A week in review

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Here it is, thursday already and I have not done one blog post. The week seems to have flown by. I will do a quick recap with some pictures. Monday was a beautiful day. I had picked up some plants that needed potted, but before that my tulips needed some pictures. I have have never had any orange tulips and I am very enamored by them.

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A nice big white one with a pretty yellow center.

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I love them because I haven’t had tulips for a while. When you have a new house it takes such a while to establish flowers. I hope these grow nicely and multipy.

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On the weekend I went to an antique mall in Decatur, IN in search for a rustic bench. I came across this guy and it was perfect. The right length and very rustic. In the three pots are red geraniums, they were not planted yet, just sitting in the pots. They will be so, so pretty when they start blooming. I will show you the big picture further on.

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Here it shows that it is old and rustic with square nail heads.

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Other plants that needed pots, herbs. I had moved this stand to the other side of the porch and planted two cantnip plants, sweet mint, peppermint, lemon thyme, and garlic chives. It should get the right amount of sunlight in this spot.

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A welcome hello, come sit a spell.

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I am so happy with this creeping phlox, it was a piece that my neighbor Kathy gave me last fall. It’s blooming well and will add a great spot of color to the landscaping. These spread so nicely.

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Tuesday I practiced setting up the frame of my art fair tent. I have it well marked, and I feel confident it will go smooth at the next fair which is on May 15th. I just took it slow, and wrote my directions down and when I took it down it was bungee corded together in sections. Also it is 7 feet tall, the legs haven’t been extended in this picture.¬†

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It has a front and back awning to extend the space and also help with the sun in the summer. Also this week I found I was put on the waitlist of two summer art fairs in my area. Covington and Three Rivers Art in the Park. Since I am new at this I will have to see how this plays out. I will hear by May 31st for Coventry and probably June for 3 Rivers. On another note I heard from the Roanoke Art Show and since I participated last year I don’t have to pay a jury fee or send in pictures which is fantastic, I am just automatically in….this show is in October.

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Meet Mr.House Finch.

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And Mrs. House Finch…..Sounds like Person of Interest….Which the new season starts in May! It’s been a long time!

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If you haven’t heard finches, they are jabbering all the time. They have a very distinctive sound. Click here to listen and read about them. They have made a complete small nest in my door wreath. It really is a perfect spot for it because we don’t use this door often and it is in a sheltered spot from the rain and wind. Here she is coming back to the nest. She always flys out when we open the door to look at her. You can barely see the nest on the right side.

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She was getting closer but then heard my camera click.

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Johnny Jump-ups, I threw these seeds down in the landscaping two years ago so that they would randomly multiply. It’s going to be pretty this year. They are all over, I love these flowers. It’s going to be a fun weekend. I am doing an annual girls weekend and we are going to Akron Ohio to a stamping convention. Click here for the information. I just love these gals, it’s been a while. That’s all I’ve got. I hope you have a fun weekend too.

 

Love this Little City

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While I was walking the two blocks of Downtown I took some other pictures also. I like that one could walk several feet and come across these Huge planted pots. They were really lovely and I will be showing several throughout this post.

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The iron ornate bench and the plants looked like quite an inviting place to sit.

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This vintage light pole had much going on, flags, banners, lights.

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The flag you see in here is not on top of that building, it is on top of the courthouse which is later in this post. I liked the way it was standing up there so tall and proud.

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There was much to look at in the courthouse square. Not only sculptures but memorial items also. This is for all the conflicts and the men and women who served in them. WW I, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and then it was added later….all other conflicts. It looked like an eternal flame in the middle. I couldn’t discern if it was lit or it is just noticeable at dark.

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Another huge pot full of zinnias this time. One of my favorite flowers.

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This is a memorial of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam era from Adams County Indiana. It is the other half of the Conflicts Memorial.

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A plaque in front of a huge pine tree that was planted in 1936, 79 years ago. It was in honor of the 1936 centennial court of honor. It goes on to name Miss Decatur, Miss Adams County, Miss Indiana and then the ladies on the court.

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It has grown a lot in those 79 years. It has also seen much progress past it’s branches.

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I was really delighted when I found this plaque on a huge rock. It is in memory of Gene Stratton Porter, Author of nature storybooks. She came to Decatur as a bride and lived in Geneva, IN in Adams county where she wrote her first 10 books. Here home and grounds can be toured in Geneva at Limberlost Swamp and also the Cabin at Wildflower Woods in Rome City, IN. It is very well maintained and they are two of my favorite places to go.

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I enjoyed this brick path that was made to walk by the memorial rock. Isn’t the rock just huge?

Indiana Woodlands with watermark

I painted a botanical poster of many specimens that I took pictures of from the Wildflower Woods  grounds. It can be purchased as a print from my Etsy shop.

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The colors on these plants just stood out and I had to include them.

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I liked the ice cream cone on top of the sandwich board for the ice cream shop. I love the ingenious way they added sprinkles with colored electrical tape.

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Here is the very tall courthouse. The earlier picture of the flag is what is missing here. It’s a very nice building and I saw many people going in and out, it’s a busy place. Hope you enjoyed this small tour of the downtown. There really is more to see, good restaurants, shops, antique mall to name a few. Thanks for stopping.

 

Sculptures

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I visited Decatur, IN today to get some pictures of the Sculpture Tour. There are sculptures all over the town but I just chose the 2 blocks of the downtown area and there were many to look at. First the title then the sculpture.

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This one didn’t wow me at first.

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I then went to the opposite side and saw that it had a solar panel. It must light up at dark, which i then thought was pretty neat.

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DSC_0827 I totally could see the upset birds. Sculptures are neat because it takes alot of work and physics to get everything to balance out and stay put. I thought this was very interesting.

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Closup of the Avians

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This was my favorite. It took a lot to make this look like a porcupine out of rebar.

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The side closest to the road.

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His face, very clever!

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Another favorite

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Little problem with my pictures. This goes with the soldier above.

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Where the brochures are kept telling where the sculptures are located.

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Another favorite

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Looking very close it is mainly made of knives, forks and spoons.

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The eagle

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Not sure why it is called “Seats Taken” but it is nice.

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So sorry that my pictures are not working together. Some days are like that. Hope your day is better.

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