Rocking Horses in the City Redux

You’ve seen the Rocking Horses in the City if you’ve followed me for a few years. I haven’t seen any new rocking horses to add to this repost. I can tell you there’s more discarded furniture than there are rocking horses.

Alley in Arlington Neighborhood

Here’s a Gallery of rocking horses seen around Pittsburgh, from previous blogposts.

East Liberty on Broad Street
Zeke’s Coffee Roaster building is boarded up now
East Liberty Rooftop
Bloomfield Neighborhood
A Window in Garfield Neighborhood

The Rose of Sharon is Now Unfurled *

Rose of Sharon is NOW unfurled* see below

Thanks to a comment by Yvette of Priorhouse blog I looked up Rose of Sharon in Grapes of Wrath click to read of the symbolism of her name and character. It’s been a long time since I read it.

I’d mentioned the Bible reference before from the Song of Solomon

*I’d posted a Rose of Sharon blossom recently and declared it unfurled but it was truly furled and had only become unfurled now . “transitive verb. : to release from a furled state. intransitive verb. : to open out from or as if from a furled state : unfold.”

I was incorrect although I haven’t edited the post. Yet.

My Tomato Harvest this Season

Who knew that deer would come in the night and eat the tomato plants. They missed one. I picked it today. I got one yesterday, too.

But you couldn’t tell it was a cherry tomato by the photo. So I added the nickel today. My friend said she’d come over with her canning equipment.

Todays harvest
Thursday’s Harvest

Our Walks Have to be Longer

My friend and I went walking the other morning. There’s is no way our steps were sufficient to counteract the calories -given she brought over a box of Oliver’s Donuts. Jen likes to support her local businesses. Remember her last pastries, I posted ?

I photographed the donuts in two lights, sunshine and shade. Their Signature donut is the Huckleberry. The middle ones are summer seasonal Lemon Lavender. She took the rest to her daughter’s work.

A rich chocolate ganache (Death by Chocolate) and a vanilla with sprinkles in the back. Fancy! I ate half of a Huckleberry (we split it) and a spoonful of the ganache. Death by Chocolate is not kidding! I was happy with my choices. Coffee was a perfect pairing

“ Our sour cream cake donuts have a dense, moist interior with a crispy outside. We always use Pittsburgh-region grown & milled organic flour. We make our donuts fresh throughout the day.”

In sunshine on the front porch
In the shade, still on the front porch

One Hardy Hibiscus

There’s a new plant, a Hardy Hibiscus, in my front garden and it blossomed. A single bloom. Very exciting to see the vibrant pink unfold.

Then I walked up to the park and saw what’s in the second photo!

Maybe next year.

A single blossom on my new Hardy Hibiscus plant
Too many Hardy Hibiscus blossoms to count

The Happiest of Birthdays

We’re celebrating my daughter Laura’s birthday today. It’s been an entire happy week of excitement as August first was the arrival of grandson Roy Samuel (weighing in at exactly six pounds) I’ve been fortunate to be here with the family this week.

Happy Birthday, Laura. ❤️ love, Ma

Taking a walk with baby Roy and big brother Charlie