'17 October
That the oven door isn't exactly flush on one side but is on the other is BUGGIN'!
'17 October
"Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas" My favorite collection was a bunch of piñatas with one of the action points being to sell piñata kits so you can make your own. I liked that idea because who keeps all those supplies on h...
Catalina Island 2004, 2017
...and one of the gathering areas.
Catalina Island 2004, 2017
Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, our motivation for making this trip. The show will be gone in December.
'17 October
October 9 I've been very lax in pictures this month. Here are a few I didn't take and one I did. Windy and Jeff having a selfie on their vacation/car show in Pennsylvania. wr.
'17 October
October 7 Cynthia's adorable new puppy! I'm not sure which color is closest to his actual color, probably the one on the left since that's the one Cynthia took. He's a Miniature Australian Shepherd and I don't know his name yet. Stay tuned!
'17 September
And during this time I also had a couple of walks - with Muriel along Palisades Park and with Sharon down on the beach path. I photoshopped out all the trash cans and traffic cones and awkward people that were cluttering up my picture.
28th Ave.
Far too many pictures for craigslist but if anyone wants more pictures they'll be here for viewing. Front Garden
'17 September
...Pauli had an extra ticket because one of her daughters couldn't make the show so did I want to join her and Lauretta at the Ahmanson to see The Red Shoes. Why thank you very much that would be wonderful!
'17 September
An optical illusion. It was fun, not crowded, interesting, and Windy was happy! Then for lunch we went around the corner to the Smoke House, George Clooney's favorite restaurant (according to the guide...).
'17 September
September 19 I had a lunch date with Pauli today and we caught up with our mutual home improvement schedules. We are taking our time. We soldier on! I'm really busy at the moment. As I've said (ad infinitum...), I do one thing at a time on this...
Welcome to our 60s and then our 70s
Ansel Adams' took this one in 1934. (Ansel Adams)
Welcome to our 60s and then our 70s
Everyone could fit in the kitchen. (Ben)
Welcome to our 60s and then our 70s
Bob and Marijke had gone back into the valley for the day this being Marijke's first chance to be on the valley floor, and among other activities, they hiked to Vernal Falls. (Marijke)
Welcome to our 60s and then our 70s
Another one...
Welcome to our 60s and then our 70s
...another one.
Welcome to our 60s and then our 70s
...and another one.
'17 September
September 3 I could be doing something. I know of many things I could be doing but instead I'm moving from under one fan to under another to sitting in the 4pm breeze between my two open doors watching tv on my computer. Not a bad day really. The c...
'17 September
Later in the afternoon...it was Dapper Day at LACMA - look at some of what you could do! "It's a day and night full of art, fashion, film, music, and dancing centered around Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. You're invited to bring your own style to the...
'17 September
Nancy treated me to admission and the Chagall show (docent that she is) and it was fantastic. Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. "The exhibition concentrates on Chagall’s four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky...
'17 August
Kaitlin took the picture on the right and Darryl took the one on the left. d&kk
'17 August
August 28 I got my birthday present window cleaning today, and I and the tenants too are feeling so Bright Eyed! I took this picture this morning, on the 29th and I'm absolutely sure there are more rainbows in my rainbow forest today because of the sup...
'17 August
From the same article 'Although the MJT exudes an authoritative tone, the exhibits subtly yet strenuously push the limits of belief. Fact and fiction lose their distinction and blend into one befuddled state. The husband-and-wife founders of the MJT, David...
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
We walked across the plaza-street-grass to visit the World War I Memorial. It was first dedicated in 1926 as the Liberty Memorial and I can't find exactly when it changed its name but per wiki "On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed legisla...
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
One room was dedicated to model trains, this one made from legos. There are examples of the different gauges of track and the trains that fit on those tracks which was interesting.
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
"The National World War I Museum tells the story of the Great War and related global events from their origins before 1914 through the 1918 armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference. "Visitors enter the exhibit space .. across a glass bridge above a fie...
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
...I brought over one of the owners to meet Marsha, Lorraine, and John. And then back home I fell asleep like a stone to get up for our early departure to LA. Thanks to John and Lorraine for hosting us around town and for letting me stay at their place...
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
The guy in the left corner ran the door at the Blues Club we went to on the last night. EVERYone was kickin' it for the eclipse!
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
From Kaitlin who took the picture of the sun and Darryl who got someone to take a picture of the family and colleagues. Angela, Kaitlin, Lilly, Darryl, Matt, Eric
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
From Cynthia in Saint Paul Minnesota and here's what she said: "This was taken at the moment we were supposed to have the max coverage of 83%. I'd guess close to 80% of the entire building was outside wearing eclipse glasses or sharing cereal box pinhole ...
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
...the clouds were rushing back to settle in their place in front of my eyes! I didn't take this one but it looks like what we got, an eclipse! with threatening clouds that came in and out of view.
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
First stop Of Course, what I really wanted to see, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Bloch Galleries that I missed seeing by one week when it opened back in 2007. Here are a few pictures of things I liked. From the website: "Photorealist Richard Estes...
'17 Aug and '07 May: Kansas City
Of Course, an Eclipse! Lewis P. Tabor American, 1900–1974 Solar Eclipse, 1925 Gelatin silver print The dual appeal of astronomical images as both information and art is exemplified by the work of Lewis Tabor. A professional astronomer at the Cook ...
'17 Jun: Sydney
These are the four blocks I walk from my place to Circular Quay, one block behind me and three ahead. I'm in the bus now for this shot, going for a tour that will give me a few hours in the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains.
'17 Jun: Sydney
We drove through and around Olympic Park from the Sydney 2000 Olympics and it was great. All the venues are still in use and everyone I talked to loved it. It reminded me of my experience in 1984 - I loved it, and now we get to have it again for whic...
'17 Jun: Sydney
At the end of the tour they dropped us off at a ferry stop for the ride back to Circular Quay or Darling Harbor and everyone was to find their own way back to their accommodation. Here we have four dentists from Myanmar! I've never met anyone from Myan...
'17 Jun: Sydney
I heard after I got home about the mess at the airport. From Australian Broadcasting: "Extra security measures are in place at airports across the country after four men who were allegedly plotting to blow up a plane with an improvised explosive device ...
'17 Jun: Sydney
One of the bridges that crosses Darling Harbor.
'17 Jun: Sydney
This is not a big one (P&O refurbished ship built in the 1990s) with 2,000 passengers and 1,000 crew. The new ones are Much Bigger at 4,000+ passengers and 2,000+ crew but I think maybe those guys can't even park in this spot and have to stay out of Circu...
'17 Jun: Sydney
Here's this one again because it seems the time, the last time, yikes!
'17 Jun: Sydney
I should be able to fit in the tour which everyone says is so interesting.
'17 Jun: Sydney
There are two especially nice places one block from me in two separate directions. There's this one, The Lord Nelson, and the other one is called The Hero of Waterloo. Maybe I'm done with pictures of pubs but I'm not done eating in them!
'17 Jul: Queensland
July 18-19 This transfer from Alice Springs to Cairns went very smoothly. I got out of The Northern Territory without another canceled flight! Yay!! On the 19th I did a walkaround in Cairns (pronounced CANS, really). Here is a model of the Bolands...
'17 Jul: Queensland
There's going to be a transit strike today, my only full day in Brisbane. So I got out fairly early to catch the still-running bus to Lone Pine, a $50 taxi ride away, 30 minutes by bus. And speaking of Brisbane, remember Melbrn...similarly, here you sa...
'17 Jul: Queensland
Here it is, Lone Pine, the world's oldest koala sanctuary and the #1 tourist attraction in Brisbane. This is basically a zoo and if you are troubled by zoos you'll want to roll on by but I will say that this was an amazing zoo.
'17 Jul: Queensland
A passer-by took this one. I was ready to shell out for the 'take your picture with a koala' attraction but the line was Too Long and I couldn't stay too late because I wanted to get the bus back. I learned in the morning that the strike wasn't going...
'17 Jul: Queensland
South Bank is The Place to be in Brisbane and here is an internet view of one of the sections of the walking path. I didn't do the whole walk because I got lazy and I'm not happy with my pictures. Bad tourist.
'17 Jul: Queensland
These pictures are not going to be as good as the last set for sure. First I don't have the pro to sell me good pictures. Second we weren't in the water for as long as the last trip. And third, that is a 2" by 3" patch of my skin after the swim....
'17 Jul: Queensland
A mob of wild kangaroos by the airport getting fenced in on one side and with the new housing development on the other they don't look particularly wild.
'17 Jul: Queensland
July 25 A tour of the Daintree Rainforest to Cape Tribulation, both part of the UNESCO Wet Tropics World Heritage area. There were a boggling number of tours to choose from each one ever so slightly different from the others. I chose by elimination an...
'17 Jul: Queensland
Our second walk was especially splendid. Everyone had to have a shot of the guide's favorite tree.
'17 Jul: Queensland
Bats! (It's also called a grey-headed flying fox.) First you see one, and then another one...
'17 Jul: Queensland
Another one a lot like the other one.
'17 Jul: Queensland
...we got to swim in the river by the restaurant, guaranteed no crocs because the water was so cold. I and my UK family were the only ones to swim and it was so much fun, I loved it, it was mostly too deep for me to stand and it was gorgeous. After the...
'17 Jul: Queensland
July 24 A little bit about Port Douglas. That's it - 4 Mile Beach on one side, the marina on the other side, and the main drag runs between the two. (internet pic)
'17 Jul: Queensland
At one point this area was a mud flat but then the tide came in and it got shiny and nice.
'17 Jul: Queensland
I've noticed that my normal pattern when coming to a new place (find the main square with the original cathedral and the old government buildings) hasn't happened here in Australia. The main square is hard to find or non-existent and there certainly wasn'...
'17 Jul: Queensland
All these close-up fish I bought off the crew photographer. She was one of the five who ran the ship and who did a ton of other things as well as the photos such as giving a reef talk after lunch, helping with the gear, and hold the barf bags for the few ...
'17 Jul: Queensland
More. There's another one too later on, trying to control the number of pictures I'm using! She was using the exact same camera as I had and I got no fish picture even one half as good as these. But---she had done it 1,000 times, had the camera in a h...
'17 Jul: Queensland
From NOAA's website: "Coral reefs begin to form when free-swimming coral larvae attach to submerged rocks or other hard surfaces along the edges of islands or continents. As the corals grow and expand, reefs take on one of three major characteristic str...
'17 Jul: Queensland
I'm going to talk about coffee. The Aussies have become, in far less than a decade, total coffee aficionados. Bad coffee is not to be tolerated. If you ask for coffee you might get asked back barista coffee or instant? You don't see a lot of brewed c...
'17 Jul: Queensland
There were two or three reef sharks about. There was a mildly amusing but ultimately unfortunate moment when one of the crew was doing a talk and at one point while she was talking about the bleaching asked in one breath "are there any Trump supporters ...
'17 Jul: Queensland
July 23 Snorkeling at The Great Barrier Reef! They had a -1.5 snorkel mask which was perfect for me. The mask never leaked and I never flooded the snorkel either. AND they had my favorite, shortie wetsuits with the zipper in front. Gear-wise, Perf...
'17 Jul: Queensland
July 21 My hostel in Port Douglas is the building on the left and we are completely full. It's big and extremely lively but my room is big too, the biggest yet, en suite, with a/c so I'm not bothered by the lively, and a tv with five movie channels tha...
'17 Jul: Queensland
Four Mile Beach, one of the prime attractions in Port Douglas. It arcs all the way around the bay and is quite beautiful. The sand is so firm and the ground so flat, great for walking although I didn't walk the entire four miles out and four miles back...
'17 Jul: Queensland
...between the two flags is the only life guarded area and swimming in the ocean can be dangerous here. Now it's winter so it's unlikely to find the box jellyfish, "the world's most venomous creature", in the water. During the summer months you can swi...
'17 Jul: Queensland
Stoney Creek Falls, a grab shot out the window, where Stoney Creek descends from the Atherton Tablelands to the Cairns coastal plain.
'17 Jul: Queensland
July 20 The excitement for today: Kuranda, up by train and back on the SkyRail. Wiki: "Kuranda is positioned on the eastern edge of the Atherton Tableland where the Barron River begins a steep descent to its coastal floodplain. Parts of Kuranda, part...
'17 Jul: Queensland
Here's another one with even less light.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
I had a picture of a four-container Road Train earlier but it was turning a corner so you couldn't get the full effect. Put another container on this guy and you can try to imagine what it takes to pass one. Adding to the length by the way is the fac...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
...and look at camels. You could ride one if you wanted, which I didn't.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
I've got only one day in Alice Springs and I spent it strolling around. The town is interesting...I just read Bill Bryson's travelogue on his visit and everything he wrote still feels true and more well-spoken than whatever I could say. He ends his c...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
I drove over to one of the premier walking sites at Kata Tjuta, The Valley of the Winds walk. This picture is not from then...but now I can tell you that it was still cold in Kata Tjuta and the area for the walk was still dark. So I lay the seat back f...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
I had a car, I got up at 5, I drove myself, but still in this the most busy season one cannot avoid the crowds.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
It was so crowded I had to take this in two pieces. My fault! I forgot to ask where the sun would be in relation to Uluru. Had I known the position would I have still come here instead of one of the other twenty-five sites for sunrise viewing? I woul...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
A look at the landscape near Uluru. I was going nuts thinking about how could I have been so wrong in my expectations of what the landscape would look like. Turns out they've had two years of record rainfall and this year is looking like another one. ...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
I visited with and heard stories from so many rangers and guides just as a coincidence of being around. One of my favorite things that I learned today. What is often called Dreamtime story is more appropriately called Creationtime story because all the...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
This story must not be sacred because there are signposts and photos are welcome here. That's one of the serpents featured in the story.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
I stayed with the group, 75 members by the ranger's count, and there was another group of 75 that went before us, because the stories were interesting. But I punked out after an hour. Sooo many people. Here's a good time to note that the weather was t...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Yup. Tripods were not allowed anywhere in the Field of Light but at some point some people must have done it which you can confirm with a google image search. Since the lights were coming off and on a tripod would have really helped.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
June 29 ((Here it is actually late July 2 in Broome and I've just paid for internet in hopes I can get this done. Also I've got a cold. Oh well!)) We were off for another 7am call time which meant we got more fantastic sunrise colors. From the b...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
The few stops along the way all had emus. Even Curtin Springs has emus. Here's a picture from one of the signs.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
...and one of those doors leads to my room. It's true! They also had more luxurious accommodation also located in shipping containers. The great majority of the folks milling around were set up in the free camping area. I've never seen so many camper...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
His totem is a serpent so he painted one on my hand. A future tattoo? Very tempting.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
wiki: "A substantial proportion of the population, which is mostly Aboriginal, lives on small outstations. This outstation movement started in the early 1980s. Many Aboriginal groups moved to usually very small settlements on their traditional lands, often...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
July 12 I got picked up bright and early at the Crocodile hotel in Jabiru by a different tour company, one that had the necessary partnership agreement and ownership qualifications to go into Arnhemland. It looked a lot like this for a couple of hour...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
There were four young boys in my group including their two sets of parents, one other couple and one other single traveler. So as you might expect those four boys were clever and interested and a physical force of nature that the guide handled pretty we...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
In the darkness of this picture under the reddest rock, are human bones. I didn't include them in the picture because although we can see and photograph the drawings, it is one of the forbiddens to take a picture of the bones.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
I kept myself still and admired the work and everyone was so sweet. Thumbs up for NYNY.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Looking out the back of Injalak Arts "an Aboriginal owned and governed non-profit Association that has operated an art center since 1989. The center is located in Gunbalanya" and this must be Injalak Hill because it is so wonderful. That strip of river...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
July 11 Good MORNING! I'm in the bus, taking these pictures out the front window (yup, front seat!). The guide mentions how rare it is to have clouds during the dry. Quotes from the tour brochure: "Today you’re up early to get started on a day t...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
More. Wow. "Covering an area of more than 19,800 square kilometres, World Heritage listed Kakadu is the largest National Park in Australia. ((Not so true I heard as the Great Barrier Reef is larger.)) The combination of mangrove fringed coastal areas,...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Road Train, you can see the name by the wheels and this is one of the bigger ones with a cab pulling four container beds, the maximum allowed. These guys rule the road.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Kakadu is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and according to the guide (I haven't checked this yet) of the approximately 1600 UNESCO sites it is one of 32 recognized for both cultural or natural values of international significance.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Regarding the name Kakadu, from wiki: "The name Kakadu may come from the mispronunciation of Gaagudju, which is the name of an Aboriginal language formerly spoken in the northern part of the park. This name may derive from the Indonesian word kakatuwah, (v...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Crocs REIGN and they are potentially in everywhere anywhere near water. This one is sunning himself on the shore.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
What is protected in the park: Four major river systems: the East Alligator River, the West Alligator River, the Wildman River; and the entire South Alligator River Six major landforms: estuaries and tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands, the stone coun...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
A pit stop. About 500 Indigenous people live in Kakadu and I don't think I saw a single one, not surprisingly as it is a huge area and all the businesses are operated by white people. It's a long story.
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
July 8 After arriving in Darwin, one day late due to the unexpected extra overnight in Broome because of the canceled flight, I went out for a stroll. This place was packed inside and out with people cheering a game of Australian Rules Football. I a...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
...with a beautiful view. We had a great time, thanks for coming out Sally! And then Sally dropped me off (she having been already one too many times) at the...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Every component has to be hand made and so although this looks like they just stuck beer cans onto a row boat, not so. See the three guys standing behind the boat...
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
Everyone finished I think with no sinkers in this first round. An hour and a half later (I didn't stay...sooo sunny) there is a treasure hunt called The Battle of Mindil. The boats go out to find the treasure and bring it back to shore. What happens i...
'17 Jul: Broome
...this one fellow doing what he's doing now...
'17 Jul: Broome
So the airline (Qantas did all the work for their local carrier Airnorth) put everyone up in a kind of rundown hotel that had space for 45 people when the rest of the town was packed. But it turned out ok. The place really did well under the onslaught ...
'17 Jul: Broome
We got one OK, and it was a goodie, sold to one of our members for about $375USD.
'17 Jul: Broome
They tell you about how to grade a pearl. I've heard this rap many times forgetting instantly, but it's interesting while it's happening. Every once in a great while an oyster will spit out it's seed and grow a pearl anyway, called seedless pearls, and...
'17 Jul: Broome
"In the One Arm Point Aboriginal Community we tour a local aquaculture hatchery perched right on the tip of One Arm Point and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the impressive Buccaneer Archipelago, witnessing the huge tidal flows of the Kimberley – the larg...
'17 Jul: Broome
...polishing up the raw shells to make them shiny. Now he's selling them by ones to the tourists. ((I want to remember about the resort workers.))
'17 Jul: Broome
Ahhh. And then the 3 hour ride back, 1 1/2 of those hours over the high-clearance four-wheel drive road that is often unpassable during the wet even for four-wheel drive. They (according to the guide - I didn't ask who they are) are talking about pavin...
'17 Jul: Broome
Beer tasting at Matso's Brewery where we sampled Ginger Beer, Mango Beer, and Lychee Beer. I wouldn't order any of them but it was fun. Everyone was pouring various ones together trying to find a combination they liked.
'17 Jul: Broome
July 4 The one thing I HAD to do in Broome was catch the sunset camel rides on Cable Beach. Not to ride the camels, just to take their picture. These pictures are NOT MINE (NOT MINE all from the internet), I just wanted you to see the goal, the goal...
'17 Jul: Broome
Finishing up, everyone gets a treat.
'17 Jul: Broome
You know you're staying in a hostel when this looks really good. I want to note how well I am feeling right now and how unwell I was feeling just 12 hours ago. FINGERS CROSSED it's gone. I'm going to go back to my room and do nothing until tomorrow, j...
'17 Jul: Broome
I was on my way to the Visitor's Center but chatting with one of my bus mates I learned that the 'renowned' crafts market was on Saturdays and Sundays and since it was Sunday I thought to get off and have a look. Looks like a crafts market, right.
'17 Jul: Broome
The flower girl was telling the little ones to come by her stand because she was doing face painting and they were so happy.
'17 Jul: Broome
All the ground is like this ground. Gorgeious red dust that must turn into thick red mud for a good part of the year. There are two seasons up north and universally called The Wet and The Dry. From Australia.gov: "The tropical regions of Australia .....
'17 Jul: Broome
What mostly happens in Broome is people get sun-burned all day and drink beer all night. Vast clubs are everywhere like this one for example...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Team Indonesia brought a lot of food from home and they knew I liked food so Aunty made me a sandwich out of this delight and I even have a small bag for later.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
This is the kickoff to Wineglass Bay vistas and we had the choice to do a moderate hike (my limit for sure!) or the hard one. Here's what the park sign says about the hard one: "Difficult and very steep. Suited to physically fit, experienced and wel...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
This was the moderate view of Wineglass Bay, and I hope one of the sturdy crowd will send me a picture from the top of Mt Amos of Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Team Indonesia! They and I were the only ones staying in a motel instead of the hostel. I think I decided to go for the motel because of the 'rustic' condition of the hostels as noted in the brochure. I totally don't mind bathroom-down-the-hall but ba...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
The sand was pebble-like and the shells were wonderful. I took one, and now come to think of it I wonder if we were in a National Park and I committed a crime?
'17 Jun: Tasmania
DJ Sweden! She ran the sound system from day 2. She must have 10,000 songs on that phone and I liked them all. Jacob was a big knower-of-music and loved to sing along. We really had a good time.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Just inside the door is a nice mob of kangaroos waiting for the snacks that you could buy for one dollar. I'm thinking these guys must have been hand raised in that the place isn't worried about them punching a tourist in the nose.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Two young ones running off to huge rolling commotion and very loud screaming.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
On the program we were going to see a different animal park tomorrow but the company decided to try out this place instead and it was good. One reason might have been that it was just the two Under Down Under buses so it wasn't as crowded as it could ha...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Another one.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Back at the parking lot, a wallaby, and a photo-op for one and all. You can never have too many pictures of a wallaby.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Look how many strokes it takes in Chinese to write Sheffield. In Japanese they would have used a simple phonetic character set used specifically for foreign words but in Chinese they have to figure it out with kanji.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
The one-man conductor/chef/waiter/narrator did all his jobs with good will and charm. The engine and cars are "Authentically restored" one dating back to 1896, another from 1898, and a third from 1938.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
We stopped several times and after each stop we got another little something to eat. 1) welcome aboard beverage. 2) smoked salmon on toast (the only really tasty bit). 3) scones with buttercream and jam. 4) vegetable soup. 5) cake.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
...and is now getting attached to what was the back of the train. They had everyone switch sides on the way back so my group of four got to switch to the Good Side.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
June 25 ((I'm typing this from a bar across the street from my hotel on the evening of the 27th because the hotel internet is 'down' and no internet has really worked much since this tour kicked off. On to the story.)) It's the first morning of my T...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
It was so huge and blowing off so much water I rushed up for a couple of shots with my phone not wanting to expose my camera to the torrent.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
...here she is lookin' good! Here's what the National Park brochure says about Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park. "The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park was proclaimed in 1981. This park together with the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair ...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
And what have we here? Why, it's a kookaburra who is in fact sitting in an old gum tree, not so much laughing and gay though. Wiki: "Eucalyptus regnans, known variously as mountain ash, swamp gum, or stringy gum, is a species of Eucalyptus native to Ta...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
A peek into one of the city parks.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Walking up from the pier you pass by a cut in the sandstone that makes up this part of the land. There is one floor above ground with the shop, café, tickets, etc. and the rest...
'17 Jun: Tasmania
...is underground with this wonderful sandstone retained as the walls.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
The Museum of Everything is 30 rooms of a fascinating curated collection of objects produced by what the curator calls 'outsider art'. A-may-zing is all I can say. The exhibit opened in the middle of June and will run for one year. You can read this a...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
June 23 There are 5 Japanese take-away places in every block. It was amazing. So I asked google to tell me why but she didn't know. Two and half days is way not enough for Melbourne. You can get more in in the summer probably, when it stays light ...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
If there's a window, and there's food behind the window, and there's a line in front of the window, get in that line! I got what everyone got - Spicy Lamb Borek and it was splendid.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Commissioned work and some gorilla pieces. You can tell.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Another free zone.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
A beautiful commissioned piece on the right.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
In one of the alleys there was a tailor shop. I took this picture and I'd paint it on a wall if I could.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Welcome to the Melbourne Street Art Walking Tour. Melbourne decided to go all in on street art and for me it's got weird. I'll start off saying I didn't see even one of my favorite type of work, the super-site-specific, in-and-out, middle-of-the-nigh...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
The tour ended at a studio out in the edge of the city, in the Docklands, but still within the free tram zone so that's good. Street artists are sharing this space in individual 'cubes'.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
June 21 It was wet out this morning but no more rain fell so thumbs up. This is one of my corners down from the Victoria Hotel in Melbourne...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
From Saint Paul's website: "St Paul’s stands at the very heart of the City of Melbourne. In style, it echoes the grand Cathedrals of Europe. Designed by distinguished English revival architect William Butterfield, the Cathedral is built in the neo-Gothic t...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
This is a chain called Pie Face. I got the peppered beef and it was tasty. It has a chain restaurant reputation so I'm interested to eat one with a good reputation. I'd eat one of these again.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Gathering for the I'm Free walking tour of the CBD (Central Business District - all cities have one called CBD rather than 'downtown'). It was a big crowd but very well done nonetheless. The tour focused on the history of Melbourne and in particula...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
These are commissioned works. Melbourne has developed a policy regarding street art that both encourages building owners to allow sanctioned work and discourage any other kinds of graffiti. Tomorrow I'm going to have a tour that focuses on street art...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
June 19 The gardens of the University House where I've had a sweet little old-fashioned room with bathroom-down-the-hall. I ate one meal here, breakfast this morning, and it was amazingly delicious. This was the first day of the new menu and I think...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Susan picked me up for our outing to the Parliament House. We had tickets to sit in on Question Time where the opposition party questions the party in power and everyone hoots and points and generally acts up. Very Brit. I had a fabulous time listen...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
...and fantastic on the inside. Really really good. I'm going to type in this text: "Thunder Raining Poison 2015 is a work relating to the nuclear bomb tests that happened in the 1950s at Maralinga. A lot of the bomb clouds had travelled across Kokath...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
...up! There's the one round hole looking straight up and what you see now is also the sundial-like white glow. At night you watch the stars.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
I heard that Canberra was the coldest major city in Australia and they even have some deciduous trees here, none of them native but they do well. This morning (before I went out!) it was 27 degrees.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
...and at closing every day they do the Last Post Ceremony which includes the reading of a biography of one of the fallen.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Another one of the individual memorials along the parkway.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Walking back to my hotel I gave up, and finding a bus or even a taxi was not happening. It was Sunday, only around 6, but dark and there was not one place open, just walk walk walk through darkness 'a little lost' until I came upon this place - pizza and ...
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
That black one is a Musk Duck. None of the other ducks will be his friend because he eats their babies. The full name of the other one is Little Pied Cormorant, very common and very cute.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
...they fed me dinner AGAIN! We had a cheese plate each evening too; a gal could get used to this. I also don't want to forget that as soon as I get my stove I'm going to make Quince Paste. A cheese plate becomes A Cheese Plate when you've got some quin...
'17 Jun: Sydney
One corner of my little attic hideaway. I'm going to come back here at the end of the trip for another four nights because despite being a third floor walk-up, and despite sharing the bathroom with another guest on the second floor, and a few other li...
'17 Jun: Sydney
I was going to go to Manly to eat fish at Hugos. But today I remembered that one of my airplane pals (you find such interesting people standing around, stretching and chatting at the toilets) said Oh No you have to eat fish at Doyles in Watson Bay. So ...
'17 Jun: Sydney
You can see all the bays from the map above, and each and every one was GORGEOUS and as I understand, packed in summer. There were still a scattering of surfers in full wetsuits and ear to ear smiles all along the way.
'17 Jun: Sydney
Another one of those awesome bays.
'17 Jun: Sydney
As for the Waverley Cemetery, here's what wiki has to say: "The Waverley Cemetery is a cemetery on top of the cliffs at Bronte in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 1877, it is noted for its largely intact Victorian and Ed...
'17 Jun: Sydney
It was time to head back and as I was puzzling over the schedule at one of the bus stops this sweet gal showed me all the options, we decided on a route, and she walked me to the right place. Thank you sweetie!
'17 Jun: Sydney
I did a bus and a train as easy as could be. But it adds up in cost. I'm used to paying a quarter, senior rate in my town, and I've gone through about $40 already including the ride from the airport.
'17 Jun: Sydney
Walking back to my place I passed the deli where I bought delicious food earlier in the day. I had one of those sandwiches and it was perfect. Yesterday I had another delicious treat, a salad of roasted pumpkin and feta and tomatoes and rocket (what th...
'17 Jun: Sydney
Circular Quay is the modern port and is also part of the area called The Rocks. These are some of the refurbished shops and accommodations towered over by the Central Business District. It immediately reminded me of Singapore. I haven't figured out wha...
'17 Jun: Sydney
Here's a view from one of the Photo Ops. There must be one million of this exact picture floating around the internet.
'17 Jun: Sydney
I left the park and walked around and under the bridge to catch one of the ferries that would bring me back to Circular Quay. There is a very active ferry system so you can walk walk as much as you want to walk and then there's always a way to get back.
'17 Jun: Sydney
YES! The travel-gods smiled upon me and gave me an empty seat for the 15 hour ride. It's amazing how not-too-hard it is to pass the time when you're not struggling against someone's space invasion overreach across the arm rest.
'17 Jun: Sydney
And all the rest of it was sooo easy - money, toilet, ticket and transport card, train (so comfortable and smooth - a private enterprise a guy on the plane told me), and then...
'17 June
Here's Kaitlin learning calligraphy. Look how well she's doing after only one hour.
'17 June
June 6 I got this off Cynthia's facebook! What Cynthia wrote: "Feeling grateful to be on this journey with Michael Holden, who killed it planning an awesome 5th anniversary surprise weekend getaway. :)" What Mike wrote: "Celebrating our 5 year ann...
'17 June
June 5 Marsha's willow has developed into willow perfection and she's a tree-happy gal. It was totally dark so the camera had to just 'figure it out'. Tonight was my last Monday Night Potluck for ages and one of the most trying drives - almost, but ...
'17 June
Darryl, Angela, Kaitlin, and Lilly met me up here for this occasion that I've never been to before. Here's more from the Observatory's website: "Colonel Griffith J. Griffith left funds in his will to build a public observatory in Los Angeles because ...
'17 June
And Gifts! Darryl wrote this poem and I'm copying it here so I can always find it. I mean, really, he rhymed Australia and paraphernalia. With 70 years, it's a time to be reflective, Maybe see things with a new perspective? Reflective, and o...
'17 May
...The Bridging, which is like a Girl Scout graduation from one level to the next. Lilly and all these friends will be a Brownie after the summer break. Here they're saying the Girl Scout Pledge.
'17 May
Lill is the one with the massively wonderful succulent garden and now she wants this.
'17 May
May 27 Liz, Angela, Kaitlin, and Lilly and we all went out for our Mother's Day Mani-Pedi (that I gave everyone for their gift...). It was Fun and then we had lunch for even More fun. Thanks everyone for coming!
'17 May
May 26 If you liked the first one you'll like this one and if not then not. I liked them both and so did Windy. We went this morning - walked there and walked back. Windy is in preparation for her "Wild" adventure.
'17 May
In the afternoon I went to hang with Kelly...and Marsha and Tom of course, at Cedars-Sinai for Kelly to have a small surgery. Everyone is Entirely Fine!
'17 May
May 21 Merlyn acquired several jars of caviar and we polished off one of them. I do so appreciate the opportunity to enjoy caviar by the heaping spoonful.
'17 May
On the same path as the above picture in Palisades Park along the cliffs, I saw this tree-plant that I was sure was the same as the ohia lehui from the lava beds of the Big Island, and I think it IS the same, the picture on the left being from the Big Isla...
'17 May
May 11 I've been meaning to check out the current condition of Hollywood Forever and the cousins Sharon and Nancy agreed to go with me. It was certainly worth the stroll. I was wondering why there were SO many Armenians and Russians there, and not A...
'17 May
May 10 One of Lilly's homework options was to go to a park and count the trees and then draw a picture of one. We counted them and she drew this tree. I wish I'd taken a picture of her drawing to go here too! Kaitlin had to write a report on Edvard...
'17 May
May 7 I didn't leave the house, I didn't even change out of my jammies, but I did work on my Australia trip and I'm happy now with the whole itinerary and almost all the accommodations are set. Now it's just how much pre-arranging do I want to do for...
'17 May
We had a girl train walking home so they could practice their Talent Show routine. One of the moms is a dance teacher and I had a blast watching it all happen.
'17 Apr: Kauai
Looks like such old-fashioned aloha. OFF TO THE BIG ISLAND! (that's a link you can click on to see the story if you're in the mood).
'17 Apr: Big Island
We're driving along the Chain of Craters road and there was a turn-off, the Hilina Pali Road built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 through 1942 that leads to the Hilina Pali Overlook. Here we are at the end of nine twisty miles on one lane....
'17 Apr: Big Island
Check out all those dotted lines. Those are trails made for Real walkers as each one is quite long.
'17 Apr: Big Island
A good one here too. Our rental car is featured in many of these pictures and it is serving us well - an Infiniti QX70.
'17 Apr: Big Island
Christa got the tickets from a doctor she's working with who got them from someone else we don't know who, but the doctor told Christa all he wanted in return was a picture of us having fun. I ran out to the concessions when I heard the announcement that,...
'17 Apr: Big Island
There was a row of many shops selling leis and other flower adornments. I got that little guy in my hair at this one.
'17 Apr: Big Island
Wow, parking was inconvenient and I was too lazy to even get out of the car! "According to legend, Kamehameha lifted the 5,000 pound Naha Stone at age 14 (it's the big flat one), and was the only person to ever lift it. The legend that goes with this pa...
'17 Apr: Big Island
From their website: "Since its formation in 1998 the goal of the Paniolo Preservation Society has been to establish a Heritage Center for its collection of paniolo documents, images and artifacts. On April 1, 2011 PPS took over management of one of the old...
'17 Apr: Big Island
Commemorating the birthplace of Kamehameha the Great: "The statue, which was restored in early 2001, stands on the grounds of the Kohala Information Center on the main road (Highway 270) in Kapaʻau. Cast in Italy in 1879 and erected in the early 1880s...
'17 Apr: Big Island
"After the royal court relocated to Honolulu, they briefly moved there. In October 1823, they learned that the people of Kailua-Kona had developed an interest in the new ways and had erected a small wooden church. The first structure on the site was made f...
'17 Apr: Big Island
Sent out by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, this is a model of the ship Thaddeus that carried the first group of missionaries traveling from Boston to Hawaii.
'17 Apr: Big Island
This place somewhat follows the Colonial Williamsburg model with rebuilt structures, practicing craftsmen, and history lessons, one major difference being that it's also an active religious site and treated as such.
'17 Apr: Big Island
"The rule of kings might change, but the burial rights of families survived on their lands. With this right is connected an inherent love of the land of one's birth, so that men do not willingly wander from place to place but remain on the land of their a...
'17 Apr: Big Island
Next stop, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, a National Historic Park where, since 1961, the National Park Service has maintained this place which was once both Royal Grounds and place of refuge. Refuge was an important part of cultural life back then and too long ...
'17 Apr: Big Island
We were out on the road from 8:30 until 4:30. It was cocktail hour for sure and since we're staying in town no one had to drive.
'17 Apr: Kauai
From their website: "Saint Raphael Catholic Church in Koloa...is the oldest Catholic Church in Kauai. St. Raphael's was founded in 1841; two years after Catholics were granted religious freedom in Hawaii after the French threatened Honolulu. Father Ars...
'17 Apr: Kauai
...but fabulous nonetheless, full with birds and the rich smell of the fields.
'17 Apr: Kauai
There are at least several dozen fields in the valley that look like this one and it's a treat to be able to walk beside them.
'17 Apr: Kauai
"In 1939 the Kilauea Sugar Company deeded the churchyard to the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii and gave the native stone used in the erection of our present building. The chief benefactor, however, was Mrs. Robert Shapard, of Griffin, Georgia, in memory of he...
'17 Apr: Kauai
Pictures of The Gang follow since here I am 10 days in with not one picture except for me and Camas on our hike. Shortly after my arrival Kathy and Kenny left for a three week trip in Europe. They'll be back a few days before we leave. (facebook)
'17 Apr: Kauai
April 11 All the churches are in top form for Easter so we're making a tour of them. We saw the most historic one on the 6th (The Wai`oli Hui`ia Church) and we saw two more today. This is the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, built in 1924. I ...
'17 Apr: Kauai
In the small graveyard I saw this headstone with the sheep and immediately thought of Will Bullas who made my 'Cocktails at Six' piece and who also made this one: 'Peaceable Kingdom with Olives' which I could totally have on my headstone were I in the leas...
'17 Apr: Kauai
Next stop All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapaa. All quotes from their website: "The church building was designed by Honolulu architect Guy N. Rothwell... It was completed on December 6, 1925, and contains many items of historical interest. The building...
'17 Apr: Kauai
We took a little spin up the road from the house to see if Opaekaa Falls was happening. It's a little light from years gone by.
'17 Apr: Kauai
This guy waddled up from the river, moved into the yard, and seems to have taken up residence. He might be a Muscovy duck since we saw a similar one last year (or the year before?) and Brigitte identifed him. Word from the folks who live around here is...
'17 Apr: Kauai
At one of the most slippery stretches this woman gave me her walking stick. She really did urge it upon me and I said Thank You Very Much. We met up with her again at the falls and she had acquired herself another stick more worthy of her size and stre...
'17 Apr: Kauai
April 7 We enjoyed one of our favorite walks along the coast...
'17 Apr: Kauai
"Two years were spent building the Mission House, which was completed in 1837. Mr. Alexander “laid up the chimney” with his own hands, and it stands to this day. "Deborah Kapule, the dowager Queen of Kaua`i and earnest convert, assisted in establishing...
'17 Apr: Kauai
We spent the day getting ready for guests, mostly looking for just the right bowl - and I took not one picture. Idaho Sharon took these two so at least we have Something! Those present included Bob and Sharon, Kenny and Kathy, Ryan and Kathleen. sd.
'17 March
Finishing off some miscellanea from March. The first few days of April will come later, with May, because I'm in Kauai now. The other one didn't make it but this guy said "Termite poisoning? I scoff at termite poisoning."
'17 March
And another one.
'17 March
...and this. But I forgot! What I do remember is that when the original miners came here they were thinking about a name for the town and one of the fellows remarked that the hills were 'as pretty as a pretty lady's calico dress'.
'17 March
We liked it nonetheless.
'17 March
Ah! One of the corners leading to our plot which surprised us both...
'17 March
March 21 I forgot to put this one in - lunch at The Rock Inn at Lake Hughes.
Windy Lona '17 March
And the walking trails were totally fabulous. We could have gone on for miles more but we had a short-ish day and couldn't take the longer loops.
'17 March
March 15 Lilly had to do a softball make-up picture today. They do the regular bat on the shoulder shot and then if you want them to photoshop the kid into the team picture they take a standing shot and a kneeling one over in the same area where they s...
'17 March
March 11 What FUN! I went to a House Concert which is when they have a concert in someone's house. It was AWESOME thanks to Richard again for knowing the what's what in music. Sorry, the picture really doesn't do them justice. Here we are in Col...
'17 March
...including members of Vaud and the Villains. That's the same trumpet and trombone players and those two guys were fantastic and teeth achingly adorable with Hollywood smiles to...Beat the Band. (internet pix)
'17 March
In the house of the house concert, an Elvis lamp, you know you want one. There were maybe 50 people in attendance and you were supposed to donate $20. Food and beverage was piled high for your enjoyment.
Getty Center architecture The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
And another one, for good measure.
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
And again in 2017! This, also shown in the pictures above, is a construction over the main entrance and is meant to represent the gate of a castle raised in welcome and in the offer of delights and refuge. According to one of the tour guides that is. ...
'17 March
Anyone who has been up in this area knows this piece... and those that don't, let's just say I make a journal as close to G-rated as possible.
California Sky Blue Remodel 2017
Here are pictures from the 2017 remodel. If you feel any of them are too dark please let me know. I really should work on the one looking out the kitchen window, to keep the outside colors but still brighten the kitchen itself. It'll just take a little ...
'17 February
February 22 The Girl Scouts of the South Bay had a gathering tonight for World Thinking Day. I asked Lilly what everyone was thinking about and she replied with such enormous enthusiasm "Desserts!" and indeed that was mostly true. Each troupe had a ...
'17 February
Norway, nice! There were maybe 20 countries, all of them charming and delightful. You can see Fiji at the far right. They ran out of their offering very early. It was a fruit punch with soda water and everyone loved it especially as a vehicle to wash...
'17 February
February 16 Kaitlin's school takes the whole 5th grade to a science camp for three days and two nights of F.U.N! One of her friends took this picture.
'17 February
February 13 Two things: 1) I am SO GRATEFUL John Oliver is back after a Three Month hiatus. Catch Sunday's show if possible - you won't be sorry. 2) WOW what meetup.com did. I had to blink hard on that one. But they got me through Proust, maybe the...
'17 February
February 8 Lilly at her Girl Scouts Valentine Party where in one and a half hours they did six adorable activities including making a hat, making a book, playing a game, making candy, ETC!
'17 February
February 1 I got these from Lona and Hartley after they got new flatware a couple of decades ago. I do like them just fine but I'm down to a full set of 3 (3 teaspoons...) and randomly more of the other ones. And I have in my drawer a bit of this and ...
'17 January
January 23 Last time Alex was here 'we' put up my two window crystals. I had one of them here when I lived in the house all those years ago and the two in the little place. I have a third hook too, waiting. Every morning when the sun is out the kit...
'17 January
Nice one. Me, Kaitlin
'17 January
...Oscar came with four of his guys to do phase one of the electrical project in the back cottage. It's a huge job for 300 square feet and is going to cost as much as it cost to do the front house for various technical reasons that I totally understand (?...
'17 January
Look at that ball. I want one of those!
'17 January
This is another one of the fraternity groups and the guy standing with Lill pulled out of the crowd to dance at the front. He was an INCREDIBLE dancer. He would do a dozen pavement spins without a break. We both told him Wow Man that was fun. Well, h...
'17 January
Makes me think just a little bit about going to Mardi Gras one day.
'17 January
January 13 Trevor is in town and Windy was coming over so the Browns dropped by too and we all had a lovely visit. Seats for everyone! Lona, Trevor, Windy, Hartley
'17 January
January 10 Those chairs are lined up the size of the couch I'm considering just to see how it feels. As you can tell from the windows it's dark out. I've probably spent 8 full hours of my life trying to figure out a solution to the following problem...
'17 January
January 7 Nancy came by today for a visit. We did have a nice walk planned but were deterred by the rain. It was lovely none the less and we still cheer for the rain. Here are facebook pictures of Nancy's precious Chloe. Her employer Artis is ther...
'17 January
January 8 Wow, I went with Sharon today for our first beach walk in ages, what with one thing and another. What a day to break the fast!
'17 January
Captain America Civil War: I liked this one too but no surprise it is Superhero shtick. Florence Foster Jenkins: Meryl Streep can't make a bad movie even when it should be a bad movie. Lion: A well-done tearjerker from moment one. Deadpool: I saw it on ...
'16 December
December 22 Finally one thing on one wall and a place to stash some tchotchkes.
'16 December
The building itself is a controversial Huge shimmering candy cane structure right at the iconic corner of Wilshire and Fairfax where everyone my age remembers shopping at the department stores of our youth. This is from outside the building but inside t...
'16 December
I went looking around in the late afternoon AGAIN and now I'm glad I've procrastinated on getting a sofa because I like this one better. Should I do the deed...probably soon!
'16 December
December 16 Sharon had a lovely Happy Birthday Season's Greetings festivity and made reeeeally good chili. I didn't take any pictures, so I pulled this one off the internet...from the same recipe though. Happy Birthday Sharon!
'16 December
December 15 Marsha and I saw La La Land today and it was very charming indeed with plenty of affection for LA, characters I cared about, and even a story. Plus singing and dancing so although I hope it's not the best movie of the year, meaning that a b...
'16 December
I got the box of things I'd kept out of the garage, made some origami cranes, cut up some cards from years gone by, et voilá.
'16 December
December 7 Sweet day today with the girls including a school outing to a pizza place mightily enjoyed by one and all.
'16 December
December 6 I had two rather unproductive days although I did try, but it seems not my best effort since very little got done. One of my stops - Liz's Antique Hardware on La Brea. Tons, literally, of antique hardware, but none for me. Oh great, and ...
'16 November
November 29 I had a lot of free time these last two days and so I got myself together with paperwork, did a little shopping and I feel pretty calm heading into December. Except that I didn't hear from the counter guys today as I should have. It's on...
'16 November
November 27 After a series of detours Nancy and I ended up at the Landmark and saw Lion, a new movie staring Dev Patel. Let me tell you it was a tear jerker of the First Order. It's based on a true story and one of the tag lines as they ran through ...
'16 November
Check it out - the conductor, who was pretty dang adorable with his butterfly hands: Krzysztof Urbanski. And the prodigy violinist: Augustin Hadelich. I wished and wished Kaitlin was there to see the clarinet players (she just started clarinet) and fee...
'16 November
Marsha invited me to a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. I LOVE to go to the Disney Concert Hall! We heard the LA Phil play the Mozart violin Concerto #5 in A major, called 'Turkish', and the Brahms Symphony #2 in D major. It was all, from note one ...
'16 November
So here we are at Admitting. Many, if not most, of the signs were still in place and wandering around in the hospital and feeling the abandoned spaces with their once very specific purposes was definitely part of the art project. It would have been somet...
'16 November
This one says "Another sunny and sinister 87 degrees in LA" and there were many others in various rooms saying "Another sunny and sinister 76 degrees in LA", etc., all the same picture with different temperatures, different numbers of gun shot wounds, diff...
'16 November
November 14 He can replace all the ratty torn screens in one day. An expensive day, but one day none-the-less. I still don't have a bookcase or anywhere to put tchotchkes and So much more still to consider. Hope against Hope I'll get the kitchen co...
'16 November
#2 This is the skit they did to show which challenge they decided to focus on. There were many aspects to this event including a ton of questions from the judges. The kids really knew and understood the topic and it was so fun to watch it all unfold. ...
'16 November
...and this is a run for points. I didn't stay until the very end because there was going to be a long break before the final ceremonies. The Octonators, Kaitlin and Angela's team did great and the other two teams from Jefferson did great too. One of t...
'16 November
November 12 Wow, the list of what's left to do in the bathroom can fit on one page! A spot or two need grout, the floor needs a this-is-as-good-as-it-gets once over, clean up the fittings under the sink, add a mirror, and maybe add another plant like...
'16 November
I was finally able to find the kind of rugs I like. They don't have a non-skid back so be careful! You can't see the bigger one that runs from the bedroom to the toilet but it's the same design and material as the smaller one.
'16 November
November 11 I mostly shuffled things today - house-garage-back studio-trash-house-garage and I watched the entire second season of Red Oaks. It's sweet and lovely and no one dies.
'16 November
Then instead of The Election I turned my attention to catching up on Dancing with the Stars. It's quite good this year and after all these seasons it's surprisingly well done, especially the production of each individual dance which is unique and appropri...
Kaitlin Lilly '16 October
...joined by Gary! Ack! He wants to Count One Two Three.
'16 October
October 27 Ok, from the counter guy when I told him the cabinets were in, and this is not so good for me. The message is copy-paste. He always screams in his email. Guess I'll try to find someone who can do it sooner? Maybe I'll get a date with hi...
'16 October
October 26 I went with Lilly to her Daisy meeting today where they did a really fun pumpkin project and where I was so delighted with the awesomeness of the leaders. In 90 minutes the girls colored and had a snack, did circle time talking about pumpk...
'16 October
The pre-school up on the corner was putting these on their neighbors' porch. I was there when they came by and first one, then another, then all of them wanted to tell me what they were going to be for Halloween. Awww, soo cute!
'16 October
Option One.
New Orleans 2010-2016
One of the front windows.
New Orleans 2010-2016
We hadn't had any beignet so I stopped off here to buy a few for the house and to listen to this very cool trombone player who had all the leads.
New Orleans 2010-2016
One of the many opportunities to sample hot sauces and barbeque sauces from hot and sweet to hot and so hot you can't breathe. Looking back I see I don't have any pictures of all the praline tasting opportunities I enjoyed fully as well.
New Orleans 2010-2016
One of the main activities, and the reason Richard chooses these particular dates, is the BBQ and Blues Festival held every year. We ate BBQ and heard some Blues but I completely punked out on sitting around in the hot hot sun and very soon decided to t...
New Orleans 2010-2016
The St Louis Cathedral. From Lonely Planet: "One of the best examples of French architecture in the country, this triple-spired cathedral is dedicated to Louis IX, the French king sainted in 1297; it's a most innocuous bit of Gallic heritage in the hear...
New Orleans 2010-2016
The kitchen at Commander's Palace. We ate in one of the dining rooms which was lovely and cool, the downside being we never made it out to the gardens which is the signature Commander's Palace venue.
New Orleans 2010-2016
Back home for a nightcap, and I in fact did not have one drink the following day. Thankfully all this drinking was spread over so many hours and thankfully I didn't feel sick, just stuffed to edge of my very being.
New Orleans 2010-2016
I do enjoy a good building. They've done a nice job with the electricity to run the streetcars - there is an example in the foreground.
New Orleans 2010-2016
We stopped off at Hotel Monteleone, at the Carousel Bar, where this delightful wedding party invited us to join them so we could get a good view of Mr Cutie himself, Antoine Diel, who was playing here with an entirely different band. We did all this on ...
New Orleans 2010-2016
I met Richard at the airport - we taxied in to town stopping off to pick up a case of wine(!) one of Richard's friends had sent, which was a great treat to have bottles of good wine always at hand. Arriving at the rented house we found Richard's daughte...
'16 October
October 4 Done! except for washing down the walls, and maybe closing up a few cracks, and figuring out about a towel rack and rugs. But basically Done.
'16 October
So funny! Christina is holding one of the gifts which she opened to great hilarity because Andrew always wears those kinds of shirts...and when he came at the end of the party, VOILA.
'16 October
We were going to walk around UCLA and take some pictures. So too bad for Lill, she forgot to change her lens and had only a macro, so we got done pretty fast since she couldn't take any pictures and the Fowler wasn't open until noon. But we enjoyed our...
'16 October
These kids are in a business development class and this was a team building exercise. The group creates a support bridge for each person, one by one, to go straight down from their feet to reach out as far as they can and touch the ground.
'16 September
September 28 Lilly had a party with her friends on the weekend. They went to a movie and then everyone had food at Johnny Rockets. What a blast-o-rama! (I'll get the names from Lilly on Wednesday.) ak.
'16 September
September 27 Some pictures from Cynthia's facebook: The top one, now being used in the opening credits of Narco, is Cynthia herself. The Narco people found the picture on Kent's flickr. Yikes, I still have that globe. And btw, that pink chair, I j...
'16 September
Look, floor! The painting is done in most of the house and the floor is revealed. The bed came too and Alex put it together. Wow, a floor AND a bed.
'16 September
I managed to kill the beautiful succulent bowl Lill gave me in July and here she is fixing me up a fresh one. Thank you Lill. Wish me luck!
'16 September
September 21 Happy Birthday KAITLIN! (It was Lilly's birthday one week ago which is why you might be confused.) ak.
'16 September
...he brought his solid crew and they finished all the connectors and fixtures in the morning. Two thumbs up! No surprise, I forgot a thing or two and they couldn't move the phone line so that's a new list and I need a different kind of dimmer in the k...
'16 September
September 19 Sharon is back after her nearly month-long visit to Colorado and Kansas to visit with family and friends. And while she was gone the California Incline got FINISHED!
'16 September
September 17 I have something and it has a name and it is not good! I've been smelling smoke on and off for a while now and it's impossible for me to tell when it's real and when it's not. When it seems unlikely to be real I ask around and no one el...
'16 September
September 14 Happy Birthday LILLY! Everyone got up at dawn to celebrate together. ak.
'16 September
September 11 Some parts of this house project are powering toward a big fat tick!. All the trim is a pale cream and all the walls are a peachy cream, girly I know, but the floors are strong and with furnishings I'm not worried...say I to myself hourl...
'16 September
I don't have a picture of the one with the impossibly long neck. These guys have just impossibly huge heads.
'16 September
September 8 Alex has been moving us both forward in our journey to d.o.n.e.ville with the house. I 'created' the color for the kitchen today and got the paint guys to mix up a gallon. Me and the guys at the paint store have a relationship now. I ...
B Furnished
This is a very small studio, part of a triplex of buildings situated in a large and lovely quiet garden with everything you might need right at hand. Please carefully check the furnishings in the pictures with your needs in mind. You'll want to be sure...
B Furnished
The back door, bathroom on the right, storage on the left. There's a lovely shared garden out the back door for the three abodes with trees, patio furniture, and it's amazingly quiet considering the neighborhood. WALK to Whole Foods one-half block aw...
'16 September
September 6 Back from The Ranch, as full of delights as ever. Here's everyone present for the Saturday night talent show.
'16 September
The floor wood arrived and Leo was due to start the installation. Alex cleared all his tools out of the house. We were waiting. And waiting. He didn't answer his phone, or voice message, or text. Nothing. Nada, just no Leo. So I got in touch with ...
The Ranch 2015-
And this is one corner collection. EVERY corner has a collection. That's Baby Connor's mommy when she was much younger!
The Ranch 2015-
You saw the outside of the barn, and here we have a small clip of one room on the inside. I'm standing on the stairs that lead to the loft of 15 or so beds for when there are a lot of kids.
'16 September
Roger and Sandy were down from SF and along with Nancy we ate lunch in my house...with lawn chairs, a fold-up table, and plywood floors. NEWS: the floor guys will be here Wednesday to put in the real wood and by then, except for the kitchen and bathroom...
'16 September
I snagged this off facebook because I think it is one of the most adorable vacation selfies ever. Lola, Alex, Zander, Lauretta, Roxi
'16 August
August 26 I got a fan for where I am now to see how it did in 8' ceilings and if it's worth it for the front house. Oh yes it is worth it. Really worth it. The light looks bright in the picture but it can dim down to candle level too. I also got t...
'16 August
out of order... D&A had a date night on Saturday while the girls and I went to Akbar. Here are Lilly's pictures including her three favorite things: mango lassi, note that hers is gone; samosas, I'm not eating samosas at this moment but I could have be...
'16 August
One of those slots of time with the Hawaii Browns when I picked up food at the California Chicken Café. It's amazing how hard this huge crowd works - fast and surprisingly cheerful.
'16 August
Nancy took this at the birthday soiree for Muriel with JoAnn and David too but the picture of ME turned out the Best. Bad party girl, I took not one shot. nd.
'16 August
A very long distance view from one of the Tongva bridges. Then we ate early lunch at the crepes place and I ate late dinner at the Monday Potluck dinner where dessert was chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. The chocolate cake was So Delicious I could...
'16 August
August 2 I got my TSA-Pre/Global Entry certification today. It was so crazy easy, the biggest effort being getting in and out of the airport for the interview. Anyone who flies much might as well pony up. For me, it's not the 20 minutes I'll save may...
'16 August
I am always entertained here and this time was no different but I was particularly struck by the monotone which is usually calming and I don't know why, but today I missed color. The tapestries were as lovely as ever.
'16 August
One of the few alcoves with traditional symbols. And Then...
'16 July
July 30 Sharon's back patio...nice! There's a small tree in the background, in a big pot, the furthest to the right. It's a kumquat tree full of fruit that you can't see, and I want one of those trees, and I could have one too if I would just go g...
'16 July
July 29 Muriel brought me this pomelo from the farmer's market today. We had a lovely visit and then I had fruit. I took this picture with my phone as I have been increasingly doing, just snapping away because it's so easy to take and easy to transf...
'16 July
July 28 I went with Nancy and Sharon to see the new Star Trek movie today. It was fun! I'm a fan of the franchise in general and I like this new young cast. I was wondering what it would be like to see one of these movies or tv shows as your first ...
Kaitlin Lilly '16 July
July 27 We made sushi rolls for dinner! We used the small sheets of nori the kids eat for snack, put some rice on one end and veggies and rolled those babies into delicious sushi roll treats.
'16 July
Rude birthdays card from everyone and our traditional cash-pot of 15 bucks from each! Flowers from Maxine's bouquet! Thank you One and All!
'16 July
July 24 One step forward, two steps back. Turns out part of the reason the shutters are broken is because they don't have a frame. I must have previously chosen this option because without a frame they take up less window. So do I go with the frame...
'16 July
And the FLOORS. I think these pictures have confirmed I am going to have to wait until late September when the darker ones will be available. Look how in the different light the darker ones still look like the original floor but in the brighter light the...
'16 July
July 22 From a couple of different walks with Sharon, the 3rd Street Promenade dinos are looking good. They've done a fine succulent garden to cut down on water use and turned off the fountain, but not taken the fountain out so maybe later.
'16 July
July 19 I got up, made coffee, organized my day, made some phone calls about my floor and was set to meet the floor guy who btw didn't show up, and then went into the house to find, oh look, not an alien from District 9 but rather ALEX hard at work! Lo...
'16 July
July 17 An example - holes in the walls a-plenty. And there are plenty more, big ones too, but Alex is working away getting it all to look like it never happened.
'16 July
July 16 Oh the hours I've put in to finding a floor. Hour after hour of calls and trips and half-decisions. Finally I was DONE only to discover, sorry, no, you can't have that, it's out of production. But here's something just like it for twice the...
'16 July
...I never know What I'm going to find on the phone.
'16 July
July 4 I had a Crazy fun four-thing day in Long Beach, not my usual one-thing day at all. First a good morning Walk and Waffles with Liz and Gary. Thanks for coming out! Second a meeting with a cabinet builder (we'll see...), third a happy visit ...
'16 late May-some June
June 26 Lona and I went to Ikea and later I went to Lill's Mid-Summer party..I think she has a picture I can get. I took this picture a few months ago but haven't used it yet. The Refrigerator Door: from Kaitlin and Lilly-soccer and school pictures,...
'16 late May-some June
June 24 We have two CONs in LA this weekend, CatCon and PolitiCon. Which one looks better to you?!
Cynthia Mike '16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
Phillis and Ken arrived around the same time as Mike and Kieran got back with the boat. Nice one Phyllis! pg.
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
...and 'we' got out meaning Mike and Kieran got us out as if we'd done it 100 times before.
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
Ken showing me all about his weather program. It's a good one, and out here on the edge of the prairie weather is a dramatic and constantly changing big deal.
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
I have done quite a bit of sitting right here in the last couple of days. It's been raining, beautiful, fragrant, life-giving rain that I might never see again back home. This is a slightly distorted pano but I wanted to express the feel of being surro...
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
June12 We were driving back from Madison WI to Saint Paul MN today with one more cool stop outside Madison - Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Tripadvisor's #1 ranked thing to do in Madison, and it was wonderful.
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
And a one-of-a-kind Thai Pavilion (or as they say the only one of its kind in North America).
Mike Kieran Cynthia '16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
It has been great and busy busy with fun. We saw eight of the top eleven attractions in Madison and paid not one cent in admissions. It was an Admission Free weekend.
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
Cleaning up after our yummy dinner. It's very cool that we had this handsome, comfortable, and exceptionally clean house for our weekend adventure. Cynthia and Mike had packed up food so that we ate out one lunch and one dinner, plenty, and Cynthia cooke...
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
The capitol building is at one end of State Street, THE street, and the campus is at the other end. Walking between the two is lovely. The street is pedestrianized and entertainments, shops, and restaurants are the order of the day and even the occasiona...
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
There's a giant one of these in Seattle and another one in Las Vegas too. (Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen)
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
The Terrace which everyone who's ever been to Madison knows. Wiki re the University of Wisconsin at Madison: "...it was the first public university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest public university in the state. It became a l...
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
...this. "A major point of interest in the Capitol rotunda is a beautiful ceiling decoration done by the distinguished artist, Edwin Howland-Blashfield. This masterpiece entitled "Resources of Wisconsin" shows a female figure as "Wisconsin". She is loca...
'16 Jun: Saint Paul, MN, and points Beyond
In the morning we're off for a road trip to Madison WI. None of us have been to Madison so oh goodie!
'16 late May-some June
Les wore his swimming suit and brought a towel but no, the surf was very wild and no one else was in the water. So we went to eat instead.
'16 late May-some June
Happy hour half-price dinner with Sharon at Fig and it was delicious. I also caught up with friends and family and didn't take pictures because for one reason I was entirely distracted by 'what am I going to do in the house'! My tenant in the front l...
'16 late May-some June
I went to store after store and I'm totally not done going to stores. Here is a pigeon who lives at Home Depot.
'16 late May-some June
A very fun outing at the mall! It's one of those huge spaces with giant dinosaurs and some information about them. They pass out a quiz page that you can answer by reading the signs. The kids loved it.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
They were close! And this was the same swim where I spent 10 minutes, 30 minutes, I don't know, an hour? dawdling around with Sting Rays. One in particular seemed bigger than me and was 5 feet, 2 feet, I don't know, 1 foot? below me as we skimmed alon...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
The home and museum of the Ecuadorian artist Guayasamin. ((Not done yet with the PICTURES!))
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
One of the nearby lunch spots...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
I had a salsa class with the young folk. And then there was this guy, the one standing next to me in the picture, and I could feel it, he was THE Salsa Man so after the class I asked him to dance which he agreed to with an agreeing but hesitant head bob...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
May 14 This was Merlyn's last day and he put together our whole program, which was an excellent plan. First, up early and a taxi ride up to the base of the Teleferico. Wiki: "The TelefériQo (from teleférico and Quito), or TelefériQo Cruz Loma, is ...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
It was a good one inside...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
After checking into our accommodation and having lunch with our Riobomba man, we took a little walk to the Plaza Central. Of the statue, which you will see many more times, Wiki tells us: "The Virgin of Quito (Spanish, La Virgen de Quito) — also known a...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
It took us a good long walk to find the market in Gualaceo and we were so glad to have persevered. They are also most well known for the crafts and craft market but we were in search of the food market. In Ecuador, food-wise, it's mostly about the pigs...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
Oh look, a different and equally delicious preparation of pig. And hot sauce. Gotta have one of those too.
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
We had to have one of these, a cake filled with cheese and then griddled. mc.
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
There were another one or two buildings like this one as part of the market. For each kind of dish there were 5-10 vendors selling exactly the same thing, in a row. Doña this and Doña that - I'm thinking they all worked for the same people and were not...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
I was fiddling with my camera and snapped this one from the table while they were all hysterically laughing at us. There were not a lot of tourists in Sigsig. Actually, we saw none.
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
That's the hotel again in the middle of the block. Long stretches of street in the old town were torn up like this in various stages of being done in preparation for a tram system. All the taxi drivers are hating the idea and all the people in the tour...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
One example of the wonderful buildings that fill this Unesco World Heritage city.
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
American retirees with their retirement checks are pouring into Ecuador and Cuenca in particular is one of the hot spots, causing prices to get out of hand for the local people. According to the website International Living as of May 2016: " Cuenca has ...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
May 9 Returning from the Galapagos to the mainland Waiting in the Guayaquil airport. It took most of the day and late into the night to travel from the Galapagos to Cuenca via Guayaquil, the main reason being a three hour delay while we waited......o...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
The tour people were putting us up (now our second night in Ecuador) at the Marriott, one of the premiere hotels in Quito. If you look at the danger cones in the picture of the hotel and then look up to the glass you can see a broken panel. It's about th...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
The Marriott is in the Mariscal district of Quito, a surprisingly up-and-coming hot-spot where everyone goes for some night action. The Old Town has its one long street of night life but that's it. Our first waiter!
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
I bought those two little cakes from her for twenty-five cents. It's not that Ecuador is a bargain though, depending. You can get by on little if you are willing to, but one step above just getting by and you're into US-style prices in restaurants and ...
'16 May: Cuenca to Quito, Ecuador
We got to see Cotopaxi on the way which everyone says is a rare treat.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
OMG that's me in the far distance slowing making my careful, careful, way through the slippery, rickety, rock field. Everyone else was there already but I was NOT going to fall! Yay me! mc.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
May 8 Day 7 (Sunday) San Cristobal Island In the morning, you will visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and th...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
Everyone thought this was a stone-cold riot and they 'made' me take the picture. There was a long, open beach and to get the sand off his injured toe, Merlyn settled himself directly in front of the only piece of poo anywhere in sight. We had a couple ...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
This happened many times a day - onto the pangas and back to the boat. We were so busy and I'll tell you, frankly, I wouldn't want to have been even one day older. It was awesome really that I finally lost the five pounds I had gained in Paris in Septe...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
May 7 Day 6 (Saturday) Rabida and Chinese Hat In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s ...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
The designated nest area looks like this - the mom and dad shoot out poop from the center to make the circle. Once one of the babies is outside the circle the parents no longer take any interest and it becomes food for the hunting birds. Circle of life...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
...and this one who is probably one-two months or so old. The story of Nazca booby babies: The mother lays two eggs five days apart. They hatch five days apart and then the strongest starts trying to push the weakest out of the designated nest area.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
If you ever go to the Galapagos Islands my number one recommendation is to make sure your itinerary includes Darwin Bay. It is beyond breathtaking. I could hardly breath it was so amazing. The only way I can think to share some of the amazingness is wit...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
I think this is another finch, maybe the same as the one from day two.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
May 5 Day 4 (Thursday) Santa Cruz Island In the morning, you will visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were cre...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
The brochure mentioned about Twin Craters where we didn't go and didn't mention El Chato where we did go. El Chato is a private property reserve for giant tortoises...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
One of our group was trying to catch a photo of the mass of rays that were passing by - you can see the dark shadow in the middle of the water. A few more then took a panga buzz back to Majestic to get their gear and swim with the rays. They said it wa...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
Careful, careful. Here's some wiki-weather facts!: "Although located on the Equator, the Humboldt Current brings cold water to the islands, causing frequent drizzles during most of the year. The weather is periodically influenced by the El Niño events, ...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
More Marine Iguanas. So so many and they are so photogenic. I couldn't stop. No one could. Now's the time to notice how the animals match their environment. Look at that guy's head and the rocks he enjoys most.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
And another one.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
...to this crazy cave. It was a serious challenge for me and I felt so relieved to have got out without falling! It was crazy steep and three ladders deep, crazy slippery, and crazy crazy dark. We had one flashlight that Peter brought to lead with, fa...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
...and way over there in the little red square is one single flamingo.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
One of Darwin's many finches. We also saw distinct beaches, one called the “Green Beach” named due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
Another one.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
And Another One.
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
We piled back into pangas (their word for what we all thought of as zodiacs) for the transfer to Majestic. We got very familiar with those pangas because it was the only way off and on the ship. There were fifteen of us for the first three nights and s...
'16 May: Galapagos, Ecuador
Meet our guide Peter, and he's holding an abandoned nest from one of the birds that live there.
'16 Apr: Kauai
This fountain makes the water gurgle at the end, into what the guide called The Neptune Effect which slows your heart and makes you relax. It's very awesome and I want one.
'16 Apr: Kauai
April 24 morning I walked out to the Birthing Stone Heiau at the end of the road this morning and up the hill to the old Japanese Cemetery.
'16 Apr: Kauai
This is funny. I turned around to notice I had everything I brought plugged in - computer, phone, big camera, underwater camera, watch/fitness tracker. I had to laugh.
'16 Apr: Kauai
Everyone gathered between 5 and 6pm for a tour around the gardens - you can take the tram and stroll as you like.
'16 Apr: Kauai
April 21 It's always entertaining to find a mower and watch the egrets in slow pursuit. We went for a new walk today in the Kilauea area to what was a water control system for a guava farm. It's called Stone Dam and...
'16 Apr: Kauai
These are all from Camas's phone. Lower right: me emerging from the cave entrance. It was a photo-op because the gate was locked and we couldn't get in! Lower left: me in front of a new design put up in honor of a guy's wife. Upper left: Camas, l...
'16 Apr: Kauai
It was threatening rain all day but at one point we decided let's make a run for it, so we headed down to Lydgate. I brought my little waterproof camera so I wouldn't have to fuss over the bug guy and I think it did a fine job, and it never rained.
'16 Apr: Kauai
April 15 I put one of these in at the beginning but here it is again for reference.
'16 Apr: Kauai
I've fallen behind and now I don't remember. Sigh! This is one of the rain chains here ending in its little pond of rocks.
'16 Apr: Kauai
The play structure at Lydgate Park and part of one of the world's great walks.
'16 Apr: Kauai
April 10 Camas turned us on to this new shave ice place that is the cat's meow for sure. Different and amazing. They call it Tege Tege Shave Ice Japanese Style. That's the hand machine they use to make the fluffiest ice imaginable. You can choose ...
'16 Apr: Kauai
...the lines are interminable. We got there 20 minutes early so were first in line and that was a good idea because it takes at least 5 minutes to make one and people further back in the line took much longer than 25 minutes to get their shave ice.
'16 Apr: Kauai
There's a small shopping spot near the lighthouse that we like to visit. One of the stores is particularly lovely and here is their display of 1,000 Cranes.
'16 Apr: Kauai
...and for a very long time we enjoyed watching the nenes, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice. The two males always kept the two females between them. If someone stepped out of the pattern they would quickly realign themselves.
'16 Apr: Kauai
Sharon, enjoying the ride. I was so looking forward to saimin at the Smith's restaurant but it was not to be since they are closed now for lunch. So I remembered The Noodle House in Kapapp. Let's go there! But it was not to be since they are closed n...
'16 Apr: Kauai
Our upwards view enjoying yummy fish tacos at Duke's. Sharon reminded me tonight that I need to take some pictures of the food because everyone wants pictures of food. Ok, I hope I remember!
'16 Apr: Kauai
April 2 ALOHA - Welcome to KAUAI, The Garden Isle! On our very first morning Mount Waiʻaleʻale revealed herself in all her 5,200 feet glory. Last year we didn't see her even once since she is one of the wettest places on earth and almost a...
'16 Apr: Kauai
Reflections in the fish pond. I'll get my feet cleaned soon by the fish in the pond as I've done each year since they arrived on the scene.
'16 March
March 21 Ann hosted the Monday night potluck and brought her splendid garden inside. Maxine made us a to-die-for (and we all thought we might just die of overeating) full-on corned beef and cabbage dinner because we missed St Patrick's at her house, an...
'16 March
I had to take out the old-old-sad-dead lemon tree and I plan to put another tree in the same spot - Myer lemons this time and bigger than the one just sitting there now, and a kumquat tree in that big pot. The smells this spring are so amazing. This ...
'16 March
Indian Hawthorn that's everywhere now, not the Hawthorn of Proust however. Here's a sentence from Proust mentioning Hawthorns...for your 'entertainment'?: "I found the whole path throbbing with the fragrance of hawthorn-blossom. The hedge resembled a s...
'16 March
March 17 Check out the before and after on the fence. Somehow they managed to make the fence crooked and it is a giant fork in my eye. Also there are a couple of clean-ups that aren't done yet. Every day is going to be the day they come and then th...
'16 March
March 15 I was working with Lona on her big yearly bookkeeping project which went very well because her helper Cindi had gotten everything together and then I had a vision for a better way and voilá my part was finished in one day. Now if I can just re...
'16 March
I haven't taken a picture in four days. Goodness. Not that there weren't plenty of things to take pictures of, but some days it isn't to be and there it is, four in a row. Here we have just another one of life's ka-chings.
'16 March
Day 3 what I saw in the morning. One of the first activities was to jack-hammer up one of the pilings because they put the posts in in the dark and one of them was crooked.
'16 March
Day 4 Walter and three of the four guys that have been around - sometimes one, or two, or three, or four in various combinations. They're doing another job not too far away so I feel the worker-shuffle but so far I have no complaints.
'16 February
February 28 Lill and I enjoyed one of our photophoto outings, this time at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes (they say Botanic, not Botanical as I first wrote). They've been having a project, "Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks", on u...
'16 February
There! We stood under these trees for 10-15 minutes waiting for a chance to catch one in the open.
'16 February
This one stayed quiet, a Lego bird hanging out on the backside of a Lego bison, posing for the tourists.
'16 February
February 24 Angelus Paving Stones: I drove out to OXNARD today to look at pavers since it's looking better that my project for the patio might get off the ground. (A little funny...) The place was great because they had nice sized patches of each ty...
'16 February
I went home via Marsha and Tom's to, again, watch movies! We saw Room and Trumbo. All that's left for me in Best Picture is Mad Max and I could watch that on Amazon for 10 bucks. Hmmm. I did particularly want to see that one in a theater but since ...
'16 February
February 23 On your mark, get set...an entire class full of kindergarteners GO! That's Lilly with the helmet looking away, and it's the best I got. Fortunately there was an entire bank of adults taking pictures so no one is relying on mine!
'16 February
February 17 I have failed again and again in trying to get my patio with 7 different kinds of broken pavers fixed and my 40 year old disintegrating arbor rebuilt. So a new guy came out today. Will I fail again? If this one doesn't pan out I'm going...
'16 February
February 12 I met Boban for lunch at the Santa Monica airport and then we walked over to the Museum of Flying just down the road from the restaurant, the Spitfire Grill. It costs ten bucks to get in here, eight if you're My Age and both ten and eight...
'16 February
I got to sit in one. It was quite fun and if you ever feel like an easy afternoon when the weather is nice I can recommend lunch on the Spitfire patio and then making your way over to the Museum of Flying.
'16 February
February 11 There must have been 20 school buses parked in the garage at the Getty this afternoon. This is one of the older and larger groups, enjoying themselves I think.
'16 February
February 10 Nancy came over for dinner and she has a home for the blue orchid. I'm so glad! (with the phone in near total darkness...)
'16 February
February 7 Sharon and I were having our mid-walk snack on the Venice boardwalk and sitting at the next table no more than one foot away, less than an arms length, were Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. I of course did not recognize them. It's true. S...
'16 February
February 2 Lilly. On the right we're coming home from school. She chooses her own ensemble. They don't let her wear the veil during class so she just turns that little hat around. Then we were fooling with the phone camera lenses she got from Sant...
'16 January
January 30 The LensCrafters eye exam group have gone digital now. The process was so very much less annoying than I expected and when they're done you get this totally cool 3D picture of your eyeball that they can rotate any which way. Despite havin...
'16 January
January 24 too In between Angela's run and lunch and CUPCAKES I buzzed over to Westwood to check out the current group reading Proust. It was awesome. Look at all those people reading Proust! Most of then are on their second and third go-round and ...
'16 January
January 17 I got to look at Lynn's pictures of Cuba but before I could grab one she got called out on an emergency...so here's one of mine (stories in the Mexico and Caribbean Islands section)!
'16 January
January 15 Nancy and Sharon and I went to the Annenberg Space for Photography today and saw a fabulous fabulous show of a Frans Lanting project called "LIFE: A Journey Through Time". Those Annenberg shows are so well done I feel like I know him. Lan...
'16 January
...and Kieran and Mike with the family's new drone(!) getting it into the air and taking a few pictures too.
'15 December
December 29 Awards Season is upon us. I went with Nancy to see The Revenant which Nancy liked more than I did. So far from the very few movies I've seen I can easily say TV is better. Number of nominations: MOVIES Carol 5, The Big Short 4, Th...
'15 December
December 24 Maxine is feeling better and looks amazingly well. What a relief. I took over her gifts from the Monday Night party and one of her sons was there with his son and his girlfriend. The girlfriend had made some fabulous salsa along with ...
'15 December
December 16 Leaving Death Valley I didn't want to make the whole run up to SF in one go so I spent the night in Bakersfield so I could eat at Noriega's (also called The Noriega Hotel..and also called Eskualdunen Etchea-The Basque People's House) "A Jame...
'15 December
...it was full of delights, and then we ate a late and luscious lunch after which I drove back out to San Rafael to stay the next two nights in another cute-as-pie refurbished old motel, this one called the Marin Lodge. It's the best so far.
'15 December
(Second night in Death Valley...) Oh the stars were out last night! SIGH! From my phone: why I forgot so many things. This cold weather packing through me for a loop and I forgot to double-triple check on the ordinary things. I forgot Claritin and Be...
'15 December
NOT My Picture! None of them will be my picture until Wednesday because I FORGOT to bring the thing I need to get the pictures into my computer. Bad Girl Me! I'll buy something Wednesday in Bakersfield. OMG the meteor shower last night was a-MAY-zing...
'15 December
One daughter and one son were at the hospital while one daughter and one son stayed to host the party. All Maxine wanted was for everyone to come, enjoy themselves, to laugh and have a party and to eat and take home leftovers.
'15 November
November 29 Marsha's candle party! I don't burn candles because I don't want my tenants to do it either, but it's fun to see all the things and enjoy everyone's enthusiasm for More.
'15 November
November 27 Steve and super-chef Celina's day-after-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner. Oh YEAH. Come on everyone, picture time...
'15 November
November 14 Sharon and I were going to go for a city walk in Boyle Heights but what with one thing and another (a bit too hilly for Sharon's knee at the moment and anyway not the Silverlake-Echo Park gentrification I was expecting), we didn't. We had...
'15 November
November 12 The Broad, it's open! but you need a reservation and none are available until late January and no weekends are available until the end of February. From the internet.
'15 November
Susie got us reservations a month ago and here we are, at least five times. Jeff Koons, and one of his balloon poodles is on display too. Check out the website (thebroad.org) and you can see profiles of all the artists in the collection and very good...
'15 November
...with Liz! It was beautiful out there on the water and we could have made it much further through the canals in Naples were it not that my semi-waterproof bag of necessities (key, phone, money) slipped away at some point and once I discovered it gon...
'15 November
The garden of the B&B on 4th Street in Santa Monica where Les always stays when he's in town. I want one of the clink-y hanging things. It sounds so lovely in the breeze.
'15 November
November 2 There are thousands of better pictures of this rainbow - everyone was talking about it, and talking about RAIN. I did click the shot with my phone dead stopped northbound on the 405 because it had rained for 20 minutes and that means no one ...
'15 October
Darryl making his one-a-day one unbroken piece of wire sculpture. He's been doing one-a-day for 218 days. Check him out - it is AWEsome. facebook.com/365wires and instragram.com/darrylkanouse.
'15 October
We took a quick buzz through the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. There was an exhibition, Degas to Chagall, borrowed from the Hammer. There was one Chagall - it was nice to see even the one. Nancy took this in the Asian Arts permanent collection. I can'...
'15 October
October 19 Medicare thought it was worth it to get that eye opened and if Medicare thinks I should do it enough that they'll pay who am I to say no. My face is still oh-so not symmetrical and I can safely say it never will be symmetrical. But at least...
'15 October
"The "Rite" left everyone reeling ... using a massively large ensemble, Dudamel created the sensation of mob rule. The orchestra could barely be contained. "Dudamel didn't ask for beauty or sensuality (the way the "Rite" is often sold these days). The e...
'15 October
October 12 Our Santa Monica says Welcome Home. Say Honey, could you please do something about this HEAT?!
'15 October
October 10 I drove the twins out to Palmdale for lunch with Louise and everyone enjoyed the get-together. The last time I saw Louise was a year ago this month...and she's as happy and settled in as last year which is great.
'15 October
Lilly had the party at her gymnastics studio and everyone had a blast. Jumping, cartwheeling, swinging, leaping, go go going!
'15 October
I didn't take any pictures but Angela has a lot more. I got these off her facebook but I'll get a few more from her computer next Tuesday. 10/21 and I haven't done it yet...because I keep FORGETTING. ak.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
October 1 MM&K went shopping and picked a little bag at Louis Vuitton for one of Marsha's colleagues. They give you champagne while you shop, and enjoyed a day of eating and drinking and making merry along the Champs Elysees.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
...and Giverny. Mindy's.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
In the meridian where everyone takes pictures of the Moulin Rouge, I gave them some money so I got to clap. Mindy's.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
No lines, but you can't throw a stone without hitting a bride. So many brides.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
Hi everyone! Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
The actual area covered by the D-Day Invasion was huge, the beaches were miles long and beach-heads were so far apart tactical coordination was a real feat. There a ton of material written and filmed about this one day. I'm going to watch Ken Burns' ve...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
Next on to one of the beaches showing the remaining bunkers and the holes left by the bombing.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
I know. Really. American monuments. One of them is meant to be a dagger, the symbol of one of the invasion teams. The other is called 'Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves'. Really.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
Basically you got to take things. I said 'Oh wow can I take one of those rugs!'. No, you can take a little bottle of rose water in the corner. Here are some words from this website..monnaiedeparis.fr "Displayed on the walls of the last factory in t...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
But my way favorite was this, the Eiffel Tower room. I took one of those Eiffel Towers AND a postcard. It's my favorite souvenir EVER.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
We had to stop off at the Cream Puff Palace and it was as spectacular as ever. The shell has the freshest crispest most delightful delicious flavor and texture, and one of the few flavors you can have squeezed inside (original, chocolate, caramel, prali...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 4 w/Marsha, Kelly, Mindy
What Lonely Planet says about this place: "Le Refuge des Fondus. This odd place has been a Montmartre favorite for nigh on four decades. The single menu provides an aperitif, hors d'oeuvre, red wine, and a good quantity of either fondue savoyarde or fond...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
September 26 This is Muriel's last day. She had expressed some interest in a Street Art tour so I saved the Saturday one (having previously gone to the Sunday one) and she was going to decide closer to the time. She decided she'd rather taxi over to...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
Here's the tour looking at a Shepard Fairey piece across the street. It was so crowded I stopped counting at 30 participants. It was a ridiculously crowded tour and I'm not happy with the tour company for letting it happen. By the end of the tour I st...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
Actually, it's hard to write this and complain only one more time!
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. wiki says: "The structure was built in the style of Beaux-Arts architecture as taught by the École des Beaux-Arts of Paris. "The building reflects the movement's taste for ornate decoration through its stone facades, ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
September 25 Muriel did her knee in on Wednesday with so much walking and has been tending to it well. On Thursday, we went out for a while and today, Friday, she's thinking to just give it a good rest. Doesn't she look happy?! Everyone who has sta...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
I was strolling up to Jardin du Luxembourg, maybe half a mile up the road from the flat. Lonely Planet: "This inner-city oasis of formal terraces, chestnut groves and lush lawns has a special place in Parisians' hearts. Napoléon dedicated the 23 gracefu...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
We shared this dessert of honey glazed figs, chocolate mousse, gorgeous ice cream, and some decorations.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
Following our visits to Musee Carnavalet and Musee Picasso we had a little tea break before heading home. That's my one-quarter liter of house red wine in the little green pitcher that I so enjoy of an afternoon. The place was just a drop-by neighborho...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
One of the splendid gardens among the many at the Musee Picasso.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
Then we were off to the Musee Picasso. from Lonely Planet: "One of Paris’ most beloved art collections reopened its doors after a massive renovation and much controversy in late 2014. Housed in the stunning, mid-17th-century Hôtel Salé, the Musée Picass...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
This place is called The American Church in Paris. I happened to walk by so I thought to go in. I ended up feeling a little embarrassed for my country. Here's my dialog with the American at the desk: ME: Bonjour! Good morning! may I ask, what de...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
The Prime Minister of France lives here. I know that because one of the four heavily armed guards told me. I had to go back a second time to confirm. Imagine my surprise when those four guys and their sub-machine guns let me take this picture after a ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
...Napoleon's Tomb! I wanted to see Napoleon's Tomb. Even after having done it I'm not entirely sure why. But there it is, Napoleon's Tomb.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
Internet picture from between the church and the museum, I didn't like any of my pictures of this well-known fountain so I snagged this one as a memory jogger. (internet pic)
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
...these lovely ladies. There was a show going on called 'Les 3 Jean' featuring memorabilia from the work of Jeans Delannoy, Marais, and Gabin all very well know in French cinema - two actors and a director. The woman on your left is the niece of Jea...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
From the NY Times: "Center Pompidou’s bold “exoskeletal” architecture was thought to clash violently with the old houses surrounding it upon its opening in 1977. "The public considered the cultural center’s aggressive industrialist style an attack on Pa...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 3 w/Muriel
I picked a few objects to show, ones I liked and was surprised by and had never seen before and are from some of my Name Brand artists. Matisse - they had rooms and rooms of Matisse works.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
I WANT one of those things in the window. It's not like a mirror that reflects what it sees back at you but rather in this configuration it gathers up what it sees outside and presents you the whole scene inside so that you can sit on the couch and watc...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
The boat was packed but it was such a nice day everyone wanted to be on top. This went on for the whole hour.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
I have to put this where it belongs - another shot I took with Lill's camera. She was over the moon to find so many of her countrymen right here in Paris, France for a big sporting event that they lost but everyone was having a huge fun time anyway.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
We had to leave Mont Saint Michel so we could make the three hour drive to Chartres where we spent the night so that we would have a quick hour in the morning to visit the cathedral there. It was a gorgeous drive on small roads through a dozen ancient s...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
We felt so lucky to find a parking place within walking distance of the cathedral. We got there before 8, drove around in a confusion of one-way and resident-only streets unknown by the gps, and found our way up to the top by 8:30 when the church opened...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
...although at this moment all the scaffolding is on the inside, with the very rare mostly original stained glass windows all visible. wiki: "Part of the project involved painting the interior masonry creamy-white, with trompe l’oeil marbling and gilded...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
On our walk back to the flat. There are collections of locks on every river fence and why some are completely covered and others just beginning, I don't know. All it takes is for one person to put one on with a big enough loop and more get attached to it...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
It used to be that the area surrounding the Abbey would flood every day with the tides isolating anyone still there. Due to this defensive position the Abbey remained unconquered.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
Except for a touch of red in one location all the glass looked like this in an amazing array of patterns. These are only four, there were others.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
wiki: "However, its popularity and prestige as a center of pilgrimage waned with the Reformation, and by the time of the French Revolution there were scarcely any monks in residence. The abbey was closed and converted into a prison, initially to hold cleri...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
The big entrance under the pyramid. EMPTY. It's 5:30 on Wednesday and the museum doesn't close until 9:30. If you can be here for more than five hours you are a better museum-goer than I! Except for the three big Everyone Goes Here objects - Mona Lis...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
The IM Pei pyramid...I know, been there done that...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
...and more brides. Tony told us that Asian brides bring their bride dresses on their European honeymoons and take their pictures everywhere. We have seen a great number of brides!
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
...and here, no people. The thing is, even with no people, and I can't even fathom how it would be on a crowded day, the place is SO massive it was quite the trick to find anything in particular. I know they have at least one huge Hieronymus Bosch pain...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
Another view of the main plaza. See that red boxcar like thing. That's the gift shop. Remember when everyone was up in such a steam over the pyramid and now it's a highlight-landmark-treasure? Well let me say what's with that gift shop?!
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
Lill and I went to my fish restaurant, the one I enjoyed so thoroughly last time I was there, L'Atlas Paris.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
September 15 For the second time I abandoned the climb up to the top of Notre Dame due to the lines. Maybe I'll never get to climb to the top. We'll see. Getting inside was no line at all so that was great. It is a towering physical experience, a ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
We went home for a couple of hours and then it was a bit of a mad dash from the house to the place where the Eiffel Tower Skip-The-Line tour group met. Lill went on ahead and I was the last to arrive...not so good for me and a source of merriment for the ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
The second flight of stairs and the grand entrance to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. Begun in 1875 and finished in 1914, it was placed in this most bohemian neighborhood as a "symbol of the former struggle between the conservative Catholic old guard and ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
Lill needed to get a souvenir for Tony and we couldn't find one anywhere (maybe they had a trademark on the image?) so I asked one of the beefy guards, the one who had been turning away crowds of people begging for tickets, if there might perhaps be a shop...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
And wow, lookie here, Chagall painted the ceiling inside the theater! I was Not expecting this! It was wonderful! From Architectural Digest: "Russian-born artist Marc Chagall once said that "the dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
We left St-Germain after the collection and hurried off to the next church, also right in our neighborhood, in hopes of catching some organ music there too. It's St-Sulpice with the murals by Eugene Delacroix. From Lonely Planet: "What draws most p...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
First opened in 1869 and after a long history of developments, the building had to close in 2005 due to modern safety requirements: the grand department store, La Samaritaine. Wiki says: "In 2010 it was finally announced that a Japanese firm had been chos...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
From Paris-Walking-Tours.com: "Here, in front of St. Eustache in Place René Cassin, is sitting a giant, seventy ton sculpture of a head resting on a hand and made of sandstone. "It is called, "l'Ecoute" ("Listen"), created by Henri de Miller and placed ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
St-Eustache, from Lonely Planet: "...snuggling up to the city's old marketplace, now the soulless Forum des Halles, is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. Majestic, architecturally magnificent, and musically outstanding, St-Eustache has made soul...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 2 w/Ingallill and W&D
Unlike Versailles that kept the dark silver-backed mirrors here we have sparkly new ones.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Goodbye Brigitte and Knut - see you sooner rather than later I hope! bb.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Strolling to our next destination we passed this five piece jazz combo (I think there's someone behind the woman in black) with the lead taken by the flute. I loved it of course.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
An example of four different tiles in one photo. The tilework throughout was what you'd expect of the central mosque in a major capital city.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
The building is clad in these wonderful shapes. From Lonely Planet: "Inspired by traditional latticed-wood windows, the building blends modern and traditional Arab and Western elements, with thousands of mushrabiyah (or mouche-arabies, photo-electricall...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
...roof! Wow, views. Notre Dame, yes. But there was one view that you could only get a peek of through the glass and the access was locked. You know me, I just had to get in there because...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Happy Birthday dear Sister! That's Windy's birthday art that she took on her phone and that's her birthday Kir and Wine Cocktail. She said it was all a dream come true. We got there and back on the Metro and the train and the bus and the bus and the...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
September 10 It's Windy's birthday, and it's a big one. I won't tell you how big but it's 65. She's a huge fan of the Impressionists and so for her birthday we made a trek out to Giverny to pay homage to Monet. That's his house in the distance and ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
From the internet, Monet's house under different circumstances.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
One of the paths leading to the house. It was cool how all the gardens were tall and wild.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
The picture is of Monet in this very studio. There was also an interesting museum and many cafes and shops along the one small street in the little town of Giverny, population 517.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
OK, last one.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Back at the Pont des Arts where the city took down the fences covered in love-locks and put up these solid walls. I met the artist on Sunday's Street Art tour...Jace...the city must have commissioned this work.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
One of the many Many amazements of the Louvre.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Even if you have to stand in line for who knows how long and even if you have to eat your lunch from a paper bag while you stand in line you don't want to miss the heartstopping smack in the face that is Sainte-Chapelle on a sunny day. In more than one ...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
This had just happened on the 5th. Here's some comments from a French publication: "Officially known as "Dirty Corner," the giant steel funnel that artist Anish Kapoor himself has described as "very sexual" was covered in anti-Semitic graffiti in white...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Everyone EVERYONE who looked at this piece stood in slack jawed-awe, not just us, and when we unslacked our jaws we smiled and smiled. I have never seen so many smiles at an art exhibit.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Anish Kapoor's other reflecting piece. On one side it's looking to the sky and on the other side you can see the palace. The fourth work was a huge whirlpool which didn't ask me for a picture.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
...this place, "a masterpiece of French neoclassical architecture." The Institut de France where, according to Lonely Planet: "...created in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu. It's 40 members, known as the Immortels, have the Herculean (some say impossible) t...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
From artistsinspireartists.com: "As temporary as the medium is, French artist Philippe Baudelocque enjoys using chalk and white oil pastels to draw large murals of animals you can find all across Paris. Each one is created from a multitude of fragments fil...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Sampsa who took to the streets in protest of the law in France which prevents people from downloading free music. "On any one of our walking tours, you will see works by Shepard Fairey, C215, Vhils, Seth, Borondo, Miss Tic, and Speedy Graphito. The larg...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Artiste Ouvrier. "The Parisian East, the cradle of the French revolutions (1789, 1830, 1848, 1870), and traditionally the richest territory for fans of the urban arts to explore – and where the Underground Paris project has primarily been rooted – doesn...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Eric The King (is EZK) who did the little storm trouper. "Sanctioned street art like any public art, is made to fit with the dominant political, social, and cultural agenda, and ‘contemporary urban art’ (street art on canvas) has become big business, wi...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Jace did the yellow character called Gouzou, the same character I later found on the Pont des Arts but it might be painted over already. Someone else put the smurfs in the picture. Every one of these walls has a full story about the individual artists,...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Speedy Graffito did the logos and Miss.Tic did the woman. Street art has historically had a political component as well as embodying the night-walker daring of an illegal activity.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
EZK streetart...I think this image is one-of-a-kind in his oeuvre...Jeff Koons' dog making friends with Keith Haring's dog...but what does it mean...
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
The mark says C215 - Wiki says: "C215, is the moniker of Christian Guémy, a French street artist hailing from Paris who has been described as "France's answer to Banksy"." Why C215? It seems no one knows.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
This is Les Frigos, the old refrigerating station, that has become the last 'free zone' for artists.
'15 Sep: Paris! week 1 w/Windy and Darnelle
Also in the free zone, I saw this guy, his name is Eran, working and went over to find out if he was going to paint over the cat. No he said, the cat gets to stay.
'15 August
September 2 I'm home until the 4th so I'll put a little September here, and since I didn't take any pictures... Here are a couple of Darryl's new ones - Fire! and The Astronomer, made one-a-day from one unbroken piece of wire. See www.instragram.com...
'15 August
Cynthia and Mike's kitchen is done, and it looks sooo good!
'15 August
August 25 AT 3:59 they put up the class assignments at the girl's school and we were right there. Everyone's happy I think.
'15 August
August 21 I had a great walk with Lona today - no pictures, so I took this one off Lona's phone. Hartley looks so good here, wow, and that beautiful young woman beside him? Fourteen year old Charis. lb.
'15 August
August 20 Bonnie and I went to the Hollywood Bowl for the free morning rehearsal and enjoyed ourselves entirely. (No photos...but, you know, I put the phone on my lap and avoided all the people.)
'15 August
Nancy invited some friends to gather in Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills for a really wonderful production of As You Like It in celebration of her birthday. The players were very good - they call themselves Shakespeare By The Sea. Everything about it was ...
'15 August
One of our favorites - the puff ball tree.
'15 August
Sorry! I'm so behind...more Crater Lake and some Cambria/Moonstone Beach coming along and all the Blue Shirt photos.
'15 August
So much processing and HDR should have done it easy-peasy.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
...and Lilly does up a do for Xander. Someone said that must be a first for Xander but Betsy said he was very used to it since he did after all grow up with a sister.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
...and Rain, for a few minutes, and then it stopped and everyone was off. Oh my, what a time we had. (Someone else took this picture with my camera...who are you?)
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Here are all of the wire sculptures Darryl made while we were together and the souvenir button we made for everyone.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Darryl's, picture and sculpture, one a day for a year, one unbroken wire, day 133...www.facebook.com/365wires
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Darryl's, picture and sculpture, one a day for a year, one unbroken wire, day 134. This reminds me that I don't have any pictures of all the rousing games of pool and the even more rousing games of Horse, a pool table game created up by Caleb and played...
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Darryl's, picture and sculpture, one a day for a year, one unbroken wire, day 135.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Darryl's, picture and sculpture, one a day for a year, one unbroken wire, day 136.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Darryl's, picture and sculpture, one a day for a year, one unbroken wire, day 137.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
August 11 After our always happy help-yourself breakfast (although we did have Pancake Morning and Bacon and Eggs Morning) we got arranged for our Mystery Theater Performance. Everyone had parts and it was great fun. Then the plan was to take lunch ...
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Enjoying just another one of the dozen places to sit. Betsy, Darryl, Beth, Angela
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Dragonflies were everywhere most more lovely than this one but at least he was sitting still.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Travis's. One of the many gorgeous peaks you can see on the flight into the Pacific Northwest, and another great view of our pond.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Angela's The Thrift Shoppers! Almost everyone came home with an exciting treasure. Lona, Charis, Lilly, Windy, Kaitlin, Anya, Cali
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Night four, Pasta Night! But we never did get to do s'mores for one reason and another, one reason being Travis Black, Cookie Monster!
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Beth's. A view enjoyed by the walkers. I don't have a picture from the driving arounders. Anyone?
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
A view of the compound from one of the watch towers.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
As soon as we cleaned up from breakfast everyone started packing picnic lunches...
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Hudson Bay Company Fort Nisqually, built in 1827 as a base for the fur trade. The reenactment was so well done and so not crowded - we had a very good time!
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Night three, Taco Night! I hope someone has a picture of Taco Night. Christa taking a break from medical journals for a little Louis L'Amour.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
There were evening games of course and much hilarity followed by the bedtime distribution of light whirly things from L&H for the amusement of the young ones, Caleb being not so entirely young as he is off to college at the end of this vacation.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Everyone was trying to catch a fish. They used bread, cheese, even carrots. Cali
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Lona will NEVER forget how she was Robbed, ROBBED I tell you, when she lost the grip on one of her cards.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
August 7 We got up this morning at Lucas and Betsy's and were off early for SHOPPING. We had done some shopping yesterday and then, since we are trying to get food for 24 people for 5 days, shopped and shopped some more. As I write this late into da...
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
After dinner we went on a trek around the property and it really was very cool. At one point we had to make it across a crevasse from one steep and slippery slope to another. The boys lent many hands. I needed three...one for each arm and one to pus...
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Having fun! Kaitlin, Xander Travis, Lainee, Cali, and Jack hadn't made it yet - they arrived well past midnight and I was long gone sawing zzzs by then.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Nice on the Lighthouse. Not surprisingly there are many lighthouses all along the Oregon coast, rocky as it is. I'm not sure where either of the ones I took pictures of are.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
He was our first informant, all about the rings on a felled tree, but not our last by many because everyone along the trail was full of chatty stories and if we were to be standing to look at something, it would surely bring a story by a passer-by.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Oh YAY, a Roadside Attraction! The Trees of Mystery! They have a ski-lift style ride to take you through the forest and presumably learn the mystery of the trees. We didn't do the ride because seeing these guys was enough for us. A man with a microph...
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
Our hotel in Eureka, the historic Eureka Inn is, let's say, an experience...a perfectly fine one, interesting, historic even, and we enjoyed an entertaining dinner in their bar.
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
I copied this from Wikipedia because I think it's interesting. "While the architecture from this period (mid-1800s) is commonly attributed to Victorian gold miners, characteristics of West End, such as multi-storied buildings, large arched doorways, ful...
'15 Aug: Reunion and Road Trip Ca-Or-Wa-Or-Ca
It's very cool and not so much Disney-i-fied as it could have gone, probably because the buildings are more restored than rebuilt and not all the angles are 90 degrees or all the lines so parallel. They did move some buildings here from other parts of t...
'15 July
July 26 This was fun - I went to Beverly Hills, to a get-together of origami enthusiasts because I was stuck at one point in following the directions to make those stand-up hearts and sure enough Joel helped me figure it out. Thanks Joel!
Laguna Beach and Mission San Juan Capistrano
One of the three restaurants.
Laguna Beach and Mission San Juan Capistrano
It's been pretty grey and humid but most enjoyable nonetheless.
'15 July
July 19 Ingalill and I were going to take pictures today during the polo tournament at Will Rogers. But, polo tournament... cancelled! Bummer! I don't know why and neither did the other hundred or so people who had gathered to watch. We had a shor...
'15 July
July 12 My biggest goal between now and September is to clear out the garage enough, to make room enough, to park my new car. Enough with the bird poop. I'm trying to sell this chair on craigslist but I didn't get one person interested on the first ...
'15 July
July 5 These are called the Century Plaza Towers, completed in 1975. I first worked in one of these buildings in 1978 and was here almost continually (with a small break in the Die Hard building) until I retired in 2004. I still think they're great. ...
'15 July
...this is us. Darryl, Kaitlin, Angela, Lona, Jeff, Windy, Xander, Betsy, Anya, Sharon, me, Lucas, Lilly (Hartley had gone upstairs already)
'15 June
June 25 Susie! Susie! Why did I forget to take a picture again?! And we're so cute! We had a great outing walking in Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Gorgeous. And then lunch at Terranea. Delicious. THANK YOU!
'15 June
Look at that sweet shiny new thing. I'd need a whole room to hold all its gifts. It's a phone, and all my books and magazines and newspapers. It's got a shelf full of puzzles and correspondence, and a radio and a record player. It's got my calendar and...
Paul Hunt Melicent Lona self-portrait '15 June
June 20 My father! That's me in his arms, my older sister Lona, and my mother. The matching outfits...that's all Mom. Little Windy wasn't born yet. Daddy was born in 1904 and died in 1973. I used to think he looked like DDE and had a bit of his per...
'15 June
June 15 I went with Kaitlin to Wilderness Park in search of a Letterbox, a project that she had done on Sunday with her Girl Scout Troup. It was very cool fun and we found what we were looking for mostly because Kaitlin knew exactly where it was.
'15 June
One of the lakes was full of this which I could not identify.
'15 June
June 9 It was Play Date City around the Kanouse house on Tuesday. This is Deacon, one of Lilly's good friends. We like to make a picnic and have lunch at the park. Later we brought Kaitlin and her friend sweet Finley home from their school. You know...
'15 June
June 5 I got my ears pierced a few weeks ago and now I'm looking at earrings. I just want one pair that doesn't poke and that a person such as myself could wear 24/7. This kind of hoop is called a huggie.
'15 May
Some hipsters have taken it over and redone the interiors with this look. I enjoyed myself entirely.
'15 May
It was Open House at both Lilly's and Kaitlin's school. This is Kaitlin's. Next year they'll both be here at Jefferson and that'll be good for everyone.
'15 May
The new couch came! Oh yes oh yes let's stretch OUT. The decorating isn't done but most of the main pieces are settled and wow-eee everyone is so comfortable.
'15 May
May 28 Picking up Lilly and one of her friends for a play date, but first everyone wants to goof around on the yard. Sure I say. Line 'em up and now...
The Ranch 2015-
After another fantastic dinner it was Show Time. Everyone did a bit but the hit was Barbara's drumming and her...
The Ranch 2015-
One of Jerry's many entertainments placed strategically around the property.
'15 May
May 14 YAY! But it's 4:45p and already all over, with blue sunny skies and dry cement. Maybe we'll get a little more overnight? I've spent a minimum of 10 hours in the last few days trying to re-write my insurance and combine home owners/landlord/r...
'15 May
May 12 Look what Darryl made for Mother's Day out of one continuous piece of wire. Is that the sweetest thing or what. But there's more!
'15 May
He's been doing them every day for 7 weeks or so. Every day, one piece of wire. WOW. They are all gaspingly cool. These are just a few of my favorites. You can see them all on instagram...darrylkanouse. I think you don't need to sign-up to get into...
'15 May
May 8 Done Deal, my new CAR!
Lilly's Shopkin Story
Everyone had such a good time until...
'15 May
I've used this organization plan for a few trips now and it seems optimum for my things anyway. From the top left: a bag for all the miscellaneous electronica, walking sandals (my flips were downstairs), the computer sleeve, a bathroom bag with all the ...
'15 Apr: Kauai
I didn't do very well in figuring out the trail since I kept running into dead ends such as this one.
'15 Apr: Kauai
April 28 We have recently been going to another island for a few days during April but this year we thought, hey, let's blow the whole budget for one night at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. So we did.
'15 Apr: Kauai
...it's a close-up of this tree and there are lot of them planted along the Lydgate path. What ARE these guys?!?! We're going to a nursery tomorrow and I'm hoping against hope someone there will be a tree expert. I've put only a few trees in here...we...
'15 Apr: Kauai
April 22 Yay, one of my favorite walks, we went to the taro fields outside Hanalei.
'15 Apr: Kauai
One of the fields was not yet planted and we saw the Black-Necked Stilt. That's a moorhen in the back. Last year when we were doing birds we came here but the Stilt wasn't around. Oh my birds are So much easier to identify than trees. I've mentioned ...
'15 Apr: Kauai
We went to a farmer's market later in the day. The parking lot was full of these trees and first I thought it was one thing and then I thought it was another. Now I think it's an Orchid Tree.
'15 Apr: Kauai
We cooked our fish four ways, two on the bbq, one fried, one baked, because we had so much fish we could experiment. ALL the ways were delicious!
'15 Apr: Kauai
...we caught so so many fish, I think a few of them are already missing from this picture, that near the end of our time out I said to the guys 'oh please, don't make me catch any more fish'. 'Catching fish' is a bit of a misnomer, more like 'reeling in...
'15 Apr: Kauai
Too Many TREES. What's this one? I Don't Know.
'15 Apr: Kauai
April 15 There was that first rain chain that was here, handmade in Thailand with wonderful shapes and intricate details. I lusted after that rain chain but it's been gone for years. I just saw this one work and it's quite good enough. I mustn't fo...
'15 Apr: Kauai
...one of its splendid coastal planes. There's a word for what we're seeing, not valley, not any word I can think of now but there is one out there.
'15 Apr: Kauai
We had pizza for dinner and Caitlin made up our order. Kaitlin, for you! Yes I've had my ear out for someone named Lilly too!
'15 Apr: Kauai
One of the highlights is their small albatross breeding ground where, if the season is right, you get to see...AWWWWW...
'15 Apr: Kauai
Next we went to the Poipu Shopping Village. Here's a Will Bullas piece, Cocktails at Six from one of the art shops. He's done tons more, all totally fun.
'15 Apr: Kauai
They were having a hula show at the Shopping Village with only one dancer because the rest of them were still over on the big island not yet home from Merrie Monarch. The guy was fantastic, he could play anywhere, and the dancer was lovely as could be.
'15 Apr: Kauai
A Zebra Dove waiting patiently for his share of the meal. As my friend Marsha pointed out, last years' birds were certainly more interesting for the reader than all these silly trees. I'm going to not put any trees in here for a few days and then use o...
'15 Apr: Kauai
April 9 The Autograph Tree! We've got this one down now. The other trees we can identify but maybe not from a speeding car: Plumeria of Course, Longleaf Ironwood and River-oak Ironwood, African Tulip and Poinciana when they are blooming, Albizia whe...
'15 Apr: Kauai
I mentioned about our tree project. Oh so much more later.
'15 Apr: Kauai
We went over to the Grand Hyatt to check it out because later in the month we are treating each other to a night of adventure there, something we've never done.
'15 March
...hosted a dinner party for Sandy, in town from San Francisco, and Nancy and her granddaughter Chloe. Kaitlin and Lilly were such amazingly perfect hosts I think someone should write an American Girl Doll book about how to have a dinner party and they ...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
Different day, different color...seems like the older one is better.
'15 March
March 31 So many girls walking home today! I did some cut-and-past in an effort to get the best one of each.
'15 March
From a few weekends ago when Windy and Jeff were at a car show in Tucson, here's Jeff with one of his treasures.
'15 March
Boban and I had a good lunch last week and it seems at the end we are always in a rush because we linger over our conversation, and then I don't get a picture, so I nag him until he sends me something. The new one is Jordan's selfie. Wow-eee how time f...
'15 March
There were selections from the permanent collection, an all star cast, that was fun to see. This is part of the STURTEVANT: DOUBLE TROUBLE show. It's an Elaine Sturtevant retrospective and it was interesting but loud. There was also a video by Kahli...
'15 March
March 23 The 7 Minute Workout. I've been doing this recently except not #7, and not the last two either, but I replace them with something else...and then try to do just one of the ones I can't do. It's fun for 7 minutes. And I've been going to the...
'15 March
March 22 Another one of those days where I don't leave the house. How do I hang around my 280 square feet all day long? For one thing I watched TV on my computer. Here's a nice chunk of a day. TV Series: Indian Summers, Bloodline, House of Cards...
The Los Angeles River
Walk 11 (from Great Heron, and 10 from Water With Rocks) I didn't actually do either walk and it looks like really good ones too, but rather just pulled off the road to get the two gates. This one is called the Great Heron Gate and leads into Rattles...
The Los Angeles River
This section of the LA River is one of the places where the city broke up the cement bed to let the plants grow in which is so nice to look at. It's great for birds but also homeless people are camping out in the overgrowth. What to do what to do.
Nancy '15 March
Driving home we got off the Glendale Freeway at Fletcher Driver and found some great gates leading to very cool LA River walks. This one is called Water With Rocks. Here's one. Note the gate is locked but the side door is open.
'15 March
And here's a majorly fancy one called Great Heron Gates leading into Rattlesnake Park. Unfortunately the walls are getting tagged, not artistic efforts for decoration either but just unpleasant spray-can tags.
'15 March
This section of the LA River is one of the places where the city broke up the cement bed to let the plants grow in which is so nice to look at. It's great for birds but also homeless people are camping out in the overgrowth. What to do what to do. The...
'15 March
March 19 It took a good part of two days but it's done - Lona's big project for rent increases, updating security deposits, paying security interest, collecting fees, providing government forms ETC. that she has to do for all the tenants. I call it M...
'15 March
March 15 I went to the beach with Ben and Bonnie for a meal and a walk and the sunset, one of the most crowded March days ever as temperatures soared inland and because Santa Monica was the end point for the marathon bike ride and race this morning.
Lona Windy self-portrait '15 March
...we did exercises! which was most welcome considering the aforementioned lunch at Tony P's.
'15 March
March 8 Lill and I walked to a yummy breakfast and came back on the path along Ballona Creek, a tributary of the LA River and here we have another one of these cool gates you can often find at the river bike and walking paths.
'15 March
Succulent Sale! Great deals too - for example this one will be $8. Later I met Windy and Jeff for dinner at Guido's. Thanks guys for the treat, it was Good.
'15 March
I visited with Merlyn and Hilda and one of their friends today and we all shared pictures and travel stories. This is their backyard.
Lilly '15 March
March 3 We usually walk around the neighborhood, to go to the park or to the Indian restaurant or to Big Lots and when we do we follow along with the construction projects. Today we got to go inside the latest finished home which was cool. We also g...
'15 March
Lilly and I took the little girl across the street with us for the walk to pick up Kaitlin. She did so well I'd happily take her again. At Kaitlin's school: Book Fair! Everyone got a book which was a lot of extra fun.
'15 March
from February, Angela's pictures While I was gone the kids had a nice long weekend in the mountains at Lake Arrowhead. There wasn't any fallen-from-the-sky snow but they had snow to play in anyway.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
...wow, they look great when they're done - Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
My nearest bridge across one of the channels, and the creatures that live under it.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
Time for my last good night to the ladies at the front desk of the Tara Place Hotel. You could not imagine a more delightful crew. They spoke a dozen languages between them and made everyone feel happy and entirely at home. There was a modest lobby wi...
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
Everyone else was doing this and it didn't look particularly holy. More like making a wish when you blow out your birthday candles.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
...and this one.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
There was one of the most huge most fantastical murals I've ever seen called The Murals of Ramakian.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
Ok, only a couple more. This one...
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
We always hope for the public ones but will take a tourist boat if it comes first. Everything about them is pretty much the same except 15 baht vs 40 baht and on the tourist boat you have to listen to a very loud loud-speaker unintelligibly screaming the ...
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
Some houses, and you can imagine in other parts where those house have collapsed, been abandoned, and then settled again in their collapsed state.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Bangkok
One of the many boats on the river. The ease with which you can get around by water taxi was a marvel. The river runs much further, north into the suburbs and all the way to the Gulf of Thailand many kilometers south, but still not that far. The w...
'15 Feb: Laos
Anyone who wanted to, and everyone in my group wanted to, could walk in a circle through the mud with the water buffalo. All along the way they had hands on opportunities and everyone was loving it.
'15 Feb: Laos
We had a chance to make some toys from bamboo. It appears I didn't take a picture of all the various preparations of rice that we got to try and then it appears I just went back to the hotel and packed to leave. But no, I had, for the third time here...
'15 Feb: Laos
...I asked someone to take my picture.
'15 Feb: Laos
The Kuang Si Butterfly Park put together only a year or two ago by a couple from the Netherlands. It was charming and very well done with a young volunteer who was also charming and informative.
'15 Feb: Laos
Another one though. They planted a lot of that lantana because butterflies love it. I need some too, and it grows really well at my neighbor's.
'15 Feb: Laos
It's a smaller procession that the one in Mandalay, and so early in the morning, but that doesn't stop all of us from wanting to get a good picture. At least I can say I stayed across the street but had only a short time before it was too crowded to get...
'15 Feb: Laos
So many websites have used this exact quote I don't know which to ascribe here. But I like it and I'm using it too! "Established in the 14th Century, Luang Prabang sits majestically on the banks of the Mekong River. This charming and much admired city ...
'15 Feb: Laos
None of these are actually good pictures but I hope you are getting a feeling for the town.
'15 Feb: Laos
...carrying them up! The sand is for a construction project at one of the monasteries.
'15 Feb: Laos
It's Valentine's Day (Happy Valentine's Day my dear ones!). Chinese New Year is also around the corner so red is a theme but just a few bits around here, not like the blanket of red that has covered more Chinese dominated cities. The banks of both rive...
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
That is my soup! I took this picture somewhere meaning to go back and now I can't find it. Bummer! they didn't note in this recipe about the mushrooms which they often get wrong in LA using white button mushrooms instead of one of the Asian types.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Temples I seem to have slowed down on taking pictures of temples as there are only a few here but you can't walk two blocks without running into one.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
The guy who met our small group for our lesson in elephant commands. Let me assure you those elephants could not have cared less what we yelled no matter how loudly we yelled it. An elephant is a massive creature, an unmovable force and they barely lis...
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Notice the folks in front of us paid double to have one person/one elephant and knowing then what we know now we would have done it. Sitting in front is amazingly comfortable. Sitting in back is a seat you would never choose for yourself.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Our elephant's name was Maelopo. We started out first and came in last. Everyone, tourists and Mahouts alike were all yelling "Maelopo Pai, PAI PAI MAELOPO!". Maylopo made the walk in her own good time.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
February 7 We got picked up at 7:15a, drove around picking up other people, stopped off at the office to pick up more people and by 8:15-8:30 we were off for our trip out to one of the dozens of Elephant Camps in the area. It took about an hour. We ...
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Hello pretty one.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
The Queen's Float. We were done at this point because the parade was moving very veeery slowly and the crowds were getting bigger and bigger and all oozing into the street so seeing the scene was getting problematic.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
We decided to contract with one of the truck-taxis to take us up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep at the top of the mountain where they have a temple of course, and views, but also where it is cool.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Shawn, one of Hilda's previous employees now settled down in the ex-pat life with a house and a car and a motorbike and two dogs. I think his plan is to stay as long as his money holds out.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
A market, one among many...many.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Heading into the complex of the Wat Chedi Luang. I'm not sure of this one exactly.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Just around the corner, 'our' temple, pronounced like 'shampoo' our landlord said, and everyone knows where it is so it's a fallback for getting home.
'15 Feb: Thailand, mostly Chiang Mai
Crossing the moat into Old Town. We're one block away.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
February 3 Today's program: "Mandalay to Mingun to Mandalay. Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the jetty to board your boat to Mingun. Visit the unfinished Pahto Daw Gyi, Giant Mingun Bell, and Mya Thein Tan Pagoda. After that take a boat back ...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Also destroyed in the earthquake, the lions pictured on the Myanmar money.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Taxi! Taxi anyone?!
'15 Feb: Myanmar
...beautifully done...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Here's what the complex looks like. Inside each of those small buildings is a stone tablet, part of the World's Largest Book.
U Bein Bridge Myanmar '15 Feb: Myanmar
Another group including a couple of monks and kids on the phone.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
February 2 Today's program: "Mandalay to Amarapura to Sagaing. Breakfast at the hotel then vist the Mahagandaryone Monastery for offering alms food to the thousand monks. See the Mahamuni Image, a bronze Buddha image cast during the lifetime of Buddha...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Loading up in the public taxis. The roof is often packed with people too. It's actually really clean inside because they lay down a carpet, everyone removes their shoes and jams in there like you wouldn't believe. Our driver told us foreigners are not...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Mahagandaryon Monastery (Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery) in Amarapura, the onetime capital of Myanmar from 1783–1821 and 1842–1859. In this monastery over 1000 monks live, teach, study, and work. Every day at 10am the monks line up and volunteers prov...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Younger ones already served. I'm using a full telephoto and photoshop blow-ups but still, they're just trying to eat their breakfast.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Our driver. There were men drivers too, but we randomly got one of the women.
U Bein Bridge Myanmar '15 Feb: Myanmar
Wiki says the bridge was built from wood reclaimed from the former royal palace in Inwa which is a nice tie-in to earlier in the day. Lonely Planet says it's the longest teak bridge in the world - this isn't all of it by any measure.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
February 4 Today's program: "Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to Mandalay International Airport." Skipping breakfast at the hotel as we did almost every day, we had a big adventure in the morning before heading out to the airport for our flight t...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Young ones waiting to get in line.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Mt Popa. I'm going to copy in the Lonely Planet highlights. "Considered the spiritual HQ to Myanmar's infamous '37 nat'. Mt Popa is the premier venue for worship of these pre-Buddhist spirits and an easy day trip from Bagan. "A gilded Buddhist temp...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
A paved road. The cars can have the steering on the left or the right, usually it seems on the right having come directly from Japan and all marked in Japanese. The thing is the cars also drive on the right side meaning the driver is over on the curb...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Many of the temples had paintings on the walls - most probably, and most had sections of very imperfect restorations. This one was probably restored at some point but not recently.
Merlyn '15 Feb: Myanmar
Merlyn, on his phone, where we're doing a Facebooking Photo.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
January 31 Today's program: "Bagan. Breakfast at the hotel and then sightseeing around Bagan today to Tharabar Gate, Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Wetgyi Inn Gubyauk Gyi, Htilominlo Temple, and Kyay Min Ga Temple. In the afternoon visit Lawkanan...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Everyone was having so much fun!
'15 Feb: Myanmar
...might not prosper, but they do have fun! I looked on the internet and it seemed to me as if everyone else did this too. Although it took two images to make each of these pictures happen it looked EXACTLY like this and I could hardly close my mouth f...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Oh my goodness, another one. And there are so many more that I didn't choose.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
You can see some of the squash hanging down from the bamboo structure. I've mentioned before how impressed we are with all the fresh fruits and vegetables available in such abundance.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
January 29 Really, this is an insane number of pictures for one day. Today's program: "Inle Lake/Nyaung Shwe. Breakfast at the hotel then go sightseeing by boat to the Intha people who mostly inhabit the lakeshores and floating villages, including a...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
...these guys swarm the tourist boats. They fish with those baskets but he made this pose and then rushed up to the boat, threw a leg over the side and asked for money. Be prepared.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Dinner at the restaurant run by the sister from last night's place. (I'll get the names!) We didn't know that until we got there as we also didn't know that it's the top rated restaurant in Lonely Planet. The food was very similar and delicious too bu...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
These are covered steps you can use to walk to some of the temples further out from the caves and also you can walk up one to the main entrance but we rode the elevator.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Maybe Merlyn took a picture of the sign because if not I don't know the name of this monastery but it is a very unique one.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
We are getting the idea of what it means when you go into a restaurant that says 'Myanmar food' somewhere on its sign. This one was the best so far and it all poured out of...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Our driver asked us if we wanted to taste 'ice potato'. Of course we do. Here he is negotiating with one of the roadside vendors.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Young men playing their version of hacky-sack except with a woven plastic ball. We've seen it around in many places so it must be a thing. There's a formal kick-ball/volleyball-like game they play called chin lone in Myanmar and sepak takaraw in other ...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
January 25 I spent a week trying to put this trip together by myself (as I have done oh so many times before) but this time the transportation was just not working out easily so I contacted four local agencies recommended by Trip Advisor with details of...
'15 Feb: Myanmar
...with Merlyn, usually the biggest guy in the room. Lonely Planet says the Buddha is 70 yards long.
'15 Feb: Myanmar
Golden Rock Pagoda also called Mt Kyaiktiyo is one of those super-pilgrimage sites, where the rock balances there on that overhang on a strand of Buddha's hair. There's a long story which the internet will be happy to tell you.
'15 Jan: Malaysia
For our first stop we were in a halal place and had some extremely tasty and interesting food. They make a very very thin dough, as thin as a sheet of filo, and then fold it over very lightly with various things inside. The cone is the same sheet cooke...
'15 Jan: Malaysia
Finally making it here, to the KL Petronas Twin Towers. That bridge up in the middle of the picture is one of the stops on the tour. I had to wait a couple of hours for my chance to go up there but I was glad to have gotten a ticket at all. And half p...
'15 Jan: Malaysia
That large construction site is going to be a tourist center according to one of the guides. You can see you can't see very far because of the low-hanging clouds which made for such comfortable walking but not so great for the views.
'15 Jan: Malaysia
Awesome caps on these buildings. We have moved from the bridge to a much higher floor in Tower Two looking onto Tower One…
'15 Jan: Malaysia
...and Tower One has a better view of the communications tower but is fully occupied by PETRONAS and won't be having anything to do with tourists any time soon. The communications tower is just a few meters shorter than the PETRONAS towers and depending...
'15 Jan: Malaysia
A food stall street in my neighborhood, everyone getting their business dressed up for Chinese New Year. Everywhere I've been so far (Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur) is fully into it and they've all started more than a month in advance.
'15 Jan: Malaysia
A feeding tree, one of many.
'15 Jan: Malaysia
The KL Tower, Menara Kuala Lumpur, one of the landmark buildings of Kuala Lumpur.
'15 Jan: Malaysia
The buffet part of one of the many establishments such as this one in my neighborhood. Over to the left is the place where they bbq the satay sticks and cook the fresh flat breads. There is also a beverage and dessert area on the right. These are all ...
'15 Jan: Singapore
Amazingly, the Singapore river and basin is the drinking supply for the city, right out of the tap they are proud to say. It wasn't always so of course and at one time the river was poison but these guys are amazing at cleaning up. Wiki: " Access to wa...
'15 Jan: Singapore
January 18 Time to talk about the Hawker Centres. In the Great Redevelopment of Singapore the government swept up all the street food vendors and moved them to these central places, there are many around, where the stands are regulated for hygiene and ...
'15 Jan: Singapore
Today's morning visit to Little India. You'll remember that one of the four official languages of Singapore is Tamil, the language spoken by the first of the Indian immigrants who settled here from southern India.
'15 Jan: Singapore
It's one of the least gentrified areas in Singapore but still recognizable.
'15 Jan: Singapore
There was an Asia BBC/Australian Broadcasting TV show out in 2013 called Sarangoon Road that put a visit to Singapore in my head. In the tv show set in 1964 Sarangoon Road was in Chinatown so I think they might have taken some poetic license or there's ...
'15 Jan: Singapore
Another glance down a side street. This should be it. I had one occasion early this Saturday morning where I ran into a dirty sidewalk! Yes, it's true! Although someone was out there sweeping up and in 30 minutes it would all be gone. It was the sid...
'15 Jan: Singapore
...from designs found in an Art Deco textbook. All the designs. As Wiki notes: "The building also has widespread use of motifs, sculptures, and ornamentation" of the Art Deco period. It's one of the most expensive office buildings in Singapore and loc...
'15 Jan: Singapore
"...The majestic Sultan Mosque provides a center for life and business around here, with shops hawking Malay-Arab wares like rugs, bohemian crafts and shisha tobacco as well as trendy cafés, boutiques and drinking establishments. The combination of modern ...
'15 Jan: Singapore
January 15 Our rather large group for an Indie Singapore walking tour met here at this huge map grown on one of the walls in the Central Business District.
'15 Jan: Singapore
...and Bird by Fernando Botero here at a bend in the Singapore river. Singapore commissioned many pieces by local artists in the theme "Life Along the River".
'15 Jan: Singapore
Our excellent guide Mei, of Chinese decent. Wiki: "By end of June 2012, the island's population stood at 5.31 million. It is the second densest sovereign state in the world, after the microstate Monaco. "Singapore is a multiracial and multicultural c...
'15 Jan: Singapore
One of the domes of the cultural complex.
'15 Jan: Singapore
January 14 All went well in my air transfer from Manila to Singapore although I did have to get up at 5a. One of these days very soon I'll go to sleep at a sensible time and wake up in the morning. That'll be cool. Driving in from the airport I was...
'15 Jan: Singapore
Here's a more clear view of The Majestic. The mosaics are of scenes from Cantonese operas. Originally built as an opera house and completed in 1928, it was a venue for Cantonese opera until 1938, when it was converted into a cinema. It's a gorgeous f...
'15 Jan: Philippines
By the time we got there, to the place where first you have to ride a small rocking boat to the dusty trail for a one hour climb I was a goner. Nope, I just lay down on a bench and slept until lunch.
'15 Jan: Philippines
My hotel, the White Knight. My room was inexpensive, large, clean, and a third floor walk-up. Also it was under the eaves of the building with a few 1 foot by 1 foot windows from which you could see the aforementioned eaves. They have a good restaur...
'15 Jan: Philippines
January 11 Thank You Cristina! What a TREAT!! Cristina is Marija's son Andrew's newly minted FIANCEE! Cristina came home here to Manila and Andrew came to meet the family and PROPOSE. He's gone back to LA but Cristina and her aunt Paulynn took me ...
'15 Jan: Philippines
Today's Tour Number Two! Carlos Celdran: Walk This Way. Walking it is not. You gather in a park and stroll to three or four spots in the park stopping for a spiel then at the end is a three block trek where they provide pedi-cabs and horse carts f...
'15 Jan: Philippines
He had a whole collection of hats to go with the story and the flip books. He also would periodically throw handfuls of flowers out of his pocket as an exclamation point. He also had local candies that he would toss up to the crowd and the local people...
'15 Jan: Philippines
Here we have an unscheduled stop because someone wanted to locate a particular item from his childhood. Then everyone decided they wanted to get something from their childhood and we hung out here for 15 minutes. The staff were happily handing out samp...
'15 Jan: Philippines
Next stop: a noodle dish, a tofu dish, and a stuffed-pastry dish. Happy crowd! There were a few more people over to the right of the guide, a little more than 40 in total I think but everyone was having a blast. The tables were big and it was all firs...
'15 Jan: Philippines
Third stop, a lot of the food didn't look nearly as good as it tasted but this was pretty - chunks of friend chicken and a very different omelet made with lots of oysters and some yam flower that made it gooey. There were many plates full of leftovers on ...
'15 Jan: Philippines
Tour Number One! Binondo is the word for Chinatown of Manila. Old Manila Walks: The Big Binondo Food Wok-ing Tour.
'15 Jan: Philippines
Our fourth stop - a crazy tasty ball of dough surrounding a liquid-y custard made of salty egg yokes. Everyone got all...like it/don't like it/like it/don't like it on the egg. I was in the Like It camp. The second thing was totally uncontroversial. ...
'15 Jan: Philippines
Fifth and last stop - a market really where the guide stood around the store and just took things off the shelf, announced what they were, and passed them around. It was crazy! I want to give kudos to the guide who managed this large crowd, covered wha...
'15 Jan: Philippines
January 10 MORNING Let me tell you about the jeepneys. When I arrived on the 9th and was driving with the taxi around town at 4am the streets were already full of these vehicles. The riders enter through the back and sit on the two long benches agai...
'15 Jan: Philippines
January 9 ARRIVAL MORNING in MANILA After a basically uneventful 15 hour (instead of 16 1/2 hour) flight, we arrived early at 4am instead of 5:30am. I had an excellent taxi driver take me straight to the White Knight hotel in Intramuros. TAXI ADVICE...
'15 Jan: Philippines
The taxi driver told me that millions will be participating. That's a big number. One website says this: "The Black Nazarene is a more than 200-year-old statue. Some say that during the Spanish colonial period missionaries brought an icon to Manila. D...
'15 Jan: Philippines
There is a miracles component to this procession in that touching the Black Nazarene means miracles are more likely to come your way. That's City Hall in the background and this is at the edge of the river of people.
'15 Jan: Philippines
I hope you can imagine the density of all the action out there. Ah, nice, you can see an example of the hand towel tree one of the vendors is carrying.
'15 Jan: Philippines
Leaving the Manila Hotel I saw this group had gathered at the front gate. There was plenty of security people especially around places where you might expect to find money and some were rather heavily armed. You had to pass a guard at the gate and then...
'15 January
January 3 I missed Marsha and Tom's New Year's Eve party but I didn't miss the chili...I went over there today for dinner and Tom gave me a quart to take home. Thank you! This is one small slice of Marsha's holiday candles, maybe 6%. Wow. Sharon a...
'14 December
We are putting on a New York New Year's Eve party (where the New Year arrives at 9pm...) and we went out for supplies. We must not be the only ones doing a NYNY's Eve because we could buy huge banners of the entire Times Square scene - we have three of ...
The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
Help I can't decide! I'm in this one.
Getty Center architecture tram entrance The (Magnificent!) Getty Center
You know that funky sculpture prominently featured as you get off the tram? The one that everyone hates? I like it. Because it seems somehow brave, standing there all huge and a-kimbo and the object of such scorn. It makes nice shapes, and the engi...
'14 December
We Walked Up. It was such a busy day that the tram line filled the entire plaza. It felt so good to get a move on considering my exercise-sloth of the last several weeks/months...since Halloween actually. I STILL love this thing: Martin Puryear's That...
'14 December
The garden's motto, carved in stone at the entrance: "Always changing, never twice the same"
'14 December
From a display in The Restaurant, the good one, where you have to make reservations and make sure you're up on your credit card payments.
'14 December
December 26 Me and IngaLill at the Getty Center for a hit of photophoto on one of those days that make you gasp. The rain had freshened all the growing things and the bright sky and soft wind made the views awe inspiring. Click here if you want to s...
'14 December
Ahhh, the garden. The J. Paul Getty Trust commissioned Robert Irwin's Central Garden as a work of art, which Irwin himself described as "a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art."
'14 December
December 19 Ann and I made our traditional holiday pilgrimage to Musashi back in the old neighborhood. But not that new one on Rinaldi, no, the real one, with Herosan, on Tampa by the shopping center.
'14 December
December 20 Kathleen across the street had another of her ever so lovely parties. I always get to meet the most interesting people, her friends new and old. There's nothing like the real estate biz to bring entertainment into your life. (phone phot...
'14 December
December 18 Bill came by for dinner. We ate at Santa Monica Seafood where they have my favorite Manhattan Clam Chowder and it was delicious. This is a professional shot of the fam when everyone was out for Thanksgiving: Cheryl, Bill, Mindy, Kim, Ros...
'14 December
December 16 In vivid display of their unique and precious personalities, Kaitlin and Lilly made some Christmas cookies at the neighbor's house. (phone photo)
'14 December
December 12 NEWS on the trip front. Merlyn, one of my travelling companions from Cuba is going to meet me for the 10 days in Myanmar. We have contracted for a private car and driver for the whole time which should be amazing!
'14 December
Thanks Sharon for the festive holiday dinner and thank you for the delicious breakfast of leftovers. Sharon and I saw Birdman last week and it was wonderful. Wonderful. Wow, my best movie of the year so far. This is going to be very strange for me,...
'14 December
December 10 F.o.o.d was happening today. I had lunch at Merlyn and Hilda's (Hilda being gone on a business trip) which included a fine and extensive menu of homemade delights. Then I went straight to meet Nancy and Muriel for plate after plate of Yu...
'14 December
December 8 This is here to remind me. No More Spilling Coffee. I need to find a different place to make the coffee since it takes 20 minutes to clean up the &*^% mess that follows me knocking over the dripping cone of soggy grinds and the hot coffee t...
'14 December
December 6 Burt and Charlene had a memorial mass today for Jenny who passed away very unexpectedly a few weeks ago. Burt wrote the eulogy and a friend of David's read it. It was so sweet and so perfect everyone could barely contain themselves from c...
'14 December
December 5 I had a banh mi today that was nearly as good as the ones I ate from the street carts in Vietnam, and that's saying A Lot. I'm getting so excited for my return to SE Asia.
Kaitlin Lilly self-portrait '14 December
December 2 Walking home from school In The Rain. That's right, RAIN, our first decent rain since February. Absolutely everyone is over the moon. It's like we were farmers or something. ak.
'14 November
November 29 Windy's oldest son Lucas and his wife Betsy have two children, these two, as adorable and sweet as they look. Here's what Betsy said about these pictures: 1) Xander made the maille coif on his head, and Anya sewed her dress and the vests ...
'14 November
So....on Wednesday evening I spent a silly amount of time trying to get the membrane off the orange segments for the fennel and orange salad. The segments looked such a mess but oh well, and then when I took them out of the refrigerator Thursday morning -...
'14 November
I just looked at this on two computers other than my own and faces are too bright depending on the angle of view. I'll have to fix that when I get home?! November 25 The girls and I worked on their holiday card today. This isn't it. This is just...
'14 November
Everyone was welcome to place an incense stick here before entering the temple. il.
'14 November
The back side of the welcome gate. We parked one level below here but didn't get around to having some pictures of the front side.
'14 November
This style of sculpture was prominently featured. I notice I don't have any examples of the colorful Chinese ceramic style of statuary which is also on display. One of the signs at the entrance read as follows: "Children should be grateful and...
'14 November
A close-up in one of the gardens.
'14 November
November 22 On my way to Disney Hall, here's a phone shot out the car's window of downtown looking particularly colorful.
'14 November
November 21 I'm 50 pages or so into this book and it is wonderful so far. The author is the current (very idiosyncratic) mayor of London and this guy can string together words near worthy of Churchill himself. Oh Kindle, you and your 'one click to b...
Alex Carol '14 November
One must do what must be done.
'14 November
November 18 No, I haven't dyed my hair, in case you were wondering, that's just an example of one of the 10s of things I can't do in my Pilates class, but I go anyway, not so faithfully I should add, but I go because what's exercise without a challenge....
'14 November
Becky and Alicia. There are no accommodations at all in Channel Islands National Park. You can get a permit to camp though, so go for it! You can also drop anchor or attach to one of the many offshore buoys if you are able to overnight on a boat.
'14 November
The Anacapa Island Lighthouse. This is about how close to the island we were cruising so the shore pictures that follow are small sections of full telephoto shots. I'm not lusting for more telephoto though because I can't even hold this 120mm one still...
'14 November
One hundred more dolphins that you can't see.
'14 November
...Lisa and Craig treated us to a very fine lunch. Then we had perfectly crispy drool worthy homemade chocolate chip cookies and ice cream cones as we... (another diner)
'14 November
November 14 I drove up to Santa Barbara to spend the day with my Santa Barbara friends Nancy and Michi. It was so nice to just relax together, visit, walk, eat, stroll through the art museum. That bear itself was worth the drive although now I'm amb...
'14 November
November 12 I went out to Pasadena for a lovely ladies-who-lunch with Pauli at the hotel that used to be The Huntington and then we went to the Pasadena Museum of California Art. This is the parking garage, apparently unblemished by graffiti for 15 y...
'14 November
Alex and Carol are back in Long Beach for a couple of months from their land cruising journeys, taking a break in this perfectly located RV park. In the front, Heidi and Mike - parents to one of those virgins in the first picture. On the left, Alex and...
'14 November
November 1 Usually I do one or two things a day. Not on the 1st when I did so many things. On the 2nd I didn't go out of the house. Go shopping for an outfit; get a pedicure; dress-up (and we know That takes time); go to Marsha's church for a Tea D...
'14 November
All the Halloween pictures are not done yet - we still have Kaitlin's school to go and any shots from the trick-or-treating when I was back at the house giving away candy.
'07-'14 BOO! in the Valley
...Trick-or-TREAT spots stationed around the house and yard. And a grand time was had by ALL!
'14 October
Lilly will surely tell me the names of all her classmates on Tuesday. Roxi, Lilly, Roxy V, Carlie, Sandra, Sofie, Bella, Paloma, Calvin, Ronnie, Vanessa; Sofia S, Aris, ZK, Sofia M, Alex, Lulu, Valentina, Giana, Deacon, Jacob, Chase, Lucas, Kieran, Mrs ...
Sequoia National Park 2004-2014
Crescent Meadow I took a lovely stroll out to Crescent Meadow, John Muir's 'Gem of the Sierra'. This walk is about point four miles from the parking lot, shouting distance. But the wildflowers are gone, the sun is overhead and there isn't much to say ab...
'14 Oct: Sequoia
You'll remember General Sherman from yesterday, the largest tree in the world by volume. Here's the General Ulysses S Grant tree, third largest by volume. So what is the second largest? We didn't see anything in the park talking about it but here is a...
'14 Oct: Sequoia
The Kings River that runs through Kings Canyon did have some water which was nice to see although it was so shallow we could see the bottom wherever we stopped. And a waterfall was running! Yay. This is Grizzly Falls. For fun I took one shot in a ver...
'14 Oct: Sequoia
October 25 (You can click on this link if you're interested in my consolidated story from many trips to Sequoia, All Done Now.) Sharon and I drove up to Three Rivers today to spend the night in anticipation of our adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon N...
'14 October
We were talking about black and white photography and I was thinking how I never see in b&w anymore even though I had done b&w for oh so many years. This is the type though, a new one, like the ones from the way back.
'14 October
They had a few displays with skeletons and a favorite with the kids - dinosaurs. I'm up to 10 pictures now so I'll stop. No, I need to choose one more for a closer...how about...
'14 October
October 12 I went with Ben and Bonnie today to The Proud Bird just in case it closes soon (and the airport builds a parking lot) as has been threatened for the last decade or so, at least we will have been there recently. The food is expensive and no...
'14 October
October 10 From one of the lily ponds in the large, gorgeous fountains that welcome the visitor to Santa Monica City Hall and border the fine new, but not so new anymore, Tongva Park.
'14 October
October 7 I've been spending a lot of time with Lona and Hartley when I can and I don't usually even mention it but today I must because today was probably my last chance to see Winny who is leaving L&H for a permanent career-tracked job. We will all...
Getty Center '14 October
October 4 This is my first visit to the Getty Center since January. I can hardly believe it. Sharon and Nancy and I popped up here on this hot, dry, Santa Ana day and it was h.o.t. And all the water features are drained in solidarity with everyone ...
Viva! Las Vegas 2012-2014
Another one...
'14 September
Oh brave, devoted singers who really put on a show, a big gospel/spiritual program with the chorale in top form (they sang as one - very impressive) and excellent soloists and instrumentalists, and toward the end a collage group joined in. And no one fain...
'14 September
September 12 Wow, I loved this performance Big Time. Wow. The Getty puts on an ancient Greek play every September and I hope not to miss the next one because this one was awesome. (internet pix)
'14 September
September 7 Nothing but green leafy vegetables whirled up with an apple, and a nice spicy Sangria. Which one is mine and which one is Muriel's? Too easy.
'14 September
September 4 The Shutman family from 2007 including Steve's mom Gloria. Gloria passed recently and I went to her funeral today. Here's the first poem the rabbi read and it reminds me of my own mother. The rabbi didn't know the source and it seems an a...
'14 September
September 2 My really adorable Proust readers from Sunday. Actually...I dropped in on the folks who are going through with the third group whereas I started with the second group. I wanted to join the first group but it was too late, they were alr...
'14 August
Time to clean off the 'refrigerator door': An origami bird (she might stay); Cynthia, Mike, Kieran; Roger and Sandy's wedding invitation; another great flying pig card from SB Nancy; Kaitlin and Lilly at Christmas; my favorite Doctor doing Shakespeare; ...
Trevor Hartley Lona '14 August
August 15 This picture won't mean anything to anyone except me, but I'll remember when I see it! This is the moment of one of the major accomplishments of the past three weeks. That balcony corner is cleared out! aMAYzing!!
'14 August
...to meet Muriel for her birthday dinner. She got the one thing she wanted to eat more than anything she could think of, and that would be lobster, which we got at the very slick The Lobster restaurant in Santa Monica. The lobster was particularly del...
'14 August
August 8 Merlyn, one of my Cuba Adventure pals, was in Italy recently and bought some Havana Club rum at the duty free shop. Memories! Hilda joined us for lunch and travel stories - theirs in Italy and mine in Greece.
'14 August
I picked everyone up and drove us to the Metro/Red Line station at Vermont and Wilshire...
'14 August
Trevor's office is looking for a new bio-pic and they took 100 of them. The pictures were shaped differently as they are here. I like the one on the left...they like the one on the right. ??.
self-portrait '14 July
...and I snagged this with my phone, me with one of Picasso's Ladies, which turned out to be in the no-photo zone but that wasn't clear at the time. Head Of A Woman In Profile (Jacqueline)
flying pig '14 July
July 28 Look what Ingalill found on her trip home to Sweden. It's a really good one! lg.
'14 July
July 16 The kids and I went out for a walking adventure to get pizza. It's a schlep and they all held up like troupers. Everyone got just what she wanted. Then because our feet were hot from walking we stopped off at the park to wiggle our toes in th...
'14 July
Today Cynthia sent this picture of Kieran out in the back yard (in Saint Paul MN so the kids don't have a chance to get together too often). Don't you wish you had one of those swings. ch.
'14 July
July 5 Happy Birthday to Me from DAK&L! Breakfast out and then a visit to Darryl's officeat ActiVision (my choice!) , home of the Call of Duty franchise, Guitar Hero, and others but what the kids looove is Skylanders. It's a playground in there. Ev...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
21 close-up) wiki: "The Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace." Professor Guttorm Fløistad: "The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on you better sp...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
During the tour we visited many places where they practice the idea of doing what you do slowly and well. Check out this haircutter. At one point we had twelve people crammed in there and they all started singing a Greek folk song (was it?) and at the ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
...we visited this shop where no money ever changes hands. They get donations and anyone can come here and take what they'd like. I went nuts over that picture up there so I took its picture. I actually like it in its setting. At first I wanted the t...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Oh Maria, you will always be my Athena. They had planned a Slow Picnic for after the walk. I wanted to let them relax in their own language so I took the Metro home. I went home and straight into the foot massage place on my street! A little feathe...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
...and took a quick stop here at the Corinth Canal separating the peninsula of the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. The guide had told us on the bus that the amazing thing about it was how deep they built the walls. We were expecting deep walls but e...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
...arrive at the ruins. The area had been in continual use as a port since prehistory so there is a lot to tell but all anyone on the tour wanted to hear about was its connection to Saint Paul. According to Acts in the Bible it would have been here tha...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
A temple to Apollo. This temple is unique in that the columns, instead of being disks placed one on top of the other to form the column as is common elsewhere, are one single piece.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is where Jason and Medea lived, and where Saint Paul lived and preached for two years. I'm standing on the podium where Saint Paul is said to have been interrogated (by whom I don't remember now) but like the Romans not collecting taxes in December, ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is a giant urn depicting a funeral. The dead person is prone and the other people are holding their hands to their heads in the 'oh no oh no' pose.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
He is drawing the woman with the hat. She was the wife of Trajan, the Roman Emperor around 100AD. It took about 30 minutes to walk home from here and I went straight to my room to luxuriate in the a/c. At one point during the day I saw a thermometer ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Built into the hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Ampitheatre in the Acropolis. With another day or two I might have made it to one of these shows.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
7) "Alexandros Vasmoulakis or ZAP" Two full building illustrations. The one on the left is on a fire station. I don't remember about the one on the right except that it is another project of Carpe Diem (because it says so up in the corner) and the ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
June 25 Thank you Maria for the street art identifications (I quotes by the numbers)! The tour company website is atathens.org. You can find these carts with baked circles in many of the squares (ha! circles in the squares...). I got one of the smal...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
8) "Same 84 correct" I found a reference to Blaqk: Greg Papagrigoriou & Simek attached to this image. I think there are two guys involved, one who does the lettering and one who does the geometrics.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
11) "scarrone (right), dyo (left)" These characters tell a true story. They're gangsters of a certain time (I forget...) and then the idolization of them that followed.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
We're done with the tour and the guide says she'll walk back to my square with me where she likes to get "the Best Souvlaki in Athens". So we got in the line and YUM it was!
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
This is a view from a balcony for the use of we 6th floor walk-up folks. On the right is Agia Irini. I had previously gone in search of the main church, Metropolis. Once there I discovered it was covered in scaffolding and the inside was empty. So I...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
That little girl in the grey dress is touching one of the glass panels, likely testing to see if she'll fall through.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Inside it's a no-photo zone except for the top floor. I really did not see the sign. A sweet guard let me get this shot off, she was standing right there, before she gave me the no-photo look.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
The view from my room. Honestly. And the location is perfect and the price is unbelievable. But then not so unbelievable because I 1) have to Walk Up six flights to get here 2) share a bathroom with the rest of the walkers 3) the room is reeeeally s...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
June 22 Here's a drawing by A. Tournarie from 1894 featured in the museum and a site map. Yes, I got up and was at the gate by the 7:30 opening time and I was the only one there for an hour. It was awesome!
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
LP opens their chapter on Delphi: "If the ancient Greeks hadn't chosen Delphi as their navel of the earth and built the Sanctuary of Apollo here, someone else would have thought of a good reason to make this eagle's nest village a tourist attraction."
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
The place where the Oracle sat on the tripod and breathed the steam of the intoxicating water is in a crevice up in the surrounding mountains somewhere. I asked a couple of people and no one knew for sure. She would then come down and give her propheci...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Down the hill from the main site this is another temple complex, the Sanctuary of Athena Pronea. There were originally four large buildings and a gymnasium, according to the illustration there. It's in there, hidden among the trees, scan along the top ...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Hellooo. I had a dinner tonight that I'm going to miss when I'm gone. They do these giGANtic beans baked in a flavorful sauce. I got a wild mushroom omelet (all the omelets are 'open face') and ate it with the beans on top. The beans are called 'gi...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
The Tholos, a marble rotunda set in this site but it seems no one is quite sure of its purpose. Those blotches are a result of the restoration.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
Here's another one. There are more.
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
And here's another one. It is a very lovely town. I had some food before calling it a day - baked eggplant that was mostly sliced and lightly caramelized onions and a little tomato on top of two halves of baked eggplant. These ingredients are very com...
'14 Jun: Delphi-Athens (+Corinth)
It looks like Greek to me too, but I carry a copy of the Greek alphabet around on my phone and can pretty much pronounce the words now, especially place names because you have an idea of what to expect, and I can say a lot of expressions that get an approp...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
You can barely see one of the trails there below the monastery.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Fourth: a taxi for the short 3-4 kilometer but straight up hill ride to the very small town of Kastraki where I'm staying in the shadow of the sandstone pinnacles atop of which we find the great Monasteries of Meteora.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
His shirt had the walking man in front and the standing man behind. Here's my story of crossing lights in East Germany so I had to talk to him. Turns out he's Greek, his brother brought him the shirt, and he didn't know the story so that was fun to share...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
At this point in my walk the clouds opened and there I was in a moment, soaking wet. I hurried along to a place where people were getting into cars and picked three young guys because 1) I know there would be a fourth seat, and 2) they were clearly touris...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
It had been raining off and on for the hour it took us to get to the caves and everyone was jammed inside but once we arrived the rain had lightened up and all the PhotoPhoto people tried to find their spot.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Another one.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
This is the village of Gaios, one of the three small port towns on Paxos. They have restaurants and shops, and many private cruisers have settled in here. Several tour boats like mine bring their guests here for lunch and it felt like they could handle...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
And one block off the main streets you can find places like this.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Another view of one of the main streets.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
It had gotten late and I was going to head in but I was also feeling a little peckish. And just as I was thinking "do I want to get something to eat?" I came upon a line. A line! You know my principle number One of street food: if there's street food ...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
June 15 I'm going to Albania! It's just a buzz across the water from Corfu. Fourteen kilometers outside the port town of Sarande is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Buthrotum. Wiki: "Buthrotum is located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel an...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
After the bus to the port in Corfu picked me up on a street corner, we all went through passport formalities, then everyone lined up to pay Again for the tour (the original price just gets you the boat ride, much to my surprise), the boat ride across took ...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
I can't find a summary of all the ins and outs of ownership and development but this is pretty good, from UNESCO: "Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosp...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
UNESCO: "In the palaeo-Christian period, two basilicas and a baptistry were built; its later medieval history was turbulent as the town was involved, first, in the power struggles between Byzantium and successive Norman, Angevin and Venetian states and the...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
The Maitland Monument, built to commemorate Sir Thomas Maitland, English Commissioner from 1816-1824.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
The Palace of St. Michael and St. George now houses the Museum of Asian Arts. The Palace has also served as the British High Commissioner's residence, and the home of the Ionian Senate and the Order of St Michael and St George.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
This museum is one of those 'things' about which I have to say I just don't get it. The building has some probably amazing rooms but then inside these rooms they built weird little rooms with walls and ceilings to hang the art. Weird.
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Looking down from my balcony you see no people where last night they were shoulder to shoulder. Those two people are probably Americans. Why? Wooooorld Cuuuuuup Fuuuuutbol and Greece is playing. NO ONE is not watching this game. Even I'm watching th...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Addendum to my time is Mystras Remember back in Mystras when I said my worst regret of the trip so far was that I didn't have a picture of the fabulous Greek mother-in-law? Why have a regret if there is still something to be done about it? I said to ...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
And then these guys emerged from the door behind me. Everyone was kissing the hand of the guy with the medallion around his neck. A small crowd gathered. The band play Ode to Joy and the theme from Star Wars. They also played a third number that I re...
'14 Jun: the Ionians +More, and Meteora
Honey. Along the road clustered together, I'd all of a sudden see ten honey stands, five on each side of the road. Here's a shop that carries a number of the local products.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 10 The town is basically this street with similar blocks behind me and on the one block side street to the left and right. The hotels are scatted throughout. On the walk to the archeological site I get to Name That Flag and it was especially fu...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
A nice one.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
First one, then three, then eventually he had gotten all of them to do a run. That was impressive tour guiding. "I'm hot, I'm tired, I don't have the right shoes, I don't wan'na." By the time the last one had finished they were bursting with enthusias...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
Wow. The rest of the museum's rooms were also divided by building so you could see drawings and artifacts from the places you had just visited. It was very reinforcing and well done.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
These are the brochures, the ones I've remembered to save, put out by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. They're great!
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 9 From yesterday at the Ruins of Mystras, what happens when I try to take a picture of myself even though yes, I can see in the phone how the picture will look, this is how it turns out because any more of me in there and yikes, like the bottom one...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
It's a big holiday today and the bus schedule was greatly reduced so in order to get anywhere I first had to take a taxi from Mystras to Sparta which is 8 euros away. From Sparta I got a bus to Tripoli and from Tripoli I was lucky to have a direct bus t...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
Closer to the town. I don't know its name but there were several like it positioned around the mountains.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...and floors. In one of the sites where there was a shell of a church there was also a refreshed barracks - it was the former monastery - with an actual room and in that room was a nun and some comfortable chairs and since I was so ready to SIT, I went...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
As I was leaving we did the cheek-kissing thing, twice like they do in Greece. Elena then said "In Russia we do three" and I got another one. The she said "How many in America?" I told her "One, if you're lucky." I'm standing right outside the guest ...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
This complex is called the Ruins of Mystras. LP: "This is where the Byzantine Empire's richly artistic and intellectual culture made its last stand before an invading Ottoman army, almost 1,000 years after its founding (in 1249)." The fortress is at th...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 7 I made my 4-hour 3-bus transfer from Nafplio to Mystras to visit another UNESCO World Heritage fortress town. This place is actually more a village than a town - so small there is no visitors center even, and all the restaurants are clustered ar...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
June 6 A representative street in Nafplio. You see it spelled Nafplio more often but also you see Nafplion. Someone told me Nafplion was the spelling from an older version of Greek than is spoken now.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
There's a lot of this, and the same back in Mycenae. It is interesting still after having seen so much of it. I would like to encourage anyone with a passion for ruins and archeological sites to go to Delos. You will be impressed.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
A view out the window of the museum into one of the main squares. At the top of the mountain which unfortunately you can't see because of the backlight, is the Palamidi fortress built again by the Venetians and finished in 1714. Remember this place bec...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
It's a lovely town and I'll try to get some more representative looks tomorrow. This is the outside of one of the many (surprise!) churches. I think now that all the Greek Orthodox churches here have a similarly fevered interior, all full of things tha...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
...plenty. It was very cool up here - not at all crowded and very plain without many explanations and only one small café and shop by the entrance.
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
My dinner host (stuffed eggplant with moussaka flavoring and lovely baked chicken, both very good) who told me about all his cousins in California one of whom owns the restaurant at the Cliff House in San Francisco. You would not believe how many people h...
'14 Jun: the Peloponnese
I flew from Rhodes to Athens, spent the night at an Athens hotel by the bus station, and arrived in Nafplio by bus without a place to stay. Yay, it didn't start raining until after I was settled in at the Hotel Leto. Phewww. As Lonely Planet begins th...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I walked up to the Acropolis of Rhodes. This is another Temple of Apollo (you'll remember the other one from Naxos)
'14 May: the Dodecanese
When you emerge from the winding residential Old Town streets where I've been staying onto the first commercial street, right at that spot is My Restaurant. This is my last night and I'm back here for the third time and everyone there is my new best fri...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
...this. A fevered display of religious iconography. The walls are covered in amazing painting too. Everyone was in line to take their turn kissing the glass that protects the image of Saint George. "You have to watch out for Saint George" a local wo...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Blue Star Ferry it's not, but we weren't at all crowded so everyone got their chance at the rail and the inside was comfortable, air conditioned, no smoking, and plenty of room.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
...looking for the only remaining Synagogue in Rhodes. It isn't noted on my map but Lonely Planet had a short article. WWII and deportations to Auschwitz saw the end of a once thriving Jewish community here.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
May 30-31 If you want to catch up with part one here's the Cyclades including Naxos and Santorini with short visits to Delos and Mykonos. I came from Santorini to Rhodes on an overnight Blue Star Ferry. I am a Blue Star Ferry fan. Every trip, and I...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I had a little stroll around the neighborhood. Everywhere I've been in Greece so far gelato shops are on every block, sometimes two on a block. This one had the largest and most elaborate decorations yet.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I did take a picture on my phone of each turn from the clock to my room. There are five turns.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
I had made a plan with an Airbnb host to meet someone 'at the clock' who would show me the accommodation. I didn't want to make a non-refundable four-nights reservation for a place that had no reviews but the description was right up my alley...in the O...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Some artists were selling their work near this tree but my favorite piece was this tree itself. On the bigger picture you can see both eyes, one blue and one brown. Nicely done.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
One of the entrances around The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. I was trying to find the Byzantine Museum but somehow found myself...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
...in the port of New Town which is new in the sense that it's full of chain stores. One thing I didn't run across in New Town or in Old Town, or come to think of it in Naxos or Santorini either, was your basic they're-everywhere (but apparently not) ...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Coming back into Old Town, the Temple of Aphrodite. I'm going to copy out the short description from UNESCO citing Rhodes Old Town a World Heritage Site: "The Order of St John of Jerusalem occupied Rhodes from 1309 to 1523 and set about transforming...
'14 May: the Dodecanese
Next stop: the Archeological Museum. Worth the price of admission for this lion alone.
'14 May: the Dodecanese
A group has gathered behind me to wait their turn for this shot in The Street of Knights. This street is an ancient one with each building having a long and storied history.
'14 May: the Cyclades
We had a short show-and-tell from a maker of the local drink, Kitro, made from the leaves of the citron tree. They also make ouzo and a very tasty raki flavored with honey and cinnamon. Samples were available and bottles for sale.
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 29 This morning I went over to a nice hotel on the main drag, to relax in peace, sit in nice clear No Smoking air, have a coffee, and figure out what my last day would look like. Little Did I Know! From out of NOWHERE came a wind storm the like ...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 28 It's tour day! I got picked up at the bus station at 10am by a big tour bus that took all of us down to the old pier where many of these style boats were waiting. I and 100 others went with the Odysseas. It was plenty comfortable - ours even...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Oh look, here come three more. During our one hour stay the boats would shuffle themselves around so that by the time we left our boat was second from the left.
'14 May: the Cyclades
After 20 minutes I was here, obviously not going to get all the way up and back in the allotted one hour!
'14 May: the Cyclades
...I ate a long slow lunch and visited with a sweet young couple from Xi'an. I also enjoyed the company of a group of Aussie women celebrating one of their 40th birthdays. I have no acceptable pictures though. You can see the windmill in the above pic...
'14 May: the Cyclades
For the last stop the boat dropped everyone here, below the town of Oia which some say has the most fantastic sunset views of all. Yikes, I just don't want to walk up there! It isn't hot-hot but it is still hot and the sun is bright and beating down up...
'14 May: the Cyclades
...donkeys. There are donkeys that will take you up to Santorini too but in Santorini you also have the alternative of the tram or a bus. Here it's just the donkeys. The donkey rides are pretty controversial in the travel forums but I will note that t...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 27 NOTE! I have been saying Santorini to mean the island and also to mean the main town of Fira. I'm not the only one though... The internet connection in my hotel here in Santorini, the New Haroula, makes me want to weep. But then I have a lov...
'14 May: the Cyclades
More. This is one of the dozens of churches and a wider part in the town's walkways. Mostly the walk- and road-ways are packed with cars and tourists and narrow too.
'14 May: the Cyclades
An internet picture. I'm trying to give an overview of the Delos cityscape but this is not 1/4 of it all. The entire island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is unoccupied and no one is allowed to spend the night. It's one giant archeological si...
'14 May: the Cyclades
"In the 5th century BC .. the entire island was purged of all dead bodies. It was then ordered that no one should be allowed to either die or give birth on the island due to its sacred importance and to preserve its neutrality in commerce." The result o...
'14 May: the Cyclades
One of the landmarks of the Mykonos skyline. There are many of these windmills around, kept for their historic/touristic value probably because none of them actually have blades.
'14 May: the Cyclades
The moon and the sun. All the menus had similar items and they all looked expensive by Naxos standards so I decided to just pick the most comfortable chair and not look at the menu. So yeah, it was expensive. An overpriced but nonetheless delicious ...
'14 May: the Cyclades
We stopped a time or two to look at the marble quarries that made this island rich, and lastly we heard all about this kouros from the 7th century BC made from marble and abandoned here due to some flaw in its construction and rediscovered centuries later ...
'14 May: the Cyclades
We were not allowed to take pictures inside but someone else managed to grab a shot of one of the many frescos that adorn the walls and ceilings. It's very small and dark inside and the frescos are the dominant feature. (internet pic)
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 24 I enjoyed an all day bus tour today into the interior of the island. Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades and I won't see nearly all of it, but here's a taste of the countryside. This is a nice summary photo: mountain peaks, white wash...
'14 May: the Cyclades
There was a potter who demonstrated the traditional methods and why yes you could even buy one if you wanted.
'14 May: the Cyclades
The guide had to tell every story in both English and German which could become a little tiresome for the tourists and I would imagine especially tiresome for her but she kept up good spirits and enthusiasm throughout. Nicely done.
'14 May: the Cyclades
Lunch! It was past one and the crowd was getting restless for food. We stopped in Apiranthos, a larger village built down the side of a mountain. This is the Church of Panagia Apeirathitissa said to have some noteworthy icons. So many of the churches...
'14 May: the Cyclades
My Greek salad had a huge and amazingly delicious slab of feta cheese on top, like the cheese from the first night with the little fishies. And speaking of which, we were on a short photo-op stop and out of seemingly nowhere come hundreds Hundreds of go...
'14 May: the Cyclades
The view we had stopped to enjoy when the entire busload of tourists couldn't get enough of the goats. So there I was one in the horde pouring out of a giant tour bus, and glad to have done it. The roads are particularly narrow, steep, and full of very...
'14 May: the Cyclades
May 23 My ladies! Efkharisto...Parakalo... The book says parakalo means 'please' and efkharisto means 'thank you'. Parakalo also means 'you're welcome'. You say efkharisto and you get a parakalo back, like magic. And every time I've heard someone...
'14 May: the Cyclades
I'm walking a short distance on a cool flagstone path from the bay that has the port to the bay that has the resorts. Here we are at Saint George Beach, so quiet and family friendly but no paddle boards. I'm very surprised because this beach was made f...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Yesterday I ate a moussaka at the little fishies place from the night before which wasn't particularly special but what I ate today was AWEsome - a crazy delicious garlic salad, fried eggplant like I never had before, olives, and the bread here which canno...
'14 May: the Cyclades
I haven't figured out this church yet. Here's a cut and paste wiki chronology of Naxos: Cycladic civilization The Zas Cave was inhabited during the Neolithic era, contained objects of stone from Melos and copper objects including a dagger and gold sh...
'14 May: the Cyclades
Begun in 530 BC, by 506 BC the ruler Lygdamis who ordered the construction was overthrown and the temple was never finished. What we see now has mostly been rebuilt, maybe even from some of the original stones.
'14 May: the Cyclades
I was on the Blue Star, the only ferry going to Naxos this time of year. That's one of the sister ships. It was lovely.
'14 May: the Cyclades
My first Greek meal in Greece at Meze-2 and if the rest of what I eat nears this standard I will be eating like a QUEEN. I've been going on about this exact meal for a month - whole grilled little fishies with a big squeeze of lemon and an icy-cold ouzo...
'14 May: the Cyclades
I was only slightly less lucky with the Montreal-Athens flight because both I and the guy in the center kept our arms basically off the armrest resulting in no territory creep at all. So A-OK on the flight, very soon forgotten. I stepped outside the te...
'14 some April some May
May 16 Everyone dances at the taverna! I watched a few hours of Greek dancers on youtube today, because Everyone dances at the taverna! I can do the simplest-simplest series of steps now but that's not to say that anyone will ever do that particular o...
'14 some April some May
May 12 Muriel's mirror. Finished with all her treatments Muriel is back full-swing and busy as ever. We had breakfast and a peppy one hour walk around the neighborhood.
'14 some April some May
May 10 Yes, Clothes. I went to lunch with the cousins Sharon and Nancy, and Sharon guided me through the shopping morass and I came out the other end with Clothes. One more shirt and I can get ride of those two tops, you know the ones, the burgund...
'14 Apr: Kauai
This scene is exactly next to the one above. Copied from thegardenisland.com: "Four 16-foot kii, representing the four corners of Honua, the pillars in ancient Hawaiian astrology, were placed on Saturday at Ke Kahua O Kaneiolouma. "The four kii — so...
'14 Apr: Kauai
We took a late afternoon pop up to Camas and Curt's place. I love their kitchen. These are the two that got married last year in June and Sharon and I changed our annual trip from spring to attend. From this kitchen emerged a full-on Hawaiian luau din...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 25 We had another nice dinner party at the house today. I didn't take any pictures but I snagged this off Curt's phone. It's a professional picture of one of the outriggers that Curt built. This one is in Japan. He's done a few others too. ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
In the afternoon we went to a tour at one of the local farmer's markets. It was interesting and informative and fun too.
'14 Apr: Kauai
The gardens around here are blooming their little heads off. The blooming really kicks off around the end of April so it's great to see something different every morning. Oh, look at this one! we say all day long.
'14 Apr: Kauai
Ever since September 11, 1992 when Hurricane Iniki took out so much of Kauai including the Coco Palms Resort (of Blue Hawaii fame, and a thousand other films), everyone (literally) on the island has been talking about what to do next while...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 18 Camas came by this afternoon to be my paddle boarding Sherpa, hauling the heavy board down to the dock and again out of the water and guiding me along the way...'you're doing great, you're doing great, bend your knees a little more, what's the ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Camas was home making brownies for dessert so Curt, never to be outdone, made peanut butter cookies. We enjoyed them both Equally with a nice scoop of haupia ice cream. Sharon was making a cocktail surprise that everyone enjoyed. She and Bob also brou...
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 17 A pano of a View Point looking out over one of the larger fields of taro on the island. Look right down the middle and you'll see a dirt road following the small winding Hanalei river. Kayak rowers love this river and that's Ohiki Road that...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Birds! They were sadly so far away but here are a few anyway including second from the top, a new one, the Hawaiian Coot. The ducks are new too, the 'pure' version found only on Kauai (No Expert I, but I'm pretty sure based on the picture in wikipedia)...
'14 Apr: Kauai
We had some fun tonight! Dinner Theater!! We went to a totally tourista mediocre buffet dinner and a 'community theater' production of South Pacific. Everyone was having FUN! Also everyone was ordering bottles of wine so I'm thinking that probably con...
'14 Apr: Kauai
...and to look at the Sugar Mill memorial. from The Internet: "The Sugar Monument itself is a circular, concrete sculpture suggesting a mill stone. Inside, there is a captivating bronze sculpture depicting the eight principal ethnic groups that brought ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
What I wrote to Angela yesterday: "The weather has been excellent - not too hot, only the very occasional drizzle, a nice breeze. Fabulous. "And last night we had a huge 'Blood Moon' from the eclipse and so many stars I about went nuts. I thought I...
'14 Apr: Kauai
Some of what they have: lakes with fountains, chairs in which to rest, the Japanese bridge, lawns and trees and flowers, our Zebra Doves, Junglefowl, Common Moorhen, and the ADA compliant path for strolling. There are peacocks too, nice ones, and goats.
'14 Apr: Kauai
A Black-Crowned Night-Heron (Auku'u in Hawaiian). We've seen these guys in many places but they are so well camouflaged, this is the first time one has been out in the relative open.
'14 Apr: Kauai
There are a few fantastic walks that spoke out from the Grand Hyatt but we always just do this one because it is so dang gorgeous.
'14 Apr: Kauai
From the museum's website: "We strive to celebrate the history and culture of our island’s immigrant and indigenous ancestors and create an understanding to better our future." Our guide for a one and a half hour tour was charming and knowledgeable. ...
'14 Apr: Kauai
It was so beautiful out there. I'm hoping that another time during this trip we'll come out here again, park the truck and walk. There's only one small area for parking and it was full. Egret! Nene!
'14 Apr: Kauai
A young Pacific Golden-Plover (Kolea in Hawaiian). The adults have different markings and you can see one in the inset, or so it seemed from the book. No guarantees here!
'14 Apr: Kauai
April 6 ALOOOOHA! Here on the Wailua River in Kauai, settled in after a perfectly tolerable flight (exit row, aisle seat, no one in the middle). Sharon lets me do whatEver I Want including using the step stool for a foot stool. Happy me!
'14 Apr: Kauai
More rain chains! Remember that Thai antique chain that hung into the large blue/green vase you can see here? Well that chain is gone. It's either somewhere else and I haven't spotted it yet or it broke or it didn't work right. These kinds of chain...
'14 some April some May
Here's looking at Royce Hall from one of the windows in the Powell Library. If you haven't been to this library in a while you won't be sorry if you stop by. Just the tiles alone make it worth a visit.
'14 some April some May
April 3 This morning I spent Three Hours cleaning the floor of the cottage even after Cecelia and Victor spent seven hours each cleaning. And it's not done yet! In the afternoon I did a photo project for Lona and Hartley and then in the evening I ha...
California Yellow 659
THE DEAL WITH THE KITCHEN! You may choose one of the following three options. Option 1) $3100/month rent with new standard white appliances. Option 2) $3300/month rent with trendy retro appliances in the color of your choice. Option 3) $3...
California Yellow 659
In the heart of Venice, one half block from the best part of Abbott Kinney, you will have a garden!
SM 1/2
The door that's covered by the wardrobe - you'll see in one of the photos below.
The ZOO
One of the displays in The LAIR - Living-Amphibians-Invertebrates-Reptiles.
'14 March
March 29 Fun Day! I met Darryl and Angela and Kaitlin and Lilly at the Santa Monica Playhouse where we saw a delightful community theater production of 'Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party'. Everything about it was entirely charming and everyone enjoy...
'14 March
Burt and Charlene came out west today for lunch and a stroll. It was a lovely day. I also got to gaga over Burt's new car. Burt's initials being BMW, and knowing Burt you could understand that this was reason enough, he has always lusted for a BMW and...
'14 March
March 20 Practicing with birds in a beach parking lot in Venice. Brigitte tells me they are one year old seagulls (which is why they look like seagulls but are not yet white). Then I met Susie for a great day out.
'14 March
March 15 From the magnificent Kauai house where, Many Thanks to Sharon, I have the privilege of spending a month every year. I have been lusting after this rain chain for YEARS and now that I have new gutters I want to get rain chains too but, big su...
'14 March
March 13-14 March = Wisteria. So beautiful. HURRAY! It's all settled with an excellent new tenant and although the move-in process will be cutting into my Kauai time, it's almost done and I'm happy. Other than this...walking, eating out, chores,...
'14 March
March 9 OMG today would have sent me to my bed were it not for help from my sisters. Windy stayed with me through the whole open house and did ALL the tours for the potential tenants who came one after the other after the other after the other leavin...
'14 March
March 7 For rent...I ran a craigslist ad and got more than 60 people expressing interest. Everyone is coming Sunday between 1 and 4. Fingers crossed for a good one!
'14 March
March 4 Oh yeah, exciting news, the tenant in the back cottage is leaving as of March 31st. I have tickets to be Elsewhere so I've got to get this all done before I leave in the first week of April. Oh no, w.o.r.k.
'14 March
March 2 I finally went back to the Proust reading group after 10 months away. I'll certainly never catch up, and I'll be able to go only one or two more times between now and July, but it is excellent fun and good motivation. (btw, I'm mid-way throu...
'14 March
Then Sharon hosted an Oscars get-together where I once again won bragging rights and also theater tickets (thanks Nancy), with the most correct guesses. I don't know why I (always?) win these things. It's weird, and suspicious. All I can say is that I d...
'14 March
...ActiVision! Darryl's new office!! He's not there until next week, it's Saturday, and D, it's ok, not to worry, I wouldn't have just come to reception and asked them to page 'Darryl Kanouse, paging Darryl Kanouse, your mother is in the lobby'. No,...
self-portrait '14 March
March 1 I went with Windy to Mrs Winston's so she could get some strange beverages whished up for her new diet plan. Mrs Winston's, so reminiscent of my Plan B, for if I ran out of money retiring so early, I was going to go work at Mrs Gooches, a now...
LA/SF/LA (2014-
February 18 I stayed this night in Cambria to make tomorrow's trip down to Santa Barbara an easy hop. I thought I might have tired of Moonstone Beach but no...
'14 February
Kaitlin's class went on a field trip to the LA Zoo. One of the parents took this picture. Are you flashing on school field trips? Weren't they the best. fm
LA/SF/LA (2014-
There were several of these sculptures - I saw two others but there are apparently five total. Copied from sfgate.com: "The five Slinkies, each about 15 feet tall and weighing 1,500 pounds, arrived by trailer, one by one, and were installed by crane in ...
LA/SF/LA (2014-
These tulip trees are everywhere around campus and the town and they are wonderful. I want one.
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When Robert and Joanna bought their house in the Berkeley hills this wall in the master bedroom had No Window, not one. The very first thing they did was blast away, to catch this amazing view.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
Roger, finishing the music compilation on the very day of the wedding. The Play List: Stand by Me * Comes Love * They Can't Take That Away From Me * You Send Me * Where or When * If I Didn't Care * Stars Fell on Alabama * Sea of Love * In Spite of Ourse...
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
...it was Awesome actually. Everyone was taking pictures, click click click, and I'll add more as they come in.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
February 14 China and Charley in the midst of their heroic achievement, turning a one bedroom apartment into a Wedding Venue beautiful enough for an artist.
'14 Feb: a Wedding in San Francisco
And once in San Francisco one can expect to be greeted by the almost ever present San Francisco weather-world - City in Fog!
'14 February
February 8 That's my across the street neighbor Kathleen second from the right and her friends Julie, Caroline, and Beth. All these ladies, myself included of course, happily carry our Medicare cards. Really?! But we look so young! Yes. We went t...
'14 February
February 7 Pretty Toes at the (one of 10,000) Vietnamese Nail Salon. If you haven't visited Vietnam in recent years you will be glad if you do. You'll not experience your mani-pedi the same again. For a travelogue you can click here for the book ...
'14 February
Cirque du Soleil: Totem! If you like the Cirques you'll probably like this one, here under the big top situated in the Santa Monica Pier parking lot. It's modest compared to the Vegas Extravaganzas but there are a few unforgettable acts and it's fun to...
The Griffith Observatory
...you can see (not so clearly here but wow none the less) to the horizon...
The Griffith Observatory
...and the great domes. Here's another FunFact courtesy of wikipedia: 'Griffith affected the title of Colonel, but official records of his military service which support this rank have not been found. Evidence suggests the only military title he ever he...
'14 February
Then we went for a lovely lunch and she was just there, waiting for someone to take her picture.
'14 January
January 25 Happy Birthday Angela! The girls wanted to make a surprise party and that's what we did. It was too much fun. Can you guess our theme? FLOWERS! Everyone wrote a poem to Angela that had a flower in the verse. We made a bouquet of veget...
'14 January
January 23 More 'like a crazy person' movie marathon. I think I'm done (since I'm not going to watch 12 Years a Slave until I can fast forward on my computer) and these are my top three: Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, and Frances Ha. I'm happy, it was ...
'14 January
January 18 Darryl took this picture in my backyard a few weeks ago when we were all making oj with the oranges from my tree. I took Muriel to her chemo treatment and read her Proust until she begged for mercy and shortly thereafter she fell asleep so...
'14 January
January 11 MAJOR recommendation: the LA Conservancy Downtown Walking Tours. Susie and I had been talking about doing one for years and finally we said to each other 'Let's Go!'. They are only on Saturday at 10 and at 2. There is a good selection (w...
'14 January
Everyone, and that's a lot of folks, meets in Pershing Square at their appointed hour and then breaks into individual groups of what look to be about 6-14. We were in a big group and I was thinking dang but the guide was fantastic, everyone could hear, ...
'14 January
January 10 I really like this one, Levitated Mass, hauled out of a mountain and through the streets for our delight.
'03 September
Sandy's art show! Everybody who was Anybody was there. Darryl and Angela came, and Nancy, and Roger of course who did ALL the heavy lifting and without whom it wouldn't have happened. Roger went and got Sandy's parents so they could come. Some friends ...
'14 January
January 7 A morning walk before the crowds set in. Yes, crowds, of walkers and bikers and tourists filling up the paths by the time we finished lunch. Movies! What I've seen since .. the last set: The Book Thief (don't bother); Gravity (+=technolog...
'14 January
From one of the plaques: "Tongva Park is named for the rich culture and traditions of the indigenous Tongva people who have lived in the Los Angeles area for thousands of years, deeply connected to the original arroyos, native landscape, springs, and t...
'13 December
December 30 Out the car window on Olympic Blvd. taken with my phone, where in the middle left you can see the Hollywood sign. In real life it was crisp as could be. Wow, the upside of the Santa Ana winds. Driving home from my last visit with the ki...
Liz Darryl Angela '13 December
It's beyond dear how sweet these girls are, how they appreciated everything they got and not once had any reaction but joyful ones. And it's not a frenzy of more-more-more, no, just FUN.
Darryl Kaitlin Lilly '13 December
After breakfast - Gifts! We go around one by one taking turns to open a present. (After a few rounds the adults run out and K&L, ever so sweetly, take turns, admiring each others goodies.) Darryl is showing the girls how cute they look.
Kaitlin Lilly '13 December
Brand new cool fuzzy headphones and brand new shinny red shoes.
'13 December
And another one looking back toward the Marina.
'13 December
December 21 We had a big breakfast get-together at the Rose Café including me and Cynthia, Windy (Jeff was working), L&H (doesn't Lona look festive? said everyone who saw her), and DAK&L. Everyone enjoyed themselves entirely which was delightful. He...
'13 December
Cynthia brought gifts one being this kit of some modern material that melts down into a puddle after 30 minutes or so, and then you can make it into something else again. The kit comes with these snowman accoutrement and the whole melting snowman 'thing...
'13 December
December 15 Morning out my window. I did not change One Thing!
'13 December
December 16 Our Monday Night Holiday Extravaganza with many thanks to one and all and to Alicia for hosting yet again, for FABulous food, and gifts, and smiles and hugs...Perfect! Ljubica, Marija, Maxine, Alicia, Maryanne, Ann, Lourdes, me, Marsha, B...
'13 December
December 11 One of our busy day's activities - after our walk searching for a mailbox we stopped off at a neighborhood pizza place. Lilly hooked up with a new friend and we had fun. Check it out - Donkey Kong AND Ms Pacman. I did not however determ...
'13 December
December 9 A series of circumstances brought me and Sharon together for breakfast. We went to the deli and both got what we wanted. This is so funny, our food choices. It reminds me of the time in Yellowstone when for lunch Sharon got a salad and I g...
Lilly '13 December
The younger kids were in groups that ranged in size from maybe twelve at the most to as few as four. Lilly is third from the left. Every time the lights came on to reveal a stage full of the littlest ones the whole audience groaned with AWWWWs.
'13 December
These platters were piled to the sky with cookies and within minutes - gone. Kids were walking away with three in each hand and the parents were plenty 'eager' too. Ohhh, that poor little girl in the upper right. Oh nooo, the cookies are All GONE.
'13 December
Very near by, you can walk, is Carroll Avenue - where the entire 1300 block was listed under the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The wiki article has pictures of them all and a few show-biz stories. The neighborhood is named Angelino Heig...
'13 December
We did a highlights tour. Of the four objects in the tour I had heard only one previously discussed so that was a treat.
'13 November
November 27 This was so fun! I made Kaitlin and Lilly's annual Holiday Card based upon their own design. Kaitlin sketched it out and had all the ideas for the photos. One of my favorite things!
'13 November
November 23 Windy stopped by with Food, low-cal and delicious, and then we went to Bergamot Station. We can walked there in 20 minutes, popped into a few galleries, and then walked back. Too Fun, good and good for you. This is a new show at one o...
Susie '13 November
We got tickets for the member's preview, first hour of the first day to see the new Alexander Calder retrospective. The black and white photo is Calder supervising the installation of LACMA's first commission (Three Quintains (Hello Girls)) an iconic work...
'13 November
November 17 It was another Pepperdine morning with Sharon. Eight laps around the track and lunch. This time we added a swing by the Weisman Museum on campus. I was taken by this work. It's a collage the size of a Garage Door, called Darkhorse by...
'13 November
From the big-basket Ferris wheel that everyone enjoys and you would too despite how much you hate Ferris wheels from when you were a kid and some other punk kid kept rocking the seat so hard you wanted to puke...first punch out the kid and then puke.
'13 November
Another view. When they're not touring around they are going to set up shop here in this fantastic RV Park right in one of the most popular areas of Long Beach on the bike path, steps from the ocean. It's really good!
'13 November
From wiki: "The main goal of this project, done in 2006, was to pay homage to the brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to work many hours in extreme conditions for low wages which are saved at ...
'13 November
November 5 Fun day with the girls! This is Kaitlin on the left and Finley on the right showing their arm-loads of the latest and greatest gotta have 'em stretchy friendship bracelets all made by elementary school girls. I've heard it's very easy to ...
'13 November
We enjoyed the very modest Visitors Center and the tour of the Will Rogers House. I was gone most of the summer this year and hence missed one of my all-time favorite things to do - have a picnic on the grass and watch the polo matches only an arms le...
'13 October
October 30 It was Kaitlin's turn for dance class today and Lilly and I enjoyed dancing in one of the empty rooms. All those mirrors...
'13 October
October 28 Maxine! You've done it AGAIN. I had a busy day - breakfast with Muriel, a trip to the dermatologist to get the rest of the goop out of my head but I'll probably have to do it again because he didn't remove the 'sacks', and the Monday Nigh...
'13 October
...at Merlyn and Hilda's, with Alex and Carol. Hilda had never 'done' Halloween but they are getting started with a bang.
'13 October
October 26 This morning I read my little sister's script with her, a play that she is doing with friends, and it was fun, she has a big part, and she is excellent on any stage. Then I went to my big sister's to do a little tech-support and here is he...
'13 October
I've always had a fancy for those deeeluxe Wilshire Blvd. high rises assuming you can get one with the views.
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
...and another view. I was here in 2008 with Leigh also in October so this season has been my experience. It looks totally different in Spring, and now that Cynthia is here there is a good chance I'll get to have another go. I should mention about t...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Their signature piece, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen Spoonbridge and Cherry 1985-1988. One view...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
October 19 A popular Saint Paul public service - the curbside Take One/Leave One lending library. These boxes are in front of houses around town. You can see if there are any in your town by going to the Little Free Library website and having a lo...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
Phyllis and Ken and their respective children and their children's children. From Phyllis: "I will go from left to right with the picture frames and the pictures. The first picture is Ken's daughter, Molly, and her daughter, Jean. I will skip this on...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
October 16 The last two days have just fled by and I haven't done, basically, much of anything - run a load of wash, watch Netflix, meet Cynthia for lunch, do a little exercise finally for the first time in ages due to the abatement of my months long al...
self-potrait '13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
We were doing a scavenger hunt too, taking photos of our finds such as a spider on a web, a leaf with two colors, a nest, a child on an adults shoulders, etc etc etc. It was great fun! Team The Boys came out victorious leading Team The Girls by one s...
'13 Oct: St Paul, MN, and Lake Superior
The last one!
'13 October
October 6 I'm watching a new show on my computer, Serangoon Road, set in Singapore and made by HBO Asia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It's a 1960s detective drama with compelling noirish atmosphere and characters. I experienced a wave ...
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tenant Three Have I mentioned the skylight in the kitchen?
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Following are details of the one bedroom apartment for rent in Venice. Call 310.821.7853 for questions and to make an appointment to see the apartment. What a lovely living room brightened by the full wall sliding doors opening onto your own great balc...
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tenant One Looking into the bedroom.
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Tenant One's cat. This cat needs a caption!
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tenant One A lovely bright dining area with an overhead fan.
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tenant One Good natural light in the bathroom.
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tenant One The handsome bedroom, and another fan.
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tenant One More. Call 310.821.7853 for questions and to make an appointment to see the apartment.
'13 October
October 4 After doing a set of apartment photos for my older sister, and making phone calls and grocery shopping, I went to get Alex and Carol at the airport, brought them to Merlyn and Hilda's place and had a lovely few hours with ACM&H and this light ...
'13 September
"Victoria Vesna Octopus Mandala Glow (OMG) The Pacific Wheel, the world's largest solar Ferris wheel, becomes the ultimate revolving mandala. Experence it as sounds become colors and as the many become one." Another attraction for which I did not stand...
'13 September
September 30 Time to change out the 'refrigerator door'. I take everything down, put it in a one quart baggie, and stack the baggies out in the garage. From the top left: an origami crane that I always have some of around, an adventure card from ND,...
'13 September
September 28 glow, Dusk&Beyond 2013, 7pm-3am, One Night Only, Santa Monica Beach, Pier, and Palisades Park. "An all-night cultural experience that re-imagines Santa Monica Beach as a playground for original, participatory works of art." This is the ...
'13 September
At the information center just below the Carousel where the line for the Carousel was Huge. I didn't stand in it. "Patrick Scott The Rest Is Noise: A Carousel Ride Through the 20th Century Ride the historic Santa Monica Carousel as 16 speakers play 12 ...
'13 September
...into one of the rooms for big kids.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
One from Bonnie... bp.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
...and another one! bp.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
At one point mid-afternoon Lynn and Desda and I found ourselves alone at the house. Hey! Let's go skinny dipping!! Yesss!!! As the day wore on...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
A picture through the window of Robert trying to shoo the tarantula off the front door handle. Carl got the shot of the tarantula itself. I spotted the thing and pointed it out to someone, I don't remember who, who thought it was fake and blew on it. ...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
The meal-deal worked out very well I thought. We each had our assignment to bring everything for, prepare, and clean-up after a particular meal. Everyone pitched in to help, as much as they felt like doing. It really did go very smoothly. Time for di...
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
Sitting around and enjoying one another's company was high on the list of pleasures.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
...and gave us perfect temperatures and gorgeous sunsets. After sunset we designated drivers and made our way down the hill. Everyone agreed, dinner at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café was a delightful experience.
'13 Sep: Santa Ynez
Several times throughout the day various ones would head out for a walk down the oh-so-very long and steep driveway and along the peaceful roads nearby.
'13 September
These girls have been having birthdays together since they were ONE! Zoe, Sydney Clayton, Kaitlin, Nora, Sydne Carmon, Sydney Soussan. Sydney Clayton's party on Zoe & Kaitlin's actual birthday. amy.
'13 September
Everyone got to make a mermaid plate. They rolled out the clay, cut out the shell shape, made a transfer, and painted the mermaid. In a couple of weeks after they are all fired up the kids will have something special that they made themselves. Then th...
'13 September
One of the teachers did a demonstration showing the kids how to throw a pot on a wheel. At first they were all standing back, waiting, watching, and then slowly, inch by inch, as they became totally entranced by the magic of it all they moved in close...
'13 September
The Happy Birthday Song .. and Cupcakes! I wish I had a picture from tonight, of Darryl and Angela, after the girls had opened all their presents and were asleep snug in their beds. That must have been a beautiful moment, to have seen their girls so ha...
'13 September
Lilly is four today and Kaitlin will be eight one week from today. Lilly is the age that Kaitlin was when Lilly was born. We've had a lot of fun with this!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
"The Mighty Trebuchet. This is the largest working siege machine IN THE WORLD! The colossal catapult is an authentic recreation of one of the biggest and most deadly military machines of all time." They had a fun demonstration of the Mighty Trebuchet. ...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Here is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. (The inset I got off the internet. We never made it for a river cruise what with one thing and another.) Btw, the town is called Stratford-Upon-Avon while the district is called Stratford-On-Avon, and...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
They've done a lot of work revealing the Tudor (1485-1603) (overlapping with the Elizabethan period 1558–1603) black and white half-timber frame architecture predominant throughout town.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Sorry for the cliché. It was raining and I had to grab a shot and this one slapped me upside the head.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
One of our tours had a costume opportunity, an opportunity never to be passed-up by my little sister!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
From the History of Macoupin County, Illinois, 1911. Please feel free to skip right by all this - I've just copied it in because neither I nor my little sister knew 1/100th of what's in here. We never met this grandfather since he died in 1942, well befo...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
In the village there is the pub and guest house from the first picture, the church with our great-grandparents, another chapel, and a little shop. That's pretty much Fontmell Magna. At the shop we saw our great-grandfather mentioned in a book(!) with a...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
And he did know everything. After inviting us in he soon retreated to his study and returned with a list to confirm that yes our relatives were there and yes the stone had been removed. We had such an fantastic time. That's his river, and the spot whe...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
A look at one of the representative streets in town center.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 5 morning We arrived in Salisbury late afternoon yesterday and didn't do much because today is a big day. In the morning we did a city walking tour, although 'city' is a bit extreme, more like a town walking tour. But they have a fine cath...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
In the afternoon we joined the Stonehenge Special Access Tour with Pat Shelley meaning we got to go inside and walk among the stones. But first! we have a few hours of touring around The Landscape as Pat calls it. We saw many interesting features as ...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
...and more until we find ourselves there, Stonehenge!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
My pictures of Salisbury Cathedral are not worth showing except this one is a little interesting to see the height of the main aisle. And then we saw the Magna Carta! Is this the 'real' Magna Carta? Someone else asked the internet and the internet r...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Wow, Stonehenge.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
But, we learned, Stonehenge isn't actually a henge. A henge is roughly circular in shape and requires a bank with an internal ditch surrounding a central flat area. In the case of Stonehenge, its ditch runs outside its bank.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
What was the purpose of Stonehenge? Our guide Pat replies with his favorite expression: "Ceremonial and ritual purposes". According to Pat "Ceremonial and ritual purposes" is Archeologist-speak for "We have no idea".
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Pat had two topics upon which he was most emphatic: 1) the Druids came along well after Stonehenge had already fallen out of use and 2) Roman history is boring.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Carbon dating puts the earliest part of the construction here at 3100BC, with some post holes nearby indicating the beginnings of a ritual site from 8000BC. There have been a number of restorations here over the years. You can see a picture of the site...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
We didn't get the event of a rising or setting sun through the stones but it was plenty of wow anyway and very much worth the extra money to get this after-hours time.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 5 afternoon We were a group of 20 free to roam through the stones for an hour in this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Click click CLICK!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
These are not mine, I got them off the internet but I wanted to show more. One thing though, he's gotten way famous now with gallery representation and traveling exhibitions which might put me off him. Now I know one important part of why I love stre...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Here are more Stik from just a two hour stroll. In the one in the middle, the figure is leaning against the wall with his leg crossed. Since that trash can is always there Stik decided to make it part of his design.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The guide said this one popped up two days ago. It's done by a well-known Australian (I think) artist (whose name I can't find) and it's about immigration. There's a Banksy piece under that plywood structure which they are protecting, to keep for the n...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
This is Shepard Fairey's work, the guy with the Andre the Giant OBEY series and the guy who did, to much acclaim and long-running law suits, the Obama Hope poster. One of the artists Claude had just been talking about walked by and they greeted each oth...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
There's a lot of action going on in this one.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Me reflected in a window in front of one of the colorful walls that might have been a commissioned piece. Check it out for all the body parts... There seem to be three ways these works get up. 1) there are many many commission pieces around. 2) the bu...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
One of the oldest of Stik's work around. The building is a repair shop owned by two brothers who rarely share the same opinion on 'things'. I love it!
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The Wellington Arch, (or Constitution Arch or (originally) the Green Park Arch in 1825). This is not the Arch's original location nor is that the original sculpture on top. What is there now arrived in 1912, by Adrian Jones, and depicts the angel of pe...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
"Horace Jones' Temple Bar marker topped by Charles Bell Birch's heraldic Dragon." The guide told some interesting stories as we circled this round-about. The pillar guards the spot that divides Fleet Street, London from Strand, Westminster. The name T...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
The Tate Modern, located in the repurposed Bankside Power Station. They have lots of pictures in here but .. "When the gallery opened in 2000, the collections were not displayed in chronological order but were rather arranged thematically into four broa...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
September 2 Windy's coming around noon so I went out for a little morning stroll. This is one building in the University College London in the Bloomsbury neighborhood 10 minutes walk from the hotel. The school is most well known for science and ther...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
Here is one of the four legendary lions protecting Nelson's Column with the National Gallery to the left and you can just see the spire of St Martin-in-the-Fields to the right.
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
LP: "The Great Court was restored and augmented by Norman Foster in 2000 and now has a spectacular glass-and-steel roof, making it one of the most impressive architectural spaces in the capital. In the center is the Reading Room, with its stunning blue-and...
'13 Sep: London and the English Countryside
From Paddington Station I took the Underground to Tottenham Court Road Station and from there I made the five minute walk to the Rathbone Hotel. It's a nice place - the rooms are a bit small and the hotel is a bit expensive (not for London as it turns o...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
It was a bit of a walk from the last bus stop and I passed through the newly developing Cardiff Bay. Another one of Bill's stories (and oh my goodness I have thousands. I hope to remember tens.) was about how all the older people still call this area T...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Local beer! We drove past the brewery on the way to the Bay. I had become obsessed with finding a Brain beer since I couldn't find one when I looked. Even though it's made right in Cardiff not all the pubs carry it. And there it is, Brain in the window...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
St Fagan's is quite a way out of town so I had to come back in on the bus and took a different bus out to Cardiff Bay to see The Dr Who Experience. Cardiff is nuts for Dr Who since there's a big BBC production facility here and they do most of the Dr Wh...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Here we are, Dr Who. What happens: they gather a group, and you might have to wait, to all go in together and you walk together through rooms where you are put in scenes from Dr Who. One of the rooms has a 3D component, one of the rooms is a Dalek atta...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There's a bigger cathedral further outside town but this one has plenty of stories.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 27 Now it's the next morning and I'm taking the bus to Conwy. The girls: (they hear me talking to the bus driver) Are you from America? me: Why, yes I am. The girls: (teeheehee TeeHeeHee) You have such a cute accent! me: I live in Californi...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
I think it's natural, when I hear an American speaking the sound lifts above all others and I am always 100% sure that they are Americans. It's just so obvious. We do have an accent and to my ears I can't say it's so cute. There have not been so many wh...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
A view out one of the windows in the Gallery of Modern Art. This is a good example of the feeling of downtown. This area is actually called Merchant City and seems more of a downtown than downtown. Glaswegians, which is what they call themselves, li...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow. The groomsmen were gathering for that afternoon's wedding. I haven't seen anyone using kilts as everyday street wear but they are definitely ...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Their website: "One of the old Museum of Transport’s most popular areas was Kelvin Street. At Riverside Museum there is a recreated street from 1895 - 1930, plus two additional display areas depicting shops from the 1930s, right through to the 1980s, giv...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Across from the museum, one of the fine buildings at the University of Glasgow.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
I climbed up two very steep blocks to see one of Charles Mackintosh's most famous buildings, The Glasgow School of Art.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There are two pedestrian malls in Glasgow city center, the one along Sauchiehall and the larger along Buchanan. The buildings are really fabulous but the stores seem all mall chains and the crowds are mall crowds x4, and mostly I just wanted to get off th...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
August 25 Sometimes you can travel long-distance on the bus and it's less expense or more convenient than the train, but then you have to go to a bus station. I always, whenever possible, use the train. When you use the train you get to go to the tr...
self-portrait '13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Everyone including me was appreciating the sunny sky. During this 30 minute ferry ride I became convinced that the next place I want to go is the Galapagos. When I looked it up I remembered why I hadn't gone yet - Big Buck City. We'll see - I'll have ...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
...and up this path because it looked like it led somewhere, which turned out to be to the inset house. When I got good and done I hopped a bus back to town.
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Back home, I took a stroll through Paul's garden and found this in a small green house in back. Tomatoes growing in a bag just on the floor. I've never seen anything like this. Paul said it was a bit of trouble at the beginning because you have to kee...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
It was all quirky and fun and that would have been good enough but then the group from New Zealand came on and raised the level of the entertainment to Great. The New Zealand Army Band played beautifully, their field show was a total delight, and the dr...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
One of the many historic pubs. I never did run across a pub in Belfast that had the feeling of the pubs in Dublin but here we're back to the easy times...
self-portrait '13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
On the stairway leading up from the bathroom, with a painted mirror and wallpaper. Wow, one of my favorite reflect-o shots so far. I have noticed that the restaurants and pubs don't bother using ground floor real estate for toilets so it's always a hik...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Oh goodie, Edinburgh's by-now-legendary Fringe Festival. What a highlight and I didn't even know it was going to be on when I planned to come here. My first stop was this old church were they had a continuous free performance of high quality acts. I s...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Another one...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
...and another one. Most of those little street-blocking towers had somebody standing on it trying to get your attention. All this went on during the day. By 6pm only the buskers were left since the folks doing a show were off to their respective venu...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
Along the Royal Mile, the main pedestrian stretch that leads up to the Edinburgh Castle, there are buskers who perform hoping you will give them money and there are the festival acts passing out flyers trying to get you to come to their show. The busker...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There are upwards of 200 venues around town doing Fringe Festival performances, some stages, some pubs, some book stores, some churches, and etc etc etc, like the place here. As you walk around you see a standardized size for the venues saying for examp...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
There are probably 20 of these performances going on all along the way. And another thing I think is so commendable about the Fringe Festival is that it is not basically about drinking. All these young arty types around town and no one I saw was sloshe...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The Tattoo is also on in August at the same time as the Fringe so that's good, you get to see both, but adds to the enormity of the crowds, the expense of accommodation, the queue for food. We begin. One hundred bagpipers and one hundred drummers enter...
'13 Aug: Scotland and Wales
The grand finale bringing everyone back on the field...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This is a section of the Peace Wall along one of the Peace lines, just off Shankill Road. You can see the locked gate. There are several gates that lead into the completely surrounded Catholic nationalist neighborhood of the Falls Raod.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Stephen told me there are exactly three integrated schools (Protestants and Catholics) in all of Belfast. The sign says College but it's what we would call a high school. They have placed these schools in areas far from the contested areas, looking f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Now maintained by the National Trust, this bridge was originally used by local fishermen who dropped nets from the bridge to catch passing salmon. Someone else crossing the bridge .. and check out that fab coastline.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The first long view on the long walk to Giant's Causeway. I'm going to tell the mythology of Giant's Causeway because the main character is Finn MacCool and how can you not love a name like that. Italics copied from causewaycostalroute.com: Finn, ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
We're walking across the tops of another set of stones. The Scottish giant arrived and banged on Finn's door shouting, 'Where is that coward MacCool'? Finn's wife answered the door and politely said that Finn was away but invited him in for a cup of tea...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
And there it is, the main feature. I was expecting several of these leading farther out into the ocean, but it was great anyway and we were lucky on the weather since when the stones are wet they are very very slippery. Benandonner then noticed the bab...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This is me walking along where I can find flat stones and steadying myself against the pillars.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The Visitor's Center made to look like it belongs with the stones but they made the pillars all square, not as interesting as the real thing.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
And me too! The inset is when my phone 'went off' as the guy who was taking my picture handed it back. It is very far down there. We're crossing that chasm on a rope bridge. Quite the tourist attraction.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
It's Sunday and I had a carefully planned out bus schedule since there are so few running. The only time you can really count on a schedule it seems is if you are getting the bus at its origin. They hit those times well, but even with such reduced servic...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
There's Samson and Goliath out there. As usual wikipedia has all the fact ma'am, just the facts: "The cranes are situated in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff and were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Here are, from what I could find, the most well known of the bars. Everyone wants to compare Belfast and Dublin and this is perhaps an example. Belfast is a town of industry. They made things here before the 30 years of recent strife. It feels very m...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Samson and Goliath are huge gantry cranes completed in 1969 and 1974 by Harland & Wolff, the owners of the shipyard. These cranes span one of the largest dry-docks in the world. In 2003: "Northern Ireland Office Minister Angela Smith said: "These crane...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
There was a once-a-week Friday market today so I thought I'd just walk through on my way to catch the bus to see the Titanic especially since I had to pass by on the way into city center. This is an historical building and market district. I especially...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The market itself was basically an undercover Flea Market with ev-ree-thing. Many different kinds of prepared foods; fruit-veg-meat-fish-dairy stalls; handcrafts; collectables; tools; stuff out of people's garages; flowers. Basically the whole gamut of f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
The back of the building. The design is pretty literal, but well done none the less. Here the cement and grass areas all have several meanings in the story of the Titanic - the size of the ship, the number saved in each class, various other designation...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
More audio-visual all talking at once with sound effects going off around every corner. Then there's more, especially around the construction process, and then the structure of the ship is finished, put in the water and taken to a dock to complete the f...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This mural is the only one I've seen in this neighborhood but there are many more in the areas when the Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods adjoin, along the Peace lines. More on this later.
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
This was my favorite portrait, Niall Ó Donnghaile, the most recent Lord Mayor from the Sinn Féin party and at 25 the youngest Lord Mayor ever. It's painted by a well-known street artist and it has the brick-looking frame to imagine a wall. That's his G...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
There's a very political component to these flags on the lamp posts as you can imagine. BBC: "...(He) said community consent is required for such flags to fly and that people should have the right to object to flags on lamp-posts. But the local DUP MP ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
...and an excellent guide. We heard the long history from old times to today. They have portraits of the Lord Mayors each painted by an artist selected by the Lord Mayor during his/her one year term (in all the many long years there have been only two ...
'13 Aug: Northern Ireland
Another one. Stephen told me that the city is trying to paint over all the political ones, the angry, aggressive ones, which will be a loss I think but then I haven't seen them. It's in the plan to get there to see what's left.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
...up to the first bridge. Family! Friends! I promise, people do ask all the time 'do you want me to take your picture' and the next time someone asks I will say yes.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 12 Puck Fair! I've been calling it the Goat King Festival but finally I got around to changing to Puck Fair. When I chose these days to be in Killarney little did I know that just down the road a piece in Killorglin would be one of the wonder...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Just one of the many entertainments.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
Here comes the parade, only on the last day to say goodbye. The cart with the goat follows at the end of the parade. Ms Wiki says: "The fair itself is purported to be ancient but can only officially be traced as far back as 1603 ((making this the 4...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
There were no surfers though, at least none that I could spot. I did ask a lifeguard what the temperature was and he said 14 .. that's 57, and that's cold, but not that cold.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
These two lanes are a highway compared to the one lane-ers on the mountain roads. There were many plants in full bloom but I couldn't get them in one shot. There were these, the red ones, and there were the yellow ones, and blue ones.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
SB Nancy looked it up - someone on flickr said this was a pilgrim's signpost .. but which way to go? Maybe both ways?
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
The magic tree and a pilgrimage site for the faithful. The story goes that a monk from the nearby monastery knelt under this tree to pray and rest and 200 years later he returned to the monastery. There is a rock under the tree with the monk's deep kne...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
We stopped off at the Cathedral for a bathroom break and speaking of the Manchester Martyrs, one of the innumerable stories of English oppression, this one occurring in 1867. The local Bishop who took the side of the British, Bishop Moriarty of Kerry de...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 9 Today I traveled by train from Dublin to Killarney. The trip took three hours and fifteen minutes and included one change of train. The journey was smooth and easy, and the trains were clean and modern. One interesting note, there were abo...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
My plan for today was to buy my onward train ticket, eat a restaurant meal of dishes I'd not had before, and see a few sights. Done done and done. This is a James Joyce statue nicknamed 'A Pr*ck with a Stick'. This guy was moving around the base getti...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Tara was at the height of its importance around 600BC and was the royal centre of Mide, meaning ‘The Middle Kingdom’ once the 5th province of Ireland. There is a standing stone called ‘Lia Fail’ located at the centre of a circular mound know as The Royal ...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"We arrive at the sacred site of 'Loughcrew' with a concentration of around 30 passage tombs. This is one of the most important prehistoric cemeteries in Ireland and many agree that it is better than that of the famous Newgrange. "You’ll walk to the to...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"Our next stop is at the religious site at Monasterboice. The High Cross of Monisterboise is the finest in Ireland and is highly regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of Irish religious art.
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
"You will visit Drogheda, an important Anglo-Norman settlement and was one of the largest walled towns in Medieval Ireland. The town walls held strong twice from attack. Firstly from Edward Bruce in 1317 and again by Phelim O’Neill in 1642. However the wal...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
August 6 I decided late the night before that since jetlag was waking me up at 4am I might as well walk down to where the tours depart and see what I could get. Let's go on a TOUR! Here's the itinerary from celtictours.ie and their Boyne Valley trip...
'13 Aug: Republic of Ireland
So SO many places more or less exactly like this one. I was not expecting all the flowers. All the pubs, yes, but not all the flowers.
'13 July
The girls had put together a whole lego village and Kaitlin was having fun taking pictures with my phone. Lilly played too of course.
'13 July
When I got my phone back, oh look, Kaitlin had created a dozen selfies. More fun!
'13 July
One from Fernand Leger's Walking Flower series that I'm nuts for...
'13 July
Yesterday Windy and I went to a new Korean Spa, new to us anyway. We had previously used the baby bear spa Daengki, which was small and homey and entirely Korean, but we thought to go a little more upscale/Western-ish one when we brought our older sis...
'13 July
Here's Lilly admiring his efforts. We watched a little hula, the kids played a fairground game (and won a prize!), and we strolled a short time looking at all the Aloha items for sale. I wore my dress from Hilo Hatties and anyone who has ever been to...
'13 July
July 12 Susie took me out for my birthday. We spent the day at LACMA and had a fantastic time. If you can help it don't miss the James Turrell show. It's huge. I didn't take any pictures (obedient museum goer that I am and anyway there are guards ...
'13 July
From LACMA's website: "As part of the Getty’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., LACMA features The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA, an exhibition about the proposed future of the museum's cam...
'13 July
Then we unexpectedly happened upon a delightful exhibit of Matisse's cutouts and some work based on the cutouts. This is from the Jass series and my new favorite figure. I always liked the other one, the one with the heart, but now I'm toying with the ...
'13 July
July 11 The last time I got the car washed at a new place because I was in the neighborhood with some free time. They did such a good job that today I drove 15 minutes out of my way to go back there. You can guess, closed. So I found another one ne...
'13 July
July 9 My first Tuesday with the kids in over a month and we had a fab time but I took not a picture. These I grabbed off Angela's facebook since they're all so cute. St Patrick's Day: Finley, Avery, Kaitlin, Nora, Anya, Lila, Lilly. At the beach: ...
my Valley Girls '13 July
July 8 Monday Night! We haven't had a picture in ages but we're all in attendance and everyone agreed, so here we are! From the back: Marsha, Becky, Lourdes, Ann, Ljubica; Marija, Alicia, Maryanne, me, Maxine jb.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Don't forget, this is an Amusement Park, so don't be expecting Margaret Mead... but you'll get some idea of geography you probably don't remember, and some feeling for the differences among the islands. I'd even go again. The Polynesian Cultural Cente...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Each country put on a show and we went to all of them, each different and every one fun.
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
The Polynesian Cultural Center includes Fiji and some other maps do too and many maps, such as this one, don't. Wiki says Fiji is in Melanesia but they do the cool hip-shaking dances so we'll let that pass. I'm going to pick a few pictures and say that...
Visits to Honolulu with the fam
Everyone gathered except Caleb sadly being still sick. Ten People total. The Browns brought a Full On picnic dinner which we ate here in this hotel room, and we watched the fireworks, and played games to wait for the traffic to abate. Thank you guys, ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
At the end of the street is this heiau and a royal birthing stone,
'13 Jun: Kauai
In most of the stores around Kauai you see these tiles, plates and cups, and etc etc, and the proprietor will tell you that 'an artist in Hanapepe makes these for us'. Well, behind the window in the top picture that artist of which there are many are in...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 29 We made our annual pilgrimage to Hanapepe today, the one stop town that recovered from the passing of the nearby sugar mills by remaking itself into an artists' colony.
'13 Jun: Kauai
A one of a kind, maybe.
'13 Jun: Kauai
The gear was great - flippers that fit and masks with corrective lenses so we nearsighted folk can see. The water was warm and beautiful and there were a ton of sea turtles about, which was a big highlight for everyone... sp.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Heading out to our snorkel spot. A little before this we had seen a great collection of spinner dolphins really doing their thing but it was so wet and salty out and full of rock 'n roll that I had my camera put away then. What I ended up doing .. I ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
More of the craft projects. Notice the posts, covered in burlap, tied with a bow, and orchids tucked in. For several days the field to the left was full of cows. We wanted to put leis on them, and bows on their tails, but the owner moved them to anoth...
'13 Jun: Kauai
This was my favorite. Check out their four hands. It was a fantastic moment for everyone, sharing the first breath of their shared life.
'13 Jun: Kauai
After everyone got food which was a big luau feast, and after the slideshow, several of the women guests did wonderful hula dances and Camas did one too. No one knew she was learning so it made for a fun buzz in the crowd.
'13 Jun: Kauai
The bride on the phone. When she wasn't on the phone the phone was ringing. It's the day before the wedding and everyone has something they need from the bride.
'13 Jun: Kauai
The bride and the groom being summoned...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 17 Lying IN my bed of an early morning, I'm snapping a few pics with my phone. Left...right...
'13 Jun: Kauai
More hydrangeas at one of the park buildings. It is great up here at the Waimea Canyon State Park - cool with the mountain elevation and so beautiful. They have cabins to rent, a sweet cafe where we always have lunch, and an interesting visitors center.
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 15 This morning's view from one of my bedroom windows. I have windows on three sides if you can believe it, all looking at the river, and a bedroom bigger than my house and a shower bigger than my bathroom. Oh yes, what a treat.
'13 Jun: Kauai
We're deep into another craft project for the wedding. This one is going to be the party favor. First we undid the 100+ green boxes and secured the lids so as to be sure that the lid would go back on. We opened the plastic bags and put them in the...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 14 Our local up-the-road waterfall: Opae'ka'a Falls, but everyone just says Opaka. Isn't she pretty.
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 13 We went on a garden tour we had never been to before. If another garden turns up that we have not seen I'll be amazed. This place is called Princeville Botanical Garden and is very much a Mom and Pop operation. Their claim to fame is chocol...
'13 Jun: Kauai
The Chocolate Tasting Tent where the guide has pictures to show how an industrial chocolate facility would work and comparing that to 'Lucy's kitchen'. There were also plenty of bits to taste and everyone was happy.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Sharon's pictures. We had tastes of some of the fruits growing on the property as well as a sample of the honey from their hives. sp.
'13 Jun: Kauai
No albatross this year as their season of nesting is past and for some reason I don't know we didn't see any of the usual nene that hang out here. The big one is the ʻIwa, the Great Frigatebird, with a wingspan of 7 ft. The white ones are the Ko...
'13 Jun: Kauai
There are 150 species of the Albezia tree growing in the subtropics and tropics. This one is called the Chinese albizia and is an invasive species in Hawaii. It's a rapid colonizer and tends to shed large branches, damaging power lines, houses, and other ...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...they'll get this project moving again. It's been a couple of years now with no action but they say by next year this time more workmen and more stones from India will have arrived. From their website which I've copied before in other years: "Kaua'i'...
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 10 There was a little of this and that all day but our highlight was Happy Hour at Oasis on the Beach for cocktails and pupus. We went to one of the beach front hotels and lolled around for a good long while enjoying our cocktails (one Thai Mart...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...where I got a fish foot massage. You know elsewhere you have to pay good money to get a fish foot massage!
'13 Jun: Kauai
I walked 'across the way' to get this shot of the house. I've done it before and will no doubt do it again. Every time it's different.
'13 Jun: Kauai
June 8 Not too many pictures today but we were busy. We spent many hours of the morning and into the afternoon following Kathy's instructions. Kathy is making all the decorations for the wedding and we are her faithful minions. These jars aren't do...
'13 Jun: Kauai
As it was already toward evening we did a fast loop through Lydgate and enjoyed a massively delicious dinner at Brick Oven Pizza. Brick Oven Pizza is one of our favorite meals in Kauai, and there's plenty left for breakfast, lucky me.
'13 Jun: Kauai
Finally the re-construction is done and the children's snorkeling pool is ready .. for children and anyone who wants to float around with the fish.
'13 Jun: Kauai
We spent the day trying to find Sharon a dress to wear to the wedding. Eye HAVE a dress, oh miracle of miracles. Sharon came with me back in LA to Patagonia where there it was, a dress I didn't hate. YAY! The weather has been spectacular because of...
'13 Jun: Kauai
...Voilà! Shave Ice! My flavors were the same ones I always get: guava, lemon (or lime), and lilikoi. Think there might be some sugar in a shave ice?
'13 Jun: Kauai
Good morning Spirit House, so nice to see you! I'll be doing this Good Morning round again no doubt because every day is different and I could have done better with the camera settings. AND I missed the goddess of all the water features here, the statu...
'13 June
At the Fowler they were having a dance program with arts and crafts in support of one of the exhibits, Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe.
'13 May
May 28 Liberty Town U.S.A., Kaitlin's classroom getting ready for Open House. It's not quite done yet in this picture - the road signs aren't up and the people aren't spread around...
'13 May
Each student made one of the buildings. Kaitlin's is Mia's Art Studio modeled after the art studio where she takes classes. A story: Monday morning Lynn and I did a big 'mountain' climb at the ranch. We went at a slow and steady pace on a steep up-up-...
'13 May
May 24 From Paso Robles where I slept last night I drove to San Francisco to have a quick visit with our newly engaged couple(!) Roger and Sandy, wedding in the spring, honeymoon in the fall. Mazel Tov!
The Ranch 2009-2013
One plan was to come up here for lunch but what with one thing and another...
The Ranch 2009-2013
Another one of the cut-outs this one near the main road.
'13 May
May 22 Look what I forgot from Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day Liz. I'm one lucky mother-in-law!
'13 May
Kaitlin has been running an Art Club on Tuesday nights and sometimes on other nights too. She's done it twice when I've been there and it is So Much Fun! Both times she has designed a project for us to do. Tonight we made self-portraits and displayed ...
'13 May: Cuba - whooo Big Old American Cars
3. jr=Here are 2 Chevys, a '52 on the right and a '53 on the left but the grill is gone so it could be a '54
'13 May: Cuba - whooo Big Old American Cars
23. jr=Starting with the Yellow car '59 Buick, Blue two tone '57 Ford, Green '52-ish Cadillac
'13 May: Cuba - whooo Big Old American Cars
30. jr='58 Oldsmobile with chrome gone
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
"In the Plaza de la Catedral, The Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception), also dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal), sometimes called Cathedral of Saint Chr...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
We had a driver waiting for us at the airport and we mentioned how anxious we were to see big old American cars and he said we were going to see one .. Right Now .. because that's the car he had... mc.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
The total lack of advertising billboards is one of my most vivid memories of this trip. I saw this type of billboard though, but not as many as I thought there would be. This is the English language Wikipedia opening paragraph about these guys (thanks ...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Businesses have small signs announcing their name, and here we have our Casa Particular in the home of Señora Angela. More on Casa Particular later. There are a huge number of tourists in Cuba just not so many Americans. Cubans in the tourist trade c...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
And a view from our balcony looking down on the pedi-cab garage. The neighborhood might seem a little raw but actually it was perfectly safe and welcoming. The number one most fun thing about this trip was staying in family homes using the system of Ca...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Flags, yes. Copied from worldflags101.com: "In 1848, Narciso López, a Venezuelan general made the first serious attempt to liberate Cuba from Spanish rule. He designed 'La Estrella Solitaria', 'The Lone Star' banner, (blue stripe=three old divisions of...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
In the Plaza of the Revolution we find the memorial to José Martí, national hero of Cuba. If you're interested to look up about José Martí you wouldn't be sorry. His war was for independence from Spain and like Wiki says "Martí is considered one of the...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón (The Colon Cemetery) founded in 1876 and now with more than one million 'residents'. It took a few blocks just to drive by.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Thumbs up! from one of the extremely rare panhandlers.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
I think these are women of Santería, also known as Regla de Ocha, La Regla Lucumí or Lukumi, "a religion of West African and Caribbean origin influenced by Roman Catholic Christianity." We were pretty sure we heard their drumming and chanting coming fro...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
It was a stone cold Riot how nearly every musical combo in the commercial areas, of which there were hundreds, music pouring from every door and window, felt the need to play Guantanamera and greatest hits from the Buena Vista Social Club. I got pretty sn...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Another well designed and maintained plaza. There are many plazas around and I didn't get pictures of them all, or use all the pictures I took, and I don't even remember so much which is which. I thought it might have been the Plaza de Armas but (t...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
We saw not one single graffiti tag and no graffiti that didn't seem purposeful like this piece. Not to say it wasn't there, just that we didn't see it.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
One of the many nicely refreshed plazas.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
Café Taberna (thanks Terry), a place I thought called itself The Buena Vista Social Club but that might be because of all the BVSC around the place. A repeat here: It was a stone cold Riot how nearly every musical combo around the tourist streets, of wh...
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
One of them is from some place in South America and one of them is from some place else .. dang, I forget the details but they were sweet and wanted to practice English.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
May 4 Check out the key at the end of the blue rope. Our casa for the last two nights was a 3rd floor walk-up. This balcony was off the landing between the two apartments on the floor and when a guest rang the bell someone would lower the key.
'13 Apr: Cuba - Havana
...views! Castro nationalized the whole Bacardi operation in 1960 when the last of the clan left to build their businesses elsewhere. The Bacardis have a long, influential, and conflicted story in Cuba beginning in the 1800s. Ms Wiki knows it all so...