Spring

This time of year smells wonderful. The fragrance of blossoming trees hits my face as I walk outside to check my small city garden. We get a few days of sunshine that allow the hostas to unfurl and the magnolias to show off. In another month the peonies, my favorite flower, will be blooming. I always pray that the rains will hold off long enough for the peonies to bask in the light.

crab apple tree

crab apple tree

magnolia buds against a blue sky

magnolia buds against a blue sky

my 'Elizabeth' magnolia with its pale yellow flowers

my ‘Elizabeth’ magnolia with its pale yellow flowers

'Great Expectations': what a great name for a hosta

‘Great Expectations’: what a great name for a hosta

I love the sound of trickling water in the garden. I have 3 fountains.

I love the sound of trickling water in the garden. I have 3 fountains.

It’s also time to start something new and not just new plants. When I was a teen I started collecting paper, wax stamps and pens. I loved to write to friends and to receive letters in return. But with the invention of computers, texting, email and twitter hardly anyone writes their words on paper. After my Mom died I searched my desk drawers for any card or letter she had written because looking at her perfect penmanship brought memories of her back to life. The other day my husband and I were in downtown Portland visiting my favorite paper shop, Oblation, where they still operate letter press machines. I can’t help but walk up and down the rows of paper,  wax stamps, and greeting cards, but  best of all, stopping at the glass case and staring at the gorgeous fountain pens. To my surprise, my husband bought me a pen….no reason…just because he knew I loved it. And yes, he brings me flowers for no reason too, after 36 years of marriage.

my new tortoise fountain pen

my new tortoise fountain pen

paper, pen and old typewriter keys

paper, pen and old typewriter keys

sealing the envelope with wax

sealing the envelope with wax

So I have vowed to go back to the old way and write more words on paper. It kind of goes hand in hand with me using my old film cameras more often than I use my digital cameras. I like how they make me slow down, enjoy the experience just as much, if not more, than the result.

my old Underwood typewriter

my old Underwood typewriter

'hello': it stands at the ready

‘hello’: it stands at the ready

I am going to urge you to write, on paper, one letter to a friend. I think you will find that they will cherish receiving something in the mail that you spent the time making just for them. My first letter is going to my friend, Barbara, in San Mateo because, like me, she loves paper and also began collecting the wax stamps and stationary in her teens.

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More from the University of Washington, part II

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(all these photos were taken with the Noblex 150 and Kodak Ektar 100)

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at 52 Rolls.net

I have been so busy trying to get my rolls of film posted over at http://www.52rolls.net that this blog has been a bit ignored. I just want to share a few photos from last weekend when Ron and I drove up to Seattle to enjoy the blooming Sakura cherry trees on the University of Washington campus. No warnings prepared us for the thousands of people who also took advantage of the sunny warm day under the trees.

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The University campus is beautiful as it sits above Lake Washington. You can’t help but love the trees blooming against the back drop of old architecture. We spent the day walking around the campus and next year plan to go back, but stay over so we can see the trees during sunrise and sunset hours….and maybe fewer people.

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4 seconds

4 seconds

(I used both my Hasselblad and pinhole cameras)

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Part 2 of Inner Portland with Holga

Here are more photos from my walk in SE Portland:

I saw fun old cars and trailers,

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flower power bus

and garages that I doubt hold any cars.

Asian style garage nice garage doors single garage with art

garden shedI walked up to Powell’s Books on SE Hawthorne and found many interesting places along the way.

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don’t know what the banding is

shops on Hawthorne

double exposure on SE Hawthorne

double exposure on SE Hawthorne

mid century shop

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I liked these photos for their crossing lines:

pruned? lines

Now I am trying to decide which neighborhood to explore next.

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Inner SE Portland with my Holga, part 1

I finally got out of the house with the sun shining and the fragrance of Spring blossoms filling the air. I decided to go walk another neighborhood in Portland, this time choosing a small area bordered on the north by SE Hawthorne, on the south by SE Stephens, and between SE 27th and 39th. I started out looking for the home of the author of a wonderful blog called ‘Posie Gets Cozy’. I love the photos she shares of her young daughter, her home’s interiors and her lovely crafts. I found her home on SE Market and so started my walk from there.

house of one of my favorite bloggers

home of one of my favorite bloggers

tree in her parking strip

tree in her parking strip

I discovered a wonderful neighborhood full of early 20th-century homes. Most were well kept and I did not see a single ‘for sale’ sign.

English cottage

Spring green

flat roofed cutie

What I did see were the first signs of Spring,

garden time

grass edging

Spring blossoms

a fun community garden to grow organic edibles,

community garden

a park for kids and dogs,

play park

two churches,

LDS church

Presbyterian church

and all near to the hustle and bustle of SE Hawthorne and a wonderful restaurant, The Hazel Room, where I had brioche french toast topped with fresh fruit. Being so close to my favorite fabric and quilt shop, Cool Cottons, I had to stop in for a chat and walked out with more fabric.

wonderful atmosphere for coffee, breakfast and lunch

wonderful atmosphere for coffee, breakfast and lunch

my favorite fabric/quilt shop

my favorite fabric/quilt shop

I love discovering these hidden gems and this neighborhood had a wonderful family feel to it. I could easily live here. As a bonus, you’ll find these wonderful little lending libraries that dot the streets and some interesting art.

borrow a book and leave a book

borrow a book and leave a book

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(all photos taken with my Holga and Sprocket Rocket plastic cameras and Fuji 400 film)

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Breaking out

I’ve been house bound way too long. After several weeks of physical therapy I am ready to get out. The sun is shining and signs of Spring are pushing through the ground and busting out on tree limbs, but today is one more day inside. Tomorrow I am breaking out.

the rains came and went

the rains came and went. Water basketball?

buds

buds

'Elizabeth' magnolia buds

‘Elizabeth’ magnolia buds

daphne

daphne

hydrangea

hydrangea

moss on patio

moss on patio

Spring flowers

Spring flowers

Being chained to the house has resulted with me finishing 4 quilt tops, painting a bathroom and organizing closets. So the time hasn’t been spent lying around on the sofa, which my husband wishes I would do more often. I don’t know why, but at the beginning of each week I email my list of ‘to do’s and hope ‘to do’s’ to him at work. I usually end up adding to it as the week moves on. He says reading it makes him tired. I do it more for myself than him because I don’t want  to think I am wasting time by sitting around eating bon bons and watching TV.

To Do

To Do

French General scrap pile

French General scrap pile

'Noteworthy' basket weave quilt

‘Noteworthy’ basket weave quilt

blue, cream and pink quilt

blue, cream and pink quilt blocks

'Little Black Dress'

‘Little Black Dress’

squaring up

squaring up

But tomorrow I am going to go for a neighborhood walk. As many of you know I have been walking around Portland neighborhoods over the past few years taking photos of houses, gardens and the charms of each unique place. Not telling you where I am going tomorrow, but it is close to another neighborhood I have photographed, but just a little north and a whole lot different. I will make it  my Roll 10 of 52rolls.net so I need to decide which camera to use. I am trying to use a different camera for each week and roll. I should probably take along my digital camera too for instant gratification and my pinhole for another coffee shop exposure.

Scenes in my house:

oatmeal, blueberries, walnuts and milk in a jug bought at Rochester Cathedral in England

oatmeal, blueberries, walnuts and milk in a jug bought at Rochester Cathedral in England

cookbooks, a lamp and a San Francisco Victorian

cookbooks, a lamp and a San Francisco Victorian

Zeb's Edinburgh steps, flowers and a lamp

Zeb’s Edinburgh steps, flowers, a lamp and an old camera

Hopefully my feet will hold up and the outing won’t set me back. Spring is here and I just have to get out.

One last photo: missing these English girls…….

Shannon, me and Sophie

Shannon, me and Sophie

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side lined

sad feet

Hopefully I will be posting new photos soon. I have been side-lined with an annoying case of plantar fasciitis and spending time going to physical therapy and trying to stay off my feet. It’s so annoying, but also so painful that I am trying to follow the doctor’s orders and keep my walking-about to a minimum.shoesI’ve also been told that if I walk 8 miles one day, which I often do, that I am supposed to take the next day off. WHAT???? I can’t do that. This is wrecking my resolution to walk at least 5.2 miles/day. And don’t tell me this is all about getting older. I won’t accept that. I believe it is from years and years of ballet, jogging and walking miles and miles on pavement. I am going to have to do a brain readjustment.

shoes made for walking

See you back here soon.

 

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