Posts Tagged ‘Driving Mamma Lindsey

15
Nov
13

11.15.13 … Another adventure … Woodstock Ga. Who knew!! … and $142.4 Million for a 1969 Francis Bacon Triptych, Seriously?? …

Woodstock GA, 11th Congressional District, Driving Mamma Lindsey, kith/kin:  Another adventure  … Woodstock Ga. Who knew!! On 11.13, we ventured up into the 11th Congress District.  Truly I am not sure I had ever heard of Woodstock Ga, but they must have a really good town planner, because it is delightful, charming and interesting.  I think it fits the definition of New Urbanism to the core.  I will return!

We ate at Canyon Burger which was good but I wish we had ventured out and found a local restaurant.

Woodstock Downtown

John Wieland’s Woodstock Downtown was really nice.

Innovative NEW Homes with the Details You Want in a One of a Kind Neighborhood—Now Selling!

Get to Know Woodstock Downtown:

Innovative New Homes in a Charming Live-Work-Play Setting

Walk to Restaurants and Shopping Along Woodstock’s Vibrant Main Street

Private Neighborhood Amenities including Pool, Cabana, Playground, Parks and More

Classic Homes Offer Detailed Architecture, Owner’s on Main Plans Available

At Woodstock Downtown, you can enjoy the small town feel of Cherokee County with easy access to I-575 and downtown Atlanta. A walkable live-work-play neighborhood, Woodstock Downtown offers the convenience of having shops, restaurants, offices and parks just a short stroll away from your front door.

Choose the home that suits your style and enjoy the protection of the exclusive Wieland 5 Year – 20 Year Warranty, homebuilding’s best.

Classic homes combine traditionally inspired architecture and spacious interiors including gourmet kitchens with breakfast areas, formal dining rooms, second floor raised recreation rooms and luxurious owner’s suites.

via Woodstock Downtown | Woodstock, GA | Single Family HomesTownhomes.

ICE MARTINI & SUSHI BAR:  And I happened to see this in the Downtown development .  I was wondering if it was one of those 5 degrees bars where you rent a coat, etc.  No, but actually it looks fun.  And there is one in Buckhead, too.  Add Ice to my list.

Welcome to downtown Woodstock’s coolest spot. ICE Martini Bar is a little piece of Buckhead right in the heart of historic Woodstock, GA. Clean, airy, and ultramodern, it’s like no other place in town. Named for the tiny crystals of ice that form in a truly perfect martini, ICE reflects the fact that the smallest details are often as important as the whole experience.

Offering signature sushi and tapas, handcrafted cocktails, creative desserts and more, ICE—just like its namesake—changes in appearance depending on the time of day. Dinnertime draws a mixed casual and professional crowd enjoying a laid-back classic rock soundtrack, while later on we transition to classic pop and cocktails. On the weekends, after 10, the dance floor fills up with well-dressed ladies and gentlemen dancing to contemporary pop and hip hop, but the lounge atmosphere means conversation has a place, too.

Danny and Peggy Snow are the husband-and-wife team behind ICE. Danny, originally from the cold climates of New Brunswick, Canada and Peggy, a native of the cool tropics of the South Beach area of Miami, Florida, decided to fuse their backgrounds together to create the ICE concept.

via ICE MARTINI & SUSHI BAR | About Us.

 $142.4 Million, 1969 Francis Bacon Triptych, Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold, Christie’s Auctions, NYTimes.com:  I think these buyers need to have their heads examined. Seriously!

It took seven superrich bidders to propel a 1969 Francis Bacon triptych to $142.4 million at Christie’s on Tuesday night, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. William Acquavella, the New York dealer, is thought to have bought the painting on behalf of an unidentified client, from one of Christie’s skyboxes overlooking the auction.

Seven bidders battled for 10 minutes over Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of Lucian Freud.” The 1969 work in three parts, hanging on the wall, was purchased by a dealer’s unidentified client.

The price for the painting, which depicts Lucian Freud, Bacon’s friend and rival, perched on a wooden chair, was more than the $85 million Christie’s had estimated. It also toppled the previous record set in May 2012 when Edvard Munch’s fabled pastel of “The Scream” sold at Sotheby’s for $119.9 million and broke the previous record for the artist at auction set at the peak of the market in May 2008, when Sotheby’s sold a triptych from 1976 to the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich for $86.2 million.

via At $142.4 Million, Triptych Is the Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold at an Auction – NYTimes.com.

08
Nov
13

11.8.13 … ahhhhh, be serene …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Labyrinth Walks, Serenbe Community, Chattahoochee Hills GA, kith/kin, Driving Mamma Lindsey, The Hil, The Inn at Serenbe, Mary Mac’s Tearoom:

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I visited here for the first time in August. I knew I’d be returning.
This time I not only brought my mom, but I also brought my sister.
We first did the drive through the various “villages”…

It is a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S.— focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations. With a projected 70% of future building occurring in the greenfield, Serenbe demonstrates how urban development models can succeed on the edge of a metropolis while preserving a vast majority of the greenspace. Serenbe’s ultimate goal is to demonstrate how development can accommodate the need for housing with minimal impact on nature—Serenbe’s land plan call for a preservation of at least 70% of the acreage, while accommodating as many or more people as traditional subdivision-style development, which would disturb nearly 80%.

Serenbe was the first hamlet built in Chattahoochee Hills, a 40,000 acre city with an overlay plan that calls for preservation of a minimum of 70% of the acreage. Serenbe’s founders, Steve & Marie Nygren and Rawson Haverty, have created an urban model promoting walkability and community living, with private residential homes (currently, approximately 170 residents), commercial space, art galleries, original shops, stables, and a 20-room inn with conference facilities. Serenbe has devoted 30 acres to farming—the Serenbe Farm is certified organic and biodynamic with a thriving CSA program and Saturday markets. The community is home to three thriving restaurants—Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (the nation’s smallest Silver LEED certified building), The Farmhouse (which has received national critical acclaim in Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, and is consistently featured in local publications), and The Hil (owned by executive chef Hilary White, and has received national critical acclaim in Food and Wine magazine, and was named a Best New Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution).

via Serenbe Community.

 … and then proceeded to The Hil for lunch.  Lunch was perfect.  My sister and I shared our two items, mine a burger with pimento cheese and hers a crabcake fritter sandwich.  Both were excellent.  My mom enjoyed brocolli cheese soup and gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, also excellent.
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After lunch, we drove back toward the Inn and stopped by the labyrinth.  Although the setting is wonderful and it is a full 11-circuit Chartres, it is the Stonehenge of labyrinths.  it is way too large!! And because it is so large, the timing is all wrong.  The sacred geometry does not work, it is not sacred when the scale is wrong.  It is merely fun.
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Our last stop was to the Inn.   We walked in seeking info about the Inn’s Thanksgiving Day menu and availability.  The pastry chef was wonderfully attentive to every question.
As I walked out, I noticed that a cookbook from mary mac’s tearoom was for sale and the only cookbook for sale. Mary mac’s is a family favorite and my sister was actually eating dinner there that night.  I asked the connection.  I should have known that …

At Serenbe, we believe in the power of food.  Families bond over meals, friends are made, and true communities are formed. Serenbe founders Steve & Marie Nygren have a long history with food—Steve as a restaurateur and founder of the successful Peasant Restaurant Group; Marie as the daughter of Margaret Lupo, owner and chef of Atlanta’s famed Mary Mac’s Tea Room—and they knew that culinary arts should be at the heart of all that Serenbe has to offer. Thus, Serenbe has become a dining destination featuring authentic restaurants and some of the best talent in the South.

via Restaurants at Serenbe.

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09
Aug
13

8.9.13 … Driving to Serenbe … and a new labyrinth …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Labyrinth Walks, Serenbe, kith/kin, Driving Mamma Lindsey:  So I have heard about Serenbe for several years now because of its great farm to table restaurant, The Farmhouse.  Although not open for lunch on weekdays my mom and I headed out on an adventure shortly before noon.

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I had no real expectations …

The three distinct hamlets are named Selborne, Grange and Mado.  Selborne is the center for arts (performing, visual and culinary), and is currently home to about 100 residents, the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop, Studio, Swan Art Gallery, Goode’s For the Home, Gloriosa Style, and The Hil restaurant.  Here, you’ll find stunning attention to artistic detail, from the glowing streetlamps created by an artist especially for the Selborne hamlet to the iron bike racks, benches and even trash cans.  Grange, currently under construction, is the farm hamlet, given its proximity to the Serenbe Organic Farms and Serenbe Stables.  With hilly terrain and sweeping views of 50 miles of greenspace, the lake, and preserved forestland, homes here will feel as though they’re nestled in a mountain retreat.  Grange will also be home to a barbecue restaurant, a tack store, feed and seed shop, and arts and crafts studios.   The third community, which is in the planning stages, is Mado—named for the Creek-Indian word meaning “things in balance.”  Here, you’ll find the destination spa, an upscale boutique hotel, vegetarian restaurant, juice bar, traditional and holistic medical services, assisted living, and more.

via Serenbe Community.

I realized immediately that Serenbe reminded me of Tottingham Lane SA, the landscape and the cluster arrangement of the communities.
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We had lunch at the The Bue eyed Daisy Bakeshop  … very good cheese and broccoli soup and ham, local blue cheese and arugula sandwich.
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We continued to drive around the development which included an organic farm, artist colony, horse barn and Inn.
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And last but not least a …. labyrinth
It was a very large Chartres style labyrinth made of rocks with gravel, many of the rocks as large as 1′ x 8″ x 6″.
it was in a very sunny area so it was very hot in the sun.  The area was a  very natural wooded area overlooking a pond and a very funky gazebo.  This was the largest labyrinth I have ever walked.
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And a donkey BRAYING! That was a first for a labyrinth walk.
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Here is some additional info about Serenbe …

Serenbe is a 1,000 acre community located under 30 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It is a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S.—focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations. With a projected 70% of future building occurring in the greenfield, Serenbe demonstrates how urban development models can succeed on the edge of a metropolis while preserving a vast majority of the greenspace. Serenbe’s ultimate goal is to demonstrate how development can accommodate the need for housing with minimal impact on nature—Serenbe’s land plan call for a preservation of at least 70% of the acreage, while accommodating as many or more people as traditional subdivision-style development, which would disturb nearly 80%.

Serenbe was the first hamlet built in Chattahoochee Hills, a 40,000 acre city with an overlay plan that calls for preservation of a minimum of 70% of the acreage. Serenbe’s founders, Steve & Marie Nygren and Rawson Haverty, have created an urban model promoting walkability and community living, with private residential homes (currently, approximately 170 residents), commercial space, art galleries, original shops, stables, and a 20-room inn with conference facilities. Serenbe has devoted 30 acres to farming—the Serenbe Farm is certified organic and biodynamic with a thriving CSA program and Saturday markets. The community is home to three thriving restaurants—Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (the nation’s smallest Silver LEED certified building), The Farmhouse (which has received national critical acclaim in Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines, and is consistently featured in local publications), and The Hil (owned by executive chef Hilary White, and has received national critical acclaim in Food and Wine magazine, and was named a Best New Restaurant by Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution).

via Serenbe Community.

and a connection to Mary Mac’s Tea Room and the Haverty family …

Founders What is Serenbe

Like-minded founders that thankfully found each other

Marie and Steve Nygren

Marie and Steve Nygren discovered the property now known as Serenbe on an outing to introduce their children to the Georgia countryside. They purchased the first 60 acres, along with the existing buildings, in 1991. Weekend visits for Marie, Steve and their young daughters literally transformed their lives and in 1994 they sold their Atlanta home and relocated full-time to Serenbe. In 1996, they turned the 1930s horse barn next to their house into guest rooms and opened the Serenbe Bed & Breakfast.

Marie grew up in the hospitality business. Her mother was the owner/operator of Mary Mac’s Tearoom, a well-known Southern restaurant in the heart of Atlanta. Marie attended Florida State School of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration before returning to Atlanta to manage the Women’s Commerce Club. Marie now oversees the kitchen and menu development at the Farmhouse and the Serenbe Chef Series Cooking classes.

Steve … opened the Pleasant Peasant restaurant, which grew to a corporation of 34 restaurants in eight states by the time of his departure in 1994.

Nan and Rawson Haverty, Jr.

Nan and Rawson bring to the Serenbe project a strong enthusiasm for this new vision of community, a longtime interest in the arts and their solid business experience.

Nan Haverty shares a wonderful family and a home both in Atlanta and at Serenbe with her husband Rawson and their two children.

Rawson has served on the Board of Directors of Haverty Furniture Company for over ten years. He joined the company in 1982 and was named Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development in 1998.

via Serenbe Community.

And according to the proprietor at the gift ship Twig, “Serenbe” is nothing more than a play on “be serene.”
And on the road from the highway there was a large brick church with a tall white steeple at the end of a double tree-lined drive.   I had to find out what it was … The Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.
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Palmetto Campus.

For 141 years, Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries, Inc. has been reaching out to hurting children and broken families. We couldn’t minister to these children and their families without your support. Thank you for helping us put the pieces together for all the children God sends our way.

via Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, Inc..

05
Jul
13

7.5.13 … Atlanta’s best … one of those perfect Atlanta days …

I had one of those perfect Atlanta days … First,  a ride with my mom: Ansley Park, Brookwood Hills, the Cathedral’s labyrinth, lunch in front of the gates of the Swan House, then dinner at new Atlanta restaurant … Saltyard.  I highly recommend it!

The Cathedral of St. Phillips , labyrinth walks: This labyrinth fits right into my Atlanta drives with my mom.  7/2 was a great day … birds, squirrels, flowers, clouds …

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Atlanta, Swan House, YouTube:  At the Swan House, there is a new historical marker.  And in the bottom corner is one of those scannable codes linking to a YouTube, and a really fun YouTube  short on the Swan House.  Old technology meets new … Love it … and my mom did, too.

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Swan House – Atlanta History Center – YouTube.

Saltyard, Small Plates,  Atlanta GA: Just a few weeks ago, I saw a review of Saltyard … definitely worth it!  6.17.13 … Saltyard … on my list …   We enjoyed gruyere gougeres w/ smoked salt whipped butter, cerviche, greendale farm “mille fleur” (GA) w/ green tomato relish, housemade summer smoked sausage w/ quick kraut, pan roasted ga trout w/ fingerlings, buttered english peas, tarragon nage, roasted mushrooms, roasted brussel sprouts …

Saltyard offers a carefully edited selection of seasonal dishes, which are sure to impress even the most distinguished palettes.

Saltyard – Small Plates & Uniquely Social Dining Experience – Atlanta GA .

 

13
Mar
13

3.13.13 … hurry, hurry, hurry …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, The Cathedral of St. Philip-Atlanta GA: It’s noon, and my mom and I are running errands and doing the Atlanta Driving Mamma Lindsey thing.  🙂
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Today, we drove around my elementary haunts … again telling stories from the sixties and my days at E. Rivers Elementary School.  We drove through Buckhead (Habersham and Peachtree Battle) by the childhood homes of Roline, Mary/Catherine, Charlotte, Carter, Cary and Ellen, and later through Collier Hills and  by the homes of Mary, Rachel C (anyone know where she is?) and my sister’s friend Martha.
As I begin my walk, I am again struck by the beauty of this place.  The sun is streaming and the Bradford pear adds a hint of spring.  I hear children’s laughter from the nearby playground.
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I am intrigued when a group of 2 men and a woman walk through the garden. The woman cuts across the labyrinth and the men walk around its circumference.  My mind refocused after she crosses my path … I don’t want to always be hurrying and miss the beauty of this place.
06
Feb
13

2.6.13 … I would like to have style … 45 and goofy in Atlanta …

Coco Chanel, quotes, fashion:  

Media

via Fashion fades Coco Chanel wall decal vinyl sticker – Polyvore.

adult play, Spacious:  I personally think this is very funny … What do you think, O Spacious One , Cary Umhau?

Over the more than two decades that 10 middle-aged friends from Spokane, Wash., have been locked in a game of Tag, there have been years when almost nothing happened.

But already this week, ‘It’ has changed hands twice.

The game is live only in February so it resumed late last week. Mike Konesky was ‘It’ heading into this year’s action and he made his move on Sunday.

via In Epic Game of Tag, There’s a New ‘It’ – The Juggle – WSJ.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration,  Library of Congress, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, events:

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust to Commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial at the Library of Congress

An estimated 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives in the Civil War. These deaths permanently transformed the character of American society.

Drew Gilpin Faust, 28th President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, will join Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns in exploring this theme on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The event is presented in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition “The Civil War in America,” which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war and runs through June 1, 2013.

As part of the presentation, Burns will feature clips from his PBS documentary “Death and the Civil War,” which was based upon Faust’s book “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” (2008), winner of the Bancroft Prize in 2009 and a finalist for both a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Faust will sign copies of her books immediately following the presentation. Also participating in the presentation will be Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

via Harvard University President to Commemorate the Civil War | News Releases – Library of Congress.

Georges Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, followup, FB, Theartblab.com:  I have funny friends … Follow up to  yesterday’s post.

…the monkey was the answer to a Jeopardy question.

Ferris Bueller likes it too!

Is that Beyonce with the umbrella? it looks like she has a little bedunkadunk in the trunk. He is also a favorite artist of mine.

language,  Indian English, retroflex, The Economist:  I actually have wondered about this.

A FRIEND recently asked me what gives Indian English its unique sound. With 22 constitutionally recognised languages in India, and hundreds more spoken, how is it that many Indians’ English accents sound fairly similar? Part of the answer has to do with a set of sounds used across the country: retroflex consonants.

Indian retroflexes are fun to produce. Curl your tongue back and strike your palate, and you’re in position to articulate one. English distinguishes voiced and unvoiced consonants (the difference between [d] and [t], based on whether the larynx vibrates). Many Indian languages further distinguish consonants by whether a puff of air comes out or not (aspirated or unaspirated). So the retroflex consonants in, for example, Hindi, include ʈ (unvoiced unaspirated), ʈh (unvoiced aspirated), ɖ (voiced unaspirated), and ɖh (voiced aspirated). Most Indian languages also include two more retroflex consonants, ɳ and ʂ. It’s common for Indian English-speakers to substitute retroflex ʈ and ɖ where Western English-speakers use [t] and [d], which Indian languages don’t have. This substitution is part of Indian English’s special sound.

via Language in India: The humble retroflex | The Economist.

African elephants,  Serengeti National Park, ecology, BBC Nature: Having seen theses beasts in South Africa, they are truly sensitive beasts …

Wild African elephants prefer to live in safer, protected areas and become stressed when they leave them.

Scientists have found African elephants living outside Serengeti National Park are more stressed than those within the protected area.

More elephants also choose to live inside the park, suggesting they “know” which areas are safer to live in, and actively avoid humans.

Details are published in the African Journal of Ecology.

Serengeti National Park helps protect animals from threats such as illegal hunting and habitat disturbance.

via BBC Nature – African elephants prefer Serengeti National Park.

New Year’s Resolutions, Starbucks, Atlanta, Brookhaven – the historic neighborhood: I can only have lattes on weekends and they must be skinny. Exception: I can have one if I walk there … 45 and goofy in ATL this morning.Great morning walk to nearby Starbucks and then through my second favorite Atlanta neighborhood, Brookhaven – the historic neighborhood, not the new DeKalb County city.  Oh, And i meant 45 and foggy … Thank you, autocorrect.

real-time advertising,  2013 Super Bowl ads, 2013 Super Bowl blackout, follow-up:  Very interesting …

Sunday’s power outage provided the perfect surprise for brands to pounce on creatively. Tide shrewdly tweeted, “We can’t get your #blackout. But we can get your stains out.” In a dig at their luxury car rival, Audi tweeted, “Sending some LEDs to the @MBUSA Superdome right now…” At Mondelēz International, our Oreo brand team and their agency partners sat together in a war room and came up with this gem, which has since been re-tweeted more than 15,000 times:

This was a big, albeit unplanned moment, but the beauty of real-time content is that there’s always something interesting happening in the world, and always an audience who cares about it. The ubiquity of digital technology and mobile devices enables people at far corners of the globe to share moments together, regardless of where they’re located, their economic status, or how old they are. By focusing content development around these shared cultural moments, marketers can transcend the demographics-driven targeting that has for so long defined the industry, reaching more people in a more relevant way.

We saw firsthand the power of tapping into big cultural moments when we celebrated Oreo’s 100th birthday in 2012. We produced 100 consecutive “Daily Twists,” spotlighting global cultural developments, as they happened, through an Oreo lens. Covering everything from LGBT Pride Month to the Mars Rover landing, we were able to join the global conversation with fresh content, and this timeliness nearly tripled the level of consumer engagement compared to the three months prior to the campaign.

via The Power of Real-Time Advertising – B. Bonin Bough – Harvard Business Review.

Atlanta, labyrinth walking, Solvitur Ambulando – It is solved by walking, Lenbrook, kith/kin, The Cathedral of St. Philips, Swan House, Buckhead, Driving Mamma Lindsey, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Dr. Wilf Nicholls:  

So excited I will soon have a new outdoor labyrinth to walk in Atlanta!!   Found this via google from December …

.Photo: Great progress on the outdoor labyrinth!

A fun lunch at the Lenbrook Grill where i caught up with Katherine and her mom, uncle and cousin. She says hello to you, Catherine and Cary.

After lunch, mom and I took a drive. First stop … St. Philip’s where I walked their recently completed labyrinth.

A few notes from my walk … It’s an absolute perfect winter day in Atlanta. It must be 60° and the sky is clear blue.  I have gone over to the Cathedral of St. Philip  and walked their newly completed 11-curcuit labyrinth. There’s something special about walking the labyrinth for the first time. And there is also something special about walking a labyrinth that you know you will walk many times more.

When you know you’re going to walk it many times, you become very observant of the seasons and the plantings and the landscape around you.

This one is by far the most beautiful one that I have walked in the midst of skyscrapers. That is interesting to me because i grew up here, and when i grew up here, there were no skyscrapers.

Again it was an absolutely beautiful walk on an absolutely beautiful day. And I walked barefoot!!

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Then we did our usual riding and telling stories … Driving Mamma Lindsey! We drove by the former home my cousins, the Mauldins, and those of Lillian, Catherine, Roline, Bryna, Lethea and Gregor.

And the gates were open to the Swan House.

And now I am back at Lenbrook listening to the director of The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Dr. Wilf Nicholls. Current topic is rethinking landscape in light of the seasonal drought … Dr. Nicholls was a very good speaker … even though he doesn’t wear pants … he wears trousers (his joke not mine) … New botanical garden director gets ‘acclimatized’ | Online Athens.

A native of London, Nicholls spent the first 22 years of his career as a horticulturist in Vancouver, British Columbia, a temperate Pacific climate that, despite its northern latitude, is only a single zone cooler than our own. Nonetheless, the torrid temperatures that greeted him upon hisarrival in Athens in early September came as something of a shock. “Ninety-five degrees is just stunning!” he says, “But I’ll get acclimatized, I had to get acclimatized from Vancouver to Newfoundland.”

via New botanical garden director gets ‘acclimatized’ | Online Athens.

And a final birthday celebration with my mom and siblings and one in-law!

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Julie Andrews, ‘Sound of Music’ Remake,  Speakeasy: Hmmmm … Why?

Speakeasy asked Andrews what she thought of NBC’s recently-announced plans to redo “The Sound of Music” with country singer Carrie Underwood in the lead role that Andrews helped make famous. We also asked Andrews if she planned to play a part in the remake.

“No, I don’t think I will,” Andrews replied. “Listen—how long ago was it out? 50 something years ago? … So, 48 years, probably time that a remake is allowed. Why not? ‘Cinderella’ has been done, ‘Mary Poppins’ has been put on stage in the theater. It’s all part of the process of those wonderful properties going out and reaching another audience. No, I won’t be in it, but I do endorse everything. I mean why not?”

via Julie Andrews Sounds Off on That ‘Sound of Music’ Remake – Speakeasy – WSJ.

Downton Abbey, Facebook, LOL:

via Downton Abbey Facebook Recap Season 3 Episode 3 | Happy Place.

Lenbrook, kith/kin:  They have cushions in Fine Dining, too … Helps the residents get up easier. 🙂

Monopoly, pop culture, RIP:  A cat?!? RIP, iron …

via A cat?!? RIP, iron ….

Monopoly fans voted in an online contest to add a new cat token to the property-trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. said Wednesday.

Monopoly fans voted in an online contest to add a new cat token to the property-trading game, replacing the iron. George Stahl has details on Markets Hub.

The results were announced after the shoe, wheelbarrow and iron were neck and neck in the final hours of voting that sparked passionate efforts by fans to save their favorite tokens and businesses eager to capitalize on publicity surrounding pieces that represent their products.

via Cat Added to Monopoly’s Token Lineup – WSJ.com.




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