Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Rust ~ Post No. 25




My friend Jane is back from her and her husband's latest trip to Tanzania. She said there wasn't much rust to be found in the Serengeti, so she sent this from a trip they took to Italy last year.

I fell in love with it and posted it in my sidebar to keep there for a long time. Isn't it the best rust photo ever?

Earlier, she sent me this from Tanzania:


I love how they are all lined up in a row of stripes, drinking. A sort of dizzying effect, reminiscent of 1960's psychedelic art. I wonder if this confuses their predators as well.

It's very special to me to have a friend who thinks of me in the midst of her adventures abroad. Thank you, Jane.






Monday, June 17, 2019

Oh, To Be In England ~ Part 2


No words necessary here, except to say that the puppy picture is not good. I didn't want to take more because I didn't know the dog and felt she needed to be at peace with her pups. They were only five days old, after all. 






I don't remember her name, but she was a beautiful dog and the first Saluki I met in my life. 









What's an English garden without a ginger cat? I met two actually, both boys. There were also two girls, not ginger, but they were not at home. Or hiding somewhere, perhaps, as cats are wont to do. 


The garden went on and on and was ever changing. This is my favorite picture, California poppies in a field, a white fence with rolling green hills in the background. 









Friday, June 14, 2019

Stockholm ~ June 2005


As promised, below are a few pictures from Stockholm in June. I have lots more, but not in this computer. This was the last time I was in Sweden.

 The royal castle.
  
 King Charles XII pointing East, Russia on his mind.

 Grand Hotel in the center; and a fishing boat, designed to work the strong currents of Stockholm's waterways.

 The Royal Opera to the left. 

 Old Town

 One of my favorite and perhaps best pictures.
Priest Street, Old Town

 The narrowest street in Old Town.

 Old Town Fish Market ~ Lax, is of course, Salmon and Sill is Herring, the most Swedish fish of all.

 I took this and the two pictures below on an evening walk with my friend Inga. 

 June evenings are so light and beautiful there. 

I think it was around 10 pm here. The tower in the background is City Hall, the three churches whose spires are also visible are located in Old Town.

Another favorite picture of mine. This one from an island in central Stockholm. 












Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Oh, To Be In England


now that April's there.....

I often think of this poem, Thoughts from Abroad, by Robert Browning, in the month of June. My thoughts go like this: Oh, to be in Sweden now that June's there.....

You see, the month of June is the time I'm homesick. The light summer nights, the lakes, the flowers, the green fields, Swedish summers as I remember them.  More about that in another post, because yesterday I found a little bit of England in a valley on the other side of town.

I went there with Joyce to see some puppies belonging to an English friend of hers. And found so much more. Here are some pictures I took. This will be a story in two parts, because I want to show it all:




 





I hope you enjoyed this display. I have no idea how she managed to keep it all alive during the dry years. Not only do you have to water, but you have to love your garden with much passion....

I will post more from this lovely afternoon, including a not so good picture of five-day old puppies with their mommy. 


This is for Tammy j who leaves lovely comments on my posts, but doesn't have a blog of her own: 

I have tried to contact you to thank you for your comments, but when I click on your name, instead of getting the Peanut, I get lovely pictures from a marina in Florida. This was very confusing. But reading your last comment, I believe it must be the friend you mentioned. If you don't want to be found, I will just thank you here and let you know I hope you are doing well. Email me if you want to me to touch base every now and then. 









Thursday, June 6, 2019

Thinking Of The Allied Soldiers

  
who on this day 75 years ago landed on the beaches of Normandy.


Watching TV and seeing the old men who traveled to Normandy to remember this day and the lives that were lost has touched my heart. WWII would have had a different outcome had it not been for these men. My life may have been so completely different also. 


Thank You






Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Archive Favorites ~ Post No. 7



Marina del Rey, California


We had a sailboat there, Errol and I. Now can smile because I'm left with so many great memories.










Saturday, June 1, 2019

May 2019


I'm trying to come up with new things to post and write about. I think it could be fun, at least for me, to at the end of each month, post a summary of what I did, how the weather was, and so on. Fun to look back on. I had this idea a while ago, but never pursued it. We'll see how it goes. 

So here is my month of May 2019.


The month began with a concert by our Symphony Orchestra.


The young violinist featured in Beethoven's Violin Concerto was very good and my favorite of this program. I had never heard of Alexander's Feast before and found it interesting. I also didn't know that Georges Bizet wrote a symphony. He wrote this one at age 17. 

The director is excellent, a great guy who told us the story of Alexander's Feast in detail, which made it easier to follow and understand. At the end of it I had a very nice day out, listening to good music with friends. And if I'm ever asked about Alexander's Feast, I will know a little about it.


Since I can't tolerate any cholesterol lowering drugs (again, my cholesterol is fine, my heart if fine, but certain doctors are so worried because I have diabetes). While I eat greens most every day, I just don't eat a lot of food. 

I always dreamed of being able to drink my food, so when my diabetes nurse/educator realized we weren't getting anywhere with the drugs, she suggested I get a blender and start drinking lots of green smoothies. I liked her idea and found a Ninja Pro blender on sale at Amazon. Now, on the days I'm home, I drink two glasses like the one above. It's such a  great way to ensure one gets enough greens, fruits, and other veggies.  

Being a good patient and trying the various drugs resulted in lower LDL, yes, but also in an entire year of feeling sick and miserable. 



My legs started to get wobbly, probably from this winter's inactivity due to the miserable weather, and I began to feel insecure walking across parking lots and such. This is what I bought to help out. 



I and a group of CERT members from the canyon took a First Aid class this month. We followed a very good book, which as it  turned out, we couldn't keep. It was not included in the cost of the class. I took a picture of the address above and meant to order it. Maybe I will, not sure. 


Joyce is milking her cow and I got milk that was so rich and creamy, that, due to all the saturated fat, I have to say no to in the future. She also made the best yogurt ever! That I'm not saying no to. 


All the critters are so happy grazing in the tall weeds. 




Samson is looking miserable here, but he's not really. Just glad to get rid of some of his undercoat. He's a mess because I haven't taken the time to work on him. Now it's getting warm, so I have to do it. I will take him to the groomers toward the middle of June. Until then, this will be a daily chore. Most days anyway. 


I just read in the paper that our area received more rain this month than in any May in over 100 years. Still, nothing much compared to the rest of the country, flooded and in the path of all those tornadoes. What you see on TV is unbelievable. 


Then there was the pot of gold that Joyce found at the end of the rainbow. Thank you, Joyce, for this lovely picture and the one below.  


My place with the 100 ft. required clearance for fire safety. Joyce climbed her mountain and took this picture. Love it; it's so much fun for me to see my place from above.


My lilacs bloomed for the first time since 2012. I remember the year because they bloomed when we buried our German shepherd dog, Angel, who came the day before my cancer surgery and never left my side for 13 years. She was my dog and one of the great loves of my life. The air smelled of lilacs that day and, as we buried her, two white doves appeared, pecked on the ground for a while, then flew away. Never to be seen again. A magical moment. 




My new friend/helper, Ronica, found this big white rock, that glitters like it's full of silver, when she was looking for treasures among my trashy stuff. This rock is now part of my rock pile. I love my pile, by the way. Thank you, Christina, for suggesting that I cover the old tub with rocks. Never did I think I would find rocks like those at Grace's house though. 

Mark and Ronica cleared my land for me with the help of Joyce's tractor. They will help with many other things around here. If they see something they like, they will work for it. They both seem to have a good sense of the value of old things that can be repurposed, which is great for me since I need to get rid of a lot of stuff. 



I enjoyed more rocks at Red Rock Canyon where Jeanne and I went this month.


This May, our area and the desert below were covered in Painted Lady butterflies, who traveled through on their way north. They are low-flying and I felt so bad as I killed lots of them with my car. I felt a bit better when someone pointed out to me that they are excellent food for our birds. 


After their desert superblooms in April, the poppies arrived on the mountain in May. They are still here, all around town. I took this picture by our bank's parking lot. I always wanted to take a picture of the old sheds that still stand there. 


Samson and Faith are both doing well. We have started our morning walks again and that's making them so happy. 

So that was my month of May. An extremely windy and rainy month, but a good one for me. And now the sun shines, summer heat is on its way, so is my birthday. I will try to not complain about either.  










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