Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Red level, hazy and signs of independence

- My brother-in-law in Virginia collects antique levels, such as this one that I spotted at the antique shop I love so much in Lilburn, Georgia.  He has dozens of them hanging on the wall of his home office and usually polishes up one for the odd gift to the kids (graduations, weddings, etc.).  I emailed these photos to him because that's the first thing he looks for when he goes into an antique shop, so now I keep my eye out for them, too. 

- The haze in the sky in Atlanta yesterday was due to dust from the Saharan desert!  And I thought it was just smog.  So interesting that a touch of Africa has floated into the southeastern US via the gulf winds.  There's more about this here.

- The same antique shop, referred to above, Antiques in Old Town, has these old American flags draped from the ceiling.  The owner told me they've been there for 20 years.  I'm seeing lots of flags around this week, due to the July 4th holiday coming up.  I'll be celebrating in another favorite place, the house by the river I love so much. 

Just one post this week.  I'll be back next week with lots of photos, I hope.  I hope your week and weekend are filled with good things!


Leonora said...

That is one very pretty level. #2 is crazy! I'm going to read your link. Have a great holiday weekend!

Scarlet said...

Quaint little shop and enjoy your week. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos!

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Sara said...

Have a wonderful July 4th at the river. Also, I look forward to the pictures on your return:~)

Elephant's Child said...

I could spend many happy hours in that shop.
Have a wonderful week - and restorative time away.

G. B. Miller said...

Never been to an antique shop even though we have loads of them here in CT. Very cool looking interior. And what a thoughtful gesture on your part.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I wonder if a level can be used as an improvised Bluegrass instrument somehow? The carpenter must've really liked the music! (I do too)- We have red, white, n Blue all over here too- n I'll miss the boat parade if it isn't cancelled/ Hope the Storm stays away from your River spot!
Have a good Independence Day!

Riot Kitty said...

I would totally love to go visit that antique shop! Have a wonderful long weekend.

Betty Manousos said...

that antique shop looks fab!
great photos.

happy 4th of july, lynn!


Sparkling Red said...

Sahara dust travelled all the way across the ocean from Africa? No way! That's nuts! Wow. Next thing you know it'll be raining camels.

Granny Annie said...

So did your brother-in-law want you to buy the level? I would have had to have it because of the red. And there is a story that goes with that:) Have a wonderful holiday.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I don't know how I missed this post---except---Blogger has been acting strangely.....
I am always fascinated by the things people collect, being a collector, myself. Did you BIL get that Level?
Whenever you talk about that Antique store I think of the Cat that lives there....Such a perfect place for a wonderful kitty....

Lee said...

I missed this post, too...sorry. But I'm here now.

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. Take good care. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

Here in the UK we call them Spirit Levels which, when I told an American about it years ago, cracked up. I wonder why your brother-in-law collects them. Does he have the modern plastic ones, or just the older wooden ones?

Lynn said...

Leonora -

I don't usually see red ones - he just has polished woods levels.

Scarlet -

Thank you - I did enjoy it. Back to work this week - grrr. :)

Sara -

Hope yours was good, too!

Elephant's Child -

It's a definite wonderland. And there's a whole section of antique books, too. Love it here.

G -

I'll bet you have great shops up there - my sisters and I love to wander through them.

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

I'm thinking he or she lived in the Louisville, Kentucky area and just made that a part of their trademark. Pretty cool, huh?

Hope you got to go to the boat parade. I'll bet that's something to see!

Riot Kitty -

It's a lovely, peaceful place. There are always people sitting around a kitchen table in the back, having a Saturday morning chat about politics (so peaceful, other than that.) :)

Betty -

Thanks Betty - big hugs to you!

Sparkling Red -

lol! Yes - a strange event, indeed.

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

Well now I want to know the "red" story! I just ordered a red coffeemaker. :)

No - no response from him on that one.

Naomi -

He didn't get the level - he probably has enough.

The owners live above the shop - it's a wonderful set up for them. They moved Whiskers upstairs to live with the other two cats - he kept slipping out the front door, with customers coming in and out so much. She feared for his safety, so he's safely ensconced upstairs. I do miss him though.

Lee -

I was away from blogs all of last week - traveling and such, so I understand. Thanks for coming by now.

Joe -

It's just an odd thing he does. No plastic - just the wooden ones. I'll ask him about the name "spirit levels."

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - what an amazing idea of things to collect - I hope he got that red level .. looks so much fun.

I know you had a peaceful 4th July weekend at your sister's house ...

That red Saharan dust gets everywhere we were overcome with it - last year I think: the worst I've known it .. my car was coated, as too the windows of the flat ...

Cheers Hilary