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Camera Obscura

About 37 years ago my dad and I went on a safari. No, we didn’t see lions…. or wildebeest… or even meerkat (although, truth be told, that would have been epic.)  Frankly, we didn’t even leave Marietta. It was a different kind of safari altogether. We were in search of the vanishing Cobb County. Even then, so very long ago, he knew what we had that made Marietta and the surrounding areas special was disappearing, vaporizing, and being ground into indisquinishable landfill fodder. He had the idea of capturing it all on cellulose,  preserved for all eternity in a little metal can. Now, driving all around town, snapping photos of every old building, house, and tree-lined street  we could find sounded like a laudable exercise. In fact, it sounded, well… fun. And, seeing that my father and I  really never did that much stuff together (just a wholly different set of interests going on) other than yard work… shop work… tree work…. repair work… ( see all those works there?) , I was game…. hell, …

The Potting Shed

In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own. Alice Walker We’re a little off topic here today. So, if you were looking for a recipe, a witty little piece of angry rant, or anything food related, you’re going to be disappointed. Instead, I’m talking about the garden and Jane’s new potting shed (teahouse). But first we have to jump back four years ago. When we finished Turtle Creek, like a great many construction projects, we ran over budget in the building. And while we had the good sense to wall-in the area for the garden, there simply wasn’t enough extra cash lying around to landscape the house and grounds… it was a shoe-sucking mud pit enclosed neatly behind an attractive gated fence. We eventually got around to hiring a landscape architect to develop plans for the future garden and quickly realized that even with a modest design, the construction costs were going to be astronomical. I decided to take on the project, spending that first year wheel barrowing in load after load of …