Friday Links: Amazing Bookstore, Natural Kids, Litany, and a Marley-Mumia Encounter

Livraria Lello:  I posted a couple of photos from this incredible bookstore in Porto, Portugal to my Pinterest account. Wow! That woodwork! That staircase! Natural Kids: Recent academic research shows that when nature elements are incorporated into playgrounds kids have more fun, are more active and utilize more motor skills. …

Trellis Whimsies: Bicycle “After” Photo, and Other Experiments

Remember the Bicycle Pea Trellis that I only sort of liked?  I promised an updated photo after the peas grew.  Here’s how it looked in March: And last week:OK, yes, I love it. And while we’re about it with the “found” trellises:  After pruning our runaway corkscrew willow, I saved …

Tiptoe (and Bicycle) Through the Tulips

This weekend we were getting ready for the Tulip Pedal planned by our friend Nancy.  She’d invited some folks for a day of cycling around the Skagit Valley–home of the famous tulip fields–with her family cabin as base camp.  The chicks discovered our helmet-decorating project, with much cuteness ensuing: Dressed …

Bicycle Pea Trellis

While loading bikes for the Village Bike Project (great folks!), Tom came across this old frame–a vintage Robin Hood stepthrough from Nottingham, England.  Lovely bike, beyond reasonable hopes for restoration. So he took it home and hid it on the side east side of the house until he was brave …

Cycling Amsterdam (from Seattle)

Well, Tom is traveling the world, working on various global health projects.  On his way to Botswana he managed an overnight layover in Amsterdam, rented a bicycle for the afternoon, took some photos and, jetlagged, went back to his hotel to–sleep?  No, to whip up the neat little video below, …

Mothers Day 2010

On this Mother’s Day, a couple of simple, beautiful images from our blog-friend Cabelo, an illustrator and community activist in Brasil who draws inspiration from his wife and daughter.  They make me think sweetly of my daughter and me, and all mothers with their dear ones.  Happy Mother’s Day, to …