Clotheslines and Tattoos

Don't you just hate the thought of ironing all these aprons? I remember a time when I didn't have a dryer and clotheslines were a necessity. Funny thing is that I continue to use my clothesline even though I do have a very nice washer and dryer... because I LOVE the fragrance of fresh, air dried linens. How about you? I have always liked clotheslines and enjoy taking pictures of them.

This cottage shop photo with a local street fair admirer was taken with my Nikon D200. Barefoot Books-LadyD is linking with Blue Monday.

Are you familiar with the Clothesline Poem?


A clothesline was a news
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
neighbors always knew,
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also
said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told,

"We're back!" when full lines sagged,

With not an inch to spare!
folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors
carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.

clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what
goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of

It was a friendly sign.

When neighbors knew each other

By what hung on the line.

~Marilyn K. Walker ~

 Cute video by Peter Weatherall, children's song Clothesline. 

Street Fair Art: Tattoos

Wherever I go roaming about with my camera, I'm always seeing quite a display of colorful body art. I spotted Willie Wonka on this man's leg and the floral sleeve design on the woman above is so pretty. I myself don't have a tattoo but I often thought the Grecian Key design would have been nice...

Wikipedia says:

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The first written reference to the word, "tattoo" (or Samoan "Tatau") appears in the journal of Joseph Banks (24 February 1743 – 19 June 1820), the naturalist aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour: "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition".
The word "tattoo" was brought to Europe by the explorer James Cook, when he returned in 1771 from his first voyage to Tahiti and New Zealand. In his narrative of the voyage, he refers to an operation called "tattaw". Before this it had been described as scarring, painting, or staining.

Tattoo information,  read more.

Photos for Mandarin Orange Monday

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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Mother Goose Remembers

goose behind fence

two geese at bates nut farm

While making a quick stop to Bates Nut Farm for some dates, I spotted these geese at the children's petting zoo. Unfortunately, these lovely birds were fenced in and I wondered if my camera lens would focus on them instead of the metal chain link fence. My heart was broken when I looked into the bird's eyes. He seemed to be all alone, honking in pain, "Get me out of here!" Perhaps I threatened him as I moved closer to his guarded territory. After awhile, I noticed there were many birds and soon the whole place escalated with a chorus of boisterous 'bird bonks'! So, I said my goodbyes rather hastily and did manage to rest my lens between the spaces to get better photos later on.

Here's a bit of photo editing for Mandarin Orange Monday

Clare Beaton's Mother Goose Remembers

This particular book falls under the category of Best Books for Babies. A beautiful hardcover book, and the Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, Clare Beaton's Mother Goose Remembers makes a beautiful gift for babies - 5 years old. The music is sweet and wonderful.

Mother Goose Remembers

Enjoy the rhythms and cozy warmth of the forty-six nursery rhymes in this nostalgic collection. This treasured gift book features a feather from the plumage of Mother Goose hidden on every page, waiting to be found by youngsters. Book with CD edition includes songs and rhymes performed by Caroline Butler, Charles Spicer, Nick Hooper and Dave Townsend.

Best Books for Babies, Beginning with Books
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Illustrated By: Clare Beaton
Sung By: Charles Spicer, Nick Hooper, Caroline Butler, Dave Townsend

Peak Inside

children's book illustrations

clare beaton illustrations

book for babies

These wonderful illustrations are from the talented author, Clare Beaton.


child's craft activity

Next help the kids edge their patchwork quilts in plain colored paper strips. On the strips, help them write the names of the nursery rhymes in their collage.

To create a larger patchwork, gather together all the individual patchworks and hang them on the wall.

craft supplies

Mother Goose Remembers HC w CD

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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The Chicken and The Sabretooth

chicken iron work for the yard

Going to the Carlsbad Street Fair yesterday was so much fun, especially when you're with a friend. I always like to take my time, walking up and down each row of vendors. At the end of one of the tents I spotted some outdoor yard and garden ironwork chickens with their festive blue feathers. Do you have some artwork around your lawn or garden path?

For Blue Monday

sabretooth bounce for the childrensabretooth at the local street fair

Along the food court at the local street fair I turned the corner towards the fun zone for the children, and... this huge Sabretooth tiger bounce for the kiddos took me by surprise. It seemed just right for Mandarin Orange Monday For more information regarding the Sabretooth, watch this national geographic video

Wikipedia says:

Sabretooth (Victor Creed) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics supervillain created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne. The character first appeared in Iron Fist #14 (August 1977). Originally portrayed as a non-powered serial killer, Sabretooth is later written as a mutant who possesses bestial superhuman abilities, most notably a rapid healing factor, razor-sharp fangs and claws, and superhuman senses. He is a vicious assassin responsible for numerous deaths both as a paid mercenary and for his personal pleasure.
The character Wolverine is depicted as his long-time enemy, although conflicting accounts have been given as to the origin of their feud. It is also known that he and Sabretooth were victims of the Cold War supersoldier program Weapon X, and that Sabretooth saw Wolverine as competition and tried to make his life miserable. While Wolverine is depicted as suppressing his more savage qualities, Sabretooth does the opposite and embraces them.
Sabretooth has appeared in several X-Men animated series and video games. Played by Tyler Mane, he was a henchman of Magneto in the first X-Men film and X-Men: The Official Game. Liev Schreiber plays him in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In May 2008, Wizard magazine ranked Sabretooth #193 of the 200 best comic book characters of all time. In 2009, Sabretooth was also ranked as IGN's 44th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

You wouldn't happen to have one of these around your place, would you?

The above cover art and illustrations are a few suggestions from Barefoot Books:

Home for a Tiger, Home for a Bear
Emily's Tiger
The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat
The Farmyard Jamboree PB w CDEX

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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