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July 26, 2020

Crazy Land in Everyday Ramblings

A few blocks away is an urban island that holds the school for the neighborhood built 108 years ago and a few other buildings that house our big university of natural medicine. There are a few o...


July 19, 2020

We're Good in Everyday Ramblings

This is from the Eastside Esplanade last weekend. In spite of what you may be seeing on the news, Portland Oregon is not under siege. Yes we have protestors, and yes the demonstrations against p...


A house with at least 3 apartments built in 1909 that grabs the attention when one walks by. I haven’t been motivated to write much here lately because, (stating the obvious), life in vulnerabl...


If you look carefully here, you can see a secret staircase. Mrs. Sherlock and I walked up into the West Hills on Friday. I wanted to show her the French garden, the Castle House, and the burned...


July 01, 2020

Surreal in Everyday Ramblings

From our walk on the other side of town on Saturday. Today we start the requirement to wear masks or face coverings indoors in all public spaces here statewide. I feel for all those frontline f...


It is hollyhock on the flower clock. This week I was having trouble getting a decent picture in my neighborhood, so I was chuffed yesterday when we went for a walk on the other side of the river...


The last few days I have been down a rabbit hole trying to figure out what kind of tree this is. I thought they (there are four of them close by) might be walnuts, but they are not…so this leads...


A wall of jasmine from yesterday. In spite of an alarming increase in Covid-19 cases in the last 10 days or so we are opening into Phase 1 here in my county tomorrow. The Governor says we have e...


Summer comes in wearing galoshes this year. It will clear tonight and be dry for at least four days. This last Sunday I went for a walk with Charity south to our beautiful Willamette Park on t...


This is not a great picture but what I love is the color of the roses. I took this Thursday walking up in the West Hills with one of my students. She had a very attractive mask and we both kept ...


Fresh wild sweet peas are the symbol of summer here. Even though it is rainy and will be for most of the rest of the month it is so much summer that there is even a hint of fall in the air. Wit...


The local Peace Rose from a few days ago. It seems appropriate. There was a big boom near here last night. I am certain that there are a number of protestors among us here in my neighborhood no...


On Sunday after we both watched the sermon at our church online, Mrs. Sherlock and I went for a walk south into a neighboring area that is up on a bluff that overlooks the river. You can see the...


In spite of the fact that most of the roses lately have been blown out by the unusual warmth there have been a few beautiful ones around to capture. Wow. We have a curfew tonight at 8PM. Shades ...


While it is not a great year for roses, the clematis are gorgeous. I am typing this on the new laptop. Slowly slowly I am transitioning everything over and am trying not to stress out too much ...


Cheerful, non? By the track Sunday. Because of our bizarre weather the poppies and their variants are early and the roses that were not pruned are out and overblown in only a few days of warmth...


Yes, the photos have been iris heavy lately but I just like this photo, the flower and the composition. Did anyone watch Spike Lee’s 3½-minute homage to New York? It is brilliant and it made me...


The irises are almost done but there are a few in select locations around the neighborhood still blooming. I love this color and the light. We are having a much appreciated break in the spring ...


From midday today on my walk a little bit further afield. I know it is Mother’s Day and I hope you all are feeling valued and deeply appreciated by the appropriate parties no matter what config...


It is a gorgeous day out, mild and clear and even with things opening up a bit, quiet. Except the Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles fly over this morning to honor health care workers and f...


It is clematis on the flower clock and has been for about a week. It is also wisteria. There is no wisteria on either of my two local walking routes but the other day I saw one from a distance ...


Unless it is early in the morning and the cats have managed to get me awake at an absurd hour and I am hobbling into the kitchen to feed them it is true that I don’t move like, or particularly ...


This is from yesterday morning in the lilac garden with Mrs. Sherlock. It was exciting, it felt like a breakthrough, to spend time with her for the first time in six weeks. We both wore masks t...


Here is the lilac garden midday today. This picture does not do it justice at all as it was so beautiful and gently fragrant and there was no one around. This being out an about and all you can...


Yesterday it occurred to me while walking all along the street out front that the only cherry tree on the length of it’s six blocks is the one in front of where I live. That first window on th...


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