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Friday, September 17, 2010

Grassy Waters Preserve

I drive past the Grassy Waters Preserve each day on my way to and from my office on Singer Island.  Just south of Northlake Boulevard, this portion of the preserve is sawgrass  prairie and cypress marsh.  Our wetlands are so very important, and sometimes I fear that encroaching “progress” and urban sprawl may be inevitable, which, unfortunately, is not something new to us in Florida.  But at least for the time being, this little preserve seems to be doing fine.  
Northlake Boulevard was built on a former railway line from long ago.
Today I decided to stop on the way home and take a nice walk on the boardwalk trails. 
Drinking water in the City of West Palm Beach originates from Grassy Waters (!) and is home to all kinds of fish and wildlife.  This is the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River system, which eventually makes its way south to the Everglades, which is not far from here.  This afternoon I was lucky to get a photo of a red-shouldered hawk.  The photo didn’t turn out well but I was so excited to see this beautiful creature:
Grassy Waters 12
My house is about six miles from the preserve and there are many canals around the Acreage that funnel the water from our yards to the preserve, like these: 
With all the seemingly endless “progress” in Palm Beach County, I feel lucky to “live out in the sticks.”

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mrs Twins ~

A special lady is celebrating a 1st blogiversary today.
Congratulations to Happy Blogiversary SueSue McGorie of Mrs Twins.

Sue is a collector of
little piggy things.

Here’s to you Sue!

Sue is also the creator of the SIBOL (Sunshine International Blankets of Love) blog and as you can imagine keeps quite busy putting together lovely blankets like these:
Happy Blogiversary Mrs Twins
This group of blankets have already been delivered to a nursing home and will be given to new residents to help them feel at home. 

But….wait there are many more blankets waiting to find new homes.   Sue has gathered together a wonderful organization of people from around the world who make the squares that she transforms into blankets.
special person
Sue you are a special person and I am very proud to have your friendship. ~  Congratulations!!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lilla Hyttnas: a home and art

Lilla Hyttnas was given to the beloved Swedish painter Carl Larsson and his wife Karin Bergoo Larsson by Karin’s father in 1888.
Lilla Hyttnas is nestled next to a lake in Sundborn north of Stockholm Sweden.  This house, in my opinion, speaks volumes about Carl and Karin Larsson.  Unlike the popular decorating style of the era this house is colorful, light and airy and many of the furnishings were designed by them.
Larsson’s watercolors depicting simple everyday things with smiling children are some of my favorites.  The following is called Brita’s Little Nap:
woman reading c larsson
“Woman Lying on a Bench”
For better views of Carl Larsson’s other works you can visit WikiGallery.Org.
The Larsson home is still owned by the family and is open to the public from May through September for guided tours.  There are quite a few Larsson Home YouTube selections about the garden if you are interested.
Also, I found a property located in North Carolina  that is listed for sale on that was definitely done in the Larsson style: