Luck of the Irish

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Self’s most fervent wish: The luck of the Irish be with her, please, while she is in Annaghmakerrig . . .

This place hasn’t failed her yet. She’s writing like crazes. Something in the air?

One thing good about having a half-broke camera (The lens stopped opening all the way, about two weeks ago) is that self has been exploring the visual capabilities of Photo Booth. And it has been fun.

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The slashes of the half-way open lens of her half-broke camera don’t seem as distracting when she zooms in, somehow.

Robby’s wife gave her these white tulips yesterday.

Well, then. Stay tuned.

Harmonies of Spring

Oh how beautiful is the season of spring!

These yellow daffodils are in the front garden of the MacCallum House in Mendocino Village.

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Daffodils + Spring = Harmony!

More daffodils!

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

SEASONS 3: Mendocino, Last Thursday of February 2016

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Self went for a walk around the village.

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Mendocino Village has many examples of whimsical garden art!

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Spring is in the air! This table and chairs was in front of a local beauty salon.

And, for election season, Bernie Sanders would like to extend a warm welcome!

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Every local person self has spoken to so far is a Bernie Sanders supporter. Clearly, Mendocino is HIS town.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Seasons: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 8

It warmed up this week.

Self is still in Mendocino.

She likes walking to the bookstore on Main Street, Gallery Bookshop, and then taking pictures of the headlands. Because she was trying to find subjects for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, SEASONS, she focused on the flowers in the meadow in front of her:

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Flowers are popping up in the meadow across from the Gallery Bookshop on Main Street, Mendocino.

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More Flowers, Same Meadow

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These flowers are tiny. Self had to do an extreme close-up. Good thing her fingers didn’t shake as much as they usually do.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Life Imitates Art: Annaghmakerrig and New York City

Such an interesting Photo Challenge this week on The Daily Post!

Find a piece of art, recreate or re-enact it.

Or take a new version of one of your photos.

What self chose to do was use this picture of a painting that hung in her cottage at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig. It was 2014, her first time in that magical place. She didn’t note the name of the artist, boo:

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Self in her studio in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland: 2014

Then she went combing through her archives, and found a picture she took in her brother-in-law’s apartment in New York City, a vase of red flowers standing in his kitchen window:

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Brother-in-Law’s Apartment, New York City: March 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Life Imitates Georgia O’Keefe Again

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Pansy: Hungtington Botanical Gardens, Pasadena

Close Up 4: Street Signs, Birds, Roses

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, CLOSE UP, is all about the details.

Street signs are so fascinating. This one's in York.

Street signs are so fascinating. This one’s in York.

Self can never get enough of those birds in Russell Square:

Russell Square, London

Russell Square, London

These buttery yellow roses were in full bloom when she arrived at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in June:

Roses near the Farmyard Cottages at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig: June 2015

Roses near the Farmyard Cottages at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig: June 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Symbol 2: Irish Green

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is SYMBOL.

Today, self is taking a page from Susan Rushton, whose post shows a sweet little garden surrounded by a white picket fence in Colonial Williamsburg.

Gardens are little oases of serenity. A garden represents peace, calm, sanctuary. Here’s one:

This garden overlooks a canal: Dublin, July 2015

This garden overlooks a canal: Dublin, July 2015

And here’s another symbol: the green green green of an Irish summer in Annaghmakerrig:

The Lake at Annaghmakerrig, July 2015

The Lake at Annaghmakerrig, July 2015

And because self is so in love with the green here, here’s a shot of the woods in Annaghmakerrig:

Woods, Annaghmakerrig, July 2015

Woods, Annaghmakerrig, July 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Muse 3: More From Annaghmakerrig

Another from last night’s walk around the grounds of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (This place is absolute balm for self’s spirit):

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What is it, exactly, about this place? The light? The surroundings? Knowing other artists are just a shout away? Ireland? She is exceedingly grateful for every day that she wakes up here.

It’s a gorgeous time of year. Flowers are blooming:

Flowers growing from atop a low stone wall . . .

Flowers growing from atop a low stone wall . . .

More of the Same (Just From Another Angle)

More of the Same (Just From Another Angle)

Today is #AgentsDay on Twitter. So many authors are grateful to their agents, which is nice.

This is not a pursuit self feels she can successfully engage in. (Optimism does not come naturally to self!)

It is also, interestingly enough, #askELJames Day on Twitter. And the questions! The questions!

When self was in London, a few weeks ago, she saw a huge Fifty Shades of Grey poster (a still from the movie) that covered an entire building. How’s that for making a statement? Jaw-drop time.

Jamie Dornan has quite a good back. Self’s just saying.

(Now, how did self get from Annaghmakerrig to Fifty Shades? No idea)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Vivid: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is VIVID.

The Daily Post cites the Vivid Festival of Sydney, Australia, which opened May 22 and closes June 8. This year, the festival features “over 60 light art installations, illuminations, and 3D artworks . . . a kaleidoscope of color and light art.”

Sounds fabulous.

Here are self’s takes on VIVID:

Orchids are so vivid!

Orchids are so vivid!

From April through May this year, self participated in the Banff Writing Studio. She loved Banff, and being surrounded by artists. Here’s a picture she took during her first week in Banff. The red structure is something that immediately caught her eye.

The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada: April 2015

The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada: April 2015

The Canadian sky was a vivid blue, that last week of April:

Banff, Alberta: late April, 2015

Banff, Alberta: late April, 2015

And that’s all she has for VIVID at the moment, dear blog readers!

Stay tuned.

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