Monthly Archives: May 2012

Golden Ratio Benches, Historic Windows, and Preservation Standards

[ Or, How a million and one different things are all strangely connected... ] This past weekend, in addition to doing an initial thermal analysis of the Mansfield House (challenging task), I also collected lumber (easy task) for the frames … Continue reading

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Thermal Images of the Mansfield House

Yesterday, I made my first set of thermal images of the Mansfield House. It seemed like an opportune time to do so; we’d had rain and cold weather for the better part of the past week. But yesterday, the sun … Continue reading

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Annular Eclipse of the Sun: Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Warning: Never view an eclipse, nor any other sun-related phenomenon, without using adequate eye protection. On Sunday, May 20th, 2012, there will be an annular eclipse of the sun, beginning just around 5PM U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The eclipse … Continue reading

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Sea Going Primitives

In addition to gardening and calibrating sundials, spring time also gets me thinking about sailing, the sea, and coastal New England life, generally. One of the things I’ve always loved about this region is the close interplay between the maritime … Continue reading

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Holbrook-Blakeslee House

The Holbrook-Blakeslee House (c. 1712), located at 54 Elm Street in Ansonia, Connecticut, is an interesting old home with a direct connection to the Mansfield House. Built in 1712, the home was acquired by Captain John Holbrook, in 1738. Holbrook … Continue reading

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Irises Blooming

We have a patch of irises in front of the Mansfield House, just above the north rubble wall. Only a few weeks ago, I was cleaning it out of debris. The other day, the iris buds were still closed, but … Continue reading

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Birds and Bees, Living Together

The past few weeks featured a good deal of typical New England early spring weather — mostly cool and rainy, and for prolonged periods. But today was quite sunny and warm, with a bit of a blustery breeze to cool … Continue reading

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Cinco de Mayo and Super Flower Moon

Today is Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage that commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred on May 5th, 1862. Today is also the day of the supermoon, … Continue reading

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