Thursday, August 25, 2016

Privacy Fence

I wonder what is behind this fence?  Perhaps it is irrational on my part, but these privacy fences vex me!  I prefer a community that encourages more interaction with neighbours. We have a fence to contain our dogs, yet it doesn't interfere with visibility.
Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Morning Walk

WWWW during the summer she and I see many beautiful flowers and shrubs.  As they disappear with the approaching end of the blooming season and the advent of fall weather, we are noticing different things.  Love this sign!
Linking to Signs, Signs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Clothing on display at the American Swedish Institute


Monday, August 22, 2016

Fresh Veggies

Yesterday I went to a new small outdoor Minneapolis Farmers Market and loved what I saw!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tall Ships, 2016

On Friday DH and I drove to Duluth to see the Tall Ships festival, August 18-21.  Crowds were enormous and traffic was heavy.  For us, the festival has become too popular: too many people and long lines. It took about 1-2 hours in line to board one of the ships.(We passed)  I was hugely disappointed that I did not see the ships with their sails unfurled on the lake as I had in the past.  While we were there the ships were docked, and although it was an interesting experience, it was not as I had anticipated. To see their beauty, go here to an earlier post this week.  Not all was lost because we drove to the main area, snagged a parking spot in front of the Green Mill restaurant, had a cool beer and a great Cobb salad for me, enormous BLT for Jim and plenty of attention for Wild Wendy on the patio.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rubber Ducky

A Rubber Duck joins the Tall Ships in Duluth for the four-day festival. The yellow bird towered over the long lines of people enjoying the art fair and the tall ships.  The bird is 61 feet tall and weighs 11 tons. I remain baffled why this duck was part of the overall festival. Tomorrow I will show you some photos of the Tall Ships.

Friday, August 19, 2016

An Apple Tree!

            How about dem apples?! 
I was very surprised to see an apple tree on a sidewalk in a retail area on Grand Avenue in front of Cooks culinary shop in St. Paul.  It looks like a shrub rather than a tree, but there it is, producing lovely looking apples!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Photo from an Alley

Even from an alley the camera can find an interesting image!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


We are fortunate in Highland Park in St. Paul to be surrounded by many small liberal arts colleges and universities: Macalester, St Kate's, St. Thomas, Hamline plus William Mitchell Law School. All of these are within walking or biking distance from my home.  As an alum of St. Thomas I often use their library to find books unavailable in our Twin Cities libraries.  Some of these colleges also offer courses for seniors so I am frequently on their campuses. While strolling around St. Thomas last Friday I noticed these posted banners.  Great ideas, don't you think?

Monday, August 15, 2016


 Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food, and People, by Magnus Nilsson

This very fine exhibit at the American Swedish Institute closed last Sunday after a very successful  run from June 2 - August 14.  Taking photos there is difficult because of the poor lighting in spots and glaring lights in others, but after slanting the direction, I was able to eliminate a few of the issues that spoil the shots I took. There still were many more enormously sized photos I wanted to photograph but was unable to do so.  Much to my surprise I learned that 32-year-old Nilsson is also a well-known and highly regarded chef in Sweden as well as a photographer.  Several of his cookbooks were in the gift shop (and on Amazon, too), but I was intrigued by the one pictured below.  It's a tome of over 700 pages. Nillson is an interesting guy; learn more about him here.

Linking to ABC WEDNESDAY "F"-Food and Photos