A Special Christmas Bloom and Pittsburgh Glass Brick Window

A lot of people in Pittsburgh buy poinsettia plants for Christmas. They are beautiful although poisonous and people tend to throw them away after Christmas. Another choice is a Christmas Cactus which is called that even though it is not actually a cactus.

They grow well as house plants in our area and if treated properly will bloom year after year. This one is in our bathroom in front of typical Pittsburgh glass brick.

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The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock

I am not really a fan of Cuckoo clocks. A German friend of mine told me they were just for tourists and are seldom found in German homes. I passed on the Cuckoo Clock Making Class that was part of our tour and spent my time in the glass works instead. However this clock was just amazing!

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The World's Largest Cuckoo Clock

The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock

Black Forrest Glass Works

The Black Forrest always makes me think of Hansel and Gretel and delicious cake. Which is more interesting when you think that the witch in was pretty much gonna bake those kids. I knew we were going to the Forrest to see nature and cuckoo clocks and I am not really enamored of cuckoo clocks but do love nature so I was in.

I didn’t spend much time looking at clocks though because I found the glass works. I have always been impressed with the art of glass blowing and glass sculpture. The craftsman here were maybe not as good as the ones we saw in Biot, France but they were amazing artists all the same.

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Glass Blower

Glass Blower

Finished Product

Finished Product

Studies In Glass Brick #3–Christmas Cactus

When we moved off the mountain last year we had to leave our Christmas Cactus behind. So we had to acquire a new one which rewarded us with a single but beautiful bloom.

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Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

Studies In Glass Brick #2–The Orchid

Some friends stayed at our house over Thanksgiving while we were away. Being good guests they left this beautiful Orchid behind. At first I thought it was fake, nothing out of nature could look like that. However it is beautiful and natural. A perfect candidate to live in front of the glass brick in our new luxurious bathroom.

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Studies In Glass Brick #2