Place in the World 4: Books

Had we but world enough and time . . .

— Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”

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Place In the World 3: Son’s Room

If one were to think of nostalgia as a place, then that place would definitely be son’s room. She never could bring herself to change the layout, even though he’s long gone: grown, married, and settled in southern California. If you want to know what a museum of childhood looks like, this is the place!

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Sunday, 13 May 2018: ALL THE THINGS

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5 p.m.

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Now, most of the books and stuff scattered on the desks and cabinets are self’s.

Place in the World 2: 7:05 pm

Light’s fading. After dinner, self went to the backyard to squeeze off a last round of shots:

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Blown: The first Betty Boop blooms

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Fourth of July Rose

And that’s it for today!

Garden, take a bow.

Other PLACES IN THE WORLD:

Stay tuned.

 

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.

 

More Unlikely In Self’s Garden

Self’s garden is very much “in process.”

It used to frustrate her: Nothing seemed to grow right.

She left for three years, and this is what it looks like now:

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A wee little rose in a wooden planter box, that looked dead, dead, dead — in a few months of regular watering, is covered with beautiful magenta blooms.

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She forgot how many irises she planted. The ones in the side yard were deep blue. The ones next to the lime tree were white. And these, against a side fence, are lavender and yellow.

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She hung up this wooden angel 20 years ago. At the time she hung it, nothing grew around it. Now, it’s almost completely obscured by a huge bush of yellow beach daisies.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

UNLIKELY: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 2 May 2018

This week’s challenge is to share a photo of something unlikely: an object or person in an unlikely place, an unpredictable experience, a serendipitous accident . . .

— Michelle Weber, The Daily Post

Today, instead of looking through her archives, self decided to take some pictures of her garden.

She’s just back to her house in Redwood City after almost three years. The garden is not the same: it’s a little wilder. But she likes it.

Here are the unexpected survivors:

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Variegated Abutilon: The mother plant died, but two feet away, self discovered these sprouts.

White flowers suddenly began appearing, all along the back fence:

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She thinks these are Viburnum Opulens? They just started blooming. Profusely.

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These yellow beach daisies are amazingly resilient. This bush is about the height of the fence, and it’s been blooming non-stop since February.

OTHER UNLIKELY:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Lines 3: HIS DARK MATERIALS

Books come in and out of self’s life all the time. Sometimes, if she’s lucky, they come when she’s most ready.

She’s currently reading The Amber Spyglass, Book III of His Dark Materials. Why has she waited this long to enter this world? She began with the most recent Philip Pullman novel, La Belle Sauvage, which she finished reading a little over two weeks ago. Then she moved on to The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife.

So far, self’s favorite passage in The Amber Spyglass is the one about choice:

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23 April 2018

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23 April 2018

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23 April 2018

Lines 2: Mendocino, Sea and Sky

Self visited the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (North Highway One, Fort Bragg) about a week ago.

She followed the sign marked “Ocean.”

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And ended up here:

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LINES of others:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Books, Goats, Wildflowers: Still More Prolific

A few more pictures inspired by the Daily Post Photo Challenge this week: PROLIFIC

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Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino, 17 April 2018

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Spotted on Lansing St., Mendocino, 19 April 2018

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The View Across the Street From the Gallery Bookshop, Main Street, Mendocino, 21 April 2018

Prolific 4: Happy Earth Day 2018

Self dropped by the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and was reminded of the healing properties of the color green. She was there mere minutes after it opened. No one was around except for a man carrying a wooden easel. Later, she passed him on the path. He was just setting up.

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By the way, the camera she uses is a Nikon Coolpix, about four years old. Got it at Costco. Good price.

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Other Takes on PROLIFIC:

HAPPY EARTH DAY, ALL!

 

 

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