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.

Early Bird: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is EARLY BIRD.

Part of the prompt on The Daily Post website:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a morning person. From early childhood I was up with the sun, and it always came naturally to me . . . when I began taking photography more seriously . . . I realized the benefits that waking early had on my photos.

Gondola Stop, Venice: Before the Crowds Appear

Gondola Stop, Venice: Before the Crowds Appear

In scanning through her photographs, self found a set of pictures she took on a very early morning in Venice. She’d signed up for a tour of the Doge’s Palace, and to make sure she got there in plenty of time (It was a morning tour), she left the apartment she was sharing with Margarita Donnelly in Ca’ San Toma several hours early. And was rewarded with the thrill of seeing San Marco Square practically devoid of people (i.e. tourists)

Can You Believe This is Venice in Late April? Where Are the People?

Can You Believe This is Venice in Late April? Somewhere near the Hotel Danieli

Anyhoo, the Doge’s Palace was all right. But the real thrill, self realized later, was having San Marco Square and environs almost entirely to herself.

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The photographs are time-stamped. With CALIFORNIA TIME. Pardon the confusion.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Afloat 3: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin; A Pet Turtle in Bacolod

More on the WordPress Photo Challenge, AFLOAT.

Self took the first two pictures when she was in Dublin, May 2014. It was her first time ever to Ireland. She walked along Grafton Street, met author Catherine Dunne for lunch at Bewley’s, then walked around St. Stephen’s Green.

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The water in the lake had a sort of mineral quality that self has never seen anywhere else.

And this is a picture of Manong Freddie’s pet turtle in Bacolod. Turtles bring good luck:

Manong Freddie's pet turtle

Manong Freddie’s pet turtle

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Depth 4: Looking for Depth and Finding These

The etchings on the surface of the pot, and the open book = metaphors. For Depth. Right?

The etchings on the surface of the pot, and the open book = metaphors. For Depth. Right? Self took this picture in the laundry room of the Mendocino Art Center. Blustery day, perfect for doing laundry.

Strange Fish! Nestling in the garden in front of the Mendocino Art Center

Strange Fish! Nestling among the leaves in the garden in front of the Mendocino Art Center (In the green depths and so forth etc)

Depths of Depravity: Self has been known to eat a whole quart of ice cream in one sitting. As she did in Ojai.

Depths of Depravity: Self has been known to eat a whole quart of ice cream in one sitting. As she did in Ojai.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Depth 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Depth” — The prompt suggests using a picture “that suggests volume, a distance between surface and bottom.”

Here are three more takes on that theme!

The first two are from a walk self took along Little Lake Street:

Love these overlapping leaves . . .

Love these overlapping leaves . . .

Still the same garden . . .

Still the same garden . . .

This last picture is of self’s own backyard, just before Christmas . . .

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Warmth 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Oh the sun was out, and it was glorious.

Self was inspired to capture the moment with her camera.

So here is her second post on this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:  WARMTH

Wee Bit of Sun on a Cold Winter's Day!

Wee Bit of Sun on a Cold Winter’s Day!

This next shot has something to do with the nice weather: The Man and self took a walk around downtown Redwood City yesterday afternoon, and wound up at Pamplemousse, where self bought a couple of caramel salt macarons! Heaven!

Self hearts Pamplemousse!

Self hearts Pamplemousse!

Christmas Day self truly had a burst of energy: she and The Man drove to Benicia to see some old friends, and what a treat to have such warm, glorious weather! Here’s a shot of their lemon tree:

This magnificent lemon tree grows in a friend's backyard in Benicia.

This magnificent lemon tree grows in a friend’s backyard in Benicia.

 

Yellow 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self is really enjoying this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge:  YELLOW.

At first she thought it was rather a strange prompt. But after looking through her archives, self realizes that she must like yellow (the color) a lot, as she’s taken so many pictures with the color in them. Here are just three, beginning with the cover of a collection by the Irish poet Marcus Cumberlege. She discovered a book of his in the shelves of the main house at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and called every bookstore she could think of. Stairwell Books in Galway finally came up with one copy and mailed it to her:

Self discovered this poet when she was in Ireland, this spring.

Self discovered this poet when she was in Ireland, this spring.

Every summer, self’s backyard blooms with color. This bush grows with hardly any care:

Euryops (Bush Daisy), one of self's most reliable plants

Euryops (Bush Daisy), one of self’s most reliable plants

And here’s a wider view of the same bush:

Beach Daisies, my star performers every summer

Beach Daisies, the star performers every summer in self’s backyard

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Gone, But Not Forgotten: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Since it’s been raining steadily for most of the week, self casts her mind back to a sunnier season: summer, when all her flowers were gloriously in bloom:

Ordered these bulbs from Dutch Gardens, Fall 2013. Summer 2014, they just kept going and going and going, for weeks and weeks.

Ordered these bulbs from Dutch Gardens, Fall 2013. Summer 2014, they just kept going and going and going, for weeks and weeks.

Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: Where I wrote a blue streak in May 2014

Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: Where self wrote a blue streak in May 2014

Self's Kitchen Table, Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre: The most concentrated writing self has ever done was this past spring and summer.

Self’s Kitchen Table, Farmhouse Cottage # 4, Tyrone Guthrie Centre: The most concentrated writing self has ever done was this past spring and summer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Signs 4: Out and About in London, Spring 2014

Self stopped by London in April 2014. Her friend, poet Joan McGavin, accompanied her to Kensington Gardens. We looked for the new Serpentine Gallery but never found it. Instead, we stumbled across this:

Kensington Gardens, London:  April 2014

Kensington Gardens, London: April 2014

The Serpentine is a beautiful, meandering river. Signs alongside tell viewers what kind of water fowl to be on the lookout for.

Sign along the Serpentine: April 2014

Sign along the Serpentine: April 2014

The day after self arrived in London, there was a tube strike. This sign at the entrance to the Russell Square Station said it all:

London Underground, Russell Square Station: April 2014

London Underground, Russell Square Station: April 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

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