December 12, 2017

Dazzling Poinsettia Varieties of Longwood Gardens



Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is the home of the fabulous Longwood Gardens.
Folks come from near and far to take in the lush landscaping,
botanical gardens, and artistically arranged flowers and plants.

Each season of the year has a theme to feature what happens to be in bloom.
However, the Christmas display, "A Longwood Christmas," is in a league of its own.
It's truly over-the-top spectacular!

The crowning glory of the holiday is, without a doubt, the poinsettia.
Which is your favorite: red, white, or pink?
The traditionalist in me is tempted to choose red,
but after seeing so many unusual varieties today,
the choice has become anything but simple!






















We decided that the vivid "Luv U Hot Pink" was our favorite!



My past blog features on Longwood Gardens:

December 6, 2017

Mele Kalikimaka to you!



Aloha!
You may have heard the song "Mele Kalikimaka," 
played throughout the month of December.
It's the Hawaiian Christmas Song, and the title words mean "Merry Christmas."
Written in 1947 by Honolulu-born Robert Alexander Anderson,
it has very upbeat lyrics with a happy, catchy tune.
Although the song has been recorded by many artists including
Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Train, and even the Chipmunks,
I love the retro, 1950 rendition by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Enjoy this YouTube video, featuring scenes from Christmas in Hawaii!



December 1, 2017

A Vintage Christmas - In the Pink!

 


Not your traditional red and green here;
these vintage Christmas illustrations embrace the color pink!
Rosy hues give a confectionery twist to delightful, retro designs!



































November 28, 2017

Industrial & Upcycled ~ Lamps from the Attic



Please pardon the glare, but I must show you these ingenious lamps 
that have been re-imagined and re-purposed from old junk 
that could easily have been found...well...in your attic!

Vintage pieces that have done their time have moved on to bigger and better things.
Through the creativity and talents of Edna & Allen Danielsen, 
and the magic of electricity, time-worn items have received  new careers as lamps.

The Danielsen's business, Lamps from the Attic, is based in Mount Joy, PA.
Created with an industrial vibe, either lit from within or topped with an Edison bulb,
each nostalgic lamp has its own personality. They say, "Every lamp has a story."
Such a perfect conversation piece!

Always up for a challenge, Edna & Allen are also happy to consider
turning your own personal keepsake into a lamp.





My daughter and I spent a leisurely Saturday afternoon 
shopping in fabulous downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
One of our favorite spots is BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, a hodgepodge of
handcrafted and vintage shops tucked down an intriguing alleyway.



Inside, it was totally "illuminating" to find Lamps from the Attic's shop!



Gauges, gizmos, and gears.
We recognized the pitcher from a blender and a vintage candy thermometer.



Antique toys make fun lamps like these~





An vintage chrome hairdryer and a coffee pot.



 Here we see a carburetor, a gauge, and a rotary lawn mower blade.




A rusty tractor seat takes on a new purpose.



A buoy and the stock of an old gun.



BUiLDiNG CHARACTER is at 342 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA.
Check out their website.

You may be interested to read this post I wrote:




More from Lamps from the Attic here~


November 25, 2017

Touring the Number 9 Coal Mine & Museum in Lansford, PA





Since we both had grandfathers and uncles who had worked in the coal mines of PA,
by husband and I planned a trip to tour the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum.
It's located in Lansford, in the "coal region" situated north of the Pocono Mountains.
Coal was mined here from 1857 until 1972, at which time the mine claimed 
the title of the longest running anthracite coal mine in the world.
In it's heyday, the mine produced 90,000 tons of coal each year.

The Number 9 Mine became a tourist attraction in 2002.
A museum of interesting artifacts and photos was added
to help preserve the history and the culture of the coal mines.




Ready to enter the mouth of the mine in the side of the mountain.




We rode this train on rails 1,600 feet deep into the mine.



Very dark, damp and chilly. Temperatures average 50 degrees year round.



This old mine cart can hold 8 tons of coal.



Our thoughts were on our ancestors, knowing they'd spent time in mines
similar poor working conditions, health risks, and dangers.
Anyone who had ancestors who worked in the mines should take this tour 
or a similar one to really get the feel for what they experienced on a
daily basis. It gave us a new appreciation and respect for those men.



This multi-lingual warning sign was in the museum.
Our Czechoslovakian, Polish, and Italian heritages were represented.





In time periods with no electric lighting, this miner's cap 
was not for protection, but for the purpose of holding a light source.



A hand-painted mural with "The Coal Miner's Prayer." 
(Close up below.)





A memorial to those in the mining industry...


...engraved with this Scripture:

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away."
Revelation 21:4




Here's the Number 9 Coal Mine & Museum's website.


In memory of those before us who earned a living in the coal mines of Pennsylvania: 
John, George, Andy, John, Giulio, Marion and Carl.