Snow and red berries ~

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Snowy afternoon, January 31, 2017

Quoting Wallace Stevens, “It was evening all afternoon, it was snowing and it was going to snow” … not that much on either count, though: the days are already getting longer and the snow didn’t accumulate much … pretty though!

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Another Shuttleworth clan photo

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Children (and spouses) of Craven Shuttleworth, c. 1923

It’s been quite some time since there have been any family history related posts on this blog and even longer since there’s been one on the Shuttleworths! So here’s a great one. This photo, wonderfully annotated by Beah on the back (see below) is of the children (along with one spouse) of Craven Shuttleworth and Nancy Kayley Shuttleworth (read about this couple here). As Beah notes, the photo was taken at Will Shuttleworth’s home in Sibley (Will being Frank Shuttleworth’s father), and its occasion was the first death in that generation, the death of “the older sister Ella.” (This photo is actually a photo of that photo, as the date “Nov 1956” at the top of it indicates!) The numbers running across the bottom of the picture are the key to identifying everyone in the group (so great!). Job on the left is the oldest; then comes Craven, the fifth son; then Margaret, the youngest child; then Ferrand,the second son; then … it’s hard to tell what the name of Job’s wife is, but ancestry.com suggests it was Abbie (?); then Fred, the third son; then our Blanche (aka Nanny); Ine, the sixth son; and our William, husband of Blanche, the fourth son!

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Ancestry.com suggests that Ella died in 1925, so that would mean that this photo was taken then (and not in 1923).

Also: my goodness, Blanche looks great! And: I guess she didn’t own any funeral attire!?

The story of a batch of applesauce ~

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Apples arranged neatly, January 28, 2017

Three-pound bag (for $3.00) of apples, ready to go …

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Chopped apples, January 28, 2017

Chopped and ready to start get cooked way down … after this picture was taken, some chunks of candied ginger got added, along with a couple cinnamon sticks, some whole cloves, and powdered nutmeg, a handful of currents (left over from making cranberry chutney) and a handful of dried cranberries …

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Applesauce, January 28, 2016

And … voila! Ready for breakfast — on top of muesli and topped off with yogurt (which also got made today in ye olde urban homestead!)!

On beyond the Magritte Effect ~

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Bright lights, blue clock dial, January 26, 2017

Examples of the “Magritte effect” have been a regular feature in these pages … it happens when a lighted street light in a photo makes its surrounding area look like its advanced about an hour further into the evening than the time frame of the rest of the photo — the sky especially. This post here was the first in the series and includes a link to a page of some examples of the effect by Magritte himself. Today’s photo was taken on beyond the hour of any possible Magritte effect; instead it could be called an example of the Alvin Coburn effect! Find a photograph of his of the Flatiron building here, which is not to be confused with that iconic photo of the same, which was by Edward Steichen (find that one here). All three (mine, Coburn’s and Steichen’s) involve trees, buildings, and lighted street lights.

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