Monthly Archives: May 2016

Festivals: Artsplosure and Spring continues…

The marketers of Downtown seem to have some sort of festival or event planned for downtown every weekend throughout the summer. This weekend was Artsplosure.

I enjoy walking Fayetteville Street where the craft vendors set up their tents and the stages for the bands throughout the area.

The skys were dark around lunch but cleared so there was no rain.

And the crowds were out after lunch.

All kind of arts and crafts. 

And the clouds cleared.

We strayed from Fayvetteville Street to the shops of downtown.

And a coffee shop: Cafe de los Muertos 

And then to Moore Square for more bands and art and sand castles 

And then to the Raleigh Rose Garden. 

And a little real estate open house browsing!

This 1950s house was taken down to the studs and then rebuilt!

I could live in garden shed!

Oh well, back to my side of downtown.


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The promise of a new day!

The promise of a new day!

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Mid-May already?

It is Mid-May and roses are in full-bloom! Between the Raleigh Rose Garden,   The JC Raulston Arboretum rose garden, and the smaller city parks in Raleigh you can always them in bloom. Although, I still think they should not be included in any landscape because of rose rosette virus.

Summer festival season is beginning! Artsplosure is a favorite!

Sunday we traveled to Durham and visited the Sarah P Duke Gardens on Duke University West Campus. It is beautiful with its division into zones and all the streams they created which flow through each garden.

The Historic Terraces & Fish Pool

The Blomquist Garden of native plants

The Roney Fountain

The Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden

And in my garden the amaryllis are still going strong.

And the squirrels are digging everywhere.

Gus’s chemo treatments are going well. He has had three treatments and latest radiographs revealed little growth in the lung adenocarcinoma and no new tumors. His weight has stabilized, although, he still appears thin as he was 85 pounds and now weights around 60 pounds. So I will continue with them and the NSAIDs.

He had a new friend I named Roscoe. I thought it was a rat but now realize it is an opossum!


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