The Garden in August

Masses of these started blooming last week:

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Self did a wee bit of watering:

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Summer’s almost gone.

Stay tuned.

The Sea, the Dog, the Cove: Rebecca, Ch. 10

We bent down, passing underneath, and when I stood straight again, brushing the raindrops from my hair, I saw that the valley was behind us, and the azaleas, and the trees, and, as Maxim had described to me that afternoon many weeks ago in Monte Carlo, we were standing on a little narrow cove, the shingle hard and white under our feet, and the sea was breaking on the shore beyond us.

Maxim smiled down at me, watching the bewilderment on my face.

“It’s a shock, isn’t it?” he said, “no one ever expects it. The contrast is too sudden, it almost hurts.” He picked up a stone and threw it across the beach for Jasper. “Fetch it, good man,” and Jasper streaked away in search of the stone, his long black ears flapping in the wind.

The enchantment was no more, the spell was broken. We were mortal again, two people playing on a beach.

Favorite Places

Self started reading a new book this afternoon: Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier, by Tatiana de Rosnay. It begins with the most fabulous quote.

  • People and things pass away, not places. — Daphne du Maurier

The quote really got her thinking about a few of her favorite places. She decided to share pictures with dear blog readers.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Line(s)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is: Horizontal Line(s). Self browsed through her photos and found these from Saturday, 16 June.

Went to the City to see the Rube Goldberg exhibit.

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Lobby, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Afterwards, self chilled in the backyard. It was a beautiful day!

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Backyard, Redwood City

Columns, Part 2: for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s current Fun Foto Challenge is COLUMNS.

This time, instead of going over her archives, self went to the backyard. She’s always drawn to her rose bushes.

In a few days, this column will turn into a spray of red-and-white-striped roses.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Twisted in the Garden

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Betty Boop and Fourth of July roses

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Self is so fascinated by this twisted vine, which was only revealed after she did heavy cutting back of some overgrown bushes:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Twisted: Backyard, Redwood City

Self took these pictures early May.

In the long-ago time, the tree trunk was shipped from the Philippines, and the iron trellis leaning against it was from Smith & Hawken.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Liquid: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 16 May 2018

For this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, LIQUID, self decided to break with her usual habit of scouring her archives. Instead, she decided to take pictures of liquids.

Since this is also a hard-at-work day for her (writing), she’s at home. What is liquid in her home? Here are three things:

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Other LIQUID:

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: 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.

 

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