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Sunday, January 24, 2021

I'm painting today

Something very simple

A few little Ladybugs brighten the scene.

Bees sans bugs

Just for fun a few blue dots.

Next time you see a little bug to the side of a plate you can 

almost be sure that a little drop of errant paint has found it's place where it shouldn't be.  

Wishing you a happy week, 


Friday, January 22, 2021

Dreaming of summertime.


Should I let them grow.  They're blocking the barn door.

I noticed the seedlings early in the Spring but I didn't have the heart to pull them out

Besides,  I was hoping that it would be the elusive peach colored hollyhock which has disappeared from my garden.

I decided that one door is not so important when there are 5 other doors in and out of our Barn.

 I can walk through them.  They don't mind

I never know what color they will be

Did you know that Hollyhocks make great cut flowers? 

Have a wonderful weekend dear friends. 
It's going to snow around these parts. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The well intentioned Gift.

 What would he like.

He might like a Pocket Watch

A watch like this one; made in 1857 by a George R. Frodsham, Greys In Road, London, England.

It even has a golden chain, watch fob and 2 keys.
The watch is chain driven, not spring driven as most watches are.

A key winds the pocket watch from the back.
And then, one day, the watch stopped working

We took it to the best Jewelers.  None could fix it because it is chain driven.  On our trip to Switzerland the watchmaker said that he would try.  He placed it in his vault and we went off to Egypt.  Upon our return, we picked up our watch.  He was sorry but he couldn't fix it.  Why not take it to England, he suggested.

But wait, a qualified person was found in Boston, USA.

Yes, he would try.  After all, he was an Englishman and he was a certified member of the "Jewelers Board of Trade". 

An appraisal of said pocket watch followed by said person, hereafter unnamed.  Appraisal $20,000.00  Cost to repair, $3,500.00.   Return of our watch, NOT REPAIRED $300.00. 

What would you have done?

The person received $3,500.00 from us and we received our gold pocket watch, repaired.

A year later, while on a visit to London, we stopped in at Christie's Auction House, King Street, St. James, London. 

We were ushered into a private office.  An expert in solid gold pocket watches admired our watch.  We then showed him our certified appraisal.  The expert was speechless.  Excused himself to confer with one of his colleagues.  

We were left alone in the office.  Were we going to be wealthy?
Were we going to be arrested?  

The two charming gentlemen were shaking their heads.  Shaking their heads in disbelief at the $3,500.00 repair fee.  Christie's had recently repaired the "Tower of London" clock for 80 pounds,  about $120 US dollars at the time.  

They were incredulous that a reputable Jeweler,  and one of their own countrymen had taken advantage of us.

Christie's provided us with a Letter stating: 

 "We refer to our meeting yesterday and now confirm that your watch is a gold hunter lever pocket watch with Liverpool jewelling numbered to movement and case 11927 by George R. Frodsman, Greys In Road, London." 

"We would estimate this watch to fetch 300 to 500 English Pounds in auction and hope this has been of assistance."


repost from 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Sadie and the disappearing Slippers

A very special friend sent me these beautiful slippers

I have to hide them.

They are just as pretty on the inside 

They are irresistible to Sadie. 

I have to hide them.

See the yellow arrow?

Thursday, December 31, 2020

A New Year


There were sad times 

Leaving sadness behind

Making new plans

Plan a  Garden.

Read a good book.

Plan a trip.

Catch up with friends.

Wishing you, my dear friends,  a 
 New Year filled with happiness and good health.


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Skating at your own risk


I'll put on the Ice Skater's Waltz

Champagne is on ice.

I'm already celebrating,