12 Most Beautiful and Quaint Homes

Huge and abrupt change of pace for this blog, but that’s me (weird as heck). Things I love is what it’s about as well, and beautifully designed homes I do love a lot.

Yep, as much as I do not appreciate the human race, I’m over the top with appreciation for us at our best, and one of those bests is home design, especially the older style homes or those new ones that reflect well on the past.

So, following are some pics of houses that I particularly love the look and “feel” of. I don’t so much like huge stately mansions and such, preferring smaller charming places that don’t resemble hotels. One reason is that I don’t find housecleaning fun, lol. Big green yards, especially back yards, are a plus though…so big lots I like, just not huge houses.

My little condo is nice and I love it, but wouldn’t mind owning one of these lovely homes at all…hope you enjoy looking and dreaming, too. I of course picture them only with vegan foods in the fridge and pantry and happy dogs lolling about in bliss. No mean people allowed!!!

(All images are from the web, labeled as public domain or free to re-use or credited where required.) Click on pic for full size view…

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Harriet Phillips Bungalow – photo credit: Daniel Case

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Lake Little Historical House, Port Townsend, Washington

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Spanish Mission-style House in Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

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Craftsman Bungalow

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Pisgah Historical Home, Highland Park, California – photo credit: Ilmari Karonen

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George L. Burlingame House – photo credit: Ed Uthman – PROBABLY MY TOP PICK 🙂

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California Bungalow, Alexandria Virginia

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Sears Catalog House circa 1926 – photo credit: Bootbearwdc on Flickr

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Craftsman House, San Jose, California – photo credit: David Sawyer on Flickr

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Red Brick House

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Simply labeled “home”

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“Holiday House”

Note: If anyone should comment, please pardon the delay in posting…I have comments on approval because of trolls, business as usual on the web, haha.

May all the tortured become forever free as birds in flight

I find birds magical, of the world but free from it as well, as long as their wings are intact and they remain unharmed. So much easier to remain unharmed when you can simply fly into the sky and far away. Except for firearms, that is, used by envious people to totally unfairly bring down these amazing, beautiful creatures. And except for the pet trade and such, which puts them in little cages and leaves them there for life…which is too unspeakable for me to write about. What could I possibly say to make that go away?

Birds are an ancient life form still reminiscent of dinosaurs. Most birds are omnivores, but they range from strictly carnivorous to vegan (grain/seeds/fruit), and of course the carnivores must do so to avoid torturous deaths from starvation. Unlike people. Birds are amazingly tough and brave. Able to soar through the skies with that special view of this mad world, contemplating us all, thinking what, I can only guess at. A “bird’s eye view” I’d love to have…

Country House - Pesaro, Italy

Country House – Pesaro, Italy

I want such powerful wings owned forever-after by all who’ve suffered unjustly while trapped in this world. Of course, no one would be tearing apart and eating anyone else in this new sort of life, devoid of suffering and death. The way I’d have created if possessing such power.

Flightless birds like emus, ostriches and others (ratites), I feel terrible for. Such a cruel thing, to have too small wings (or too heavy bodies) which won’t let them fly. They deserve nothing less than compassion from us.

As for what cruel, abusive humans deserve…humans who should know much better? Simply whatever exacts justice for their deliberately, sadistically ruining existence for others. Certainly the opposite of magnificent wings. Away with them, to somewhere else entirely, to never inflict their awful hatred on others again. Yes I dream a lot. Why not?

Some lovely photos & thoughtful quotes:

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American Robin

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off – and they are nearly always doing it.” ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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Red-Crowned Amazon Parrot – Olympus Digital Camera

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Rose-Crowned Fruit Dove

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Pigeon

“Birds were created to record everything. They were not designed just to be beautiful jewels in the sky, but to serve as the eyes of heaven.”  ~ Suzy Kassem, The Writings of – Rise Up and Salute the Sun

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Black-Headed Gull – St. James’s Park, London, Nov. 2006

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Starling

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Prothonotary Warbler

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Common Kingfisher

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Gannets

“Somewhere a bird sang, its chant hanging plaintive and melancholy in the still air…I think it’s a sort of lark or something. Our tradition has it that they sing with the voices of lost lovers. If the stars are smiling on them, you will hear its mate call back in a moment.” ~ Jane Johnson, The Tenth Gift

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Kittiwake Gulls

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Vanellus

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Beautiful Firetail

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Curlew Sandpiper

The sun’s rays have vision and give us vision. However, it is the birds’ eyes and the two invisible angels by your side that record everything. Nothing goes unnoticed throughout the universe. Wherever there is a vibration, there are eyes and ears. Some energies don’t need ears or vision to see or hear, they can feel what is in your heart and tap into all your sins and fears.” ~ Suzy Kassem, The Writings of – Rise Up and Salute the Sun

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Superb Fairy Wren

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Allens Hummingbird

“I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear. And at the end of my prayers, they teach me how to listen.” ~ Terry Tempest Williama, Refuge, An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Broad-Billed Hummingbird (Male), Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon, Near Green Valley, Arizona

Broad-Billed Hummingbird (Male), Madera Canyon, Arizona

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Glossy Ibis in Quintana Winters

“The stork is voiceless because there is really nothing to say.” ~ Will Cuppy

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Egret – Tasmania

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Atlantic Puffin

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Great Egret on Morro Strand State Beach, Morrow Bay, California

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Crested Tern – Tasmania

“Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

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Raven – Ingrid Taylar, Flickr

[All images are public domain, free to reuse, or attributed to owner where required.]

More Outstanding, Beautiful Vegan Dishes

Nothing profound today…I’m just in a foodie frame of mind after watching some cooking shows on TV. Whatever “they” can do, vegans can do just as well or even better, since we love tasty, healthy food which reflects our great love and respect for life. So enjoy some vegan food inspiration; this is for those who don’t really use recipes but make up your own as you go along. Sources given where known, so you can go there and possibly get exact recipes if needed. But mainly, I just love beautiful, colorful food pics. Even more than that, I love to eat 😋 …For example:

Vegan Lasagna - Jason Lander, Flickr

Vegan Lasagna – Jason Lander, Flickr

Raw Food Tacos - gpeters, Flickr

Raw Food Tacos – gpeters, Flickr

Vegetable & Gnoche Fry-up

Vegetable & Gnoche Fry-up

Fruit with Vegan Swedish Pancake - Vegan Feast Catering

Fruit with Vegan Swedish Pancake – Vegan Feast Catering

Seasoned Roasted Cauliflower

Seasoned Roasted Cauliflower

Vegan Tacos - Mercy for Animals

Vegan Tacos – Mercy for Animals

Tofu, Mushrooms, etc.

Tofu, Mushrooms, etc.

Vegan Food - Roee Shpernik

Vegan Food – Roee Shpernik

Livin' Sunshine Vegan Cake - Maui Hawaii - Sue Salisbury, Flickr

Livin’ Sunshine Vegan Cake – Maui Hawaii – Sue Salisbury, Flickr

Vegan Curried Coconut Milk Noodles - lablascovegmenu, Flickr

Vegan Curried Coconut Milk Noodles – lablascovegmenu, Flickr

Quinoa Tabouleh -lablascovegmenu, Flickr

Quinoa Tabouleh – lablascovegmenu, Flickr

Kremed Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms - veganfeast, Flickr

Kremed Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms – veganfeast, Flickr

Vegan Food by Roee Shpernik

Vegan Food by Roee Shpernik

Sweet & Sour Pineapple Delight - Vancouver Canada - gpeters, Flickr

Sweet & Sour Pineapple Delight – Vancouver Canada – gpeters, Flickr

Roc's Vegan Cupcakes - Steven Depolo, Flickr

Roc’s Vegan Cupcakes – Steven Depolo, Flickr