The weather forecasters keep tricking us. Yesterday we expected a bit of sun and mid to high 40d temps. No sun (but no rain this time), and temps in high 30s for most of the day.

On my way to meet up with Cindy and Brenda (my buddies who joined the Little Free Pantry ride), I stopped for this broken wall.

We adapted our original route to accommodate Brenda’s errant brakes and avoided a few steep(ish) down hills. Our route took us into the town of Everett for some viewing and a stop for hot drinks and goodies.

This next wall is part of one I included in the “public art” challenge. It is challenging to get a good photo as it curves and wraps around a lot, showing off its mosaic and mirrored self.

As we stopped at the park, our halfway point, we each commented (did not complain mind you) about cold hands, cold feet, or both. Time to find the hot drinks.

Biknig back to downtown I spotted this mural wall and made my friends stop and wait for me as I headed back for it.

I rejoined them at the corner where they stood in front of this building with an interesting wall.

At last we spied our coffee shop. Well, hot chocolate for them and tea for me. Plus a sinfully delicious pistachio croissant that was needed for further warming up ;’-).

The wall outside of the cafe drew me to it.

We had warmed up enough — or the temp had risen a bit — to be comfortable for our ride home. A great day with great friends.

I hope to do one more wall post this month/year, but that will be weather dependent as it is not looking too inviting to ride over the next several days.

Happy Holidays everyone, and a grand New Year!


  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 23, 2018

    Good you got out for a ride — errant brakes and steepish downhills = bad combination.
    Nice murals and walls, I like the gray wall with elongated blocks.

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 23, 2018

      Thanks Rich. I do keep getting out between rain moments, and hope to do that again today. There are a couple more walls I have in mind that I would like to get before the end of the month so today may be the day ;’-)

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: December 23, 2018

    Ha – I love the animals at the table in the mural. You picked up some nice textures in the walls, too. We are to get into the low to mid 40s this coming week, too, but it is not nearly as such a good thing as for you in Farenheit 🙂

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 23, 2018

      I like those whimsical animals as well ;’-). Seems your temps are really up there! So glad you hace been out for a ride after so much working time! Don’t overdo it!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: December 23, 2018

    So many cool walls! Good work! And in that weather! MANY !!!!!!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 23, 2018

      Oh Thank you Suzanne. Today there are a few sun breaks and truly I should be out there on my bike! But I have not found the motivation nor have I wanted to ride. I was surprised at that until I sat down to relax and felt my tired body respond to the relaxation! I need a break I suppose.
      I have really enjoyed all the challenges here and the walls have been fun.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 25, 2018

    The last photo of the brick wall caused me to learn something.
    Notice how the bricks are in courses length wise, and then every 6 or 7 courses they are end wise?
    Got to looking at that wall and wondered why.
    Here is why starting at approximately 4:30
    Thank you! I watched all 5 videos and learned quite a bit about building with bricks.
    One topic leads to another. 🙂

    • By: NancyG Posted: December 25, 2018

      Rich, you are a lifetime scholar! That is very interesting about brick walls, and now I have learned something! Thanks for your inquiring mind Rich, and for sharing what that mind discovers ;’-)

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: December 27, 2018

    Your red bike certainly works well with the walls – itself an artform. There is no chance of it blending in so instead it highlights the wall it is standing by.

    And you found some interesting walls – well done! A Cafe would certainly be required for a warm up.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: December 27, 2018

    Thanks Tony. Glad you are enjoying the walls. I am certainly enjoying hunting for them ;’-)

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