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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Old Houses Part 2

Last month, I posted a few photos of a couple of old houses in Riverside. We went back a couple of weeks ago to get some rose clippings so while I was there I took a few more pictures.

I was admiring this iron fence...quite lovely if you ask me.

This is the house next door...the one with the half round window in the front. If you didn't get to see my first post about these neat old houses, click here to check it out.

I love the details.

More fencing along the garage wall...

In the backyard, there is a old fountain which was probably pretty cool in its day.

Now I'm in the backyard looking at the house next door. If walls could talk, huh?

Back in the front, checking out the iris plants and wondering if we should grab a few.

What struck me as very odd is why would you leave drapes hanging in a house if it was going to be lifted and moved? (Which hasn't happened yet and we're wondering if it ever will.)

Now this might need some explaining...it is a close up of a tree on the property and there are some wires sticking out of it.. I'm sure at one time someone had wrapped the wires around the tree for one reason or another and the tree simply engulfed the wires as it grew.

Now I'm on the side porch, just wishing I could have seen this house in its heyday.

Still on the side porch, looking into the backyard....

Admiring the woodwork on the porch ceiling.

What a great place to sit and have some iced tea, right?

I actually drove by these houses about an hour ago and that's what reminded me that I still hadn't posted my second set of pictures! Oh and that fence that I was so admiring in the first photos? Guess what? It's not original. The owners added it about 5 years ago. It sure fooled me!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Disneyland...Well, I tried...

After checking out the Carthay Circle over at DCA, I walked over to Disneyland. Can't visit the resort and NOT go to Disneyland, right? It's not natural, LOL.

Unfortunately, it was just as crowded as DCA. It took forever to get through the turnstile, like 15 minutes!

As you can see, Disneyland is now having Grad Nites in the evenings. Maybe that's why it was crowded??? Maybe people's passes are expiring soon and they are trying to get in some Disney time before they have to give up their passes? (I can sure understand that one!)

The flowers in the Park always amaze me.

Work continues at the Carnation Cafe. I see that they have extended the tarps so that people like me can't tiptoe and put their cameras over the fence.

More flower shots...

Couldn't resist these...for those of you that keep journals or just like jotting down ideas, these blank books are awesome!

Sadly, that's it, folks. Disneyland was soooo crowded that it was difficult just to walk around, much less take pictures. So I left and shall attempt to go another day.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Carthay Circle Part 2

While checking out every conceivable angle of the Carthay Circle, I happened to glance over the construction walls towards Buena Vista Street and saw a few more details that I either didn't notice on my last visit, or simply weren't there before.

It's all beginning to look so REAL!

Look! I love it when I can catch someone doing work!

I know there are water fountain geeks out there...right?

Facing the Carthay Circle, I've walked over to the left side of the building...

I love this entry way.

Here's a closer look at the ironwork.

Nice tile work on those stairs, right?

Now I am on the right side of the building. The corridors are gorgeous. So gorgeous, that I'm going to walk down to the other end...

At the end of the corridor, looking out towards Taste Pilot's Grill.

Now, still in the same spot but looking towards Buena Vista Street.

Turning to my right, I see more stairs...

...and an iron door with no lock.

Turning to my left, the light post catches my eye.

A glimpse of the back side of the building.

Now I've stepped out to the "street" and am just looking up and admiring it all.

I walked over to the Blue Sky Cellar and tried to get a glimpse of Cars Land...

...to my surprise, I see tons of people!!

Always on the lookout for new and interesting merchandise, I spotted the following cool items.

I think one of those Route 66 mugs might finds its way home with me! Next post takes us to Disneyland...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Carthay Circle Part 1

Quick note: I am trying out a new layout which gives you, the reader, a choice as to how to view my posts. I hope you like it. I've had fun experimenting with the different views.
The walls were down and I got a great look at the outside of this gorgeous new addition to DCA! Get comfortable because there are TONS of pictures for your drooling pleasure.

I arrived at DCA a bit dismayed at the crowds. I even asked the castmember at the turnstiles what was going on and she didn't know!

My main goal was to make my way to the Carthay Circle Theater but on the way I noticed that renovations are still being made to the outside of Taste Pilots Grill.

OK, folks, there she is! I had to stop myself from running over there, LOL.

Looking to the right...I love the overcast sky. It made this building look so cool.

At first I was a bit perplexed as to how to best shoot this without those pesky electrical lines and then realized - DUH, they are supposed to be there! After all, this is 1929, right?

I noticed this inside the rail tracks. Neat detail, right. But wait till you see what I spotted next.

A few steps from the bronze plaque, I saw this - with a hand print!

OK, let's get back the the Carthay Circle!

All I have to say is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous in every detail!

The tile work is exquisite! And I love the look of the galvanized metal drain pipe! Normally, I'd say yuck but here, it fits!

One of two "ticket booths". I wonder if members of the exclusive Club 1901 will use this to check in?

This is for you lighting geeks, myself included.


These castmembers were greeting the public and handing out cards. I loved their costumes. Oh and the card? You'll see that next.

 As promised, here is Disney gold, LOL. Should I put this on ebay?????

 Let's get back to the building and all the cool details.

Looking down the hall to the left...

This says it all.

Here's another shot for you lighting geeks.

One of the many cool windows and tile work.

Come back tomorrow for part 2!