Blue and White

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So …. what clever name would you have given this post?

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Blue and White just doesn’t quite work, does it?

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These photos were taken the day after our lovely big snow 2 weeks back.  The ground is clear of snow now, but the temperatures are low and the threat of snow is in the forecast.

More importantly, California is getting rain!!  Come on Mother Nature, ease that drought!

Thank you all for your visits and comments.  I’m a bit backed up in visiting everyone’s blogs … but each day I visit a few and I am confident that soon, yes SOON, life will calm a bit, and I’ll get back on track!

February 28th Update:  Some have asked about the glass structures on the fence posts.  They are antique glass insulators http://www.collectorsweekly.com/tools-and-hardware/insulators.  Insulators were originally designed to keep the wires linking telegraphs and telephones insulated from the wooden poles that held them aloft.  They peaked in the 1920s to the 1940s, are now prized collectors items.

March 4th Update:  I’d sent an email to my friend Wilson, one of the owners of these beautiful glass pieces and I was wrong about the insulators!  Even though the link that I included showed very similar pieces, the blue glass pictured “on the fence, rounded top, screw bottoms, are covers for airport runway lights”.  Wilson says “I got them at a sale at Hubbell Enterprise in C’burg. I have mostly blue, a few red. I don’t know how valuable they are; they certainly weren’t when I bought them”.

54 thoughts on “Blue and White

  1. “Blue and white” grabbed my attention!!!! (Although, “Winter Blues”….1st commentor’s suggestion…..is a great one!!!!) Beautiful! The blue-ness against the snow white-ness is stunning!!!!! This weekend will bring more inches of snow for us along with the major sub-zero temps………I will never get used to this type of weather!!!! And I’ve lived in MN my whole life!!!!!!!!

      • Oh, thank you so much!!!! Woke up to -18 (-30 wind chill) this morning!!!! It’s getting so I just don’t leave the house!!!! What a winter!!!!!! Hugs………………….

  2. I think blue and white works just fine Laurie 😀 Great colors in the first two photos but you know my favorite is the shadows cast by the fence. Have a great day.

  3. The last photo is very delicate and has a natural symmetry that is very pleasing to look at. It is Zen like. I do like the blue glass and the round planet looking thing too.

    • I like that round thing too … these folks have such a way of “decorating” their garden, in a subtle but pleasing way. I wish I had that talent!

  4. As a lover of all things blue and white that title will always grab my attention – pedestrian or not! The shade of blue makes such a strong contrast against the white – a little like the depth of blue you find in the Greek Islands – I have no idea what those tubular shaped blue things are though – do they have a screw top edge? I thought including the green and yellow bottles in the second photo made the blue pop even more – which is really great.

    • Those structures are antique glass insulators.. I’ve updated the post to reflect what I’ve learned. “Insulators were originally designed to keep the wires linking telegraphs and telephones insulated from the wooden poles that held them aloft. They peaked in the 1920s to the 1940s, are now prized collectors items”
      Beautiful, right?
      Another commenter mentioned the Greek Islands, too. I need to go!! 🙂

      • I knew I should know what those things were – I have never seen blue ones before, ours were made of thick clear glass – you can still sometimes see them in old parts of the country where the poles are still wooden and the lines have not yet gone underground. They are beautiful!

        You will get those exact colours in some parts of Greece – only the white is in the stucco on the houses and in the bright light ……. just mesmerising!

      • In an effort to correct a wrong, I have just updated the post after talking to my friend Wilson, owner of the glass pieces. The update says:
        “Even though the link that I included showed very similar pieces, the blue glass pictured on the fence, “rounded top, screw bottoms, are covers for airport runway lights”. Wilson says “I got them at a sale at Hubbell Enterprise in C’burg. I have mostly blue, a few red. I don’t know how valuable they are; they certainly weren’t when I bought them”.
        I still love that such beautiful pieces served such a functional purpose.

      • Me too! Thanks for the update – I feel all eddicated now 🙂 And who would’ve ever thought they were airport runway light covers or that such things were made of glass……… ?? I’m constantly amazed by the things I know nothing about! Beautiful, practical and unusual!

  5. I think I would have called it lollipops on sticks, or icicles on sticks, that was what first came to mind when I saw the images. I love the contrast between the blue and white.

    • You know what’s kind of funny … I’ve always said that green is my favorite color (because of trees), but the blue and white contrast is another fav.

  6. Maybe, “Still on the Fence”

    What a cool idea to put lights inside of jars. What came in the cobalt blue jars and how could they possibly sit on a shelf with a round bottom (no look in the mirror jokes please, ha).

    • You’ve made me lol, Boomdee! I’ve updated the post to offer info about these antique glass insulators. This is right up your alley, Ms. Vintage! These insulators “were originally designed to keep the wires linking telegraphs and telephones insulated from the wooden poles that held them aloft. They peaked in the 1920s to the 1940s, are now prized collectors items”. I’ve added a link to the post if you want more info. xoxo

      • OH, I see now. HA.

        They’re so different than the ones we have here. I have some old glass insulators from my MIL. I used to put them on poles in the garden that held up my delphiniums. But I like your’s so much more. They are way bigger. Cool idea on the fence too.

      • The reason they are so different is because I was wrong! I just updated the post after talking with my friend Wilson, owner of the glass pieces. The post says:
        “Even though the link that I included showed very similar pieces, the blue glass pictured “on the fence, rounded top, screw bottoms, are covers for airport runway lights”. Wilson says “I got them at a sale at Hubbell Enterprise in C’burg. I have mostly blue, a few red. I don’t know how valuable they are; they certainly weren’t when I bought them”.

  7. I like your title as it is, but how about “Blue Light District”?! Great shots tho. Never heard of these but imagine in many places if you’d put them out like that and they are prized collectors items, they’d be stolen straightaway!!

    • I like Blue Light District! Great title! and yes, we are lucky to live in a small town. That doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen, but the chances are less I suppose.

  8. The name, ” Blue and White” does seem appropriate when one considers it has all got to do with what mother nature has in store for us. Loved that picture of the virgin white fresh snow.

    Shakti

    • Thank you! and I’ve just updated the post to note that I was wrong in identifying what the blue grass pieces are … instead of insulators, they are run way light covers!

  9. Gorgeous photos. I love that blue and white combo. Our dishes are also white with blue trim. Like Boomdee, I’ve never seen this style of insulator before. They’re a stunning color. I have a couple of blue bottles in this color that I use for bud vases. Love your posts, Laurie.

    • Thank you Alys. I’ve just updated the post after receiving the following info from my friend Wilson (the owner). I posted “Even though the link that I included showed very similar pieces, the blue glass pictured on the fence, “rounded top, screw bottoms, are covers for airport runway lights”. Wilson says “I got them at a sale at Hubbell Enterprise in C’burg. I have mostly blue, a few red. I don’t know how valuable they are; they certainly weren’t when I bought them”.
      I still love that such beautiful pieces served such a functional purpose.

      • Oh yes, I can picture that now. Thanks for the update, Laurie. It is nice to think of that beautiful glass in rows along the runway. This post was quite a conversation-starter.

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