Lighthouse on Anastasia Island- St. Augustine, FL

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The Lighthouse Keepers House

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“At the top, the original, first order Fresnel lens still serves the beacon, but today is lit by a 1000 watt bulb, and maintained by the museum and volunteers. The St. Augustine lens consists of 370 hand-cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive shape towering twelve feet tall and six feet in diameter.”

from the Lighthouse Story

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Our selfie in the mirror with the lighthouse.

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219 stairs to the top on your own power.  We walked up one flight and went back down.

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We could barely lift up this oil bucket and it was empty.  I can’t imagine carrying it filled up all 219 stairs every night.IMG_0679.JPG

Julia Child’s Kitchen Via My Neighbor 

Julia Child’s Kitchen in the National Museum of American History, Washington DC as seen and photographed by my neighbor Joaquin. 

When he said he’d be in DC at the Smithsonian museum, I asked if he went to see Julia Child’s Kitchen, would he please send me pics-and he did. 

 I used to watch the cooking shows which were filmed in her Cambridge, Massachusetts kitchen. 

Seeing her actual kitchen in the museum is on my list of things to do!

Just the other day, my friend Roberta and I were sitting on the front porch, perusing a couple of Julia Child cookbooks. We read some fun passages, talked about cooking some of her menus and enjoyed thinking about her. I’ve had apple tart on my mind. 


And one of the books we were reading 
Click link to Watch staff move 1200 items for move and renovation of her kitchen and read ten facts about it! 

Here’s what we missed –

“If you are planning to check out the National Museum of American History’s Julia Child birthday extravaganza tomorrow, be there at 1 p.m. for a special surprise involving 50 pounds of butter, Julia’s favorite ingredient.”

•And another article about five things to learn from Julia Child’s Kitchen It’s okay not to be a minimalist!

•Information on Julia Child bio

•And Julia Child’s Recipe for a Thoroughly Modern Marriage by Ruth Reichl about Julia Child’s  impact on food and how we cook and eat Smithsonian Magazine article

Thanks for the photographs, Joaquin.

In Harmony, Pennsylvania

IMG_3363Harmony – the weekly photo challenge.

I thought a report from Harmony, PA would make an interesting and different post.

Always seeking fresh blog content.

I was already out in my car and drove along the Ohio River without the the GPS.  When I put Harmony PA into Maps App I was taken first to the street signs at the bottom of this post.  Harmony, Pennsylvania is about 30+ miles north of the city, Pittsburgh.

Unfortunately the Harmony Museum was closed for the day by the time I got to town so will find a willing friend and return. (Preferably on a Spring day with some blue sky.)

I read they have a German Christmas Market, too. Views of Main Street and

We will have lunch at the Stohr Haus Bakery .

Have to plan to arrive at the right time, next time.

Open       Wed-Fri  7-2          Saturday 8-2

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Below -the Historical Marker for the Harmonist Cemetery.

“Graves were not marked”

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Have you ever seen a cemetery without a single marker?

Link to information about the Harmony Society

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Steve and  I went to Harmony in March 2010 (blogpost at night)  for a poetry reading at the Bottlebrush Gallery   

Today I shopped in the gallery- bought tea towels and a baby quilt.

Because I took a circuitous route, avoiding the interstate and driving the secondary roads, my phone GPS took me to 3 Harmony signs near the town of Baden, PA.  Unintentional but interesting to find three Harmony signs.

Received a great response from Harmony Museum Thanks Ruth!! A great time to visit us next would be June 11th. It is our Herb & Garden Fair (at our Harmonist Barn), Fiber Festival in town, and Springfest in town. Lots going on! Free shuttle between the barn and town. Food, entertainment, artists, demonstrations, so much to photograph that day! Starts at 9 am and runs until 3 pm, though the shops are open later than that!