Endless Summer Lovin’

Backyard, Summer

Backyard, Summer

Backyard:  Clematis "Niobe"

Backyard: Clematis “Niobe”

"Polka," one of self's oldest roses. It blooms only once a year, early spring.

“Polka,” one of self’s oldest roses. It blooms only once a year, early spring.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Still More Summer Lovin’

Plants blooming now in self’s garden:

Amaryllis belladonna, otherwise known as "Naked Lady" for its complete absence of foliage. These usually only get going in August.

Amaryllis belladonna, otherwise known as “Naked Lady” for its complete absence of foliage. These usually only get going in August.

Paid $10 for this wee plum tree from Whole Foods.  I didn't expect it to bear fruit so soon.

Paid $10 for this wee plum tree from Whole Foods. I didn’t expect it to bear fruit so soon.

The white lilies popped up unexpectedly a few days ago:  Self forgot she even planted them.

The white lilies popped up unexpectedly a few days ago: Self forgot she even planted them.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Twist: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is TWIST.

Which is a deliciously challenging theme, obvio.u.s.ly !

The first one is a different kind of twist:  a serendipitous discovery in Culver City, California.

The next two are of actual twists: one in a piece of art, another found in nature.

Tara's Himalayan Restaurant, Culver City. Thanks much to Jennie and Andrew for taking her here! It was her first taste of Himalayan cuisine: funny she should find it in southern California, of all places!

Tara’s Himalayan Restaurant, Culver City. Thanks much to Jennie and Andrew for taking her here! It was her first taste of Himalayan cuisine: funny she should find it in southern California, of all places!

Tapestry by Filipino artist Ugu Bigyan. Self brought it home from the Philippines over 20 years ago. U.S. Customs asked her what it was, she answered "A hammock." They let it go.

Tapestry by Filipino artist Ugu Bigyan. Self brought it home from the Philippines over 20 years ago. U.S. Customs asked her what it was, she answered “A hammock.” They let it go.

This is what's left after the clematis petals have fallen off. SO beautiful.

This is what’s left after the clematis petals have fallen off. SO beautiful.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Spring 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Irises, Venice, April 2013

Irises, Venice, April 2013

Sidewalk Café, Venice, April 2013

Sidewalk Café, Venice, April 2013

Feast of St. Mark's, Venice, April 2013

Feast of St. Mark’s, Venice, April 2013

Spring! WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Apologizing in advance for this post, because self used pictures from last year.

She’s in Dublin, which is rather gloomy, and what with the hectic arrival, she still hasn’t had the chance to snap a single picture here.

Poppies!  These were in front of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, last month.

Poppies! These were in front of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, last month.

Hydrangea "Nikko" Blue, grows in a pot in self's backyard.

Hydrangea “Nikko” Blue, grows in a pot in self’s backyard.

Mums.  Self planted them from a florists' bouquet that someone gave her a long time ago.

Mums. Self planted them from a florists’ bouquet that someone gave her a long time ago.

Inside 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The San Mateo County Historical Museum is located in Courthouse Square, downtown Redwood City.

San Mateo County Historical Museum, Courthouse Square, Redwood City

San Mateo County Historical Museum, Courthouse Square, Redwood City

This gallery was just off the main lobby of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

This gallery was just off the main lobby of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

The Inside of Self's Helleborus "Courage."

The Inside of Self’s Helleborus “Courage.” For some reason, the plant didn’t bloom at all this year.  The picture above was taken last year.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Dreaming of Gardens

Last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle Datebook had several pieces on Golden Gate Park and the people who garden in it. Self was absolutely fascinated. The Park has been part of her best memories about living in the Bay Area.

These are what Golden Gate Park has meant to her, over the years: serenity, beauty, stillness, rest, happiness.

Today, self spent a lot of time in her garden.  She planted a Spanish lavender (even though it is getting harder and harder for her to dig holes:  every single bush in the garden, she has planted by herself.  There will come a time when she won’t be able to do it anymore.  This makes her feel sad.)

"Regal Josephine" Clematis

“Regal Josephine” Clematis:  Self bought it only six months ago.

A Private Garden (Self discovered this when she followed some people walking into an office building, and saw the garden through a back door.  The door had a key situated in the lock:  As dear blog readers well know, when self encounters a key in a lock, she ALWAYS opens it)

A Private Garden in Venice (Self discovered this when she followed some people walking into an office building, and saw the garden through a back door. The door had a key situated in the lock: As dear blog readers well know, when self encounters a key in a lock, she ALWAYS opens it)

The Grounds of Hawthornden, southern Scotland

The Grounds of Hawthornden, southern Scotland

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

The Hue of You 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is about color:  “The Hue of You.”  The idea is to “share a photograph with a prominent color (or assortment of colors) that reveals more about you.  It could be a symbolic, meaningful shade; a color that expresses how you currently feel; or a combination of colors that excites you and tells a visual story.”

Color is about emotions, too.  Since all the ones in this set of photographs are bright, self knows she is feeling pretty good right now.

In the first picture, self was attracted to the pop of magenta among the welter of fliers on this kiosk on the Stanford campus.

Stanford Kiosk, this evening: Walked around after attending a Valerie Miner reading

Stanford Kiosk, this evening: Walked around after attending a Valerie Miner reading

When self returned from Bacolod, the garden was dry.  It was a sad place.  Bella’s water and food dish were still on the deck, as were all her pillows.  Then, suddenly, two days ago, the alstroemeria began to bloom.

Backyard:  Alstroemeria "Third Harmonic"

Backyard: Alstroemeria “Third Harmonic”

Self had never seen grass so green as the grass she saw on the campus of Pampanga Agricultural College, which she visited at the end of September.

The Main Quadrangle of Pampanga Agricultural College

The Main Quadrangle of Pampanga Agricultural College

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

Saturation: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The prompt:

“This week, show us a photo of whatever you like, but make sure it’s saturated.  It can be black and white, a single color, a few hues, or a complete rainbow riot; just make sure it’s rich and powerful.”

Here are self’s three shots of saturated color!

Wall Shrine in Calle Something-or-other (Near the Frari Church)

Wall Shrine in Calle Something-or-other in Venice (Near the Frari Church)

In our first home, in Sausalito Terrace, Fremont, there were bushes of this plant lining the driveway.

In our first home, in Sausalito Terrace, Fremont, there were bushes of this plant lining the driveway.

Armchair in self's room in Hawthornden, June 2012

Armchair in self’s room in Hawthornden, June 2012

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus 2

It is SO much fun to participate in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges!

This week’s theme is FOCUS:  “Get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus . . . tinker with the manual settings, use the autofocus feature, or play around with an app.”

In response to which, self would like to say:  Easier said than done!

But here’s another try:

Flower Carpet "Red" on self's front porch

Flower Carpet “Red” on self’s front porch

Memories of another August:  Nerja or Nijar, southern Spain, August 1996

Memories of another August: Nerja or Nijar, southern Spain, August 1996

Steps by the castle at Hawthornden:  June 2012

Steps by the castle at Hawthornden: June 2012

Did she get it right?  Who knows?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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