Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Habitat Garden

A neighbour who is environmentally conscious has planted this small area in his front yard. The plaque reads-- This property provides 4 basic elements for wildlife to survive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young." It was approved by the sponsor, The National Wildlife Federation.

Linking to Signs, signs

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Water crafts

A few days ago, Lowell on his Ocala photo blog posted a photo of kayaks. By coincidence I had photographed the water craft (canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats) that are available to rent on Como Lake in St.Paul. Regardless of the geographical location, looks like our worlds are pretty similar during the summer months.

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Monday, June 18, 2018


Yesterday I promised that I would show you some of the people who sang as John played the piano at Como Park Lakeside Pavilion.  Singers of all ages got into the act, each contributing their special voice to the music.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Piano Man

 On Friday night John, a very talented musician, had a gig at the Como Lakeside Pavilion in St Paul from 5-7 pm. John played as part of the Summer Music in the Park program. The sun was shining and the temperature was high, but the open air atmosphere and the lake breeze compensated for the humidity. The audience loved him and some people sang along with John in the piano bar atmosphere. The portraits show the many faces of John as he played and entertained the crowd.  Tomorrow I will post photos of some of the singers that joined John while he played. 


Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Rest Stop- - Ah!

When travelling with a pet, rest stops are a welcome haven, and Minnesota has many modern  facilities that are very well-maintained and organised. We and Wild Wendy enjoy all of them on our frequent road trips!

Linked to Camera Critters & Saturday's Critters

Friday, June 15, 2018

A wood carving

Because of the small space in front of a local cafe where the sculpture stands, this magnificent wood carving is difficult to photograph. The light also interferes with a decent capture of the image.  As seen from the street, it looks like an enormous eagle, spreading its wings.  If seen on the reverse side, the wing shelters three carvings: an owl, bear, and a wolf. I hope to return again on a day where the light is different so I can take a photo that shows it in a more flattering way. Carving the stump of a felled tree is popular in St. Paul. During the state fair in August and September, wood carvers demonstrate how these artistic sculptures are formed.  It's fascinating!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

St. Croix River

I have often seen these river boats on the Mississippi but seldom on the St Croix River that forms a border between Minnesota and Wisconsin.   Last Sunday DH and I drove to Stillwater to view the new bridge, which was impressive.  The main street of Stillwater is still crowded with visitors, tourists, traffic and quaint shops plus restaurants galore. We passed some time at the park and walkway along the river to watch the boats and pleasure crafts. The lift bridge was busy with all the river traffic, but now, at long last, traffic is not blocking the streets because  automobile traffic is closed on the old bridge, with the new one serving Minnesota and Wisconsin drivers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The brick work on the building is very handsome.


These hammocks have been appearing all over the Twin Cities in parks, boulevards  and public gardens.  Usually I see them slung  between trees enjoyed by happy, joyful young people who are taking advantage of  the seasonal weather and sunny summer days. Such fun and innocent pleasure! This is the first time I saw them on private property in a neighborhood yard.  I was taking Wild Wendy for a walk on a drizzly day when I spotted this one. I was sorely tempted to knock on the door and ask if I could take a swing!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Construction Progress

The school where I used to teach is constructing a state-of-the-art addition for math and science.  Although the construction seems to be taking forever, it is moving right along and will be exciting to tour when it is finished.  The winter scene was taken in January, 2018 and the recent version was photographed last Sunday. Cannot wait to see the completed version!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Retirement-what's next"!

 Everyone loves a party, especially one with good conversation, some surprise gifts and accolades for work well-done.  Last week four of my former colleagues were feted as they retired after many years of creative and dedicated service as outstanding teachers at the same time that they occasionally served as administrators. At one time in the past Lucy and I both taught some lively middle schoolers who kept both of us on our toes. Retirement is well-deserved,  and I suspect that Lucy will find many activities to keep her busy!