Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Waterscapes

This week’s CFFC is: LANDSCAPES or WATERSCAPES.

Self has lately been thinking of adding a water feature to her garden (though, she is worried about Lucia falling in, so maybe not until she learns to swim). Here are examples from various gardens she has visited in the past month:

  • The Glasshouses, Oxford University Botanic Garden
  • Central Fountain, Oxford University Botanic Garden
  • Central Courtyard, Christchurch, Oxford University
  • Filoli Gardens, Woodside, California

FOTD, April 24: Tulips, River Mill, Northern Ireland

Thanks to Cee Neuner for hosting the Flower of the Day challenge!

Self went out bright and early to photograph some flowers and noticed the dark tulips just beginning to bloom. What an intriguing juxtaposition with the bright tulips!

Washington’s Immortals, Chapter 26: The March South (to Charleston)

They left Morristown on April 16, 1780, becoming part of a campaign that kept them in the South for several years. Hundreds of the men did not leave to return home. Captain Bob Kirkwood kept a daily journal of their odyssey and every day they recorded the miles the Immortals marched. The majority within the Maryland and Delaware regiments traversed a breathtaking 4,656 miles — often barefoot — between the spring of 1780 and the spring of 1782. The state did not compensate them until 1783 — and then paid only if they were lucky enough to have survived and to have jumped through the right administrative and judicial loops. Wages ceased for most men in 1780. Officers advanced some of the men money, but after the war men had to swear under oath and convince a Maryland judge that they were owed back pay.

Writer’s Quotes Wednesday: Where Do You Want to Travel?

  • Travel has been severely curtailed over the past two years. Maybe travel is nothing but a dream. Today let’s DREAM together. There have probably been some places you have seen on blogs, travel magazines, or heard your friend’s stories. — Marsha Ingrao, Writer’s Quotes Wednesday # 7

Cornwall. Always dreaming about Cornwall.

In 2019 I traveled to Fowey to attend their annual Festival of Art and Literature. While having lunch at a restaurant in town I noticed, on the wall to my left, a framed print of this Ernest Hemingway quote:

We ate well and
cheaply and drank
well and cheaply
and slept well and
warm together and
loved each other.

WORDS TO LIVE BY.

Stay tuned.

SquareOdds #5: Lyngso Garden Materials, San Carlos

Am really enjoying the theme of The Squares Challenge this month: ODD.

Thank you so much to Becky at the Life of B for hosting!

Here is a garden materials store near self’s home, that sells only one thing: rocks.

Just look at these beauties! Playland for garden landscapers.

Whatsoever Is Lovely Challenge: Bookshelves

XingfuMama hosts the Whatsoever Is Lovely Photo Challenge. Thinking back over the past week, self thought of the last time she was in one of her favorite places: Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino.

Books are a special thing of self’s.

Someone was commenting on the bookshop’s newest book display stand:

Self got the name of the people who did the bookshelf: Wood Joint Studio, Fort Bragg.

She doesn’t know why, but wood of all kinds really appeals to self. One afternoon, she called Taimi Barty and asked if it would be okay for her to drop by (because self is such a nosy, nosy writer). And Taimi was the soul of graciousness. Self sped over and met Taimi and Bob, her other half, and self was completely in awe of the space (which was huge. Canoes were hanging from the ceiling).

“Do you build treehouses?” self asked. Which was probably the weirdest question Taimi was ever asked.

And guess what. After self and Taimi had been talking for at least a half hour, self found out that Taimi was a Harvard grad. And she also remembered reading an article on the front page of the Mendocino Beacon in December: the wood shop program at Mendocino High School had just received a grant. The head of the wood shop program was a Harvard grad. Suddenly, the scales fell from self’s eyes and she blurted out: “I read about you on the front page of the Mendocino Beacon! Oh, wow! You’re a rock star!”

And Taimi looked very amused and said, “STOP.”

No, seriously. She is a rock star! Self wishes she could sit in on a wood shop class in Mendocino High School!

So this is her “whatsoever is lovely” share: meeting an unlikely hero, in person, in Fort Bragg.

Stay tuned.

Past Squares 4: When Museums Re-Opened

For today’s Past Squares challenge, she’s posting a couple of photos from two big exhibits she saw this year: the Frida Kahlo and Judy Chicago exhibits, both in the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

Self had tickets to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit last year, but the week she was supposed to go, the whole city abruptly went into pandemic lockdown mode and stayed locked down into 2021. As soon as the de Young re-opened to the public, just this past spring, self rushed over. YAY!

The Frida Kahlo exhibit was followed by the Judy Chicago retrospective (which is still on; everyone within driving distance should go: it is FANTASTIC!)

Cellpic Sunday

Another photo challenge!

This one is loose: any picture taken with your cell. The host is Journeys with Johnbo.

Here are self’s fridge magnets. Shakespeare rules!

43 at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 11 Septemer 2021

As a nation, our adjustments have been profound.

In the weeks after 9/11, I was proud to lead a united, resilient people. So much of our politics has become an . . . appeal to worry, anger, and resentment. I can only tell you that on our day of trial and grief, I saw people reach for their neighbor’s hands and rally to the cause of one another. That is the America I know.

I saw people reject prejudice, and accept people of the Muslim faith. That is the America I know.

This is not mere nostalgia. this is the truest version of ourselves. This is what we have been, and what we can be again.

On 9/11, the terrorists discovered that a random group of Americans is a remarkable group of people . . . They shocked the terrorists. This is the America I know.

Self found it significant that in his speech, 43 mentioned that we “have seen evidence that” we continue to see terrorism today, but on a new front, at home: “In their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit, and they must be confronted.”

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 7: Central Coast

Self still playing catch-up on the Photographing Public Art Challenge, co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao, which she adores.

She just completed a road trip to the Central Coast. She loves doing road trips because it’s a break from the unrelenting heat in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robin’s, 4095 Burton Drive, Cambria: Each Table Top is a unique patchwork of tiles. Mine had a plane.

Cambria Nursery, 2801 Eaton Road, Cambria

Fence as Art: Cambria Nursery, 2801 Eaton Road, Cambria

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