Wednesday, July 06, 2011

An Announcement And Some Wooden Houses

All that talk of constipation yesterday has brought the importance of keeping regular to the forefront of my mind. Given the far more complex nature of my life following the retirement of the GLW, I have decided that it is better to have one blog that is regularly updated rather than two that are not. Therefore, in future, my Picture Post feature will be moving from its own dedicated Blog to News From Nowhere making things easier for me, easier for you, and easier for mankind in general. "Picture Post" posts - the defining feature of which will remain more image than words - will be inter-spaced with the normal News From Nowhere offerings.


I took this picture a couple of weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. As I was clinging to the back of a mule-driven cart at the time I like to think that it represents a triumph of modern photographic technique. What it does show is that Americans do wooden houses really well. According to something I read the other day, some 80% of Americans live in wood-frame houses : given the look of these houses, you can see why.

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for the simplicity.

    It is good to know Americans can do something as basic as build a wood house well. I fear sometimes we are not known for the basics.
    -J

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  2. Gotcha! Here I be, Alan, following this blog as requested. I understand your motive for merging, I found it too complicated posting on two blogs at a time.

    Love this picture of the attractive wooden houses. I was quite smitten with them when I was over there. The story I heard was that the Americans originally chose wood because it were easier to replace. Don't know how true that is.

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  3. Oh these find old houses are just a grand style of living! (Except for maybe being too close together at times!) You were in one of my favorite towns, and only one other (to me) comes even better than there...Savannah Georgia! Lovely photo Alan!

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  4. we were in Charleston a month ago; did you visit the Hunley, the Civil War submarine, or eat at Sticky Fingers or T-Bonz?
    A nice city, and great to walk around the market area in the evening.

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  5. I actually had a feeling you would be combining both blogs. ha. Call me psychic. :) What a lovely photo...perfectly Americana.

    And as for your comment on my blog...yes, I can see a pink, fluffy Northern Wales in the sky! Brilliant! :)

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  6. Psychic Betsy : We have had some bad experiences of coalitions over here recently or I might have combined them earlier.

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  7. Charleston is an interesting place; I'm glad you got to see it. The annual Spoleto Festival, a celebration of the performing arts created by Gian Carlo Menotti, may have been going on while you were there; it was on from May 27 to June 12 this year.

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  8. Welcome back! I may be confused by all these blogs for a while but I'm sure I'll manage. What was that again? Picture Post from Nowhere? But it's probably senile dementia setting in....just don't you worry Alan.

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  9. Charleston is a lovely city! Did you get to Savannah, Georgia? That's my favorite southern town.

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  10. Wherever your blogs appear, I'll read them! Love this photo, such pretty houses, it looks like a scene from a movie.

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  11. They're not the ones that caused the mortgage problem, are they?

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  12. mule drawn cart? you realise we do have modern travel to go with those wooden houses...smiles. nice pic AB...

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  13. Combining the two is way easier, plus anything can come out of nowhere..haha

    Wow you were all over the place during your trip. Didn't know they still had mule drawn carts in America, maybe they don't need all that oil after all..haha

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  14. I was only remarking to someone the other day, if anything, retirement sharpens up those time management skills. That's not quite what I read on the retirement tin.

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  15. The are gorgeous aren't they? I have one of those 3D jigsaw puzzles of a very similar house. Mind you I've never attempted to build it. Good that you're posting your pics here. I love your picture blog but rarely have the time to go over there. Dammit, am I the only commenter who's never been to Charleston. Must fix that one of these days.

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  16. Good idea, Alan. You need to have time for recreation and refreshment.
    As for the photo, it made me smile. I expect houses to be made of wood, because that's about all I've known. I'm always fascinated by brick and stone houses.

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  17. Hi. Alan -- You'll have to come back and visit western North Carolina. And by the way, I live in a wooden house built by my husband. A wooden house goes up fairly quickly -- and until the past ten or so year, wood was affordable.

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  18. pk, i've made the correction on my blogroll so i can still see what you're up to.
    :)~

    while wooden houses appear charming, and i prefer the pink one in the middle for its added assets, despite the unfortunate color choice... but need i remind you that these will not resist as well to floods and tornadoes. and god knows they never have any of those over there...
    i'm just saying...
    :/~

    lovely picture and i'd like a room upstairs, in the pink house, as long as i don't have to dress in pink as well...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  19. Alan, Charleston, South Carolina is one of our most beautiful cities. I hope you made it to Savannah, Georgia as well.

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  20. I've a book on Victorian era American homes; quite spectacular :)

    Too, wood frame houses tend to stand up better in an earthquake, as they have more resilience and movement than a brick one. Unfortunately, nothing can withstand a tornado or hurricane... :(

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  21. Hey buddy, I will catch up on your blogs. I seem to be plowed under right now but will do some back blogging in the future. I hope your trip was grand. That pink house is pink for sure.

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