Curiosity killed the cat,
Satisfaction brought him back!
Children ask what do I do at home, how do I get ideas, where do I learn things, do I like being an art teacher...this blog is for them (and for their parents and my friends who have asked the same things!)
I have been creating blogs recently. Actually only one seriously, focused in a cross-eyed way on the history of seed companies and the general gardener's use of purchased seeds. But while I am crawling through the internet attics that tell the stories I keep stumbling over wonderful photos from the past! To amuse friends, I started two that are cat and dog blogs, Good Dog! , Snapshots from the 20th Century and Cat Smiles. I am not sure why I started the main blog, only I was looking up stuff for myself and I wanted to share it; it seemed a waste to find cool bits and pieces then leave them in the attic!
That all said, what do I do when I find something I like so much I want to share it but it isn't in any of my categories? As you have already guessed, the answer is to stick them here!
I love these two photos. For no reason I can pin point, I think it is the the 1940s or early1950s...probably England.
If you have never read Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals, give it a try. An enchanting memoir from a world renowned naturalist, focusing on his childhood on Corfu where his English family went to escape the grey and sneezes of England.
This 1870 home-made weather glass (shown below) looks like fun to try...but could I do it by shopping on Amazon for all the chemicals and the bottle? And, not having taken chemistry, can I do it without poisoning myself?
The answer looks to be YES to both concerns. The chemicals are used in cooking...and blowing up stuff. That is kind of cool by itself!
As a licorice lover, the fact that one of the chemicals, sal ammoniac, is used in the Nordic countries in a salty licorice candy opened a new world of treats to me. (And, yes, Amazon has that, too :-) You could kill yourself with the chemicals if you were really dumb or determined, but it seems highly unlikely. I found a 12 inch glass hydrometer test tube for sale that was the right shape to substitute for the fascinating bottle illustrated below. I wonder what that shape bottle was made for in 1870. The only problem is the cost gets to about $50...so I am out. Sheesh...I wanted to see the star shaped precipitate rising and falling with the weather changes!!!! Time to start looking around for friends with a bit of this and that laying around...maybe someone cures meat with saltpetre. I have a tube already from aborted wine making...that gets it down to 40ish. I think I need to retire to have the time to pursue all this. The last question is - does it work? No clue.