Monday, June 27, 2016

Another Little Free Library

I love these little free libraries.  Dropped off three detective stories and 
a couple of non-fiction books I liked.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


                You see, she was gonna be an actress and I was gonna learn to fly.
                She took off to find the footlights and I took off for the sky.
                And here, she's acting happy inside her handsome home,
                And me, I'm flying in my taxi, taking tips, getting stoned.

                                                                                    Harry Chapin

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Huntington Street

Huntington Street is in an impoverished (and, unfortunately, high crime) neighborhood on
Hartford's Asylum Hill.  But, there have been investments to stabilize the neighborhood.
Habitat for Humanity has built a row of houses with solar panels on some roofs.

And, NINA (Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance) has built this handsome
Victorian-style house.  I think it is some kind of group home.  NINA is a nonprofit
funded by eight members, like insurance companies, a hospital and a bank.
The floral display in front of the house has NINA's "skyline" mark.

Friday, June 24, 2016


Moscarillo's Garden Shoppe has a long white fence, only a small bit of which fit into this image.
Pink petunia spills from each post and yellow day lilies lie in a bed at the fence's base.
AND, a vintage truck carries on the floral scheme.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Linden

The Linden is a lovely old building on Hartford's Main Street, built in 1891.  It was extensively renovated several decades ago.  Today it has retail on the first floor and condos upstairs.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Rose Show

There are often flower and plant shows in Elizabeth Park's Pond House. I usually don't visit.
But, on Sunday, I walked into the rose show near the end, when prizes were being awarded.

This couple fit my imagination's image of rose fanciers.

There were competitions for different categories of roses and for different kinds of displays.
These were, obviously, in the category of boxed roses.  Don't ask me any questions.
I don't know a thing about rose competitions.

This woman was cooing at a delicate rose with very subtle coloring and a heavenly scent,
so her friend (and I) photographed her with it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

People in the Rose Garden

There was a reader.  Her book, Young Skins, is about the interaction of several Irish characters.
The book had a good review in the New York Times.

When you come across someone posing, do you take photos?  I do.

The Park is near a Catholic university, University of St. Joseph, so I should not 
have been surprised to see a nun taking photographs in the garden.

I'm not sure, but I think this young woman was being photographed for QuinceaƱera, 
a celebration for Hispanic girls when they become fifteen.
She is in the annual garden, not the rose garden.