Flowers for St. Louis

We've all seen the stars that were used as ties on our historic buildings in St. Louis. I recently spotted a couple of fleur-de-lis:

Located on this Building in BPW:


A lucky day

I dropped my car at Carl's today and strolled along Roger Place.
Horse shoe laid in the pavement in front of a garage.

The stone wall isn't original to the building but it matches the foundation stones.

How to prevent perching on the wall:


Ruth's Brickyard

My neighbor Ruth bought a house in TGS two years ago. She tells a great story about weeding her yard and discovering the whole yard was full of historic bricks.

I've had dreams like this.

The original owner of her house owned a barrel tile company on Fyler and has a series of small houses made to rent to his employees. Perhaps one of the workers purchased the house and paved his yard, brick by brick.
Laclede King

Evens and Howard St. Louis Dr

AP Green Empire


Pittsburgh VP & B Brick Co

RP Green Ozark

Christy Gem


The Oak Tree across the Alley

The massive Oak tree across the alley lost a branch yesterday.
See all that greenery that looks like its on top of the fence? That's part of the branch.

It's a startling sight because of the length of the branch which I estimate at 50 feet. It took out two fences, some power lines, and is resting on top of two cars.

I love this tree and have had a long relationship with it. Years ago crows (remember crows?) would gather at the very top of the branches to roost at sunset and it has housed dozens of nests. The canopy spans three lots and it dwarfs the three story houses. It has to be over 100 years old and existed before the house was built.

I admire it from my back porch daily and have photographed it over the years.
When I was in cancer treatment I had a fey relationship with the tree, making a point to pause and gaze at it before I left every morning. Being an atheist I just couldn't get behind the whole pray your way out of cancer notion so I developed a superstitious relationship with the tree.*

I called Paul Klauber who owns Round Oak Woodworking thinking he may want some of the branch. He didn't (the expense of kiln drying) but we did discuss the tree and his analysis is that the tree is 'over mature' and the weight of the healthy branch is what took it down.

The branch is about 2.5 feet in diameter while the trunk is almost four feet. I'm worried about the fate of the tree since that bottom branch was well integrated into the trunk. I don't want it to die while I'm alive because I've made it a part of my family.

Sidebar: There are many quarter sawn oak front doors in TGS (I've see them mostly in TGH) and I covet them. Quarter sawn oak is of the Arts/Crafts era and rarely used today because of the cost and waste. Clicking on the title of this post will jettison you to the best QS article on the web.

Pop Quiz: There's hundreds and hundred of Oak Trees. Which is this? See the photo below for one of the smaller leaves next to my foot which is The Clue.
The prize is a rare copy of Ways of the Woods: A Guide to the Skills and Spirit of the Woodland Experience

* Please curb your god and don't send me comments about my disinterest. Thanks.


Morgan Ford is the New South Grand

Morgan Ford (MGF) is the new S. Grand. Both TFA and the Vintage Haberdashery have moved west.

The first new businesses started a few years ago: Grove Furnishings and the Tin Can. Three Monkeys followed along with Local Harvest Market and Local Harvest Cafe. The New Amsterdam Bar opened last year. A great blend of retail and restaurants and a 7-11. Coming soon, a bakery, and a new restaurant on MGF and Connecticut.

Local Harvest Cafe has an appetizer that's divine. It's a sampler cheese plate. Get it to go, let it sit covered for a day, and allow the cheese to reach room temperature. It's the best way to experience the favors.

These metal sculpture appeared on MGF yesterday.
Rocket in front of TFA:

Best of Show! Bubbles in front of the car wash:

The Tower Pub has an almost empty beer mug:

The Tin Can Bar and Grille with a pull top:

Stella Blues (currently closed):

Not on MGF but in North City. I've coveted that red Sputnik light for decades.