It's been another week of walking here. JoJo and I have logged another 25 miles or so. Same streets (although our routes do vary by mood and distance). I'm trying to approach my routes with "fresh eyes" every day, which is actually pretty easy right now -- with spring finally unfolding here. We've got trees blooming and leaves popping and landscape projects going on all over the place.
Last Thursday, I shared three little libraries I see on my neighborhood walks with JoJo. This week, I decided to share three other things I see on my walks: Neighborhood Oddities! You know . . . things you don't really expect to see in a typical, suburban kind of neighborhood.
Like . . . well. We have a barn!
Yep. We have a big old barn just down the block from my house. We walk or drive past it every time we leave or return back home. It's pretty unusual, actually, sitting there among all the neighborhood houses. But it's also kind of cool. Apparently, my neighborhood used to be a farm -- I think an orchard of some type. When the farmer sold the land to developers, he got to keep his barn. (And now we all have a cool background for family photos and senior pictures, etc.)
We also have tennis courts! But not public tennis courts. . .
(It is so much harder than I thought it would be to take decent photos of tennis courts. . . )
There are two houses quite nearby that have their own, private tennis courts. Full size. Fenced. Well maintained. But . . . in the nearly 17 years that we've lived here, I've never seen anyone actually playing on either of these courts.
(This is the other court, just down the block from the first one.) (Sadly, with an equally bad photograph.)
Maybe there were tennis-playing kids in these houses at one point? I don't know. All I know is that we have two tennis courts that are completely unused just down the street. (I did notice yesterday that one of the courts has its net up now. I'll be on the watch for any volleys.)
And . . . we have a mega church!
My kids always called this architectural oddity "Fort God." It used to be a big Episcopal church -- I believe it was a "headquarters" or something. But the church needed to sell the property and building, and a mega church bought it -- and then built that huge industrial-looking portion of the building to the right of the original "Fort God." They also paved that giant parking lot. It's not so bad to have a mega church as a neighbor (especially because they agreed to divert all traffic AWAY from our neighborhood streets -- and they hire local police to manage their traffic every Sunday), but . . . the grounds used to be very beautiful and park-like when the Episcopal church owned the property. It was like having a neighborhood park, actually, as the Episcopal church shared their grounds (which included a wonderful labyrinth I used to walk). That all changed with the mega church, though. It's now a big parking lot -- and it's gated. (As in KEEP OUT.)
How about you? Any oddities in YOUR neighborhood?
Hop on over to Carole's today for more Three on Thursday post.