Friday, August 17, 2018

The Awning

The gym I frequent is in a noteworthy early Fifties building. At the time, Seattle was world famous for its architecture. To get some idea of the scale of that achievement, think of Paris looking to Pe Ell for inspiration. At the time, Washington meant only D.C.

The building closed last week for its annual bout of major maintenance. The management decided to remove an awning that had shaded the east-facing entrance for years. It was delightful to discover the lofty glazing that was revealed and realize that a relatively young deciduous street tree had rendered the awning unnecessary -30-

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Urban Wildlife

I finished rereading John A. Hunter's autobiography recently. Hunter was literally that, a safari guide during the early twentieth century heyday of African big game. Culturally speaking, the book is abrasive, but the text is illuminating.

Wild rabbits appeared in this garden that is mere minutes on foot from downtown high rises. We've been keeping a charmed but careful eye on the little animals. Yesterday I noticed a shadow gliding around the corner of the house as I settled in on the front porch for a pre-dawn cup of coffee. I wondered who had faded out of sight. A minute later I noticed a sleek long-haired cat watching me from the north fence line.

Hunter's riveting stories of lions came immediately to mind, and I realized that the front lawn is now a mini-veldt. What if anything to do about the unsupervised cat will be an issue to decide later. In the meantime, I'll research owl habitat -30-
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Pallet

Inspired by a conversation overheard in the Great Big Hiking Co-op, I began to experiment with sleeping on the floor now and then using a self-inflating air mattress. I appreciate an instant guest room, and my back appreciates a flat night's sleep. It's most comfortable to lay a doubled wool blanket over the pad and then set out whatever bedding suits the moment. The Great Big Northern European Home Furnishings Chain carries coarse linen tablecloths that make good sheets-30- 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Urban Upholstery

July or August are the only Seattle months when this idea is bright. A U District drugstore has a concrete retaining wall to one side of its entrance. The wall is a comfortable height for sitting. Someone set the drop-in upholstered seat of an unknown chair on the wall to make the perch more comfortable. The mid-century modern upholstery looked just right in that context -30-
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Garden Lace

Last fall I scuffled a handful of Queen Anne's lace seeds across the newly denuded front bank. This month there's a four-foot crop waving freely, feeding countless bees, and gently concealing the ratty foliage of various other self-seeding annuals. I count the planting wildly successful. It looks spectacular with equally native fireweed and the choice strain of California poppies that shows to best advantage among its umbelliferous stems -30-
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