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.

 

More Unlikely In Self’s Garden

Self’s garden is very much “in process.”

It used to frustrate her: Nothing seemed to grow right.

She left for three years, and this is what it looks like now:

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A wee little rose in a wooden planter box, that looked dead, dead, dead — in a few months of regular watering, is covered with beautiful magenta blooms.

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She forgot how many irises she planted. The ones in the side yard were deep blue. The ones next to the lime tree were white. And these, against a side fence, are lavender and yellow.

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She hung up this wooden angel 20 years ago. At the time she hung it, nothing grew around it. Now, it’s almost completely obscured by a huge bush of yellow beach daisies.

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.

Lines 3: HIS DARK MATERIALS

Books come in and out of self’s life all the time. Sometimes, if she’s lucky, they come when she’s most ready.

She’s currently reading The Amber Spyglass, Book III of His Dark Materials. Why has she waited this long to enter this world? She began with the most recent Philip Pullman novel, La Belle Sauvage, which she finished reading a little over two weeks ago. Then she moved on to The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife.

So far, self’s favorite passage in The Amber Spyglass is the one about choice:

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23 April 2018

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23 April 2018

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23 April 2018

Lines 2: Mendocino, Sea and Sky

Self visited the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (North Highway One, Fort Bragg) about a week ago.

She followed the sign marked “Ocean.”

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And ended up here:

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LINES of others:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

LINES: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 25 April 2018

Self almost forgot it was Wednesday! She was so busy tweeting and reading The Amber Spyglass and being confused by life, such as why her library copy of the book was missing 37 pages. She’d never have noticed if it weren’t for the kind child who inserted an index card warning the reader that 38 pages were missing. Since the book itself doesn’t seem to have been mangled, this seems to be entirely the fault of the publisher: RANDOM HOUSE. Anyhoo, she might have realized eventually, since p. 206 is a page with Mrs. Coulter, and on p. 239 Mrs. Coulter is not in evidence. But, hard to say.

Now to LINES.

  • As you look through your lens this week, pay attention to LINES.

— Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

Oh how fabulous! Self loves making her photographs into some kind of abstract representation of something totally different. That’s easy to do if you look at everything in terms of lines. Such, as her unit in the Mendocino Art Center, which is pretty empty so you can clearly see the rectangular repetitions of shelves, desk, doorway, etc.

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Unit # 12, Mendocino Art Center, April 2018

And then, the lines the blinds make across the page she is reading:

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Reading THE SUBTLE KNIFE, Book II of Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy

And, finally, the lines of this aloe vera plant she saw (it was gigantic) in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens:

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Aloe Plant, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 21 April 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Books, Goats, Wildflowers: Still More Prolific

A few more pictures inspired by the Daily Post Photo Challenge this week: PROLIFIC

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Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino, 17 April 2018

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Spotted on Lansing St., Mendocino, 19 April 2018

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The View Across the Street From the Gallery Bookshop, Main Street, Mendocino, 21 April 2018

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