On Sunday, the clouds broke for five minutes. Encouraged, I grabbed the camera and Suki and went for a walk. Unfortunately, I only saw the sun for a few minutes before the clouds rolled back in.
I still got a few photos of neighborhood houses, though. There are some beauties. This part of the country is known for overlarge, breathtakingly beautiful buildings, a lot of them made of brick.
This first one is at the edge of a hill that overlooks St Paul. The land on the right swoops down to a street far below. Suki and I get here by trudging up a steep hill. Totally worth it though! I don’t know about you, but I love gawking at interesting houses. This one is beautifully painted and cared for. I only wish the sun had come out again, but there will be other days. (All photos will become larger if you click on them.)
On the next block, is this house.
It sprawls across two city lots. I think it’s gorgeous. Notice the gazebo on the right behind the branches. When those leaf out, I won’t be able to see much of that structure.
This house fascinated me enough I took photos of detail. Here’s the first one.
Look at the beautiful brickwork and the interesting shapes of these windows. I would love to get inside and see how the rooms are laid out.
This second photo is detail from the top of the house.
No one builds with this kind of care these days. They can’t afford it.
There are a lot of other houses in my new neighborhood worth taking pictures of, and in time, I’ll show them to you.
Job update: it’s going well. My new boss is a supporter of marriage equality and when it eventually came out what kind of writing I did, she loved it. I’d say I landed in exactly the right spot. 🙂
Before I leave today, here’s a shot of the St Paul skyline from the top of the hill. There’s a great access point off one of the streets, though when the trees and bushes leaf, this might be more difficult to see.
Smack in the middle is the Wabasha Bridge. I am standing on the hill over the famous Wabasha street caves. This bridge, and several more in the area, cross the Mississippi River, though you can’t see it in this shot because of the angle. To the right of the bridge is Harriet Island, which in summer is a popular place for concerts and parties or all sorts. Right now, there is construction going on, which is annoying as hell. I’ve driven down to the island/river to scope it out. It’s a pretty terrific place to be, and in summer, it will be glorious.
That’s it for today! See you Friday.