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A Bit of Medieval Norway in South Dakota

stavkirke

The Borgund Stavkirke, located near Laerdal Norway, was built about 1150 AD.  In 1969, Americans of Norwegian immigrant descent created an exact replica in Rapid City, South Dakota.  They had the permission and architectural plans supplied by the Norwegian government and the help of a master carver in Norway. The […]

Simple Summer Pleasures

peaches

Sometimes the simple pleasures of summer can be the most fun (and delicious!).  We love to pick fruit and vegetables from farms we encounter on our summer travels.  Children seem to think fruit is even more delicious if they have picked it themselves. This summer we did a lot of […]

The Solitary and Silent Road of Penitence

a cell block at eastern penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) in Philadelphia was the world’s first penitentiary – a place for wrongdoers to achieve penitence for their sins, as opposed to prisons which just punished its inmates.  Operational from 1829 to 1979, it was based on Quaker principles of punishment, atonement and (radically for that time) […]

You Can’t Go Home Again

girl with luggage

Today is moving day.  The movers are at the house packing up our daily life into boxes. Why the move?  I was heavily influenced by fellow blogger Doris Lee who writes at Diary of An Interior Novice.  In a post back in April (right before Easter holidays), she mentioned some […]

London and its Village Fairs

marylebone summer fayre

London likes to think of itself as a series of villages strung together to make a big city.  In many ways, this representation is probably accurate. In our neck of the woods, for example, Hampstead and Highgate both started off villages outside the city of London itself.  Hampstead, for example, […]

A Tom Vac By Any Other Name

Tom Woof by Coffey Architects

The Tom Vac Chair  was designed by Ron Arad in 1999 for Vitra.  Made from steel and polypropylene, this chair not only looks good but makes an even more comfortable seat.  Incredibly versatile, this chair can be used both indoors and outdoors and also can be stacked five high. I […]

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