Friday, May 30, 2014

Paradise and Leaman Place Fire Company

Paradise and Leaman Place Fire Company, 5 Hershey Avenue, Paradise, Pa. Lancaster County Station 47. Established in 1907, the station sits just off of Route 30 in Paradise Township. According to their website, "PLP Fire Company operates with 60 volunteers including members of the farming community they protect."

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Birds, Birds, Birds

Downy Woodpecker and a House Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker

House Finch

House Sparrow and House Finch


Chipping Sparrow and House Finch

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More Flowers as they Bloom

More flowers in my backyard practically as they bloom. An all purple Columbine (Aquilegia), Allium, Butter Cream Lantana and a purple/white Lupine.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Birding on the Fly

Some people may think this is a sign of a more deeply rooted problem. Too much time on my hands? Boredom? I don't know. I happen to enjoy hanging out on the deck trying to catch pictures of the Goldfinches landing on the thistle feeder. But, that's just me.

Friday, May 23, 2014

1st West Chester Fire Company

1st West Chester Fire Company, 70 South Bradford Avenue, West Chester, Pa. Chester County Station 51. Establish on August 6, 1799, 1st West Chester called South Church Street in the borough, home until moving to this new station in East Bradford Township in the summer of 1989. In 2012 they expanded the office areas as well as living quarters. 1st West Chester Fire Company is one of three companies that make up the West Chester Fire Department.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


This is from a couple of weeks ago. It seems the tulips came and went really quick. Lots of pollen on this one.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May Flowers

Dwarf Irises, Allium, Gerbera Daisies and Bearded Dianthus. All thanks to the April showers. I guess.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


The allium bloomed this past week, too. It is still not at full bloom, but it will soon be it's full trufula-self. And, why yes, I Googled "purple puffball flower" to get the official name for this one.

Monday, May 19, 2014


Columbine. It's is actually a wild flower that has been brought into the home garden. These are the colors I currently have blooming. My white ones disappeared a few years ago and my red/yellow ones I planted from seed started to green up this spring but then I lost them. I just planted more seeds this past weekend. But the Colorado Blue ones I have not found anywhere yet.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Schaefferstown Volunteer Fire Company, Old Station

Shaefferstown Volunteer Fire Company, Old Station, 211 Heidelberg Avenue (Main Street), Schaefferstown, Pa. Lebanon County Station 35.  Although volunteer fire service in Schaefferstown came and went since before the Civil War, the SVFC as it is today, was organized in 1909. In 1920 company and community members converted to old Evangelical Church, built in 1847, into a usable engine house for their new Hahn engine. Their current station, located 4 and a half blocks northwest, was dedicated on June 10, 1973.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Backyard Full of Birds

It was a very productive weekend at the old outskirt's backyard feeders. American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker and a Tufted Titmouse. Not including the Mourning Doves, Goldfinches, House Finches, House Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows and the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker that kept flying by and wouldn't stop.