Flowers and Insects: Wide Sargasso Sea, p. 73

There is some gorgeously lush writing on pp. 73 – 74 of Wide Sargasso Sea:

There were trailing pink flowers on the table and the name echoed pleasantly in my head. Coralita, Coralita. The food, though too highly seasoned, was lighter and more appetizing than anything I had tasted in Jamaica. We drank champagne. A great many moths and beetles found their way into the room, flew into the candles and fell dead on the tablecloth. Amelié swept them up with a crumb brush. Uselessly. More moths and beetles came.

“Is it true,” she said, “that England is like a dream? Because one of my friends who married an Englishman wrote and told me so. She said this place London is like a cold dark dream sometimes.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Downtown Palo Alto: More Liquid

Self went to see Hitchcock’s Vertigo at the Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto. Of course she brought her camera because she was just itching to take pictures of things LIQUID for this week’s Photo Challenge.

The fountain in Peace Park was an obvious choice. But she is exceedingly fond of the vibrant colors of Essie Nail Polish lined up in a window she passed on University Avenue.

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Corner of Emerson and University Avenue

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Place(s) in the World, Real and Imagined

Self’s garden, this morning:

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Cover detail: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, the next book on her reading list

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Place in the World 4: Books

Had we but world enough and time . . .

— Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”

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Place In the World 3: Son’s Room

If one were to think of nostalgia as a place, then that place would definitely be son’s room. She never could bring herself to change the layout, even though he’s long gone: grown, married, and settled in southern California. If you want to know what a museum of childhood looks like, this is the place!

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Sunday, 13 May 2018: ALL THE THINGS

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5 p.m.

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Now, most of the books and stuff scattered on the desks and cabinets are self’s.

Place in the World 2: 7:05 pm

Light’s fading. After dinner, self went to the backyard to squeeze off a last round of shots:

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Blown: The first Betty Boop blooms

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Fourth of July Rose

And that’s it for today!

Garden, take a bow.

Other PLACES IN THE WORLD:

Stay tuned.

 

Place in the World: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 9 May 2018

Where do you belong? — Erica V., The Daily Post

Right now, this is self’s place in the world. It’s about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

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Her Frida Kahlo Rose: It’s on the front porch.

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The Backyard Today: ’tis somewhat wild.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

First Stop on Telemachus’s Journey

Self is fascinated by Telemachus, that poor boy who never knew his father because Odysseus left for Troy when he was but a baby (this is definitely giving her Will Parry feelz). Thank goodness Telemachus has found a Mentor in the goddess Athena.

The first stop of Telemachus is PYLOS. Here’s a map from the book:

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It’s just a wee way from ITHACA.

Pylos is the home of Nestor, “horse-lord.”

Telemachus encounters him barbecuing (or grilling some dark meat anyway) “in the center of the town” with several “companions.” This is a somewhat disconcerting image, self is not sure why — probably because she expected a more dramatic encounter? Why —  of all the different things Nestor could be doing when he encounters the son of Odysseus for the first time — should he be barbecuing? (On the other hand, the fact that Lord Nestor is engaged in grilling meat humanizes him in a very definite way, and that is cool)

Self is very admiring of Telemachus, especially when he comes right out and says to Nestor: “Tell me the truth!”

And Nestor begins his response with, “Dear boy . . . ”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

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.

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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