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Hingham, Massachusetts…part 2

The town of Hingham, just south of Boston… established in 1635.  Driving south from Boston to Wood’s Hole (to catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard), I stopped along the way in Hingham in search of my roots.

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Having built a colonial revival home in a lemon orchard on the ‘left coast’ some years before my first visit to Hingham…

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…the shiver which ran through the double helix of my DNA the first time I visited was palpable.

   I now understood my lifelong love for the simple, solid, well-proportioned architecture of the east coast…the very essence – even in pictures –  has always spelled ‘home’ to me – seeing in person, in the town where my ancestors had once lived, the reality.

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It was love at first visit!

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The town itself is quaint without being cloying…

(of course I love the name of the ice cream parlor!!!)

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Winston’s Flowers

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Historic but current…

The Old Ordinary dating from 1688, once a stop where stagecoach travelers could find ‘an ordinary meal’ of the day, now maintained as a museum…

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and Old Ship Church and Old Ship Burying Ground…my family connection.

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Next:  Hingham Part 3…Old Ship Church

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Postcard from downtown

Santa Barbara architecture and design…

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…an acquired taste???

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Use your words…exploring color

Visualizing a beautiful space, incorporating my client’s wishes and dreams, and my concept of bringing them to reality…only part of the job.  Conveying my concept to the client is the next step.  Much of this process requires words…. words of explanation, description, education, persuasion.  Since some of the needed words can be technical in nature, I have decided that a good way for me to grow in this area is to ‘tighten up’ my vocabulary – starting with the words we use about color. 

hue, tone, value, saturation…

Webster defines hue:  a gradation or variety of color, tint

 hue = color

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again defined by Webster, tone:  a quality of color with reference to the degree of absorption of light, a slight modification of a given color

tone = shade of a given color

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value:  a degree of lightness or darkness in a color

value = lightness or darkness of a certain color

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saturation:  the degree of chroma or purity of a color, the degree of freedom from admixture with white

saturation = degree of purity of a certain color

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in the classroom we would now be asked to use each word defined above in a sentence……………

‘The value of the tone of the hue is saturated.’

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 22

Browsing through old photos, I am reminded how much the eye longs for green,

even as we grow accustomed to fall, winter, and in our case, drought.

– remembering greener pastures –

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After the lovely rains of the past week, we rest in the hope that we will see this again!

 

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Postcard from Maine…the sequel

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Happy Thanksgiving to all !!!!!!

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Turkey

Thinking about Thanksgiving dinner, scrolling through my photo files, clicking on ‘Turkey’………….. laughing out loud when I found a picture of the Blue Mosque instead of a brown bird on the screen!

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So let’s go sightseeing!!!

Always fascinated by the indigenous homes wherever I travel; an afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus gave a wonderful vantage point.

The Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia

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dreaming of living in one of the yalis – water mansions – some in Asia, some in Europe….

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or restoring a derelict, rich with possibilities

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fog rolling in as we return to the dock; blurring the vision……….

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….but not the dream!

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…..episode 21

and the drought goes on…….

even after rain one week ago, the days dawn bright and clear, temperatures too warm by mid-morning to work comfortably in the direct sun;

restricted to watering only twice a week, the lawn has stayed miraculously green.

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 Confusion rains reigns in the garden

Cecil Brunners

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Popcorn tree roses

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and this one whose name escapes me, believe it to be spring.

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Being November with daily temperatures nearing 90 degrees, the more tender light of fall consoles us;

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the hedge roses near the front porch soldier on seemingly unaffected, bathing us in beauty.

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our hearts are full of gratitude even as we long for rain.

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