Family business has kept me traveling on weekends this spring, so time for gardening has been hard to find. I didn’t spend much time planning or spacing. Instead, whenever I had a few minutes I just threw seeds or sprouts wherever looked vacant. Luckily we’ve had a lot of rain so I haven’t had to water too often, and overall it has been going surprisingly well.
We’ve been harvesting lettuce all spring, until it went to seed last week. I picked some peas that I probably let stay on the vine too long. Last weekend I picked a nice big green onion for a meal that friends grilled up on rooftop deck of the Accordion Player’s building. I kept the herbs up on the window sill this year so that I could get to them more easily when I am cooking, and also to have more room for vegetables. I’m usually terrible with flowers but, I put out a lot this year and so far they’ve all survived.
One new addition was to put accent lights around the tree wells. Pedestrians often accidentally stepped on our garden last year and the lights have helped a lot. Also they really look cool.
Accent Lights around the Gardens
The Accordion Player and I just got back into town after a week away. We were walking around doing errands, getting mail, picking up some tomatoes for spaghetti, hitting the ATM, etc. Strolling along 1st Ave we saw a sign “Krewe: Now Open.” I had heard nothing about a new place opening just around the corner, so mail and groceries in hand we walked in to investigate.
Turns out to be a swanky New Orleans themed bar. They’ve got a nice wine selection on the wall, and even have a carry out permit. I’m not a cigar smoker, but I was still excited to see a walk-in humidor, just because that’s cool and different for the area.
The decor is cozy. Wine racks along one wall with a classy bar. They kept the old hardwood floors and heart pine ceiling and a great old skylight similar to the ones I have in the storage units (but theirs isn’t covered).
The Accordion Player really enjoyed their Martini list and chose a Royale Sunset. She liked it. My “Dirty Krewe” Martini was delicious. We both enjoyed the New Orleans Jazz music.
We got to talking to the bar tender and she said they had moved from Patton Creek in Hoover because the rent was twice as much, and “Hoover is dead after nine.”
Welcome to the neighborhood, Krewe!
The LivBirmingham Loft Tour still needs volunteers to greet visitors and give directions. Please consider showing off our friendly neighborhood!
Rebecca Pugh and Joe Walker are making a new short film. Most of the story takes place in an apartment. When they asked to shoot in my loft, I said “Heck yeah!” After talking to them this weekend, this sounds like a really ambitious project using state of the art cameras, flying in an actress from across the country, and submitting to all the big time international film festivals. The script looked great, and I can’t wait to watch the movie!
Lights! Camera! Action!
You can see some more pictures on Rebecca’s blog: http://rebeccapugh.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/location-location-location-indiefilm/
Tickets are officially on sale for Liv Birmingham’s May 11 launch event, Cool Spaces+Downtown Places. Come visit some of the coolest lofts in downtown Birmingham (including mine). I’ve also heard a rumor that Madge the Magic City Dragon might appear that day. You can get tickets at http://coolspaces.eventbrite.com/
El Barrio was featured in April’s Business Alabama Magazine. The article cited not only the great food and atmosphere, but how it accelerated the downtown revival that was already under way on 2nd Avenue. I couldn’t find a copy of the article on their web site, so hopefully they won’t sue me for scanning the article and posting it here.
So many people have asked to visit my loft that I’ve forgotten who has seen it or who wants to see it. Good news! My forgetfulness and your curiosity now have a remedy. My home will be featured on this year’s REV Birmingham Loft Tour (REV Birmingwam is the new name of Operation New Birmingham). The tour will take place May 11. Starting at 1:00 pm, you can begin the tour at John’s City Diner (21st street and 2nd Avenue North). Come and visit 10 of the coolest places to live in Downtown Birmingham. I’ve even heard a rumor that Madge the Magic City Dragon will be out and about!
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El Barrio in National Geographic
National Geographic Traveler published a short article about Birmingham, and El Barrio was mentioned! How cool? Follow the link to InBirmingham’s reprint.
Last Sunday the accordion player and I decided to redesign the closet. The original walk-in closet design was enormous, but as we added a washer and dryer, and all of the home control, security systems, and media hardware, “enormous” became “yeah, that’s pretty big.”
We raised the original hanger rods and shelves to 80 inches, and added a second rod and shelf below one side at 40 inches high. Under the other rod we put in a shoe rack. We almost doubled the closet capacity and now it looks a lot less cluttered.
Our next step is to reconfigure the media rack to be more compact, and add a few more shelves along with racks for ties and belts.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Shelves installed on rods
Finished and Filled
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