Monday, August 19, 2013
Northshire Bookstore is in a lovely new building on Broadway and it looks terrific.
Also near the front door, they have wisely provided the Saratoga business must-have: a large bowl of water for visiting dogs.
Earlier this year, the National Museum of Dance selected 24 artists for a project called Saratoga En Pointe! Each artist decorated a five-foot tall fiberglass ballet shoe sculpture. The ballet shoes are displayed throughout the city.
I guess they are okay, although the chopped off leg is slightly unsettling.
A few years ago, Saratoga did a similar thing with fiberglass horses, like this re-purposed one, below. The horses were very popular, so popular that a few were stolen. They were also popular with drunken tourists who often attempted to ride them.
I bet no one has tried to ride or steal the ballet shoes.
Back on the homefront, I set out to clean up my late summer garden a bit. The bee balm needs trimming back, as most of the blooms have gone by.
But when I got up close and was about to start snipping, I noticed that bees of all varieties were still finding nectar in the past-it flower heads. I decided to leave them be (so to speak) for a few more days. Cutting back the bee balm will now move to next week's To Do list.
The bees had company in the garden on the nearby phlox. Showy swallowtails were in a near frenzy this weekend.
Oh, how lovely these August days can be. I should get back outside right now.