Old North Little Rock Post Office

Before it was the Argenta Branch of the Lamen Library, the lovely columned building in downtown North Little Rock was a post office. I was lucky enough to tour the building before changes were made. Unfortunately, I only had my cell phone with me. Still, I’m glad I had a chance to see and document it. This building is a great example of reuse. It is now a wonderful library that includes an art gallery.

Back to the Pines

During a recent trip back to The Pines, I was dismayed to see how vandals were destroying the lobby. Apparently, people are trying to steal the marble that lines the walls.

It was a cold rainy day and there were big puddles of water in the lobby floor from the damaged skylight overhead.  You can see in the first few photos where moss is growing. Upstairs in some of the rooms there was ice from where water had leaked from the ceiling.

Last time we were here, the building down the street was a pile of rubble. That has been cleaned up, but now there are orange barrels around the building across the street . Further down, the street is still closed off from when a part of a building collapsed.

I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, before The Pines is surrounded in orange Barrels.

Rats!

A few years ago, my daughter had pet rats. It was okay, because she was in college and they weren’t at my house. Then she asked me to watch them one summer when she went to Spain as part of the scholars program at her school. I found out how smart and friendly they were and used them to illustrate  a funny story that I would send to my daughter in a series of emails. Basically, it was an excuse to photograph the rats and send funny emails to my baby girl. I don’t remember the story exactly, but it was about the rats calling her to find out when she would come home. They can’t wait, so they look up on the map to see where she was, set out to find her, have some adventures on the way like running with the bulls and seeing famous cave paintings and finally the welcome home party.