Murals

So, I’ve moved to Richmond. And in this new adventure I have discovered that people go nuts for murals and street art. Is there really a difference? Apparently because these murals are next level, guys. Next level. When I get things organized I’ll start to actually note where these were taken, but for the time being it is enough said that they are all from the city of Richmond, and that they are all pretty dang cool.

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Intergalactic Space Girl brought to you from a side of a deli in the Fan. 
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Halycon Girl: brought to you by the side of a quaint vintage clothing shop in the Fan.
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Chick With a Bird: brought to you by the side of a restaurant in the Fan.
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Weird Bird Thing: brought to you by the side of a residential house in the Fan.
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Coolest Bird Ever: brought to you by the side of a building of a parking lot Downtown.

Apple Orchards

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It’s almost that time of year again for apple picking! I took these photos when I was out in the Shenandoah Valley at an Orchard called Hartland Orchard. I’ve gone there a couple of times and I’ve never been disappointed. It’s not QUITE apple season here, but I’m excited to take a day trip out here again to pick some produce!

The Shenandoah Valley is gorgeous in the fall. Most of the time I drag my friend up here with me, and she is stuck keeping me company as I take a bunch of pictures. She’s a good sport about it though and teases me about it all the time. Since I like to do landscapes and florals she sometimes points at weeds and is like, “hey Meg. You gonna need a pic of this?”

Which I inevitably do.

Bonsai!!

 

Let’s talk about BONSAI TREES, PEOPLE. Look at these suckers!!! They’re old as all get out but they’re so petite and stoic. How do those things interact, you ask? Good question! Take a look at me. I’m 5’2″ but I am known to stand on cliffs and stare into the sunset. So stoic. So dramatic.

But anyway. I looked at these dudes and was like, “y’all are too cool for school, trees. I like that.” So I took their picture, and decided to do some basic research on how to take care of and grow these peeps. Take this with a grain of salt, mind you. I haven’t ACTUALLY successfully grown or taken care of a bonsai tree before. But, I’d like to. The sources I found weren’t too bad either so I figure they know what they’re talking about.

LET US BEGIN WITH THE PLANT KNOWLEDGE.

  1. There are different bonsai types: know which one you want!
  2. Placement in your house matters. Think kitchens and bathrooms with plenty of light.
  3. Water that sucker.
  4. Prune and maintain the form of that sucker.

When you are buying your bonsai, take a minute to think about it. Basically, we all know as first time bonsai people, we aren’t going to spend a bunch of time going and growing our own trees. Maybe someday, but that day isn’t today. There are a bunch of species to look into, and it’s important to know what you’re buying so you can research how to take care of it properly. See, that makes a whole lot of sense, yet I never would have considered that a different type of tree required different types of care. Also, there are indoor and outdoor varieties of bonsai trees, so make sure you know where you are going to keep the lil guy.

Here is a site for a to-the-point approach to bonsais. According to this site, when you purchase your indoor bonsai, location in your house is important. You should look for places that are slightly humid, so kitchens and bathrooms are optimal. Frankly, having a plant in the bathroom isn’t a bad idea. It seems kind of nice to get out of the shower and have greenery by the windowsill– The kitchen seems like a classic placement.

From what I can tell, the first rule to taking care of a bonsai is to water the ever loving crap out of it. According to this incredibly helpful site , you should NEVER EVER NEVER let your bonsai go dry. If the soil even appears to be slightly dry, you water it. If your plant is in full sun, you might have to water it more than once a day. P.S. this site is amazing. It’s super in depth, and I think you all should look at it.

In terms of pruning and cutting, from all the sources I’ve read they mention that you shouldn’t be too shy. The main rule is this; if it looks like a pine tree or has needles, use your fingers to pluck the needles out. If it has leaves, use scissors. Again, this seems obvious in retrospect but I never would have thought about it!

I’ll keep researching this nonsense. I like the idea of having an apartment full of plants, and it’d be nice to keep them all fresh and healthy!

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYONE.

I live in Virginia, and frankly it doesn’t get cold until, like, November. So, it’s currently in the 90s. Which is fine, except for the part where I’m ready for visiting the beach in cooler weather. Imagine- nicer temperatures and sweaters. And hot coffee. And good food.

I’m ready for fall like the rest of the human race.

ANYWAY. I don’t have a super romantic story a la the past 3 posts about these pictures. This is more of me just being wistful and wishing the weather WOULD COOL THE HELL DOWN A COUPLE OF NOCHES LIKE SHIT. Warm beaches are nice, but visiting beaches in the fall when things have cooled down just seems nice. You get bonfires, and sweaters, and hot beverages…. like doesn’t that sound nice?! It does to me!

P.S. I took these pictures at Virginia Beach while visiting a friend. Coincidentally there was a Noreaster storm going through. My friend and I were set to drive down to a condo, and we realized there was going to be the winter equivalent of a tropical storm. We considered, for a bold 5 minutes, delaying our trip. Then we realized, “nah,” AND GOT IN THE CAR ANYWAYS CAUSE THAT’S WHAT WINNERS DO. So! We had a total blast. The beach and the bars were pretty empty due to the weather, but that’s ok! We got to hang out with some really down to earth bartenders along the boardwalk. We ended up talking about old fashions and whiskey vs scotch. And for some reason my bar talk ended up about French in the second World War. Dunno how that happened but at the time it seemed like a great idea.

Bottom line. Fall/winter beaches? Pretty legit.