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Washington Was Here!(me, too)

Zelienople Pennsylvania.

“George Washington passed through here on November 30, 1753”

Last Saturday I was on my way to Harmony.

Turns out my route was on Washington’s Trail. You can click the link and get the driving route for Western Pennsylvania.  I ended up on the trail by chance.

I just love the phone numbers on this sign.

IMG_2529and here is the Strand Theater in downtown Zelienople which I photographed on the way to Harmony last Saturday.  Saved from the wrecking ball by the Strand Theater Initiative.

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Built in 1914


In Harmony, Pennsylvania

IMG_3363Harmony – the weekly photo challenge.

I thought a report from Harmony, PA would make an interesting and different post.

Always seeking fresh blog content.

I was already out in my car and drove along the Ohio River without the the GPS.  When I put Harmony PA into Maps App I was taken first to the street signs at the bottom of this post.  Harmony, Pennsylvania is about 30+ miles north of the city, Pittsburgh.

Unfortunately the Harmony Museum was closed for the day by the time I got to town so will find a willing friend and return. (Preferably on a Spring day with some blue sky.)

I read they have a German Christmas Market, too. Views of Main Street and

We will have lunch at the Stohr Haus Bakery .

Have to plan to arrive at the right time, next time.

Open       Wed-Fri  7-2          Saturday 8-2

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Below -the Historical Marker for the Harmonist Cemetery.

“Graves were not marked”

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Have you ever seen a cemetery without a single marker?

Link to information about the Harmony Society

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Steve and  I went to Harmony in March 2010 (blogpost at night)  for a poetry reading at the Bottlebrush Gallery   

Today I shopped in the gallery- bought tea towels and a baby quilt.

Because I took a circuitous route, avoiding the interstate and driving the secondary roads, my phone GPS took me to 3 Harmony signs near the town of Baden, PA.  Unintentional but interesting to find three Harmony signs.

Received a great response from Harmony Museum Thanks Ruth!! A great time to visit us next would be June 11th. It is our Herb & Garden Fair (at our Harmonist Barn), Fiber Festival in town, and Springfest in town. Lots going on! Free shuttle between the barn and town. Food, entertainment, artists, demonstrations, so much to photograph that day! Starts at 9 am and runs until 3 pm, though the shops are open later than that!

 

 


A Slip of the Foot vs. Tongue-Poor Richard

 Seen on Pine Street, Philadelphia   
 

Poor Richard’s Almanac – Benjamin Franklin

Link to Poor Richard Almanack info


Dinner at The Olde Bar on Walnut Street

Our hotel, a short block away- The Olde Bar has been here a year- where the Philadelphia institution Bookbinders was for more than a century.

“Set in the Old Original Bookbinders, Jose Garces’ saloon offers seafood, a raw bar & retro drinks.”

I had the New England clam chowder, which was very good. And the Fish and Chips.  The chips cooked in beef fat. I asked why they were so tasty!

The shiny dark wooden bar was built in the late 1800’s and shipped in the forties from a Nevada ghost town, according to the bartender. Little candles flickering add ambiance.

Original floors, original leaded windows.

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You can see the raw bar with the oysters resting on crushed ice below


Architecture- Old and New(er) 1964

Philadelphia architecture. A mixture of old and new.   I.M. Pei – the architect of the Society Hill Towers. There are three towers of condos on five acres. 

  
Spruce Street at 2nd Street. 


State of Mind – Weekly Photo Challenge

Ben Huberman of WordPress challenged bloggers to post an image that illustrated their State of mind

We arrived in Philadelphia this afternoon.


Delancey Street cobblestones at dusk. 

Walking where my parents walked when they lived in the city of brotherly love.  1971-1983

  Below the Theater of the Living Arts on South Street.  The scene where my dad pushed his grandson Mark in a stroller and a Philadelphia magazine photographer captured them-

Thirty nine years ago.  
PA turnpike memorabilia display while at the Service Area. 

This could come in handy during election year. 
 Seeing light on the other side of cascading water in our hotel lobby.  Cloudy, blurred, fluid, relaxing to watch. 


Certified Chimney Sweeps Chris and Jim

You remember the squirrel (s) in the box gutters post last week?

I needed to have my chimney inspected and cleaned, too.  I thought there might be a family of squirrels enjoying the shelter of the chimney bricks, even though there was a screen on top of it at one point. Living across the park with a ton of trees makes this neighborhood squirrelandia.

A few years ago we had a squirrel in the fireplace. Somehow Steve trapped it in a cage.  Steve took it down the street in a carrier as he sported a winter parka in July and a couple of oven mitts. Not that the oven mitts would have spared him.

These men, Jim and Chris, certified Chimney Sweeps came today and did a terrific job. I found them through google and read all  positive reviews- Advance Chimney- about “professional job….clean up after themselves…courteous… efficient and certified!”

All true!

Not only can my wood burning fireplace  be used again (safely) BUT there were no squirrels making a home in the chimney. No roast squirrels!

There’s some pointing needed in the bottom of the fireplace. Mortar is old and crumbling but nothing major. They’ll come back and do that work when I get on the schedule. They said it would take about an hour. Cure in 24.

As they were leaving, I asked if they’d consent to be part of my people at work series.

They were gracious to allow me to get my camera and photograph them as they were ready to head out to the next job. Good sports.  Thank you.

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Jim and Chris Chimney SweepsJim and Chris enjoy their work.

p.s.  I shook hands with them both.  Must have been those 1964 lyrics I remember.


Squirrels Can’t Make a Home in Mine

Sometimes you need to call an expert in their field.

A DIY project, when it comes to wildlife encroaching on your territory, doesn’t work

Living across the street from the park and having beautiful deciduous trees makes it a terrific place for squirrels to live. Great. So long as they stay in the trees!

I am really glad it isn’t bats.

 

The box gutter had a large hole around the downspout, chewed by a critter(s). When I got home from my midwinter break I heard the scurrying of little paws outside my bedroom window but inside the wooden box gutter. It’s an old house.

Yesterday, I had to call Pete Cappa of Cappa Wildlife Control Services. Within 24 hours he arrived to assess the situation.When we were settling up, he told me about being bitten right down to the bone of his thumb by a squirrel and how much it hurt.

I asked him if I could photograph him for my People at Work series and he graciously agreed. Thanks Pete. And you might notice on his website he does not deal with cats or dogs.

“Specializing in the humane removal of nuisance wildlife!”

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He got out this critter in the trap from the back of his truck for the photo. From someone else’s home.

I didn’t want my home to become Grey Gardens.


My Favorite Christmas House

Yes, the longest day of the year is coming soon. Craving the light.

This is the third year I’ve photographed this house.

I love how they go all out.

One year I sent it as my Christmas Card cause it looked like a Gingerbread Candy House all lit up.

This year I took the photo with my iPhone, just two shots.

I think they’ve changed to LED lights.  It must take a tremendous amount of time to install all these lights.

Will I remember to drive by in July and see if they leave them up all year round, such a lot of time to decorate? Probably not.

At the end of the post, if you scroll down, you can see the string of lights Steve added to the front of our house. When I drove home from Ohio Wednesday night, I saw the colorful   beacon along the driveway and it touched me that he put  up a string of lights and plugged them in. Reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s sweet little tree.  He must have found them in the garage.

You can see why I am so attracted to the over the top display highlighting the architectural details of the Morningside home.  So cheerful in the dark night.

 

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The 201o version above.

 

IMG_4266Lone string of lights on bare branch tree to stave off the darkness at my house.  Less is more?


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