"Out of the Way" Human-Created Places of Beauty

For years, I've only had the vaguest idea of what Searching for Autumn is all about. This idea came to me about 25 years ago when I was living in Los Angeles. It has something to do with figuring out how to be a tourist in your own town, elevating the mundane to make something special, and making the world just a little bit better. Every so often I remember to check in with this idea. This morning was one of those times.

A friend sent me links to an open private garden she visited in Scotland called Glassmount House.

My friend send me an article about it from The Herald and this write-up from Kathleen Matson Blurock's blog.

This "shed" is fascinating. I would love to come visit! Meanwhile I may have to draw it from photos.


Interestingly, an image search for more photos of this "shed" led me to Pittsburgh! Where I discovered a blog post about the houses in Spring Hill with artistic tile on the outside of their above-ground "basements!"

A row of frame houses with mosaics covering the basement/foundation walls, Pittsburgh, Pa.   

So I got to thinking about what other places I probably don't know about where humans have elevated their surroundings artistically. 

Probably nobody ever stumbles on MY blog but if you do, and know about someplace special like these, leave me a comment and let me know!