28 May 2021

A Walk With Hamlet

When you read this, The Tim, Hamlet, and I will already be on our way to WV for the Memorial Day weekend.  But I wanted to share this walk around a small part of our neighborhood with you, and this seemed like a good time to do that. 

A week ago today, it was a lovely day, weather-wise, and so for our morning walk, Hamlet and I decided to do a bit of a photographic ramble.  

Once we turned off our our street, and walked less than two blocks, we spotted this crochet in the wild:

I just love how the tree hugger is wearing nail polish!  And being the size they are, I'm really glad those insects are not real ... 

Walking a bit more I took a photo of this little street, known as St. James Place - it's like a tiny English village, just below one of the busiest streets in the city.  In all of the years we have lived here, I've never once seen someone out in their little front yard, or going into the houses.  For all I know, it's merely an architectural art installation, but that's highly unlikely given where it is located.

This next photo is of something that is one of my faves.  Not the gas station, where you see the car exiting, but the wall behind it.  If you look closely, it looks like there are a lot of windows, and they are reflecting a church building.  Well, in a way, you would be correct.  The Mural Arts Program here in Philadelphia commissioned someone to paint all of this on the side of a building.  The windows and the reflected church are painted on!  It depicts the side of a building that was office space (there are no windows actually on the side of the building), and looked out onto the church in the reflection.  There was a small amount of grass, and the church was off to the side where the gas station now is located.  Cool, huh?

Another block later, we came across a small cafe that was sadly a victim of the pandemic, and had to close.  But someone did what they could to make the boarded-up front look more appealing.  More crochet in the wild!

When I stopped to take a photo, a guy walked past and said, "I hope you don't have an egg allergy, hahaha."  Everyone's a comedian.

Another small street in the neighborhood that we passed on the way home.

And finally, back to our street, which, though it looks very narrow (and it is narrow - a lot of cars have trouble getting through), is not as narrow as some of the streets in Old Town Philadelphia!  Our street is a hidden gem, as it exists for only this block in all of the city.  Most people around here know about it, but even those who have been city dwellers all of their lives are surprised when you mention it as they had no idea about it at all.  Our house is on the right side, and actually is right next to where I was standing to take this photo.  I would have included it, but the next door neighbors had not collected their trash and recycling bins yet, and they were right in front of our house, so I'll show you that another time when it looks better.

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll with us.  This is all in about a six-block square area, and it's enjoyable to be able to take your time and just walk around.  You notice all kinds of things, no matter how many times you may have already passed by on other days.  

Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend if you are here in the U.S., and if not, enjoy your weekend however you can!  I'll be back next week to fill you in on our first trip since before the pandemic started.  Take care, everyone. 


Nance said...

Thanks for taking me on a walk with you! I loved seeing all the things you saw, especially the incredible mural. What a terrific idea. Your neighborhood is a great place to walk and look around.

I know you're going to have a wonderful time with your family this weekend, Bridget. I'm so happy for you.

KSD said...

Those windows are painted?! AMAZING.

Thanks so much for the travelogue; it was a lovely journey.

Araignee said...

I loved going on your walk with you! I'm pretty sick of everything around here after over a year of staying pretty close to home. That crocheted tree is a masterpiece. I am in awe of people who can spend so much time and energy on something and just put it out there.
Have a great trip!

Dee said...

Have a wonderful and safe trip.

I love the "church" mural. You do live in a pretty neat part of the city.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

What a fun walk! Thanks for taking us with you and Hamlet.
That mural is amazing!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen in PA said...

Have a splendid trip! I did know someone who rented an apartment in St James’ back when I was a student, so I suppose people really do live there. I have always admired it, so set apart and picturesque.

Ellen D. said...

In your last photo, the one of your narrow street, I am amazed at the large tree that appears to be growing on the left side of the road. It looks so big and I wonder about the roots of that tree and where they must be deep below ground but they haven't messed up the sidewalk or street surface. Do those roots grow into the lower level of that building? Hmm... That really caught my attention!

kathy b said...

Love love love the tree hugger.

Mereknits said...

Loved the walk and your socks from your last post. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family.