Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Even better with lemonade...


Cicero once said, "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Sounds pretty good. (How about this spot to sit down and read?)

19 comments:

Babooshka said...

Fine by me but then I also image you having real lemonade there too. The romance of the image...

Judy Williams said...

How charming. That pop of red is great. Of course, check out the diagonal tree trunk pushing our eye RIGHT TO THAT BENCH!!

dbdubya said...

What a cool, old house. Definitely not Craftsman. Victorian style windows. What would you call the style?

Who do you think lives here? I'm guessing an old woman, widowed for many years, with no family nearby to help care for her or her home of many years.

-K- said...

On a morning like this, it's nice to see sunshine.

And that's a great quote.

Virginia said...

Great quote and only you would find that wild bench!
V

Yakpate said...

Another photo fraught with a story to be told! It appears that the bench is in the yard of a different home, not in the yard of the white house behind it.

The bench is so warm and cheerful and happy... and the house that looms behind it seems sad, as if an invalid lives on the second floor, watching the neighbor children who run, play and read near the bench, but unable to join them. One day the children notice the sad little face watching them from the window. And then...

Margaret said...

Can we wait until the rain stops?

dbdubya said...

And then, the Widow Burgermeister, realizing she is being watched by the children next door, reached for her cane and hobbled across the bedroom to her dresser. She opened the top drawer where. . .

San Diego Farmgirl said...

That's not a reading bench, that's a smoking bench! Or at least it would be, if it were in the backyard.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

(and a babysitter)

lifeinoleg said...

For as long as I can remember I've been a fan of interesting benches. More than once I've taken pictures of them on vacations etc.

So when I opened my Google Reader and saw this delightful red bench, in a yard, under a tree(for shade), I exclaimed - "It is a beautiful morning. Surely."

Thanks. :O)

pasadenapio said...

That photo and title took me back to a vacation with Tom Coston a few years ago in Charleston, South Carolina, when we were just meandering along streets in a lovely residential neighborhood. We passed a white, two-story house similar to the one in your photo, and in the front yard were two little boys selling homemade lemonade. Of course we bought two glasses! It was an idyllic afternoon.

Tash said...

Yes, yes - it's a wonderful spot. I really like the worn paint on the bench and the angle you photographed it. Neat house (next door?) with the double arch.

Hilda said...

I'm there already! With at least two throw pillows :)

Cafe Pasadena said...

Doesn't sound like it took much to satisy Cicero. Back in those days, of course, you were happy to just to be happy with whatever.
For me, I would need a good dog, a good girl, and, certainly good food.
That's even better, IMHO.

Laurie said...

Hey kids,

I love the narrative you guys started! It's interesting, because I always think this house looks like a bunch of happy bohemians live in it -- kind of like the folks in Capra's film You Can't Take it With You.

Dbdubya, I believe this is a classic example of American Foursquare architecture. It was popular in the late 1800s through the 1930s.

Pasadenapio, I like your story about the boys with the lemonade stand.

Pasadenaadjacent, you made me laugh. INdeed. Library, garden and babysitter is the best combo.

Oh, and a doggie, too, Cafe!

Thanks for being here, everyone! Until tomorrow...

Laurie said...

Oh, and Oleg -- I have a thing for benches, too. :-)

Petrea said...

Looks like a spot for coffee, pen and paper.

Sumi Ko said...

The image is is perfect. Yes, it is is. Nostalgic and sweet, lemonade sounds good.