This is Pascal. He lives in the French city of Toulouse in south western France. His two hobbies are swimming for half an hour in the Bazacle River every morning and supporting his favourite rugby team, the Toulouse Olympique. He is thinking of taking up another hobby too. Something that is more of an indoorsy type of activity for those days that are either too rainy or too cold to go outside. He has narrowed his list of possible options down to fencing, backgammon or squash, but he is yet to make a final decision.
This lovely vintage home is in Melbourne, Victoria. Illustrator Paula Mills decorated it itself and filled it with nick nacks and items collected from her travels in South Africa, England and Australia. I think it's very charming!
They range from my hometown Rockford, IL, my first photography classes in Southern Illinois University, to homes in Kokomo, IN, San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Menlo Park, CA and places in between. They include family, friends, co-workers and strangers. I wasn’t intending there to be a common linkage, only a record of what seemed interesting at the time.
Did you know that budgerigars are from Australia? It never occurred to me that they were Australian, but it seems pretty obvious when you think about it. I saw an Australian wildlife documentary the other evening and there were flocks of budgerigars rampaging across the outback in enormous flocks of 100 or so. They are also known as common "pet parakeet" or "shell parrot". Illustrated above is Neville who is a pretty serious fellow and his two less serious cousins Isaac and Bernard. Isaac and Bernard knock about together most days. They like making up short jokes such as:
"How did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank his coffee before it was cool" and "What time is it when you have to go to the dentist? Tooth - hurtie."
One day they hope to compile a book of jokes and it is their dream for it appear somewhere in the New York Times best seller book list for at least 10 weeks. Neville thinks this is ridiculous and tells them so at every available opportunity.
Georg Jensen, the Danish silversmith, opened his first store in 1904 in Copenhagen. If you are passionate about Georg Jensen jewellery, Gallery 925 is a good place to peruse, buy and generally admire Georg Jensen pieces.
Wednesday afternoons are always pencilled in as Ukelele practice for mermaids Jemima and Miranda. They usually go to classes wearing their leis as they find these help them get into the ukelele playing "zone". Meanwhile, Sigmond (the fish), Gus (the lobster) and Leroy (the seahorse) enjoy the free entertainment and pass the time tapping their respective fins, claws and tails along to the music. For more mermaid tails click here.