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my latest brimfield score

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Finally made it back to the Brimfield Antique Show this past weekend. Hadn’t been in years and suddenly got the flea market bug. Must be the fall weather. So what did I find?

Mostly a crapload of junk I’m not interested in. Is the poor quality of the offerings related to the crappy economy? Or am I suddenly pickier than I used to be now that we don’t have the advantage of loft space? Who knows. I drove away with just one thing…

lantern front view

A lantern for the garden, to drive up my Asian quotient.

lantern side view

Antique? Not per se. Unless stone formed over thousands of years counts as antique. According to Michael Carboni, the dealer at The Traveling Buddha’s Brimfield booth, the lantern was carved from Chinese bluestone by artisans in Northern China. He travels there for handcrafted goodies and antiques for a few months out of every year. Nice guy.

detail of roof

Comes in five pieces…

detail of base

… and weighs about a gazillion pounds.

lantern window

The bottom pieces are drilled in case you want to run electricity to it to light it up rather than use a candle. I’m unlikely to do that.

For the one gardening geek out there trying to identify plants around the lantern (click for biggification)…

my new Chinese stone lantern

Leaves of datura in the foreground, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ switch grass just starting to turn burgundy to the right, plumes of Miscanthus sinensus ‘Rotsilber’ (Japanese Silver Grass) waving in the background, the red-leafed tropical-looking thing is Ricinus communis (Castor Bean), yellow and green-banded Pinus densiflora ‘Oculis Draconis’ (Dragon’s Eye Red Pine) immediately behind, Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern) behind and to the right, Cotinus coggyria ‘Royal Purple’ (Smokebush) just to the left. Hoping this will fill in nicely in the next few years.

not dead, just invisible… and mute

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

not your typical windows | shot in pittsfield, ma this weekend

Sorry to have taken a completely unannounced and unexpected, nearly-month-long sabbatical. Was crushed out of this dimension and into some otherworldly place by the weight of real-world deadlines and had no time for my nonsensical blog. Not that anyone actually reads it… but I can pretend I was missed. Right?

Schedule appears to be more manageable now. Which means my pretend readers can expect a return to consistency in posting. No, really.

what happens in vegas…

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Here in Las Vegas for a video shoot. If it weren’t blindingly gaudy and garish, it wouldn’t be Vegas, right? (Pardon the very uncrisp iPhone pix.)

Flowery mosaic tile floors…

mosaic tile floor

Floor to ceiling crystal chandeliers…

chandeliers at planet hollywood

The crystals closeup… mmmm, twinkly.

chandelier closeup

Massive parasols hanging from the ceiling. I’m sure the stylist called these “whimsical”…

parasols at the Wynn

The disco bathroom — walls covered top to bottom in disco ball-esque mirrors. That was actually pretty cool…

disco wall in the bathroom at Blush

Look up: disco balls!

disco balls

disco wall with reflected disco balls

But in case you’re thinking about getting all Studio 54 while you’re in here, think again…

bathroom signage

More crazy ceiling lights…

crazy lights on the ceiling at Blush

At night, they change color…

lights changing color

In the hotel, a two line phone next to your toilet. With a hold button. “Excuse me a minute while I ugh…”

phone next to the toilet at the Wynn

Outside the casino, quintessential Vegas views… and Manilow.

poolside at the Wynn

Paris on the strip

The Flamingo on the strip


And now, homeward bound. Replete with debauch.

triple lucky 7 slot machine

good in the ’hood

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Either we’re that neighbor — the one people want to move away from. Or the folks across the street tried to wait out the bad economy to sell and finally caved. Actually, it’s the latter. Although we could be the neighbors from hell, who knows…

for sale

The owners sat on the house for two years and just couldn’t take it anymore. For sale, cheap.

Behind us, just on the other side of our adjoining neighbor, it looks like some recent move-ins are already building out the attic into a master suite or bowling alley or command center or something…

adding on

Jealosity. How did they manage to get the momentum going so quickly? Nice to see more remods happenin’ in the ’hood. That we don’t have to pay for.