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Parks of Lisbon

Jardim de Santos

Lisbon is a city with a multitude of parks. This  one is close to the river at the foot of a hill west of the  the Baixa, it is also know as Jardim Nuno Alvares. You can walk from here to the Lapa district or the Santos  neigborhood. The tram №18  goes past with Alto Ajuda at one end and the Praça do Comércio at the other. In the spring the Jacaranda tress are in full display and eventually leave a lavendar snow of blossoms on the ground.


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Digital Scrapbook at ArchDaily

My regular routine each morning is to wake an hour or two before Flora. I make a cup of coffee in my Bialetti Moka Express coffee maker and have a piece of toast or a bowl of granola with fruit. Then I sit at the computer and open my email and start deleting unwanted messages. I do this quickly. When I select the message from ArchDaily I open it instead of deleting. I enjoy the daily offering from this web site. It survey’s architectural projects from all over the earth.   Each email is chock full of beautiful photos and drawings from world class architectural firms.

Flora and I are moving to the country and we need to be creative to transform our late forties modern ranch house into  a place we can love, like the house we are leaving in the Fremont Neighborhood. I see an example of something I think is inspiring and I save the photo or project to a folder on the Archdaily site.  I am using it like a scrapbook.  The Web is perfectly suited for this.

The site requires a username and password to collect projects or photos, there is no charge and the the site does’t share your information. If you want to look at what I have collected you need to login.

My collection of inspiring photos 

Moving to the Country

After many years living in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, my wife and I are going to move to the country. An island to be exact. We will be taking on a Mid Century Modern rambler that sits on the edge of a large wetland. The wetland is over 800 square acres in size and is protected by the state and a land conservancy. I say taking on because this house, built in 1943, has many faults. Many of the systems of the house need replacing. It is going to be a large undertaking, but the work  should be satisfying.

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