Monday, April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015 -- Anchorage

What to do on a gray spring day in Anchorage?

Go looking for hints of green -- these are Bergenia leaves.

Nearby is a tiny bit of thyme in a pot, mostly hidden under last fall's leaves.

Tulips (?) around the base of a tree.

We walked about 3/4 of a mile to the Fred Meyer store, looking to see what was going on in the neighborhood. A neighbor's chickens were enjoying their front yard.

Another resident is filling in the spaces in the chicken wire fence with wine bottles. He has a ways to go.

St. Francis, well-weathered, by a birch tree.

This yard has a pleasing collection of objects, from the white flamingo back at the corner of the house, to the squirrel with a mushroom in front of the welcome sign.

Today is St. Markdown Day, according to Anthea -- when all of the holiday chocolate goes on sale. We should have at least taken a picture, but we recalled that our chocolate drawer is full and resisted the temptation to buy more.

We did take  pictures of the flowers on racks outside the store -- another sign of spring. This is Hellebore.

The violas (Johnny-jump-ups) are a favorite; ditto . . .

their cousins the pansies.

Last, the lilies.

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