I love my neighborhood. I know I've said that before. (But, if you have read my blog at all, you realize that I repeat myself often.) There is just so much to love. And now that it is spring, well, it is exploding with vibrant colors and heady sweet smells from the flowers of spring. This little exquisite beauty was on a tree in my front yard. (As a matter of fact, all the flowers in this particular post are from my yard!)
Being my first spring here, it was like Christmas each morning. I would stroll through my yard to see what had come up new, what was blooming, what looked promising. This tree was a mystery to me. I didn't know if it bloomed, or just offered shade and beauty. But, one morning I got up and there was such a sweet smell in the air...I soon saw these blooms covering this little tree!!
|"look back upon the past through a rosy haze of forgetfulness"|
¸.•*´¨`♥ W. Somerset Maugham (Of Human Bondage)
More flowers to come. But next are pictures from a walk that Nikki and I took one evening on the way to our local little pizza place. We were going to meet up with D who was still in class. We decided it was a lovely evening for a walk so off we went.
|"But there is so much to do: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ John Green (Looking for Alaska)
|"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Steve Martin
|Pretty porch...pretty light|
|Adore the coziness of this...|
On this walk we happened to pass this garage type building and lot that has, among other things, this old firetruck. You can imagine my delight when I finally got to photograph it!
|"Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Stephenie Meyer (New Moon)
This is wisteria...in my backyard! Imagine my surprise!!! I have always shouted out wisteria sightings to D as we are driving. Now I have it in my own back yard...
|"Dusk...settled with a purple haze about the cane."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Jean Toomer
|The sheer purple-ness of it was overwhelming...|
|"If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out..."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything is Illuminated: A Novel)
This shot concludes our little walk. This is the old Sacred Heart Hospital which houses, among other things, our pizza place...OZones.
|"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone"|
¸.•*´¨`♥ J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
|And this is O'Zone's|
And since I started with a picture from the little tree in my front yard, I thought it proper that I end with one also...
|"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."|
¸.•*´¨`♥ Rachel Carson