a neighborhood stroll

My neighbor was feeling a little under the weather so she asked me to take her pup for a stroll.
It's been months since I've been able to walk Callie girl to the park so I didn't hesitate in saying yes.

I've missed the neighborhood. Watching plants slowly come to life or start to dry or decompose. 

I love the cycle of the seasons and they have slipped past me.

I could take the walk alone, but it isn't the same. Without my girl, it is just too lonely. 

But Boo was more than happy to sniff while I shot a few winter photos.

Not that the weather is all that winter-like. 

But the leaves finally fell. And the park is bare.

And the winter weeds are lingering, waiting for true signs of spring. 

and by spring, Callie girl will be up to walks again. a
nd this mama will be a happy one.
happy monday!
xo, kim

another east side stroll

Callie and I took a few different turns on our east side stroll last week. 
I discovered that there is a fabulous red door in the neighborhood we frequent. 

I love seeing plants and trees have their buds turn to berries in the autumn. Always a pleasant surprise.

I convinced Callie girl to be a mountain goat and climb up on this wall to post for a photo. She was too busy caring about the happenings about town to pose. 

I was surprised to find some foxglove in bloom. 

They are certainly my favorite biennial. 

They are wonderfully complicated and heavily decorated with spots. Back in my undergraduate days I made a necklace of these beauties. It was full of forming fun and yet ever such a delicate piece. One of these days I will get around to scanning the slides I have of my thesis work to share them with you. 

And there are still zinnias in bloom. A new favorite for certain.

It must have something to do with the color combinations being pure perfection. 

And this lovely black eyed susan caught my eye. 

It was slightly different than the common variety, the petals seemed to have more form to them. They looked more like wisps of sunshine. 

happy tuesday!
xo, kim  

an east side stroll

when I am in the mood for some illy coffee, callie and I take a stroll on the east side. 
I won't lie, I often indulge in a chocolate croissant because they are devilishly delicious.

there are so many pretty roadside flowers on this side of town. 

and it's easy to spy the bridge that is always up.

the houses look so inviting too. I love this subdued palette, it seems like a palace of calm. 

the front gardens are quite pretty. simple but eye-catching.

with just the perfect amount of color.

it seems the brightness is saved for the sidewalks.

did you know in providence that if enough folks in the neighborhood call to request a tree one if planted for free. at least that is the rumor. 

then you have a spot to plant the prettiest of zinnias.

this is the most colorful patch I've come across on foot.

unfortunately, the ones I planted in our yard were taken away by Irene.

sedum is out to bloom too, this plant always reminds me of brisk autumn mornings. 

I can't tell you why but dandelions are a favorite of mine, most weeds are. they are simple, and grow on their own, no cares in the world. they just add color to our day.

happy wednesday!
xo, kim

ps: enjoy the last few days of summer!

welcome winter!

When I looked over my photos of the past week I realized that I have taken lots of time to enjoy the outdoors with Callie. It is nice to slow down a little but I still have so much I need to be making.

One of my favorite adventures is to go by the river. 

But, you knew that already, didn't you?

It seems like the sky is always brighter there.

My hipstamatics always come out looking like jewels.

Callie seems to like it too. But she is so easy to please.

I brought a ball with the long armed thrower. It seems I am not very good playing ball this way. 

After just one toss the ball rolled down to the river. Game over.

But there was snow so Miss Callie was happy. 

While she sniffed, I took pictures.

I love this river along my city.

It's breathtaking.

Callie was trying to go for a swim. 

But this doggy mama doesn't want to brave the cold water to fetch her pup out. 

Onto the next adventure...

I may not be the biggest fan of the snow but seeing Callie pounce around with glee has made me grow fond of it. And, a blanket of white makes winter days a little brighter.

I decided to bring Callie to a cemetery in Pawtucket where there were large areas without water so I could test my ball throwing skills again.

We wandered about looking for a bit of a clearing.

It was a bright, cheerful day.

Callie did play ball a little but she was happier to be in the snow.

I swear she hates having her photo taken. She seems to make faces at me to tell me to stop.

I let her eat snow in peace so I could take pictures.

Anyone know why there is a star in the center of this celtic cross?

The roads were prettily outlined in snow.

Isn't she just the cutest pup?

There are some great gates at the entrance. I always love to see nice ironwork. 

There are still a few more adventures to go...

When I am out and about I keep on the lookout for some new parks to play in.

Roger William's Park on South Main street is a nice little place for these two ladies to go.

 I love seeing these dry hydrangeas. They remind me of summer.

Thanks to a nice fellow on twitter I discovered that this plant is a japonica rubella. 

It is a hearty little bugger that loves the cold. For this, I am grateful. It is nice to see something alive this time of year. 

This park is quite nice. There are great views of the city around this little patch of green.

I wish this photo had more controlled movement of light. That's ok though, it is always a pretty sight.

And we are onto our second adventure in Roger William's Park.

This time with a little more snow.

There are nice little paths to take you through the park. It makes for a nice little stroll.

I love the long walkway leading to this building. Once upon a time it must have been filled with parked horses.

This is quite a quiet little spot. Not too many people coming and going. Callie and I like it this way.

And this spiky bur was my treasure. I have been trying to identify it in my winter weed finder but I think it came from a tree so it isn't in with the collection of plants. Feel free to comment with the name of this little fellow.

happy snow!
xo, kim

welcome spring!

Today Callie and I welcomed spring. We took a walk around Providence to some lovely stores on Hope Street with the mission of finding birthday presents for our beloved and greatly missed Miss Freja. Our Swedish gal turned three today and we are just a bit behind in shopping. Don't worry, we found some great surprises to make up for this. 

On our way to buying the usual, yet unusual, handmade presents I kept my vow to photograph everything in bloom. 
I love seeing our city streets lined with these pretty {yet poorly fragranced} blooming trees. Don't the tons of teeny flowers look beautiful against the vibrant sky?

This bloom is from a sapling that was just planted along a row of other trees lining the street. 

I am unable to resist tulips. This photograph reminds me of all of the tulip bulbs I hauled back from Amsterdam. Out of over a hundred bulbs of mixed colors about ninety percent of them were red. At first I was a little angry to think that I had bought extra luggage to bring home red tulips but after a few springs it seemed like a funny joke that I had between me and Amsterdam.

This little patch of flowers is in front of a cute little house which leaves dog biscuits and water out on their front stoop for the doggies passing by. While I enjoy the flowers Callie enjoys the treats. It is a perfect combination.

I am so happy to have stumbled along dogwood which had just burst. I am in love with these trees, so much so that I have a dogwood boutonniere all sketched out waiting to be made from silver.

These frilly pink blooms remind me of a tree I use to climb near my grandmother's house. When the tree bloomed my cousin and I would shake the petals off the branches and onto out uncle's car parked below. After we vandalized his car with petals we would climb the tree, she more gracefully than I. 

Callie and I loved our spring day. The walk was refreshing, the stores full of beautiful items and the boulangerie had delicious coffee. Now it is late and time for bed. Callie is snoring and I want to cuddle.


Breakfast in Bristol, RI

I happily woke up to some sun this past Saturday so Callie and I set out for breakfast in Bristol. 

After breakfast we walked through a smidgen of town to get to the bike path. And I had to capture some inspirational iron work.

On the sunny path the views were beautiful, even the birds thought so.

On the way back from the path I found more inspiration in color, composition and lovely iron work.

After being in the foreign sun for so long I plopped in the shade on a lovely park bench. From there I looked through my camera lens and took in nature while I snuggled with Callie took a much deserved rest and drank lots of water.
After this Saturday, I can't wait to see more sunshine so I can go outdoors and enjoy it with my girl.