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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 | 2 comments

Enjoying Fall Leaves

Enjoying Fall Leaves

Fall is quite an inspiring time of year. The leaves are falling quickly and piles of leaves are accumulating everywhere. There is so much inspiration in these leaves. On the East Coast, we get such a variety of colors. The colors really light up a house. Whole books are written celebrating their beauty. I recently read Leaf Man to my kindergarten class. They loved it and created lovely leaf pictures. We also had fun building their names using fallen leaves. All you need is a sharpie, paper, glue, and colorful leaves. Children love seeing their names incorporated with nature. Leaf piles are a joy for children to jump in. Let them do it! Enjoy the leaves while they...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 | 1 comment

Preserving a Treasured Swamp Oak Tree

Preserving a Treasured Swamp Oak Tree

Right here in Del Ray, we have what I’m told is the second largest swamp oak tree in Virginia. If you live in the area, you’ve likely driven or walked past this magnificent tree many times without realizing it. It’s on the 200th block of E. Glebe, just east of Commonwealth Ave, on the property of the Auburn Village Condominiums. Residents have been understandably worried that the tree could split during a storm and fall on the homes, or into traffic, or both. The tree (all oak trees in fact) are known to be hollow when they reach their full size. While deciding whether or not to cut it down, board member Steve Kindrick says that “people came out of the woodwork” in the greater Northern Virginia area in support of saving the tree. He says that many people “who know about trees” already had this tree on their list of exceptional trees. The condominium has since voted to keep the tree, which is still alive but fragile. Steve says...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 | 3 comments

Parks and Rec: Jefferson-Houston Playground and Field

Parks and Rec: Jefferson-Houston Playground and Field

Construction on the Jefferson-Houston playground and turf field ended earlier this year, but I visited for the first time last weekend for my son’s soccer game. It’s a fabulous addition to the neighborhood and worth a visit even if your kids don’t attend the school. The field faces Cameron Street with parking along the street or in the lot behind the Old Town Pool. It’s also a block away from King Street Metro. In addition to the enormous turf field, there are three gated playground areas, a basketball court, several shade sails covering picnic tables and educational signs along the path. We’re looking forward to a great season of soccer here at Jefferson-Houston! For more local play spaces, check out our series on Del Ray area parks and...

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Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 | 2 comments

Stop and Smell the Roses on Russell Road

Stop and Smell the Roses on Russell Road

People seem to drive their cars very fast on Russell Road. They just whiz by all the beauty it beholds. This summer, I have spent a lot of time on my bicycle. This has allowed me to view some amazing gardens. It is just a fact that you see more when you are on a bike and even more when on foot. As I ride up and descend down Russell Road I see all its beauty. The flower garden that blooms all summer… The little peach tree packed with peaches (hands off!!) Curbside vegetable gardens Victory gardens Shade gardens You can’t forget to stop by Maury Elementary. They have a great example of a Native American Three Sisters Garden. Sunflowers… A flurry of yellow/orange cosmos The flower garden created by Maid to Clean The cannon from the Civil War has pretty cactus growing at its foot. This crape myrtle is amazing. I spoke with the owner who told me, “My dad had me cut this tree up to here...

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Parks and Rec: Old Town Pool

Parks and Rec: Old Town Pool

With Del Ray’s Warwick Pool temporarily closed for repairs, many of us are looking for alternate summer cooling options. Stepping in, one of our favorite summer spots, the Old Town Pool. Thanks to a special new partnership, getting to the Old Town Pool is now a lot easier. More than 20 local businesses, along with the support of the USA Swimming Foundation – Make a Splash, are sponsoring free rides during July, August and through Labor Day weekend on DASH’s AT 10 route which runs from Potomac Yard to King St Metro making several stops along Mt Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. During the week, the pool is open from noon – 8 p.m. and on the weekend from noon – 7 p.m.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids. There is plenty of open space for kids to play, lap lanes and a diving board, all with views of the Masonic Temple and the fabulous new playground at Jefferson Houston School. For the little ones, there’s also a...

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