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Sunday, October 24, 2010

An Autumn Walk

Good morning,

I was making bread when My Honey noted the sun was "just right" to go for a walk and take some pictures in the neighborhood.  I took a break from the baking process and tried something new to slow down the second bread rise.

So, here are a few Autumn images from our neighborhood.  I am sure I'll look back on these images in years to come and will be glad I have them to compare to changes that have occurred.

We live very close to Xavier University;  the backhoe in the above image was digging in the concrete driveway of the XU Armory.  It appeared there was a water leak under the drive.  Later in the day we saw a concrete truck headed in that direction, so we are figure the leak was fixed and now the driveway was fixed, too.
Just beyond the armory is the Department of Military Science.  We see and hear the ROTC students going through their paces sometimes early on cold winter mornings.  We're proud of our XU ROTC students.
 St. Barbara Hall was once a residence.
 Just beyond on the other side of the street is a beautiful old residence. 
 We have had a ten week drought in our area so are lucky to have any color on the trees at all.
 I'm so happy to still have these in our neighborhood.  They've been removed in many areas.
 This is a huge catalpa tree.  We have one in our front yard that is big, but not this big.  If you look closely you can see how much taller the tree is than the two and a half story home behind it.
 Ah, Autumn color.
 Acorns are all lined up on the sidewalk, perhaps waiting for a squirrel?
 The colors are just spectacular, the sun was just right.
 It is campaign season and our neighbors take elections very seriously.  I'm delighted to see these signs.  Don't forget to VOTE!  Those who don't vote, can't complain later.
Diagonally across the street we saw little progress on the two homes that were damaged by fire last month.  I had pictures of the fire here a couple of weeks ago.

Shortly after passing this home we met the owner of the second home and stopped and talked for awhile.  He tells us it probably will be nine months before he can get back into his home - the one with the blue tarps on the roof - because of insurance claim processing.  He has lived in the neighborhood for 40 years;  our daughter played with his niece when they were in school together.  It's hard to see your neighborhoods lose their homes to fire.

When we got home I finished baking that batch of bread.  My technique to slow down the second rise worked perfectly.   I'll share the technique and bread recipe here tomorrow.

I hope you're having beautiful Autumn weather, too.

Very best,



Wanda..... said...

Lack of rain has made it a very dry autumn, but you don't seem to have many leaves on the ground in your neighborhood, at the moment anyway. Different story here, just some 30 miles away, it's useless to rake just yet though, with so many still clinging.

Diana said...

It is the perfect time for a walk outdoors Lois. And it has been dry here too, finally a bit of rain this morning though! As Wanda said we have leaves everywhere too! I feel so bad for your neighbor, it's a darn shame that after paying all of those insurance premiums over all of those years that one should have to wait that long. It's ridiculous!!
Love Di ♥

grammie g said...

Hi Lois..I wonder why I always get hungry when I read your post?? : }
Mail boxes on the corner street are demising aren't they!!
Good neighborhood tour to see a bit of your area!!

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos of your surrounding area and neighborhood. We have about 41 above right now, expecting a high of 60 today. Not bad for late October.

Steve Willson said...

We've had some beautiful weather for walking. You're lucky to have such a lovely neighborhood to walk through. Your bread posts always make me hungry, but I thought "An Autumn Walk" would be safe. Now all I can think about is the aroma of freshly baked bread, so I'm off to the kitchen.

Karen said...

your neighbourhood looks delightful and I really hope your neighbours can get into their homes soon. How awful losing your home to fire.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Lois, thanks for the walk around your neighborhood. Once we're home that's a future post for me. Looking forward to reading the bread recipe - got so many to start trying.

Elaine said...

Your neighborhood looks like a lovely place for a walk!

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Yes, it is wonderful to take a walk around the neighborhood. We've been there for 31 years now and have seen some changes, but mostly the neighborhood retains its character of more than 100 years ago.

Thanks so much, everyone, for stopping by.

Very best,

Anonymous said...

Why is it that our mail boxes are being taken down?? I hunted for one not too long ago - and finally went out of my way to the Post Office. Enjoyed your photos. Our leaves are really pretty here, a lot of them fell this weekend. It's raining today and they are falling fast...debbie

River Glorious said...

i miss the autumn leaves... yours are beautiful. :)