01 June 2011

Minneapple | Nice ride!

Memorial Day weekend meant packing up for my big move (to a new apartment - more on that soon!) but I did allow myself one day of no packing or purging. Saturday I decided it was high time I checked out the Mill City Farmer's Market, and what better way to get there than by bike. Though I've not yet found a bike of my very own the Nice Ride bikes scattered across the city are convenient and with a bit of patience and planning you can keep it to about $5 for your entire outing.

Mill City is a local 'waste-free' market and while taking in spectacular views of the Mississippi and the beautiful old mills you can find just about anything you'd ever want or maybe, like me, you never knew such things existed - from Danish Æbleskiver to Minnesota specialties like Chokeberry Jam and wild rice blueberry pancakes. My favourite stall was 'Classic Tailors' who've turned feedsacks into jackets, bloomers and dresses, and all the while keeping it very affordable considering the materials.

One of the highlights of the day was taking the Cedar Lake trail (the first bicycle 'freeway' in the U.S.) back to Kenwood and making a stop at the 'hidden beach', which I just learned was once the only nude beach in the Twin Cities. The cherry on top? An iced coffee from Kenwood Cafe and a rest on the dock.

p.s. When I first moved to Minneapolis Rhiannon sent me some lovely recommendations. You can see some of her Twin Cities favourites here. I'm delighted to be among them.

31 May 2011

Texture Tuesday.

Did you ever make these lil' potholders with a loom or crochet hook? I don't still have any that I made myself but the bumble bee-coloured one was made by my mother.

25 May 2011

Wiggledy piggledy.

N_53_15_6344 Piggly Wiggly Store Interior, Night Exterior
It seems to come around every year around this time. Spring starts to feel more like Summer and I long for my school holidays. I used to spend every Summer at my Grandma's house, helping my Aunt at the local school where she was Librarian. We would dust all the shelves, adjust the books just so and make bulletin boards to welcome the kids back in the Fall - I can still smell the Mister Sketch markers and Pine Sol. There were very few kids my age so I spent most of my free time with my grandma and her friends, going 'to town' to go to K-Mart and for a bite to eat at Bojangle's and hitting the library on Sundays to get enough books for the week. In those days Piggly Wiggly was the only grocery store nearby. When I saw these photographs from PW's in the 1940s and 50s I couldn't help but smile and get that Summer feeling all over again. The Piggly Wiggly of my childhood is still there and they'll take your bags out to the car - no tip expected. It's certainly not the most luxurious supermarket and doesn't always have everything you need, but The Pig makes up for what it lacks with good ol' Southern charm. And a country-style eat-in deli!
N_53_15_3942 Exterior Piggly Wiggly May 10 51 N_53_15_3353 Piggly Wiggly Nov 24 50 N_53_15_2144 Piggly Wiggly N_53_15_3409 Piggly Wiggly N_53_15_6859 Piggly Wiggly Store Exterior and Interior 1941 N_53_15_4052 Piggly Wiggly Exteriors About 1952
N_53_15_6861 Piggly Wiggly Store Exterior and Interior 1941
All photographs taken from the North Carolina State Archives' flickr page. You can also go inside an exact replica of the first ever 1916 Piggly Wiggly store at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. According to the museum, the origin of “Piggly Wiggly” isn’t clear. Sometimes Saunders said it just came to him; at other times he said he got the idea after seeing a group of piglets pushing and wiggling as they nursed. Whatever the origin, the name has always caught people’s attention.

24 May 2011

Treasure Tuesday.

Something old and something new.
Looking forward to July 1 almost as much as my holiday.

23 May 2011

Bookmark | America at the crossroads.

Arthur Rothstein, Camp Resident (Visalia, California, 1940)
America at the Crossroads: Great Photographs from the Thirties (edited by Jerome Prescott, Smithmark Publishers, 1995) allows me the opportunity to review and relish photographers like Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans (fond memories of art history classes), while introducing me to those less familiar including Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, and George Alexander Grant. I'm very happy to make their acquaintance.

Arthur Rothstein, Custer State Park Scene (Custer State Park, South Dakota, 1936)
Arthur Rothstein, Camp Resident (Visalia, California, 1940)

George Alexander Grant, The Cooke City Entrance to Yellowstone National Park (Cooke City, Montana, 1939)

George Alexander Grant, Linda Hall at Mesa Verde (Mesa Verde National Monument, Colorado, 1929)
Marion Post Wolcott, A Meal on the Sidewalk at the Beach (Hialeah Park, Florida, 1939)

Marion Post Wolcott, At the Beach (Miami Beach, Florida, 1939)
*all photographs scanned from America at the Crossroads: Great Photographs from the Thirties, edited by Jerome Prescott (1995 Smithmark Publishers)

20 May 2011

Around the house: School days.

A small assortment I keep under the nook of my Nana's hutch, including my father's senior class portrait and my mother's pencil sharpener. My own school days seem so long gone now but my love for school supplies and academic ephemera continues to grow.

18 May 2011

Bookmark | The darling buds of May.

I am absolutely smitten with The Darling Buds of May, having stumbled upon the first four episodes at my local library. The closer it gets to my summer holiday the more Anglocentric I become! First broadcast in the U.K. between 1991 and 1993 and based on the 1950s-60s novels by H.E. Bates, The Darling Buds of May will plop you down in romantic and dreamy 1950s Kent from where you may never want to return.
Pop Larkin and his family were apparently inspired by a colourful character seen in a local shop in Kent by Bates and his family when on holiday. The man turned up to the shop with a huge wad of rubber-banded bank notes and proceeded to spoil his trailer load of children with Easter eggs and ice creams. The novels are also the source of the American movie The Mating Game (1959) starring Tony Randall and Debbie Reynolds.
I grabbed a few stills to entice you, but if you want you can also find the DVD's on Netflix. Some of my favourite scenes take place in a strawberry patch, which made me think back to my very own pick-your-own moment. The Larkin house is just the type of house I love to visit and would like to live in one day - they've lived there forever and the collections and layers of history are just so 'homey' to me. This series launched Catherine Zeta Jones' career and her character, Mariette, has got great style! I am so glad Spring is here so I can let my inner Mariette out!

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