A Neighborhood Walk

I Face Timed today with a friend in California.  We have known each other since college, which means more than 40 years and seems kind of crazy.  But while we were talking the sun came out here so I decided to take my exercise outside.


Yes, I cut down an alley because there was so much foot traffic on the street I started down.

So did a bunch of other people, but everyone was mindful of keeping distance.  Honestly it was just nice to be out. I cut down some alleys.  I grew up in a small town and in the country, so alleys were like little grassy lanes.  Sure, the garbage trucks drove down once a week and all manner of car mechanics went on there, but there’s something alluring and homey about them to me.


Everything is in bloom, especially the camellias.  I’d have taken more pictures, but it felt sort of invasive to be taking pictures of people’s houses while zeroing in on a plant.


The squirrels love the camellia blossoms. I have no idea what they taste like.

The neighborhood is really lovely right now, with things in bloom, leaves coming out, and a profusion of bulb flowers.


There are a few places where there were drifts of violets across lawns.  I shot these rather solitary ones when I was taking a photo of our camellia.


And this flowering quince, not in its full glory, but still lovely, was on one of the streets.


It was good to be out and say hello to neighbors from a distance.  I will try to keep up my outdoor exercise when I can and do videos when I can’t.  I’m looking forward to venturing back in the garden on a nice evening this week.  We’ll see.


Have a good week.

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44 Responses to A Neighborhood Walk

  1. Beautiful! Those lanes look cozy. Your flowers are ahead of ours (we’re near Woodstock NY), and all we have right yet is forsythias starting to come out after last week’s snow. Enjoy.

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  2. SueW says:

    Lovely photographs, Lisa 🙂

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, to see leaves budding out, and walk in the bright sunshine, must have been lovely!

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  4. You live in a lovely neighbourhood. I am still walking at least once every day and just a little toddle to the end of the road in the evening as the cat comes too. I rarely remember to take a photo as I am so busy enjoying the process – I get back home and think oh durn! 😀 I am getting zoom downloaded if you have that on your laptop, it is the best video link I’ve ever had.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Ooh, I’ve been thinking of loading zoom. Let me give it a try. Face time was really good today with Kathy, but I think that’s just Apple and Zoom cuts across platforms. Glad you can still get out. I’ll email about Skyping or zooming soon!!

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  5. paolsoren says:

    It looks really lovely. That back alley reminds me of similar ones in Ballarat. PS, were you an early Bob Dylan fan? (I cut down an alley way……………)

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  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    Looks beautiful and sunny, Lisa! I love the expression drifts of violets. I don’t have any of those wild violets here on the farm. I do miss spring mass violet bloom I remember from back east.

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  7. Spring in the air, and spring in the step!

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  8. It is so good to see your neighbourhood, Lisa. I imagine keeping distance even on those paths is not easy.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Mostly I cross the street (or the other person does) or if someone is on the other side, just walk out in the street for a bit. There isn’t a lot of traffic, so it’s not bad–and adds to the distance traveled! Thanks, Derrick.

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful! What a treat to see those pictures. Also, glad to read that everyone is being careful about social distancing.

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  10. Lovely photos! It’s such a beautiful time out right now. I feel grateful to have my garden, where I’ve been spending a lot of time. Also nice to have beautiful greenways to walk about. I’m not seeing many folks out in groups. Which is good. Getting outside is a must for my mental health. Stay well.

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  11. Omgosh, it’s all gorgeous and green! As I type this, it’s snowing, for like the 3rd time today and will continue through tomorrow. Maybe we’ll be skipping spring, gah, time will tell. I like you alleys! They’re also green and really just look like a quaint driveway. Such a nice place to walk. Nice that you can escape to your garden and grow some of your own veggies and avoid the markets. I dread having to go, but need milk soon. Take good card Lisa ❤ xK

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Oh, snow! We didn’t even HAVE winter this year. Spring is so weird without winter. I kept waiting for it to arrive. Just shop for everything at once so you only have to go once in a while. Ugh, I have to go this week too and dread it as well. Stay safe!

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  12. shoreacres says:

    I grew up with alleys, too, and they were wonderful places. I don’t know what it is about them that seems so cozy and safe — no one ever was skulking in our alleys, up to no good! It is good to be able to get outdoors, although I wish we could put some sense into the people who insist on group activities. There were 20 kids playing ball in Galveston tonight. I have a feeling they’ve dispersed now, with a little nudge from the local police, who are beginning to cite groups for whatever they’re calling it: unlawful assembly, I suppose.

    Here’s hoping your weather holds — it helps so much to see the sun!

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  13. Robin says:

    I’m glad you could get out. You live in such a beautiful neighborhood! Spring is amazing this year (or maybe my perspective is making it seem more amazing than usual). I like the grassy lanes. I know what you mean about it feeling invasive to be taking photos of people’s homes while trying to capture their plants.

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  14. tonytomeo says:

    Where is this? It does not look Californian. It looks like it is in the Pacific Northwest or the East.

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  15. Sylvie Ge says:

    The alleys look cosy and make me feel nostalgic.

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  16. Zambian Lady says:

    It was nice living vicariously through you as you went on the walk. It is encouraging that many people are minding the distance between others. I went grocery shopping and everyone would move away from others, even onto the bike lanes as there were no bikers around. Here’s to being safe and staying as healthy as can be.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Yes. I was grocery shopping yesterday and it depends on the store. People in Safeway weren’t bothered about distance at all. MOM’s was a lot better. Think I’ll be going there for the foreseeable future!

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  17. What pretty sights, Lisa. Glad you’re out and about (or “oot and aboot” as we Canadians say). And, like you, I love squirreling down grassy paths, but I sure am glad you don’t know what the camellia blossoms taste like! Tee hee….

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  18. Very uplifting flower pictures. I too would like to take blossom photos at the moment but as we aren’t allowed to travel that just leaves gardens and, as you say, that seems wrong. Thanks for sharing – I enjoyed the walk. 🙂

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  19. Ann Koplow says:

    I loved joining you on your walk through your neighborhood, Lisa!

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  20. Maria says:

    What beautiful neighborhood you have. This is a reminder of spring for sure.

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