UNLIKELY: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 2 May 2018

This week’s challenge is to share a photo of something unlikely: an object or person in an unlikely place, an unpredictable experience, a serendipitous accident . . .

— Michelle Weber, The Daily Post

Today, instead of looking through her archives, self decided to take some pictures of her garden.

She’s just back to her house in Redwood City after almost three years. The garden is not the same: it’s a little wilder. But she likes it.

Here are the unexpected survivors:

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Variegated Abutilon: The mother plant died, but two feet away, self discovered these sprouts.

White flowers suddenly began appearing, all along the back fence:

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She thinks these are Viburnum Opulens? They just started blooming. Profusely.

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These yellow beach daisies are amazingly resilient. This bush is about the height of the fence, and it’s been blooming non-stop since February.

OTHER UNLIKELY:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Opening Sentence, R. L. Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND

Treasure Island (published 1883) Part I Chapter 1:

Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17–, and go back to the time when my father kept the Admiral Benbow inn, and the brown old seaman, with the sabre cut, first took up his lodging under our roof.

Sentence of the Day: From a Re-read of THE SUBTLE KNIFE by Philip Pullman

Isn’t it a bit soon, self, to do a re-read of Book 2 of His Dark Materials?

Newp! It is never too soon to do a re-read of Pullman. She simply alternates between her current reading (Treasure Island) and Pullman. That is all.

From The Subtle Knife:

  • The witches flew above to spy out the best routes, because the hilly land soon gave way to steeper slopes and rocky footing, and as the sun rose toward noon, the travelers found themselves in a tangled land of dry gullies, cliffs, and boulder-strewn valleys where not a single green leaf grew, and where the stridulation of insects was the only sound.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Treasure Island, p. 29-30: The Contents of a Dead Seaman’s Chest

a quadrant
a tin canikin
several sticks of tobacco
two brace of very handsome pistols
a piece of bar silver
an old Spanish watch
a pair of compasses mounted with brass
an old boat-cloak, whitened with sea-salt
a bundle tied up in oilcloth
a canvas bag “that gave forth, at a touch, the jingle of gold.”

While the narrator and his mother are rifling through the chest, they suddenly hear, “in the silent, frosty air, a sound that brought my heart into my mouth — the tap-tapping of the blind man’s stick upon the frozen road. It drew nearer and nearer, while we sat holding our breath.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Moving Up and Down, Outdoors

Always love it when I can join Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week’s is

MOVING UP AND DOWN, OUTDOORS.

Cee’s blog lists a few examples: outdoor stairs, elevators, ladders, hot air balloons, pogo sticks.

Here are some:

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Private beach access for this homeowner along the Mendocino coast

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Water Tower, Mendocino Village

And finally:

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Front Porch, Redwood City, CA

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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