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Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 | 1 comment

Del Ray’s New Walking Labyrinth

Del Ray’s New Walking Labyrinth

We have a new feature, a labyrinth, at the Del Ray pocket park at the corner of Commonwealth and Del Ray Avenue. The labyrinth is designed to be is a single path leading to the center for meditative walking. Although the term maze and labyrinth are sometimes used synonymously, I’ve read that they are two separate things. A labyrinth has a single path and a maze is more complex, with more pathways and branches. The new labyrinth is not only lovely to look at, but is also a nice activity for both kids and adults. Dana, who lives close by, can see it from her kitchen window. At first, she admits, “I was skeptical that I’d find the spot meditative given the exposed location at the corner of a heavily-used intersection, but I was really excited to give it a try.” And she’s now quite taken with it.¬†“What I found on my first walk through,” she says, “was a very serene experience. It forces you to move slowly and...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Summer Craft: Sun Printing on Fabric

Summer Craft: Sun Printing on Fabric

One of our favorite summer crafts is making sun prints. In a previous post, we showed how to make sun prints with a kit that comes with photo sensitive 4 x 4 inch paper. The sun turns the paper blue and objects you lay on top of the paper become silhouettes like these. On our beach trip this year, we thought we’d try printing on fabric after recently discovering that you can buy 8 oz. bottles of sunlight-activated dyes called Inkodye. You spread it across fabric to make a sun print any size you like. I bought a bottle of black. (It comes in a range of colors.) My friend Sara and I and the kids collected bits of plants and shells and seaweed on the beach, keeping in mind how the shape may translate into a silhouette. You don’t want a large shell or else it will just look like a big blob of white. Best to look for items with interesting edges or long narrow shapes. We...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Caffeine: Justine’s Pour Over Coffee Brew Bar

Caffeine: Justine’s Pour Over Coffee Brew Bar

Justine prepared for many months before debuting her pour over coffee brew bar, Caffeine, at the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market. She learned all she could about roasting coffee beans, went to coffee cuppings at Swing’s, and studied methods for making the perfect cup of pour over coffee. Pour over coffee is a means for brewing coffee by pouring the near boiling water over coffee grounds in a filter. The water soaks into the grounds and the coffee drips ever so slowly into the cup set underneath.¬†Justine makes every cup with care and precision. She measures out the beans and the water for each 12 ounce cup, leaving nothing to chance. Then, she uses a circular motion when pouring the water into the filter to evenly saturate the grounds. It takes up to 2 minutes for the coffee to filter through the grounds. Pour over coffee is only as good as the beans you start out with, which is why Justine roasts her own. She buys the...

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Paul’s Hand Carved English Rocking Horses

Paul’s Hand Carved English Rocking Horses

I first noticed the remarkable wooden rocking horses in Paul and Sheri’s house when I previewed their home for the Del Ray House & Garden Tour. Paul let Nadja sit on one as he told me about their venerable history. He shared his passion for building and carving the horses by hand, a skill he learned growing up in England with his father who, he says, “made everything,” including wooden toys for Paul and his siblings. The other day, Paul showed Katie and me three of his English rocking horses, one in a state of repair, which he is in the process of restoring. The horse belonged to his grandchildren, but had suffered damage in a house fire. He’ll strip, sand, and repaint the horse and then donate “him” to charity. Pulling out some of his reference books, Paul told us a bit about the history of rocking horses, how in the 1600s, the children of knights used them to learn how to ride horses and practice jousting on...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 | 9 comments

Register Now: Del Ray Urban Farm Tour, August 16, 2014

Register Now: Del Ray Urban Farm Tour, August 16, 2014

All around Del Ray, people are growing vegetables and herbs galore in their summer gardens, cultivating figs and other fruit trees, and raising bees for honey — some produce enough food for their families with extra crops to share with friends. In the spirit of the Del Ray House and Garden Tour, we thought it would be fun to host a tour around town to showcase some of our favorite “urban farms.” The tour is set for August 16 when gardens are at their peak and we’d like you to join us! Continue reading to learn how to sign up. How It Works: Registrants will meet up at 8:30 a.m. and set out together, maps in hand, to 6-10 stops around the neighborhood. Plan to ride a bike. Alternatively, you can take a car, but you will need a vehicle of some kind because there are too many stops spread out around the neighborhood to walk. At each of the stops, you will have a chance to see what...

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