One of the things I love most about Philadelphia is the unexpected little streets and alley ways that stretch from Queen Village to Point Breeze and all the neighborhoods in between. Here are some flower pictures I took on some walks around the city.
Here are some of the sights we took in on our wanderings around Dublin recently.
General Post Office known as the headquarters for the Easter uprising in 1916
The Interior of the GPO as it appears today. It was virtually destroyed during the Easter uprising and restored in the 1920s. The GPO now houses the GPO Witness History Museum, a chronicle of the 1916 uprising. You should not visit Dublin without seeing this remarkable exhibit.
Looks like the Leprechauns have gone and started their own museum. (We skipped this one.)
This has been a good week for spinning my wheels, losing things and taking forever to get things done. I will not bore you with the sordid details.
I had the good fortune to visit Edinburgh, Scotland recently and took hundreds and hundreds of pictures. I decided to skip the scenic travel pictures and share the more unconventional ones ones with you.
My husband, apparently encountering a clown on his way to a circus dress rehearsal.
It’s no stranger than an English sign in China, but the juxtaposition of “Tartan Weaving Mill” caught my eye.
What us this world welcoming us into?
A new world disorder?
We can meet at the pub at The World’s End
And if the Zombies find us.
We can escape to Edinburgh Castle
I’ve wanted to tour the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia for quite some time. Even though there have been Masons in my and my husband’s family and I used to work in City Hall which is right across the street, I never made the trip.
Then I joined the Cityscape Tours Philadelphia Meetup group that Steve Rosenbach organized a year ago. When an email popped up in my account announcing an “Almost Free” tour of the Temple I signed up and I’m glad I did.
I arrived at the Temple a few minutes early and Steve was there with a list of names and a hearty welcome. He was very well organized. As more people arrived, it became evident that some had attended prior tours Steve had organized and that others were newbies like me. But everyone was very friendly and the fact that we all had cameras seemed to unite us somehow. I always feel self conscious when I take pictures in public (you’d never know this I suppose because I take pictures constantly wherever I go if it is legal and does not violate privacy, propriety or rules of etiquette.)
By way of background, the Masonic Temple was constructed between 1868 and 1873 in the Romanesque style of architecture developed by the Normans in the Middle Ages. The interior took another 15 years to complete and included It is on the list of National Landmarks.
There are seven lodge halls in the Temple and our group got to see four of them: Ionic Hall, Norman Hall, Egyptian Hall and Gothic Hall. We also saw the Grand Staircase, some fascinating artifacts in the attached museum, and some very old portraits of prominent Masons including George Washington. I took a lot of pictures but most of them did not turn out so well. No matter; it was a fun and interesting time and good company. To learn more about Freemasonry, press here.
Here are some pictures
I just found this interesting image cica 1840 of the site where the Masonic Temple now stands. Part of the Arch Street Church, which was later enlarged and is still standing, is visible.
I am getting ready to retire. Yes, retire from what I call my 38 year detour. (Includes professional school) I don’t regret the time I’ve spent because I made changes long ago that enabled me to take care of myself and make a living and I was fortunate to have wonderful co-workers who were sane for the most part and who cut me slack when I was not. For the past few years, one of the perks of my job has been working in one of the most interesting buildings in the United States. I never tire of walking its halls and taking pictures. Here are some of them
St. Basil’s Cathedral
Le Mutt in Red Square!
I will be posting more about our Moscow experience. Suffice it to say that the Russians are always rushing (at least in Moscow) but I had no trouble going out and finding my way around with the help of a map and occasional requests for directions (it helps to write down the Cyrillic version of your destination just on case the person you ask does not speak English). The people I have met have been very cordial and helpful.
Bob’s urban oasis is still going strong into September. A new turtle has taken up residence in the above-ground koi pond along with two smaller deputy turtles who paddle around furiously. Bob has put a few catfish in the bottom of the pond to keep it clean. The dahlias and gardenias have stopped blooming but the banana tree has started to sprout little babies.
The water lilies have always been my favorite of the flowers but I am partial to the papyrus that grows in the pond. It looks so elegant!
For prior posts on Bob’s garden, press here.
I didn’t have any problem getting them to open up for the macro lens
I don’t know what this flower’s called – it’s from Seger Park down the street and I take pictures of it every year.
Even Plumpton got into the act despite the fact that he is now a grumpy old cat of 19.
I’m a city girl but there’s something about the feel of grass under my feet that takes me back to some happy days from my childhood: Running through the woods, catching frogs and letting them go and watching the fireflies at night.
Sometimes the landscape is so surreal it looks like a painting
White Socks knows where all the good bugs like to hide
Gracie forages for food.
I like to lie on my back and watch the sky through the trees
Until the sun falls from the sky