Thursday, February 25, 2010

bottle fun!

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1965) 16th US president

There are no standards of taste in wine, cigars, poetry, prose, etc. Each man's own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for him or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of his own standard.
Mark Twain (1835- 1910) author & humorist

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.
Diane Ackerman (b. 1948) author, poet, naturalist

It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.

Moliere (1622-1673) playwright

Good oil, like good wine, is a gift from the gods. The grape and the olive are among the priceless benefactions of the soil, and were destined, each in its way, to promote the welfare of man.
George Ellwanger (1816 -1906)horticulturist

Examine the contents, not the bottle.
The Talmud

The floures of Lavender picked from the knaps, I meane the blew part and not the husk, mixed with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves, made into powder, and given to drinke in the distilled water thereof, doth helpe the panting and passion of the heart, previaleth against giddinesse, turning or swimming of the brain, and members subject to the palsie.
John Gerard (1545-1611/12) herbalist
from Great Herball, 1597

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.
Robert Benchley (1889-1945)writer, critic, film actor

There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it.
Irena Chalmers (b. 1935) writer & food guru
notes on photos:
  1. display case in the great lakes brewing company's tasting room, may 2008
  2. a research/tasting room for the domaine de la citadelle winery, ménerbes france, october 2005
  3. a bottle of bellodgia perfume that my mom has been saving for a rainy day - I hope I'm around when she decides to 'uncork' it, casa rita. may 2008
  4. there is a hot sauce for every palate at narrin's spice and sauce stand, west side market cleveland. july 2008
  5. artisan olive oils from around the world at the olive and the grape stand, west side market, cleveland. january 2010
  6. hand-blown bottles and bowls, hale farm and village, bath, ohio. july 2008
  7. display case of bottles for capturing the essence and oil of lavender at the musée de la lavande, located in luberon region of france. october 2005
  8. empties all lined up ready for the recycle bin after a summertime gathering at casa mouse. since the late 1600, dead man has been slang for an empty bottle, but during the 1800s the expression has been replaced by the idiom 'dead soldier' - I wonder, is this just more evidence of the militarization of modern life? june 2008
  9. the breast - always a healthy alternative to the bottle for the younger set. breastfeeding madonna - I failed to jot down the details of this statue, anyone know the name of the piece and the artist? louvre, paris. october 2005

I was planning on posting this song as this week's theme song, but then I ran across this vid from those clever folks at check out this vid on how to make recycling bottles FuN! who can never resist fun!


Ed W said...

I used to collect beer-related items. I had over 6,000 beer cans and a lot of beer bottles so I'm familiar with most of those brands...

Anonymous said...

Bring on th' hot sauce! Kimy you have out-done yourself here :)

Tom said...

Old Abe was a real politician; and 'it comes in an attractive container'...for sure!

Alan Burnett said...

Whilst working my way through the Theme Thursday posts I kept looking forwards to yours as I knew I would find some spectacular images - and words to match. Once again I was not disappointed.

Brian Miller said...

that first pic is realy cool. you really took the bottle idea in a few fresh directions, i like it.

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Bottle fun is certainly the right title for this post. Great start with the Lincoln quote and then gets better and better right up to the "attractive container".

Tess Kincaid said...

Love that gorgeous bottle of perfume! Oh, and the Lincoln quote, as well. Super-duper post, Ms. Mouse!

Betsy Brock said...

Obama should have used that Lincoln quote at his 'beer summit'! LOL.

Loved the pictures!

Kat Mortensen said...

Ah! The hot sauce bottles got me salivating. I must make some guacamole soon.

That's a great red bottle-holder in that clean white kitchen.

These are all excellent photos and the quotations are perfect.

That Honest Abe certainly knew what he was about, didn't he?


Roy said...

Mmmmmmmm... I'm still drooling over those shelves and shelves of hot sauce! And I love the bottle bank arcade video. Given American drinking habits, I wonder if they can make a version for cans, too?

Great post, Kim.

Barry said...

I was going to heartily agree with Lincoln, until I saw the Benchley quote. Now I'm not so sure.

The photos were excellent! And fun.

ArtSparker said...

There's something so fascinating about glass. Have you read Norman Rush's book Mating, one of the main characters has an obsession with it, beautifully described.

tut-tut said...

I hadn't even thought about bottles of scent. Yet again, great images. I love that tasting room one.

my WV: proutst

Proust and memory, scent? Happy TT, to you mouse.

Unknown said...

Beautiful images! I really like that Diane Ackerman quote a lot.

Anonymous said...

The photography is absolutely stunning! And good on ole Abe... he sure knew how to turn a phrase and a heart.

Mine is here.

North County Film Club said...

What's a "bottle bank"? I can guess what they are and I think we need some here in the U.S. Especially the fun ones. Loved your photos.

Stephanie said...

Great photos - I particularly like the perfume bottle!

California Girl said...

Lincoln is right. Give 'em beer,then let 'em vote! Love the Benchley remark. And he was one who knew.

JeffScape said...


Oh, the cats CAN get it. I used to sleep in the summers with my shirt off.

And then I got kittens.

And then those kittens figured out how to climb the blankets to get on the bed.

And then those kittens discovered that I have nipples.

And then I woke up one day with a kitten suckling each of them.

And now I sleep with a shirt on, no matter how friggin' hot it gets.

Baino said...

Fabrulous! Gorgeous pics although I do get sick of saying that every time I come her but it's so true. Loved the bottle arcade although I'd be standing there for hours if the amount of bottlage in my sulo recycle bin is anything to go by! (erm not all mine I might add!)

Mel said...

Great post, photos and quotes. We have always called empties dead soldiers too, interesting!