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In each of my groups of cottage pictures there are cottages that I know will be torn down within weeks. I’ll keep you updated.

Please note as you look how the majority of cottages are lovingly well-kept. It isn’t easy to keep a hundred-plus year old house well-kept.

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One day while on a walk I noted two cottages side by side that had “for sale” signs in the front yard. The next time I walked past they were tearing the cottages down. So I thought, why not put pictures up of all the cottages still existing. I’m not adding addresses because that isn’t cool. Unless the cottage is torn down, then I will add the address as a requiem.

This is the first set of cottage pictures for you to look at and hope it isn’t the last time to see them. More will follow as I make my way around the neighborhood.

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This is a new old house. You can see the mix of old and newer townhouses behind it.

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This may be the house that was Cary Grant's favorite home in Houston. It feels Art Deco in style.

On the corner of Taft and Fairview there are several restaurants.

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My son and I went to Graffiti. I’ve had their fish tacos (twice) and today my son ordered the stuffed chicken breast. He said it was “awesome”.

The thing I love to order is the ‘Tres Leches Iced Coffee’. It is like a dessert with plenty of caffeine. There are several other restaurants and “dives” nearby and I’ll report back as I try them.

Graffiti is dog friendly. So walk over and bring your best pal to dine outside and enjoy the flowers and the action from Reeves Antiques, the bike shop, and more. I’ll post some pictures soon.

Graffiti is housed in a Victorian built in 1910. The house was built from a kit that was ordered from a Sears Catalog

Graffiti is housed in a Victorian built in 1910. The house was built from a kit that was ordered from a Sears Catalog

I've heard several people comment that this Mexico City Restaurant is wonderful.

I’ve heard several people comment that this Mexico City Restaurant is wonderful.

Max's Wine Dive isn't finished yet. But there is one on Washington and it is quite popular.

Max’s Wine Dive isn’t finished yet. But there is one on Washington and it is quite popular.

Le Boheme is a wine bar with a food menu.

Le Boheme is a wine bar with a food menu.

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2012/11/ziggys_healthy_grill_gets_a_ma.php

SAM_0472So on a walk through East Montrose you may see many types of homes. The neighborhood includes a variety of styles and tastes in architecture. The time it takes to walk gives the walker more perspective. Depending on the weather and the position of the sun for lighting you as a walker have many photo opportunities.SAM_0470SAM_0469

Some homes are more modern.SAM_0485

Some are quite eclectic.

This may be the house that was Cary Grant's favorite home in Houston. It feels Art Deco in style.

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This house reminds me of something from a storybook.

This house reminds me of something from a storybook.

Some homes in the neighborhood are traditional and quite old.SAM_0482  SAM_0473

This is a new old house. You can see the mix of old and newer townhouses behind it.

This is a new old house. You can see the mix of old and newer townhouses behind it.

This house sits next to a park. The house was saved as a result of neighborhood action to protect the park's giant live oak.

This house sits next to a park. The house was saved as a result of neighborhood action to protect the park’s giant live oak.

So many homes in East Montrose are being torn down to provide room for more than one house on a lot. There is nothing wrong with tearing down ugly, unfix-able houses but it is sad when old houses in good condition are torn down. It would be so much better if they were carted away to some other place like a country acre for instance (put out to pasture, so to speak – as if to reward them for good service these past one hundred years).

Next time you are out and about, take note of your favorite houses. You might not see them next time you take a walk.

Walking in East Montrose is a pleasure shared by many. One of the best things about walking is that the walker can see things missed from driving or riding. The small details. The cats lazing on porches. The sound of water from the hidden pond. A walker can see the details.

Coreopsis blooms from April until October and even November.

Coreopsis blooms from April until October and even November.

The smallest details may be the flowers.

Vitex can be pruned into small trees. They bloom at least twice. They are also called Chastetree because Native Americans used the leaves in tea to ease Menstrual cramp.

Vitex can be pruned into small trees. They bloom at least twice. They are also called Chastetree because Native Americans used the leaves in tea to ease Menstrual cramp.

Flowers bloom in the neighborhood year round.

The Four-O'Clocks are what is referred to as "an old-fashioned" flower. They bloom in the early evening and attract hummingbird moths. They come in pink, yellow, apricot, white, and variegated.

The Four-O’Clocks are what is referred to as “an old-fashioned” flower. They bloom in the early evening and attract hummingbird moths. They come in pink, yellow, apricot, white, and variegated.

Blink and you might miss them.

Here is the "common" Lantana usually planted by the Mockingbirds because they love the black seeds. You will also see purple Lantana and the brilliant yellow Lantana around the neighborhood.

Here is the “common” Lantana usually planted by the Mockingbirds because they love the black seeds. You will also see purple Lantana and the brilliant yellow Lantana around the neighborhood.

Walking gives the viewer the privilege of a nice long look.

Hibiscus is a tropical that will survive a mild winter.

Hibiscus is a tropical that will survive a mild winter.

Walking is beneficial not only for the walker but for the neighborhood. Walkers can spot things like opened or non-secured properties. They can spot things out-of-place or unsafe. East Montrose is a very walkable neighborhood and hopefully homeowners will be encouraged, as the neighborhood becomes more and more gorgeous, to fix broken or non-existent sidewalks for those that like to walk.

Pride of Barbados has a brilliant bloom.

Pride of Barbados has a brilliant bloom.

Despite the intense heat at Saturday’s dedication party in parking lot next to Inversion Coffee House, the folks attending looked cool. Perhaps in part because of the great wine and finger food, and of course the snow-cones. You can’t have an August party in Houston while the sun is still shining without snow-cones.

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The art was complete.

Finished Art

Finished Art

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The artist, Patrick Renner, looked happy.

Joan Son and artist Patrick Renner

Joan Son and artist Patrick Renner

H-Town Streats had their food wagon open.

Origami artist Joan Son and husband Wing

Origami artist Joan Son and husband Wing Tse

The music was provided by P.L.X.T.X. Pronounced “Pluto” – their website explains all: Venetian Snares to Aphex Twin (Come to daddy period) until Atari teenage riot. It is close to the fury of the sound crew of Alec Empire, drum’n’bass breakbeats as overwhelming rumbling explosions interspersed with crackling and larsens hyper-strident. genre – DIGITAL HARDCORE. The brains behind P.L.X.T.X is twenty two year old, Bradley Muñoz – Based from Houston, TX. P.L.X.T.X is reaching high with DIY strength. overcoming many obstacles & not letting his stutter get in his way. P.L.X.T.X is not sitting still here in America, but expanding as far as Europe & Japan. — P.L.X.T.X released a full length album titled, SELECTIVE MUTISM LP. — this full length shows how far P.L.X.T.X is taking his music with truth and dignity.

The heat did not dent the beat.Music D.J.

So I’ll let the pictures tell more.SAM_0405 SAM_0406 SAM_0411 SAM_0419 SAM_0421

Image  —  Posted: August 15, 2013 in Art
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