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Real Estate Agent - Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Delaware RS-0010115
Looking for older and historic homes in the State of Delaware or in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Carolyn Roland is a trained Architectural Historian and a Board Member of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and Friends of the Furness Railroad District as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Delaware and Chester County Historical Societies.,..
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We had a whole lot of rain yesterday, but luckily for my neighborhood, it just meant a few branches down, the usual soggy ground at the bottom of the hill, and a gushing Shellpot Creek (a name left behind by early Swedish settlers) at the bottom of the hill.  Today I decided to do some weeding an...
04/14/2020
Every day, I check on what is in bloom in my garden and today I also checked to see if any branches were down after a hard rain storm last night.Luckily, there didn't seem to be any damage (except for the tulip blooms bitten off by an over-active squirrel).Today's bouquet contains daffodils, tuli...
04/08/2020
This afternoon, I headed out for a walk to see if anything had changed since my last walk. I knew the County said they were fencing playgrounds and discouraging group play.  Back in the 1950's, when they built these houses, each neighborhood had a small park or two. We got two because there was a...
03/30/2020
Yes, I live in the well-populated area of Brandywine Hundred outside of the City of Wilmington, Delaware. But it is an area which honors its history. Highland Farms, an organic market, is just down the road from me and across the street from Brandywine High School.  How did the Webster family far...
03/24/2020
Today I visited Bellevue State Park in North Wilmington. The crowd in the main parking lot drove me to park near the tennis courts (they are waiving entrance fees at present).  On over 28 acres of land, this former duPont estate and 1830 Mt. Pleasant School building were given to the State in 197...
03/21/2020
Growing up in Chicago, all I remember about celebrating March 19 is that all my classmates tried to wear green on March 17, to honor St. Patrick.  But we knew we would get our chance on the 19th, because all of us Polish-American kids would wear red, to honor St. Joseph.I was thinking of this las...
03/19/2020
Since our options for being out and around seem to be limited to parks and our our yards, a friend and I took advantage of a sunny day and had a nice hike around the grounds of Winterthur Museum and Gardens today. The museum and shops are closed, but the groundskeepers are busy and we saw them bu...
03/16/2020
A new "organic" grocery store, "Sprouts," has opened this week in North Wilmington (or Brandywine Hundred, the historic name). Since we really don't have a lot of sources of entertainment after all the museums and theaters have closed, they had a good number of people yesterday. The other end of ...
03/14/2020
I came across this survey by The Economist which purports to gauge the mood of the economy by the songs people listen to: The Economist has carefully analyzed music consumption to “create a quantitative measure of seasonal misery.” The publication used data from a popular music streaming service ...
03/09/2020
My favorite perennial flower is the Hellebore, or Lenten Rose, a late winter bloomer that is a member of the Buttercup family. This morning I started cleaning up one of the 3 planting beds in my back and front yards that become more crowded with Hellebores every year. Not that I mind them spreadi...
02/29/2020