shows 1776 Avenue of the Americas right at Central Park so this would be a prestigious intersection.  

The equivalent in Canada would be 1867 Confederation Way.  This turns out to be in Mississauga near Square One - not a prestigious address or location.  

What are the most famous addresses?  221B Baker Street is one of them for me.  We know 10 Downing Street and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  I almost forgot 77 Sunset Strip (can you hear the music?)

Others listed on travel websites are famous places, rather than famous addresses.   A site where you can match the number and the street is here.  Most of these are U.S. locations.

What is the address of the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tour, or the Statue of Liberty?  I don't know the address of the CN Tower (with its 1776 steps) or the address of the Sydney Opera House.  Famous places don't need addresses - their names are sufficient.  So my search for the top 10 addresses has dead-ended.  Along the way, 
I clipped this picture of the Avenue of Americas from Google maps - it tells its address story clearly.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Are you aging?

There were birthdays this week at exercise class. Janet turned 79 and says she doesn't feel that old, so I asked her how old she feels.  Her answer:  Feels like 35.  I responded that I feel older than Janet - that was thirty years ago for me - a different time in society, in my activities and work, and in my interests.

So I wondered:  make a chart that has rows and columns.  Put the decades along the top row (Age 10,20,30,40,50,60, etc), and the major life areas and interests along the left column, then fill in the cells. What would be the same and what would be different over the decades? Or could we take an age test that showed similarities and differences between age groups and find our place?

You can take 'age tests' - here's one: Age Test - a caution that the tests don't explain the results.

Here's a Guardian article asking people what age they feel they are in How old do you feel?

And there is research being done in the area at the website Changing Age.

For today's picture's we are looking at my conservatory in the garden. I took some video pictures of my gardens yesterday so that when I redo things in the fall and spring, I know what's where for moving, etc.

I realized that I had forgotten to photograph the garden on tour days this summer - it was so busy and so many tours - so many times I've forgotten.  I realized this when I went to show the hydrangeas at the greenhouse in July compared to yesterday. All the blooms are finished except for two pink ones. They still look lovely with their lime green floppy heads.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Which Five Things?

I went looking for 'five things', and there are hundreds of 'five things' sites  Something about the expression 'five things'.  The first one on food was about five things never to say to your child.  Then the list got longer to seven things on another site, then ten things, and then even more.  There are a lot of things to not tell your children about food.

So here are the first five:

1. After you’ve put away your toys you can have an ice cream

2. Don’t worry about falling over, let’s get you your favourite chocolate

3. Eat that up and then you can have dessert: no veg, no dessert

4. Eat it for Granny

5. Don’t eat too much, you’ll get chubby

If you want the 10 things - here's the site.

How many funky things  in the garden were on display on the Buffalo Garden Walk - here's one of them.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Levelling Prudhommes

It has been a hot and humid August so far, and on Saturday, the camera gave evidence to the humidity with perpetual fogging of the camera lens, creating the blurred and hazy image of the garden.

The next image is much clearer and some people may recognize it as Prudhomme's, a past luxury inn complex.  It has been abandoned for more than a decade, and was slated for development. It is now fenced off and partly demolished because of a recent fire. However, the demolition work has stopped - it was to be completed in July.  And there's no further news.  We're looking forward to the development that will bring back this large area to active living.   It will include waterfront trails and access to the Lake, offering more views to the east to  Port Dalhousie and across to Toronto.