Friday, May 26, 2017

I feel the earth move...

Fallen tree

I came across this scene recently. I imagine it's a result of the strong winds we had a few weeks ago. The tree didn't bend, or break—it just simply toppled, trapping the truck underneath it.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

We are connected

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These are the tracks of the Metro Green Line that runs from Norwalk to Redondo Beach. It runs through Downey at the Lakewood Blvd. station and connects us with the rest of the Los Angeles basin. I have taken this line down to the Aviation Blvd./LAX stop where I then took a Big Blue Bus to UCLA. You can also take the Green Line to the Blue Line junction and from there go into the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Here is the link to the Green Line website. Try the Metro some time. It's a human experience.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Down the chute

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Last Sunday, Pam posted about a suspected mailbox. On my walks in this Downey neighborhood, I've seen this unusual mailbox, so I thought I would post it today. It seems the owner wants to spare the postperson the hassle of opening the gate and coming onto their property. And so, each day, it's "Down the hatch" with their mail.

Have you seen any unusual mailboxes that you would like us to post?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sometimes it's good to be tolerant

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I have seen more and more drought-tolerant yards popping up all over Downey. While the City of Downey encourages replacing your lawn with drought-tolerant options, the city's codes still require the front and street side yards to be landscaped with a living plant material.

IMG_2035-1While I like the idea of low maintenance and reduced cost, I have a bit of a hard time with the thought of giving up my grass. It's the perfect place to sit in the shade on a hot day.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The secret of the cosmos

Drought-tolerant wildflowers

Here's another example of drought-tolerant landscaping. This one, with all its wildflowers, is more to my personal taste—and made me a bit jealous. No matter how hard I try, I've never been able to successfully grow cosmos (those purple and white flowers along the back). Maybe I've been overwatering them all this time?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Toucan play

Boy and bird statue

I'm always interested when I think I've spotted a unique mailbox, so this one made me stop in my travels around Downey. Upon closer inspection, I think this is some sort of audio system, but I still liked the boy reaching out to the toucan, both of them covered in moss-colored green.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

I'm watching you!

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As I snapped this picture of this very fun conglomeration of yard art, I noticed the neighborhood watch sign. I appreciate neighbors who look out for others. It is all about safe and secure neighborhoods. This home appears to be doubly protected; by both this serene cat and very observant-looking dwarf out front and center.

Friday, May 19, 2017

You're welcome

Front porch with chairs

Front porches should be welcoming, and this one, with its chairs and bistro table set, fulfills that requirement quite nicely. Come on up, sit a while!