From Every Angle: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is FROM EVERY ANGLE:

Place your subject and then shoot from every angle: high, low, wide, tight, left and right.

It helps if your subject is a collection of massive rocks.

Here is Yorkshire, last July: Rocks from every angle.

Yorkshire Dales, July 2015: It rained all night before.

Yorkshire Dales, July 2015: It rained all night before.

More of those Yorkshire Rocks

More of those Yorkshire Rocks

Heathcliffe, where art thou, O Heathcliffe?

Heathcliffe, where art thou, O Heathcliffe?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Today Was a Good Day: On the Narnia Trail in Rostrevor

Self has never read C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

She has visited Rostrevor, in Northern Ireland. Which, according to Csilla Toldy, a Hungarian poet who lives in Rostrevor, was a place particularly close to C. S. Lewis, a place Lewis has said was the source of much of his inspiration.

The day self arrived in Rostrevor, Csilla took her to The Narnia Trail. This is the first time self had even known there was such a thing.

First, Csilla and self walked through a dark wood.

Then, a great expanse of meadow:

Walking to The Narnia Trail, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland

Walking to The Narnia Trail, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland

Then, the door of a wardrobe suddenly popped up out of nowhere:

Start of The Narnia Trail, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland

Start of The Narnia Trail, Rostrevor, Northern Ireland

And a number of trees with tiny doors:

The Land of Narnia

The Land of Narnia

And — voila! — Narnia!

Beautiful trail.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Very Good Days

A collection of happy memories (Thanks to The Daily Post for the prompt: TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY):

Look at this beautiful salad! A friend made it for lunch yesterday.

Look at this beautiful salad! A friend made it for lunch yesterday.

Lychee Bubble Tea and Peanut Butter Cupcakes: at Tea Life, Museum St., London

Lychee Bubble Tea and Peanut Butter Cupcakes: at Tea Life, Museum St., London

Anaghmakerrig, Ireland: Sooo beautiful!

Anaghmakerrig, Ireland: Sooo beautiful! Heart of Summer: July 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Today Was a Good Day 2: Summer 2015 in York, Oxford, London

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week is:

SHARE YOUR IDEAL DAY, OR RECOUNT A MEMORABLE DAY IN THE PAST.

It is always a good day when self can spend it with friends. Here are photos of friends she visited this summer:

Helene! She hosted self in Yorkshire.

Helene! She hosted self in Yorkshire. Self had not been back to Yorkshire since she was 11. 11 !!!!

Brunch with Jenny Lewis, Joan McGavin, Jennie's granddaughter Abigail, in Jenny's home in Oxford, UK

Brunch with Jenny Lewis, Joan McGavin, Jennie’s granddaughter Abigail, in Jenny’s home in Oxford, UK

Finally, here’s a picture she took at Chez Mamie, 22 Hanway Street (a tiny alley, really, only one block long, off Tottenham Road. She discovered Chez Mamie while walking to the West End to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time).

Almost every night self spent in London, she’d head over to Chez Mamie on Hanway Street for dinner. She’d meet up with another American, Emily, whose daughter was in London shooting a movie:

Chez Mamie in London: Inspiration!

Chez Mamie in London: Inspiration!

So there: three shots of the things that made self happy this summer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Today Was a Good Day: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY.

SHOW US WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.

Self responds:  QED!

Taho + Gulaman on a Hot Day: Fabulous!

Taho + Gulaman on a Hot Day: Fabulous!

Summer Reading: The Act of Love by Harold Jacobson; and Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Summer Reading: The Act of Love by Harold Jacobson; and Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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And here’s a very happy memory from when self visited Jenny Lewis at her home in Oxford in July. Jenny’s granddaughter Abigail is such a ray of sunshine, self loved seeing her. She also has a very beautiful voice.

Abigail !!!

Abigail !!!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beneath Your Feet 5: Oh the Places Self Roams! In Her Imagination and Elsewhere

Early this year, while self was in Mendocino, she got sent an illustration by Matthew Park (son of an ex-classmate, Mavee Park). He based his illustration off self’s story, “The Freeze,” which was as yet unpublished.

About two weeks after she got sent Matthew’s illustration, the piece was picked up by Bluestem. How’s that for synchronicity? And then, at the AWP Book Fair in Minneapolis, in April, she picked up her author copies.

The story of “The Freeze” is: The earth is slowly dying from a precipitous Ice Age that descends without warning, right after an Obama broadcast about the Russians. Self knows this is far-fetched but, hey, that is only the backstory.

She would love to see this made into an animated film, some day.

Here’s an excerpt:

My group was walking south along the coast. Why? In the cold, we became migratory birds, heading south unquestioningly, thinking: South, it will be warm. Or, anyway, warmer than here.

Can you imagine a time when . . .

Coffee. Waving good-bye to my girls every morning. Inspecting the roses. Peeling off the leaves that were mottled with blackspot and rust.

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Self combed her archives this afternoon and found more pictures that relate to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:  BENEATH YOUR FEET

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2013, just before it shut down for renovation.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2013, just before it shut down for renovation. It should be open again now?

The vaporetto stop on Ca' San Toma, Venice, early morning, May 2013

The vaporetto stop on Ca’ San Toma, Venice. Margarita Donnelly and self shared an apartment: May 2013. Margarita passed away December 2014.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beneath Your Feet 4: A Post Dedicated to Footwear of the Summer Kind

Summer: Sneakers

Summer: Sneakers

Summer: Sandals

Summer: Sandals

Dodo (who lives in Cambridge) and Self in a Punt! On a Rainy Afternoon in Cambridge, UK.

Summer:  Punting

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beneath Your Feet 3: Whitechapel, London

The Daily Post Photo Challenge Prompt this week is BENEATH YOUR FEET. As the prompt says:

Experiment with your angle; stand as you snap your picture, or get close to the floor.

Self has always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper (She’s a writer, come on!) In July, she decided to sign up for a Jack the Ripper Walking Tour.

During the tour, self couldn’t help noting how covered with graffiti and trash the side streets off Whitechapel were:

Off Whitechapel Road, London: July 2015

Off Whitechapel Road, London: July 2015

The tour met at the tube stop on Aldgate East. So the tube is “benaath your feet.”

Aldgate East Tube Station, London

Aldgate East Tube Station, London

Self’s last picture that has to do with BENEATH YOUR FEET is not in England.

It’s a path to a meadow in the beautiful town of Rostrevor, in Northern Ireland.

Meadow, Rostrevor: July 2015

Meadow, Rostrevor: July 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beneath Your Feet: The Sea City Museum in Southampton

Self is posting this as a tie-in to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:  BENEATH YOUR FEET.

The Daily Post says:

Experiment with your angle. Stand as you snap your picture, or get close to the floor.

In July, self visited the Sea City Museum in Southampton, which has a fantastic exhibit on the Titanic.

Until then, self had no idea about:

  1. Where do icebergs come from?
  2. Where are icebergs made?
  3. Which part of the Titanic sank first: the bow, or the head?
  4. Poop decks: what are they?

Here is a floor map of the city of Southampton. The red dots mark the homes of the crew who went down on the Titanic. Apparently, a majority of the Titanic’s crew of 897 were from Southampton. Of the almost 900 crew members, only 212 made it home. Which makes perfect sense when you are reminded (by the exhibit) that the crew bunked in the bowels of the ship, near the engines. They had no chance to escape once the ship hit the iceberg (It took less than an hour for the ship to become completely submerged)

Floor Map of the City of Southampton, part of the Sea City Museum's Titanic Exhibit

Floor Map of the City of Southampton, part of the Sea City Museum’s Titanic Exhibit

Further Areas of Southampton Showing Homes of the Titanic crew who drowned

Further Areas of Southampton Showing Homes of the Titanic crew who drowned

As self said earlier, it’s a floor map.

Here’s her friend Joan McGavin, who lives in Southampton, pointing out other place markers to self.

Joan McGavin pointing to (something?) on the floor map of Southampton at the Sea City Museum: July 2015

Joan McGavin pointing to (something?) on the floor map of Southampton at the Sea City Museum: July 2015

It was a fantastic exhibit. Self highly recommends it to anyone who has heard about the Titanic, watched the movie, or just wants to know about social classes in England in the early part of the 20th century.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Beneath Your Feet: Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is BENEATH YOUR FEET.

  • Today, look down and document the world beneath your feet.
This grave in the cemetery next to the parsonage where the Brontes were raised: the deceased was 38 years old.

This grave in the cemetery next to the parsonage where the Brontes were raised: the deceased was 38 years old.

And here’s another one of self’s favorite subjects:  Pigeons enjoying a bath in leafy Russell Square, London:

Self-explanatory: Pigeons, London, July 2015

Self-explanatory: Pigeons, London, July 2015

These shoes were made for walking. Self dedicates this pic to the City of London. She bought this pair of sneakers in Sole Desire, on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. She wears them almost every day.

Self's Go-To Pair, Her Best Shoe Investment EVER EVER EVER

Self’s Go-To Pair, Her Best Shoe Investment EVER EVER EVER

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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