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The Orples Visit A Lucky Dog.

Yesterday, the Orples and I visited Laura on her blog, Writeknit. Laura is one of our newer neighbors, so to refresh your memory, I will redirect you to the post we did last month featuring her paper dolls.  Some of you may already know Laura. If not, then you really should go check out some of her beautiful needlework.

The Orples admiring one of Laura Hartman's lovely creations.
The Orples admiring one of Laura Hartman’s lovely creations.

Since, I’ve gotten off track over the past few days, featuring some of  our own adventures, perhaps we should circle back through the neighborhood to refresh my memory over some of our recent neighborhood rendezvous.

Relaxing On A Sunday Afternoon At Maymont Park In Richmond Virginia

Anytime it is 67 degrees in early February, it is a Maymont Park day if you live in Richmond, Virginia, which we do, so we went to the park.  Oscar and Olivia went with us.  This post is my answer to a ‘bench‘ challenge I saw on Sylvia’s blog although, her work is not shown here.

Maymont Park has lots of benches and places to sit down and rest awhile between hills. This is one of those places.
Maymont Park has lots of benches and places to sit down and rest awhile between hills. This is one of those benches.

After you’ve gone up and down a few Maymont hills it is nice to find a place to sit down. Sometimes you have to look twice.  Look at the bench  (above) we found lurking in the woodpile.

Maymont Park, Richmond, Virginia, February 2015. photo 1
Maymont Park, Richmond, Virginia, February 2015. photo 1

Okay, let’s try again.

Maymont Park, Richmond, Virginia. February 2015. Photo 2
Maymont Park, Richmond, Virginia. February 2015. Photo 2

Almost. :)

Maymont Park, Richmond, Virginia. February 2015.
Maymont Park, Richmond, Virginia. February 2015.

Hmmmm? Maybe we should use Photoshop?

The Orples Record Another Beautiful Richmond Mural

I know we’ve been wandering away from our own neighborhood lately, sometimes focusing on a nifty new toy we came across, or as in the case of the day before yesterday,  showcasing Orpleville for those of you who are unaware that the orples have a childhood home. They are rooted to an orange tree, but were ‘transformed’ in the basement of their friend, Jack’s, house.  None of that really matters for this post today, but we will still be playing with our neighbors and visiting their blogs. Anyone familiar with my blog knows my links have been messed up and I still don’t quite know why. But the blog—this blog—is the blog I post on these days—EVERYDAY.

Today’s post reflects on a little get-away, change of pace, spur of the moment, trip I took yesterday— just because it was too pretty to sit inside.   Check out this beautiful  little mural I encountered in Carytown, a quaint little section of historic, Richmond, Virginia.  I need to take a day and photograph some of their magnificent architecture. The city is rich in history and aesthetics.

One day I will take the time to acknowledge my own backyard. Today is a good day to start.

A section of the mural advertising a veterinary/dental clinic in Carytown, Richmond, Va.  I think these are the names of some of the generous people who make it possible.
A section of the mural advertising a veterinary/dental clinic in Carytown, Richmond, Va. I think these are the names of some of the generous people who make it possible.

Sorry about the parking sign, not much I could do there without knocking out a whole bunch of names.  Standing further back here’s part of the big picture (next frame).

The Veterinary/Dental Clinic in Carytown, Richmond, Virginia: A better view of the big picture.
The Veterinary/Dental Clinic in Carytown, Richmond, Virginia: A better view of the big picture.

This mural captivated me.  Check out the close ups—what a whimsical artist— what a talent!  If the service inside is as friendly as it is outside, then I’d take my business there.

I love the characters in these sections. Personality oozes from everyone of them.
I love the characters in these sections. Personality oozes from everyone of them.

Look at those happy dogs, eager to go inside. :)

And here are even more characters, lined up, waiting their turns.
And here are even more characters, lined up, waiting their turns.

I wonder what those people are looking at, appearing to peer inside?

Finally, rounding the corning, it's almost time to go inside. I'll have to check these guys out during business hours.
Finally, rounding the corning, it’s almost time to go inside. I’ll have to check these guys out during business hours.

That black & white dog is quite the gentleman, holding the door for the lady while he bows—how charming.  I was beginning to think chivalry was dead, my mistake.

I hope you guys enjoyed this Mural as much as I did. To see more Murals, or more of Virginia, I’ve included a few links for your convenience.

Some of Richmond’s residential neighborhoods

Mural & Photo Challenge: Hands

Mural (in pieces) Mexican Restaurant

Mural: Say No To Drugs

Staunton (part 1)

The Orples Return To Orpleville To Help Their Friend, Jack

Finished drawing of Jack and the orples getting the kite out of the tree.
Finished drawing of Jack and the orples getting the kite out of the tree.

This post is dedicated to Colleen’s Art Class.  I did a set of posts on this drawing almost three years ago, beginning with preliminary drawings one and two. To see that series of posts, beginning with the preliminary drawing number one, click here.

The Orples Have Been Inspired By An Art Wall Painted By School Children

Over on Colline’s blog, they are really expressing themselves and the Orples have joined in on the fun.  Colline’s art class has combined their work to create one huge montage and it is colorful. So colorful, in fact, that Oscar is now inspired to do his own painting.

The Orples are getting excited over all of the art supplies we will be offering when we open 'The Orples Toy Store and Gift  Shop (I think is what we will name it) ... coming soon.
The Orples are getting excited over all of the art supplies we will be offering when we open ‘The Orples Toy Store and Gift Shop (I think is what we will name it) … coming soon.

Oscar is going to do a rough sketch  on his new drawing pad before he begins to paint.  I imagine the Orples will be busy for awhile. Thus, it is time to part company with those two to visit the neighbors and peruse past blogs.

The Orples, Their New Friend, and Her Hand Carried Dollhouse

Olivia and Oscar were helping me select inventory for our new online shop …. talk about a tedious chore … but I must admit, we’ve run into some pretty nifty stuff along the way, like this dollhouse. I’d have loved to have had one of these when I was a kid.

Some of the toys we've found for our new toy shop make me want to be a kid again. I'd have loved to have had this little dollhouse when I was a child.
Some of the toys we’ve found for our new toy shop make me want to be a kid again. I’d have loved to have had this little hand carried dollhouse, way back when. .

This doll house has a handle built in so when the grandchildren visit the neighborhood, they  can pack up their dolls and take their dollhouse  with them.

The Orples Check Out Sagg Portal #6 in Sarasota Bay In Sarasota Florida.

Izzadora has a fabulous blog, with fabulous places to visit. Just ask the Orples.  In the post she did, that my post is based on today, she was photographing the sculpture,  Sagg Portal #6,  in Sarasota Bay In Sarasota, Florida. Well, thanks to Izzy, Olivia and Oscar are awestruck by the sculpture in the park. It is a good thing Oscar remembered to bring his camera today. That way they can get plenty of photos of their own.

The Orples are all over this work of art.
The Orples are all over this work of art.

 

If you’ve missed our past adventures, please come along to visit our neighbors with me.

The Orples At The Aspendos Ruins in Pamphylia, Asia Minor

It seems when we visit Uncle Spike Adventures, we find ourselves exploring the terrain on the other side of the world (for the Orples and me).  Oscars learned his lesson the last time, he and Olivia were exploring ruins when we visited with Madhu. Remember, he’d forgotten is binoculars? Well, this time around, Oscar remembered to bring a camera, so he and Olivia can take some selfies in these magnificent ruins.

The Orples scampering about the Ruins at Aspendos in Pamphylia, Asia Minor.
The Orples scampering about the Ruins at Aspendos in Pamphylia, Asia Minor.

Since I can’t cyber-transport myself like the Orples can do, I may  as well cruise through the neighborhood and re-visit some of our past adventures. Please feel free to join me.

The Orples and the Art Game

Those globe hopping Orples have hopped over onto Dolly’s blog, where we can find them playing games in Dolly’s world. They saw her tee-shirts hanging around in need of paint and personalization.  Now Oscar and Olivia are pestering me to hurry up and open our shop so Dolly can buy the supplies she needs to do the job.

The Orples do love to play and create things, which is why they find Dolly's blog to be so much fun. She is always fooling around, being silly.
The Orples do love to play and create things, which is why they find Dolly’s blog to be so much fun. She is always fooling around, being silly.

I think I’ll work on gathering inventory for the various departments in our new shop while the silly little Orples play with Dolly’s friends.  Amazon has a wonderful selection of fabric paints and markers, as you shall soon see. Then we can stroll through our neighborhood, to see what has been going on in Orpleland. ;)

The Orples Visit The Center of Spain In Madrid

Ren wrote a fascinating article on Madrid, Spain.   Renxkyoko’s space is full of wonderful posts on Ren’s world travels. In the particular article the Orples are visiting today, she gives a brief insight into the relationship between Spain and the Philippines. I found her article extremely interesting, and her photographs a joy to observe since I have never had the good fortune to travel abroad.

The Orples find themselves admiring the marker that marks the center of Spain.
The Orples find themselves admiring the marker that marks the center of Spain.

The Orples, being Orples are not hindered by the physical world, so they will have to meet Ren, leaving me behind to visit our neighbors. Out of curiosity, I  thought I’d run over to Amazon to find a globe to include in the shop the Orples and I are setting up.  I found a talking globe. Can you believe it? Today’s toys are unbelievable when compared to the toys I had as a kid. The globe I found will be sold on my shop once I’m finished setting it up. Or, if you’re on the market for globes, you can get one now.  Either way,  I think I might need a globe or a map or something  so I can keep track of where my little Orples are at any given point in time .