I may have mentioned here something I've been calling Operation Reclaim the Garden. To provide brief background: we have a garden area on the side of our house, where at some point in time another row house existed. It's truly lovely, walled-in and very private, and was one of the huge selling points for us for the house. For various reasons - construction and/or street repairs on our block, surgery and recovery, etc. - over the past few years, it has only gotten the most minimal care, and had the look of returning to the wild (well, as wild as an inner city plot can get). This year I have been determined to fix it up and return it to the lovely outside area where we could sit and enjoy being outside when the weather permitted.
The past couple of weekends, I've done quite a bit to clean it up, and though it is a small space, a lot needed to be done. I finally have it to the point where it just needs some fine tuning and last touches to be "habitable" again, and last weekend I was able to make real progress. I had some plants and flowers and was able to put them into pots so that the garden would actually look more like a garden! I also fixed up some pots to put at one of the fronts of our house. ***
A geranium and an impatiens at the side of the door
A gerbera daisy and a sweet potato vine next to the carport door
The garden, 90% cleaned up and ready with some flowers and the bird feeder. The flower in the foreground is a mandevilla, and in the other pot are some pretty lavender flowers whose name currently escapes me, and another sweet potato vine.
So that was a pleasing endeavor, I have to tell you. :-)
Then on Saturday night, we went to the Mann Music Center here in Philadelphia for an outdoor concert. We'd bought the tickets months ago, and had been waiting for it to actually happen.
It was one of the best concerts ever. He and his band came out about 8:15 p.m., and played/sang without stopping until 10:45. There were songs from his new album, as well as some of the oldies everyone loves. The audience consisted of people of all ages, which was nice to see. The weather cooperated, and was perfect - you know, the kind of night you hope for when you know you'll be outside.
I think one of my favorite parts was when they got to "You Can Call Me Al," and the audience was up dancing and singing the chorus. It was so much fun when every person was enjoying the same thing and singing along!
It's gonna be hard to top last weekend, I've gotta say ... :-)
***our house is two row houses joined back to back. So we have two "main" entrances. The entrance where the plants are is the one we use most often, since it's where the entry to the carport is as well. We technically live at three addresses: our mailing address on one street, and then our house and carport/garden/lot on the other street, where some of the utilities are registered.