Christmas Cottage

Christmas cottage, Warwick, NY. 2015

This is my response to Jennifer Nichole Wells’s One Word Photo challenge: Attic, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors and Windows Continued, and a late entry for Norm Frampton’s December 24th, Thursday Doors.

These challenges all overlapped nicely this week, unified by one photo. How convenient, especially at this busy time of year! ūüôā

Side Street In Assisi

Assisi, Italy, 2009.
Assisi, Italy, 2009.

I took this photo of a narrow side street, abloom with potted plants and awash in light and shadow, in Assisi, Italy. The sloped sides of the street were built to accommodate cart wheels while the steps in the center help people get safely down the incline which can become slippery when wet.

Just past the large potted plant on the left, within an opening in the stone wall, is a lovely little iron gate with a few small steps and an iron railing leading up to it. You can view photos of these in the gallery below. The second and third photos give a better idea of just how steep this little street is.

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This is my response to Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2015 Week #15. Thank you Cee for the challenge!

Sears Kit Home

This post is in response to the Photography 101 prompt “architecture.”
Which do you prefer – black and white or color?

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Early in the twentieth century you could order most all the essentials for modern living from the extremely popular Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalogue. It was like the of 1910. From the catalogue, you could order¬†clothing, livestock, sporting goods, sewing supplies, appliances, medicinal remedies¬†and more… even Kit Homes.

A Kit Home came with¬†plans for assembly¬†along with most of the materials needed to build a¬†house.¬†I took these photos¬†of¬†a Sears Kit home, in Sugar Loaf, NY. If I’m not mistaken, this one is model number 118 which was eventually called The Clyde. It was first offered in the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue in 1908.

I found a photo of a catalogue page offering this model here.

I also found a couple of blog posts about this particular model on, and on

In my opinion, the Sears Kit Homes were the forerunners of modern prefabricated structures and Ikea furniture!