Today I’ve just a few links of interest to share with you. My back is recovering, thanks largely to my new chiropractor, but I must say that sitting and typing or editing photos remains a little difficult! A hint for the ladies: Don’t go lifting and walking long distances carrying a box that weighs about half as much as you do. Unwise move.
Roadtrippers has the story of Edith Macefield, the woman who refused to sell her home to a developer and as a result had a shopping mall built around her modest little place—a real-life story some say may have inspired Pixar’s tear-inducing 2009 hit “Up“. Once you read about Edith and the developer’s construction chief, Barry Martin, you’ll see why, if her tale was indeed its inspiration, “Up” turned out so well. I also applaud the developer for not suing the Ms. Macefield via misuse of eminent domain laws.
In fantasy shopping news: Last night I found myself swooning over this gleaming ’58 Ford Ranch wagon; yes, it’s big, but that means ease of collie and dual feline transport, and that’s a must when it comes to our automobile purchases.
Can’t you just see Ben peering happily out of that back window? Well…that’s a fantasy. Ben loathes the car. But still. Can’t you just see his sad collie face back there? And wouldn’t I look a peach in the driver’s seat? Dream, dream…Someday!
Bonus: It could possibly tow the vintage RV we’ve had our eye on, something my Monte Carlo is not going to do all that well, and even our Hemi V8 Magnum probably won’t tow (it’s all about the transmission, dear hearts). The V6 worries me, really. Regardless, definitely visit the listing page for more marvellous photos.
If it’s old houses you are interested in rescuing (and who isn’t?), a handsome beachfront summer home in Wisconsin, designed by Walter Burley Griffith (a student of Frank Lloyd Wright) in 1907 is considered very much in danger of being lost.
On a less melancholy note, I’ve also a look back at Oxford during the 50s for my fellow Anglophiles and a history lover’s guide to the Shenandoah Valley for those planning a spring trip (having travelled that region myself, I highly recommend a visit, and it is in fact my intention to go back—no surprise, as I simply adore the state of Virginia). For more in-detail info, visit ShenandoahValley.org.
Jessica at Chronically Vintage—easily one of my very favorite blogs—has commenced a new series: 25 vintage deals under $100. Fellow wearers of vintage attire know that the prices for these items have spiked substantially over the past few years and as fewer and fewer such items come on the market, and everyone knows the economy is still quite weak (I agree with Jessica that we are in a depression, not simply a recession)—but needs and, dare I say, desires arise in all of our lives. Jessica hopes to help shoppers and small business owners by freely promoting wares that appeal to her and she things will appeal to her readers as well. What I love best about the post is not just that she has found so many darling things at fair prices—but that it’s a good mix of apparel, accessories, and home goods, too!
My affection for all things vintage and especially old movie palaces is well known; if you’re of a similar bend and plan to be in or near my hometown of Detroit March 22, you’re going to want to pick up tickets for a guided, three-hour tour of the Motor City’s historic movie theatres, including the spectacularly ornate Fox Theatre. Tickets went on sale today and are only $35 per person.
Finally, the nature photos in this post are of redbud tree seed pods. Adding the topmost photo to my shop the other day, I did a little looking online for information about the tree to include in my description—and, it must be said, to figure out why the pods are so peapod-like!
As it turns out, the Eastern Redbud tree is a member of the bean family of flora, meaning it counts amongst its relatives the humble but unfailingly pretty and useful pea. Thus it will come as no surprise to any of you that the redbud’s pods are just as edible as those of its cousins, and are apparently quite delicious served with butter; there’s even a recipe for redbud muffins here.
I’m not entirely sure whether or not the mature leaves are edible, but their charming heart-like shape would be well taken advantage of by lining a tray with them and setting the redbud muffins on top. The flowers and buds are also edible, making the redbud (Cercis canadensis) a very useful ornamental tree worth planting if one lives east of the Rockies.
These North American natives should be popping into bloom soon, and seeing the roads brightened by pops of the redbud’s candylike purply-fuchsia flowers will be a relief to the eyes of everyone tired of winter’s greys! For more about the redbud tree and its culinary uses, do visit Dean at Eat The Weeds. Wish me luck getting back to the Gunning House, and have a lovely weekend!