Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's In the Details

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Washington House, Yellow Springs, PA 

Every where I go I notice the details.


Lemon Hill, Fairmount Park, PA 

That is why I just love architectural elements.


Woodford Mansion, Fairmount Park, PA 

Sit me in an old structure and I am happy just taking it all in.
Every.little.detail.


30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA 

Take me to an architectural salvage shop
and my heart sings.


Mattison Castle, Ambler, PA 

It's a cheap date - that salvage shop.


Smithville Park, New Jersey 

Until I decide that a salvaged mantle 
would look so much better over our fireplace 
 than our 1970s version. 
I think it's time to tell my husband I need a cheap date 
cause that mantle is starting to bug me. 

That cheap date just got expensive. 
Shhhh...he doesn't need to know yet. 



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Where Water Flows Yellow

There is a place not too far away from me known as Yellow Springs...
but I just discovered it for myself.

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Inside the Historic Washington Building  
(where someone needs to address that tacky flooring.)  
Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA  

Yellow Springs is a historic village
currently undergoing some serious renovations.
This wasn't the best time to visit,
unless you want to see ladders, saws and paint buckets.

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Ruins of a Revolutionary War Hospital  
(with historic buildings beyond.) 

Underneath all of that busy-ness
you can see the bones of history:
Native American,
American Revolution,
American Civil War,
Country Art School,
Modern Film Production.
And those old bones seem to be part
of a thriving artist community.

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Taking in the Sun  
Behind the Chester Springs Studio  

But the really cool part about Yellow Springs is...
the orange yellow springs!
Yes, there really are springs here
that still flow orange yellow.
We won't argue color here as
that might entail renaming an entire town.

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Water from the Yellow Springs  
How cool is that?  

The water is actually clear
but it leaves a deposit of minerals,
in this case iron, sulphur and magnesium,
which stain the path where the water flows.

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The Poolhouse and Bridge  

Unlike other popular springs,
these are not hot springs
just mineral laden springs.
 Native Americans, Colonial Americans
and Victorian Americans all gathered here
in belief of the springs' curative powers.

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The Iron Spring Gazebo 
(sits on top of the springs which run off behind.) 

This made me wonder about the medicinal effectiveness of 'taking the waters.'
And I thought,
"Gee, my iron levels tank if I don't take a supplement."
So if I lived pre modern medicine
and my doctor sent me here
to drink and soak in this stuff -
yeah, it just might work.
Just look at all this iron!

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Inside the Gazebo 
(you can see the iron laden spring water through the grated flooring.)  

And if that wasn't enough,
I am sure the other spa activities of the day would help cure me:
lectures, dances, concerts and parties.
So sign me up doc!






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Monday, April 13, 2015

Late to the Party

Usually they are the early type,
sometimes they are right on time,
but this year, they were late.

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Cherry Blossoms Begin to Bloom 
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 

It was Sakura Sunday in Philadelphia -
a day celebrating the Cherry Blossom.
Only the guest of honor,
the Cherry Blossom,
was late to the party.
(No doubt due to our endless winter this year.)

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Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe

Their cousin blossoms in Washington DC
were in full bloom.
They knew how to time their arrival to their party.

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Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe

None-the-less
there was plenty of sensory stimuli
sans the cherry blossom pollen.

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Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe

And just when this Suburban Girl
 was thinking,
"This city isn't quite so bad..."
My brother, who was also at the festival,
had his car broken into via a window.

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Wall Fan 
Sakura Sunday, Philadelphia PA

It's Philly after all,
the city I love to hate.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Oh, The Irony

Oh, The Irony #1

Twenty some years ago
I had a little girl who was afraid of sirens.
When she heard sirens near or far
she would come running to us saying,
"Scared Woo-woos, Scared Woo-woos."
Today, she is married to a Police Officer.
Oh, The Irony.

Big sister always took her meds 
and wasn't scared of silly woo-woos. 

Oh, The Irony #2

That same little girl refused to go to the doctors.
She would grab hold of the door frames
kicking and screaming
as I entered the office with her.
(This was not so cute.)  
She would refuse to open her mouth
for the doctor.
She refused to take meds.
and would spit them out.
We had to hold her down
until she swallowed them.
Today, she is a nurse.
Oh, The Irony.

Haircut by Big Sister - 
who did not grow up to be a stylist...thankfully. 
Well, Mom's reaction to the haircut probably put that out of her mind...forever.

Oh, The Irony #3

It is impossible to get through
to my doctor's office by telephone.
When you call
you wait on hold endlessly
and are often disconnected.
It is easier to drive there to make an appointment,
which I recently did.
When there, I asked to speak to the office manager
about the situation.
I was told she would call me.
When she called me -
my cell phone kept ringing
and then cut her off, twice.
Oh, The Irony.






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