By the artist Valerie Briggs

Valerie Briggs' wesite

Seurasaari, Finland

The old church of Karuna, Finland (1685),
located today at Seurasaari Open Air Museum in Helsinki

Seurasaari is an island and a district in Helsinki, Finland,
known mostly as the location of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum,
which consists of old, mainly wooden buildings transplanted from
elsewhere in Finland and placed in the dense forest landscape of the
island. The Open-Air Museum was founded in 1909. The instigator
behind the Seurasaari museum was Axel Olai Heikel, an expert on
ethnology and vernacular architecture. Most of the buildings and
structures in the Museum are from the 18th and 19th centuries,
mostly agrarian buildings made from wood. The oldest building
is the Karuna Church, from 1686. At present there are
85 separate buildings in the museum

The old Karuna church, in Seurasaari

A squirrel eating on autumn leaves in Seurasaari

Every summer, many Helsinkians come to Seurasaari
to enjoy the rural, peaceful outdoor atmosphere. Despite the
visitors, the island has a variety of wildlife, especially
birds, but also red squirrels and hares

The Niemelä tenant farm has been transferred to
the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum from
Konginkangas in the Central Finland

A windmill at the Seurasaari Open-Air
Museum in Helsinki, Finland

Antti farmstead. The farm buildings have
been transferred to the museum from
Ostrobothnia, West Finland


View from the bridge to the isle Seurasaari

Stores for food and clothes. The stores
have been transferred to the museum
from various parts of Finland

'Harvard Squirrel'

'While I was snapping this picture another
squirrel was at my pocket'

..and the fur-bearers

'Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers'
by John Burroughs, 1900

Project Gutenberg eBook


John Burroughs

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was an American
naturalist and essayist important in the evolution of the U.S.
conservation movement. Many of Burroughs' essays first appeared
in popular magazines. He is best known for his observations on birds,
flowers and rural scenes, but his essay topics also range
to religion, philosophy, and literature.

Read more about John Burroughs here

Burroughs relaxes in a rocking chair, 1901
LoC, via

Wild Mice


Gray Rabbit



Red Squirrels


See you...

Unfortunately I'm ill at the moment;
so no blogging until I'm well again...
Take care all of you - I hope it wont
be long till I see you again!

Hans Holbein the Younger (1498–1543)

Portrait of Prince Edward in a Roundel, 1538.
Prince Edward is here surrounded by oak leaves and
acorns, a symbol of renewal. The drawing was probably
intended to be engraved onto precious metal or stone

A Woman Seated on a Settle with Four Children.
The drawing is evidently a preparatory sketch
for a painting or other work


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A Young Englishwoman, costume study.
The drawing was done either during Holbein's first
stay in England between 1526 and 1528


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Portrait of an Unidentified Woman, ca. 1540.
Perhaps Amalia princess of Cleves-Jülich-Berg

A beadwork picture, 1884

A beadwork picture featuring a central house with a
flowering branch, made 1884.
The picture descended in the
family of Elijah Vanness, born in 1848 in Butler, Ohio, and his
wife Mary Eleanor Jacobs, who he married in August 1868
in Bath, Indiana. It is a representation of their homestead
in Ohio. A family letter accompanies the piece,
which was made by Mary.

Purchase it here

Bruno Liljefors: 'Eider Ducks', 1894


...not autumn yet...but...I'm waiting!

Ceramic fall leaves dangle earrings
Jera Luna Designs, Etsy

Fingerless gloves handknit in Swedish 100% wool
Swedmade, Etsy

'Midnight In The Garden' ornaments
Raven Hill Pottery, Etsy

Hand knit grey wool socks - can be made in any size
R Gideas, Etsy

'The Moon and the Wind' mug
Forever Tuesday, Etsy

Two girls on the moon...

Antonia Ordóñez on left and Guadalupe Juarez-Ordóñez,
sitting on a half moon prop for novelty photos
at the Santa Monica Pier, 1920

The sun, the moon, and the wind went out...

How the Sun, the Moon, and the Wind, went out to Dinner'

'One day the Sun, the Moon, and the Wind went
out to dine with their uncle and aunt, the Thunder and Lightning.
Their mother (one of the most distant stars you see far up in
the sky) waited alone for her children's return...'

Read the rest of the story here

Mary Eliza Isabella Frere (1845–1911): 'Old Deccan days;
or, Hindoo fairy legends current in Southern India;
collected from oral tradition'. London: Murray, 1898


David Burliuk (1882–1967):
'Sea at Night'

Seascape with stars...

The Stain glass artist Michelle Skip Vasquez writes:

'My painted seascape with stars is a quirky one-of-a-kind
piece created from handmade glass and salvaged materials.
The center portion is done with a technique called 'vittri fussaille'
which involves first fusing glass in a kiln, then firing it a second
time with traditional glass paint to all the details. The
surrounding glass is handblown antique and vintage
jewels. All wire and decorative soldering
is done by hand'.

Mouchette, Etsy

High water in Venice

by Paolo da Reggio

People of Venice...

Working Italian women, Venice, ca. 1900

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Carlo Ponti (ca. 1823-1893);
'Water Carrier'

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...and another water carrier
this time by Carlo Naya (1816-1882)

Carlo Naya (1822-1881):
Fishermen, Venice

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Eugene de Blaas (1843–1932):
'Venetian Flower Seller', 1895

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Antonio Sorgato (1825-1885)
'Venetian Girl', 1871

John Singer Sargent:
'A Street in Venice', 1880-81

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Carlo Ponti (ca. 1833-1895):

Zampogna players

Italian zampogna players

A zampogna is a generic term for a number
of Italian double chantered pipes that can be found as
far north as the southern part of the Marche, throughout
areas in Abruzzo, Latium, Molise, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria,
and Sicily. The tradition is now mostly associated with folk music
festivals and Christmas, and the most famous Italian carol,
'Tu scendi dalle stelle' (You Come Down From the Stars)
is derived from traditional zampogna music.

Read more here


The fifteenth century church of San Vigilio,
near the cemetery of Pinzolo, with a fresco
by Simone Baschenis, 1539
'Dance macabre'

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Giorgio Sommer (1834-1914):
'Zampogna players'


Christian Wilhelm Allers:
'La bella Napoli', 1893

Zampogna players by Disegno F.Palizzi
Purchase it here