Flower of the Day: English Bouquet

Back in Oxford! What a feeling. She arrived from East London and realized she hadn’t bothered to make a note of Lucy’s house number (She did know the street) because she thought she’d recognize the house at first sight. She ended up walking back and forth, back and forth, for half an hour. Conveniently, her Android told her “There is no wi-fi connection.” This is why she pays Verizon $239/month for the International Plan. So she can be stuck with luggage on a street in Oxford, with no wi-fi connection. Her laptop was completely out of battery, so no help there.

Tugging her luggage behind her, she started asking the neighbors: “Do you know Lucy?” She figured, Oxford is a small town, this is a small street. Everyone must know Lucy. Guess what: NO ONE KNEW LUCY.

Finally, she heard her name being called, and there was Lucy! Lucy had seen self pass in front of her house, trundling luggage. Probably wondered why self didn’t stop, since the front door was wide open.

Anyhoo, she’s arrived! Same room and everything! There was even the sweetest little arrangement of wildflowers on her writing desk!

Posting a picture for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): Walking from Hackney Street to Bethnal Green, East London

Self undertook this walk last Sunday. It was a gorgeous day, lots of people were out and about, maybe because of the Columbia St. Flower Market? She had every intention of scoping out this world-famous Flower Market in East London, but was distracted by all the wee little boutiques and alleys and coffee shops along the way. So dear blog readers will have to settle for these:

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge (Flowers)

For Cee’s Black and White Challenge (Theme of the Week: Flowers), self spent some time looking over her archives. The winner: clematis.

She took this photo yesterday, during a visit to Hackney City Farm in East London.

Below, the original photo, and the black and white version.

Six-Word Saturday: Hackney City Farm, Goldsmiths Row, London

For the past week, self has been exploring East London. Well, maybe ‘exploring’ isn’t the right word: she’s been mostly reading and writing and sending stuff out and trying to get home sooner so she can vote in the California primary — it may seem funny to cut a trip short just to vote in a primary, but she takes nothing for granted these days.

Here are the positions up for vote: California U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Member of State Board of Equalization, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Assembly Member, as well as other local candidates. She is, of course, voting Democrat all the way down the ballot. And if there’s one thing she’s proud about, it’s about raising a son who’ll vote Democrat all the way down the ballot, too!

These past six years have been exhausting: she’s cut off ties with friends she’s known for decades, because all of a sudden they’re calling Hillary “ugly” and say women should not be wearing pantsuits. Think it’s ridiculous? So does self.

Anyhoo, while knocking about East London (which is as far from tourist-y as you can get in London), she stumbled onto a working farm. You can smell the manure from a long way off, it is a little disconcerting, but at least all self had to do was follow her nose.

What a place, though! It sells cheese, grains, veggies — the usual stuff sold by an organic farm. And the minders look exactly like the people in California. In fact, they may even look slightly more hippie-ish than organic farmers do back home. East London hippies — self never knew such a type existed!

Posting this for Travel with Intent’s Six-Word Saturday Challenge.

Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge: Haggerston Park, East London

Haggerston Park is right across the street from self’s Airbnb, but she only worked up the energy to explore it today. She wouldn’t have taken so long if there weren’t, at the entrance nearest to her Airbnb, a very popular liquor store with all sorts of shaven-headed, tattooed men hanging about. Anyhoo, this morning self skipped past that particular entrance and entered the park via a popular bike path, further down.

Unlike the typical city park, this one is wild. The part she walked through was woodland (in East London!) She came upon a swamp. A swamp ringed by large clumps of daffodils. Self was transported with delight!

Seeing daffodils in the middle of this wild-seeming landscape is a magical experience. Self thought the daffodils were random plantings, but on closer inspection, there is an unobtrusive wire fence holding the daffodils back from the swamp.

Posting for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day: Wisteria, East London

Still traveling! For Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge, has self got a special treat for dear blog readers!

Today she dropped by Hackney City Farm (an honest-to-goodness working farm, with goats and cows and sheep, right in the heart of East London) and photographed the wisteria hanging over the entrance. Gorgeous, right?

There is an Italian restaurant on the premises, but it wasn’t open yet at the time of self’s visit. She will return.

Flashback Friday: Belfast Botanic Gardens

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Yesterday, Russell Square

Yesterday, headed to Russell Square with the morning’s Guardian, sipped cappucino at one of the outdoor tables. Hadn’t slept at all the night before, upset about Roe v Wade. Nevertheless, it is so peaceful there, always.

Took these pictures for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Flower of the Day: Botanic Gardens, Belfast

Self walked through the Botanic Gardens on her way to the Ulster Museum, yesterday.

Wow! Gorgeous flowers!

Posting for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Flower of the Day: Deciduous Magnolias

From the beautiful garden at River Mill, County Down, Northern Ireland:

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

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