Sidewalk Chalk on Tricycle Tires Abstract Art

Last week as I sat sipping a coffee, I watched some creative kids create some abstract art. One kid was driving the tricycle and the other facing backwards, held a thick sidewalk chalk to a rear tricycle tire as they raced in circles.

Here’s the resulting artwork!

hopefully you’ll get a better sense of their method with the photo’s cropped version 

June Gallery of Roses in Berlin

The first photo a rose bouquet I purchased from the Winterfeldplatz Market. The other roses seen while walking.

Rose season in full bloom.

At all stages of blossoming,  they are lovely to see.  When I went to find rose quotations to accompany the photos  there were over three hundred to choose from including the mention of thorns, of course.

 Decided on a single most well known quotation spoken by Juliet but I’m sure more thoughts on roses will come to your own mind.

(And on a side note Kiez Eis https://kiezeis.de/ on Winterfeld Strasse is featuring Rosewasser Ice Cream in addition to the rhubarb and asparagus flavors I’ve mentioned recently.)

“WHAT’S IN A NAME? THAT WHICH WE CALL A ROSE,  BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET.” 

    Juliet  William Shakespeare 

The Persistence of Maple Seeds

You know the seeds I’m referring to- the ones like helicopters that twirl in the wind or if you peel the end you can stick it on the end of your nose.That is if the seed isn’t too dry already. There’s a bit of “sticky” to adhere to your skin. My grandson likes to pick them up off the sidewalk and hold them high, let them go and like a rotor they go round and round to the ground. The maple seeds are all over the city this time of year.

Last week on our walk around the neighborhood, we saw a lot of the seeds and quite a few tiny maple trees.  I told Charlie that wherever a seed lands in some dirt, it has a chance to grow into a tree.  I find these “volunteer” trees in my pachysandra ground cover and in other unexpected spots.  You have to pull them up and out before they get too deep.  And of course volunteer trees pop up from acorns and other seeds.  Right now I have a grove of young ailanthus trees in my back garden..And if you want to purposefully plant a maple tree from seed, click here for instructions.

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Seed split open out of casing
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Trees in a rock garden

 

 

 

I don’t think I’m superstitious but…

I don’t think I’m superstitious but…. guess what?  When I saw the horseshoe embedded into this cement sidewalk in Wilkinsburg, I felt lucky.  Like it was a good sign.

So if I am not superstitious, why would I get a sense of this symbol as being fortunate?  Why are horseshoes considered symbols of good luck   Here is one article I found on the subject   

I heard if you hang a horseshoe you were to have it look like a U so the luck didn’t run out!

Do you walk under ladders? Do you open an umbrella in the house?  Do you throw a pinch of spilled salt over your shoulder? Do you kiss bread before disposing of it if necessary?  If a black cat walked in front of your path, would you worry? Do you knock on wood?

Just thinking about whether or not these things come to mind and do I react differently of just chalk it up to imaginary?

A Rabbit Babywearing

Michelle Weber challenges bloggers to show a photo of something unexpected this week- the word is unlikely

Wasn’t expecting a rabbit carrying a “baby” –

but it was Easter time.

Window display showing baby carriers for sale in Berlin.

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Dandelions are good for the Bees

Dandelions are good for the bees. My friend heard it in the radio- leave the dandelions in your lawn! Saw these two lawns next door to one another at a duplex in Bloomfield. The Weekly Photo Challenge created by Krista Stevens is prolific.

Prolific creeping phlox.   Here’s an article about Dandelions and the Bees http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/dandelions-lawn-bees-1.3526394

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