Flower of the Day (FOTD): Chrysler Imperial Rose

Self’s newest rose is a Chrysler Imperial. She bought it in February from Home Depot. The following month she was gone, and she didn’t get home again until June. It had hardly grown. But a few days ago, it produced one enormous bloom. It’s past its first flush, and it’s been very hot here on the Peninsula, but the red is like nothing she’s seen before. She’s never seen an actual Chrysler Imperial, but if it’s red like this rose, well — !

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Flower of the Day: Wild Iris, Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, escaped the heat on the Peninsula by driving to Golden Gate Park. Found wild iris and a silvery bush (a type of lamb’s ear? The leaves are different) flowering by Stow Lake. Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): Letter J Anywhere in the Word

Ooh! What a fun challenge!

Today, self went with a friend to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Saw a FANTASTIC exhibit of painter Alice Neel (closes early July: to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, HURRY). It was a beautiful day in the City — a much-needed respite from the searing heat on the Peninsula.

She took a couple of “J anywhere in the word” pictures: a gigantic jar, just outside the de Young, on the main concourse; the entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden; and a Japanese garden sculpture:

Father’s Day 2022

Listening to Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine.

It is son’s FIRST FATHER’S DAY, WOO HOO! Where does the time go.

Jumbotron on Jefferson Avenue says: SEVERE DROUGHT. LIMIT WATERING TO TWO DAYS A WEEK.

This is why self does all her watering by hand. And only at 10 p.m.

This morning, she was at the 9:35 a.m. screening of Top Gun: Maverick at the local Century 20. There were lots of people. She got peeved when someone came in late and sat right next to her. She prefers to keep at least one empty seat between her and the next person. So she moved. We are still in a pandemic!

After the movie (Really great. What a good actor Miles Teller is. And Jennifer Connolly is fantastic and beautiful. How many people know that she was an undergrad at Stanford? She was a transfer from Yale), self drove to Menlo Park Library and checked out yet another Dr. Ruth Galloway mystery.

Went home, resumed reading The Chalk Pit, which might be her favorite of the entire series (14 books and counting). p. 267, Nelson interviews a local theater director in his flat. The same director who is staging an Alice in Wonderland play featuring an adult Alice tripped out on acid (The staging of this play is one of the biggest running gags in this book)

It is pushing midnight. A local woman’s gone missing. The woman just happens to be the partner of one of self’s favorite minor characters, DI David Clough.

“All the cast get on well. Cassie seems close to Adrian Linley, who plays the Caterpillar, her father in the play. Flora Frampton, who plays the Queen of Hearts, she mothers everybody, and Darrell Shaw . . . ” he pauses.

“Yes? What about Darrell Shaw?”

“He’s a young actor. Very talented. Plays the Gryphon, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. I just have a feeling that he has rather a crush on Cassie.”

“Does she have a crush back?”

“No.” Leo sounds quite shocked. “She seems blissfully happy with that oafish policeman partner.” He stops. “Oh, I’m sorry . . . “

Nelson hangs on to his stiff upper lip. LOL LOL LOL

Waiting in some excitement for the Juneteenth concert at the Hollywood Bowl to begin. CNN is carrying it live.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day: Roses

Self went with a friend to Filoli, the historic Woodside estate, today. One evening of the week — Thursdays — they are open till 8 p.m. We went after five — there was a string quartet playing by the main pool. It was cold and windy, but so worth it. Look at these roses!

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC), 3rd Wednesday in June, 2022

This week’s CMMC is: Pick a topic from Cee’s photo.

Possible topics frame within a photo, window, square, silhouette, restaurant, bushes, trees, table chair, green, red, brown, parked, vehicles, looking through, etc. What else can you come up with?

Have fun this week.

Topics self picked up on: trees, green, red

She took this picture at the end of May. She was on a walk with Old Map Man. We met at Trafalgar Square and walked to the foot of the Jubilee Bridge on the Victoria Embankment.

Self loves these embankments. Her love of London grew with her awareness of them: Southbank because of the Millenium Bridge, anchored at one end by the Tate Modern and at the other by a narrow funnel to St. Paul’s.

Recently, she’s become more aware of the Victoria Embankment: more staid than Southbank, but so historic! Samuel Pepys’s house is on the Victoria Embankment.

Self wondered aloud how old these embankments were. Old Map Man said, mid-19th century. Wow! All this time, she thought they were constructions of modern London.

Later, it began to POUR, so the walk had to end rather abruptly.

Flower of the Day: Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Two of self’s friends moved from San Francisco to Pennsylvania several years ago. On her way home from England, she was finally able to visit them in their lovely home in Bucks County. She took this picture from their backyard deck on a marvelous, sunny day.

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Last Photo on the Card Challenge, May 2022

Took this picture yesterday evening, on the Great Western 18:28 from Paddington Station. It had been a long, full day in London. It started with lining up at 10 a.m. to enter the National Gallery, being thrilled by the greatness of Raphael, meeting Old Map Man for a walk along Craven Street to the Victoria Embankment, getting sloshed by a terrific thunderstorm, taking refuge in Waterstones on Trafalgar Square, arriving in London Review Bookshop dripping wet, heading straight to the lower floor, finding a book to buy (three inches thick, oh no!), then training back to Oxford.

Thanks to Bushboy’s Last Photo on the Card Challenge, self can pay proper tribute to an extraordinary day.

Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: LILAC

Self has the perfect picture for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt — LILAC — evening sky over Belfast, late April.

Self was on her first-ever visit to Belfast. She’d originally planned to go in 2017, but ended up going to the Philippines instead. Then, the pandemic intervened. So it wasn’t until April 2022 that she finally boarded a flight from San Francisco to this (to her) almost-mythic city (She was a big, big Game of Thrones fan!)

A friend advised her to stay at the Europa. She took this picture from her hotel room. It was about 9 p.m.

Thursday Trios: Oxford, May 2022

Posting for Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios (even though it is Friday, ha!)

Self is in Oxford. It is raining today, here’s a picture of the cloudy skies and three antennas (?) on a long pole:

Her first meal in Oxford was this, at The Chester Arms on Chester Street. It was delicious!

There were three boats on the River Thames (almost the end-of-term, there are a lot of crew competitions going on):

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