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Which Do You Prefer Dear, Duck Green or Sap Green?

Some of us are rather obsessed by color.

The three museum cases near the windows of the Guild, the shop in Soho owned by the architects Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, are full of curiosities — objects depicting animals, vegetables, and minerals in various hues. Turns out they are not merely artful knickknacks, but inspired color samples of paint you can buy there.

What a fun article! Check out the link!


Is it Burnished Potato Nugget Season Already?

September is nearly done, and we are headed towards serious autumn. Oscar the rescue cat wants to nestle by the fire, and I am thinking about getting the autumn wardrobe ready. La sciarpa, if you please! And I guanti , pronto!

Last autumn,  we made a huge effort to turn apples into apple cider and had enough to last until spring. This year, we are back at it! So far, it appears that we will not make as much, but the apples are still falling!

And in the kitchen, attention turns to more hearty fare. How about this?

Steam-roasted, pub-style potatoes that have the texture of a deep-fried cloud. Taylor, I believe, covered them in gravy, which is just gilding the lily. This is a PSA to remind you it is now burnished potato nugget season; act accordingly.

You may want the recipe for that one!

Are You Singing the Wifi Extension Blues?

I love wireless access to the internet. Mainly, it allows me to use my IPad like a TV where ever I am in my home.

But there is an issue.

As I move further away from the router, my signal strength goes down. This means I have more signal interruptions when I am streaming video. For reasons that I don’t understand, this has become worse recently.

What to do?

Several years ago, I started looking into technology that extends the Wifi signal at home. At that time, wireless mesh networks were just starting to come on the market. They promised much better performance than the extenders that were on the market up to that point. Why? Hey! I am not a tech expert. But I was smart enough to find tech experts to lay this out.

This Forbes article from 2016 tells that story.

So this morning,  I started thinking about buying a wireless mesh extender for my home. Hmmm … Netgear? And if Netgear, which Netgear?

This article has persuaded me that the bigger and more expensive one the Nighthawk X6S is the way to go.

I will be doing some shopping to see where i can find this in Estonia, set it up and get back to you on how it works!


The History of the Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief is a fabric that looks like this

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The overall effect is rather exuberant. It is one of William Morris’s inventions, which for me, adds to its interest. Here is a bit of history. from Wikipedia

Strawberry Thief is one of William Morris‘s most popular repeating designs for textiles.[1] It takes as its subject the thrushes that Morris found stealing fruit in his kitchen garden of his countryside home, Kelmscott Manor, in Oxfordshire. To print the pattern Morris used the painstaking indigo-discharge method he admired above all forms of printing. He first attempted to print by this method in 1875 but it was not until 1881, when he moved into his factory at Merton Abbey, near Wimbledon, that he succeeded. In May 1883 Morris wrote to his daughter, “I was a great deal at Merton last week … anxiously superintending the first printing of the Strawberry thief, which I think we shall manage this time.” Pleased with this success, he registered the design with the Patents Office. This pattern was the first design using the technique in which red (in this case alizarin dye;) and yellow (weld) were added to the basic blue and white ground.

The entire process would have taken days to complete and consequently, this was one of Morris & Co.‘s most expensive cottons. Customers were not put off by the high price, however, and Strawberry Thief proved to be one of Morris’s most commercially successful patterns. This printed cotton furnishing textile was intended to be used for curtains or draped around walls (a form of interior decoration advocated by William Morris), or for loose covers on furniture.

Here is a red incarnation in use

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What do you think?