Winter is Here in 2017

grinding wheel
The dusting of snow clinging to the circular grooves in this stone, present a frigid image.

Note: This was a surprise. I just discovered this post I wrote almost a year ago and forgot to publish it. So it’s back in season.

We managed to make it into mid-January (2016) before we experienced seasonally cold and inclement winter weather.

Earlier this week, we had about 3 inches of powder, accompanied by extremely high winds and frigid temperatures.

This evening, the forecast is for freezing rain changing to snow, ending at noontime tomorrow. But you didn’t tune in to Suzanne’s Cottage for the weather forecast, did you?

This old grinding wheel has followed us around for Charles’ entire life. It used to be in his father’s barn when he was a kid. When the farm was sold and the barn was razed, this is one of the few items that Charles salvaged.

The wooden frame rotted away, yet the grinding wheel and the iron crank still make delightful presentation in the garden, whether it’s surrounded by hostas, or freshly fallen snow.

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Snow Sculpture

snow sculpture
Old rusty industrial items provide the form for this week’s snow sculpture

A Rusty Backdrop for Nature’s Snow Sculpture

Friday’s wet snow adhered to everything it touched, for a couple days. This included road signs, power lines, tree limbs, and rusty yard art. In this case, it created a fascinating, yet temporary snow sculpture.

This photo is a cool cast iron treadle powered scroll saw that I planted in the garden. Perhaps you’ll see it again, in the spring, when the snow is a distant memory, and the flowers are in bloom. One can only hope…

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A Long Shot – Right through the House

The long shot from the Living Room into the Kitchen
The long shot from the Living Room into the Kitchen

Note: In photography a “long shot” typically shows an object in such a way as to place it in some relation to its surroundings.

I don’t know why, but some days I just look around at things from a different perspective. Today I was given such an opportunity.

I am so familiar with every little thing in the cottage. This is because every item has a little story in my mind of how I came to find these cool little treasures. Then I look at the way I may have grouped items by shape, or color, or texture. Perhaps I glance from one side of the room to the other and observe a vignette that I staged last month and I am reminded of what triggered that design at that particular moment.

I admit, there are times I take the coziness of the cottage for granted because I am so very familiar with every element of it. But my husband Charles is different. He walks into the room and he sees what has changed and he wonders what makes me tick. He wonders why would anyone in their right mind to think to pair this item with that one? Yet he admits it works.

Charles sees the world through a different lens than I do. He considers me a sculptor. Though I am amused by his label, I can see why he thinks that. He sees my repurposing of things, and my pairing of various items, as building a three dimensional collection: a sculpture. I do not perceive myself as such, but I can see how he could come to such an analogy.

Charles on the other hand, sees things through shadows and light. I see a collection of old clay jugs. He sees the afternoon sun, from the South, painting parallel shadows across a row of old gray cylinders. This old house can be very dark, but when the sun crosses behind the house, across the pond, the southern rooms glow. Sometimes you can capture that light trickling into the northern rooms as we see in this photo.

Some other time I may tell you stories about how I came upon some of the items in this shot. But for now, the big discovery was that Charles found an old camera in his desk this evening. He had over 400 photos in it dating back to 2011. He showed me a few and said “Pick any photo, and write a story.”

So I chose this one, “eenie meenie miney mo”-style. I chose it because I looked at this photo and wondered how he could be so enamored with shadows and light. Charles wonders how I can look at stuff and see what he doesn’t see. I seldom pay attention to lighting, I am typically oblivious to it as I pass it day after day. But when I see one of Charles’ photos, I am reminded of how important shadows and light are in creating the mood I was seeking in my designs.

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