Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Walk In The Clouds


A beauty of a dress with muted print of clouds as only designer Stella McCartney can create. Perfect for the bride who is looking for something special.

Me And My Bike #5


French actress Barbara Laage with her bike in Paris, 1946.

(Photo by Nina Leen for Life Magazine)

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Me And My Bike #4

Liberty & J.Crew


J.Crew has jumped on board the good ship ‘Liberty of London‘ with several pieces made up in the British company’s popular printed fabrics including this pretty floral dress.

Garden Note #56: They’re Back…

…for one week only!  My Mock Orange is now in full bloom. This has to be one of my absolute favorite flowers.


(Photo- Martha B.)

Wearing Laura Now


Would you believe this is a vintage 1970’s Laura Ashley dress?

Bidding on ebay ends May 28.

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Summer Movie


Can you guess what movie my son wants to see this summer?

If you need help, here’s the answer.

(Drawing by our son Curtis B.)

mARTha’s photography #11


Part 2 of 3

While George Washington and his fellow officers stayed at the Ford mansion, his troops camped on the farm property owned by the Hicks family. Their wood home was quite a departure from what we saw in the mansion- here there were just three rooms. The most surprising fact was that everyone slept together in the kitchen. Mom and Dad Hicks got the only bed (more like a bench!) with the children on the floor.


The front facade of the Hicks’ home (top photo) had cedar shakes yet the back and sides of the house (above) were clapboards painted red.


There were several outer buildings on the farm including the smoke house which was used in preparing meats for the winter months.


A split log fence was a standard colonial design that helped contain livestock or designated the farm’s borders. Most of the trees that you see in the photo are ‘new growth.’ Hundreds of acres of trees were cut down by Washington’s men to build their own primitive log structures and to provide heat during the long, cold winter of 1779.

(Photos-Martha B.)

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