Friday, June 29, 2007

City Hall

Our City Hall was designed by local architect, Samuel Hannaford, who also designed our Music Hall, in a very popular style, Romanesque, as interpreted by H. H. Richardson, using massive stones, rounded arches and a tower.

Today, it's numerous stain glass windows, depicting events in our city's history, attract the most attention. In addition to the windows, the building has decorative ironwork and carved stone, as well as two ceiling paintings.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Volunteer Mimosa

The birds bring all sorts of new plants into my garden. The only mimosa tree I know of in the neighborhood is many houses away from mine.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rain, At Last

It has been ages since it has rained. Although I do not like hot weather, this summer is bearable. Periods of heat alternate with what the weather people call "cold fronts" which usually bring rain and relief from the heat, at least for a day or two.

A little redbud, the seedling found last year in a friend's yard. I was told that it would probably not transplant and would die.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pretty Blue Flower

I cannot remember the name of this flower but when I do I will come back here and post it.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Neighborhood Picnic

Once a month through the summer and early fall, our neighborhood community council sponsors a picnic for the residents as a way to help them get to know each other. The council supplies the hot dogs, brats, mets, hamburger and the fixings and drinks. The residents supplement with salads, desserts and other homemade dishes.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Take the Cake

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Peonies After Blooming

I discovered these in a friend's garden. I had not realized that there would be such a pretty dried "bloom" after the opulent fragrant blooms had withered. A lovely surprise.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Amish Friendship Bread

I made these lovely loaves from a starter given to me by a neighbor, the recipe supposedly know only by the Amish. The bread was delicious but the starter needs to be fed, divided and used every 10-days. I don't think I will be baking that often. But, before I let the starter go, I searched the internet and found the identical recipe for the bread and the starter recipe. So much for secrets.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Dead Horse Lily

Ready to be planted. Beautiful but revolting to smell when it blooms. I will post pictures when it does.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Friday, June 8, 2007

Lost In Thought

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Cleaning Gutters

Sunday, June 3, 2007


Friday, June 1, 2007