Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lupins in Anaheim

Lupins in Southern California? It does happen. I've seen them years ago after lots of rain but sine the freeway has been expanded, they were lost! I wasn't looking for them a few days ago when I drove to Anaheim to see my dentist but there was this huge patch of it at a freeway ramp!
So I decided to drive here this morning at 5.30am with my camera, it was an hour's drive from where I live. It was a sight to behold. I was going to change my mind this morning but I'm glad I didn't. I don't know if next year we're going to have the kind of rain we had this season. It was an incredible opportunity, one not to be missed. I'm glad I went and took these pictures.
I always have my eyes peeled, a thing I developed when I travel, always looking out of windows so as not to miss anything. I had my eyes peeled that morning while driving to the dentist. 

101 Freeway California

Yesterday I drove up the California coast on the 101 freeway in search of wild flowers. We've had so much rain the past few months, I thought it'll be an excellent time for wild flowers to show up. It was still a little early for the central coast. However the hills was this emerald green that the countryside resembled more like an English countryside than a temperate Californian landscape and was so beautiful. It was almost a once in a long time happenstance, we had 6 years of drought. I explored little towns that I had only read about Online, Santa Margarita? Where was that? I knew about San Luis Obispo and Cambria. The drive was long, 4 hours each way but it was a good trip.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Time out

Whatever you do, wherever you are, always make time for coffee(or tea) and cake (carrot cake)! Happy New Year.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Blaze your own trail for 2017

A lot of my Facebook friends have consulted surveys about what their lives should be and where they should go. Why? Find it in your own heart what you would like to do and do it. Our family just buried a young family member, ask yourself, 'if you had life to do over, what would you do?' Then go out and do it. We are not here to occupy space. Someone once said, 'we have everything we need for this extravagant journey called life!' Ephesians chapter one reiterated, 'we've been given every spiritual gift...' There is no lack in our life, just lack of gumption! Lets blaze a trail through and lets do it. Bring in the new year, bring in 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016


The anticipation was palpable as I walked the 15 minutes to the front gate after being dropped off the bus from Rye. I had taken the train into Rye from London after changing trains at Ashford International. I googled how to get here and it was a lovely morning in June 2016. I walked past a few home owners working on their yards along the way. 'Good morning, is this the way to ....?' 'Good morning, they all replied, here it is. I have been traveling independently for decades and the last few trips have been doing it on my own. While it can be frustrating sometimes, it is mostly gratifying, to feel the freedom. I cannot understand what it feel like to be immobilized, not as much being physically incapacitated but more prevented by someone else whose interests are different. There was a time, very long ago, that happened but now that I've tasted this freedom, I will not surrender! The excitement I felt as I drew near the front gate of 'Great Dixter' garden, it was hard to contain. I made it and it did not disappoint! 'Great Dixter' is full of wild spaces filled with wild flowers. I have resolved that I will spend the rest of my life chasing wild flowers!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Last summer

I am having a very lazy summer here in Southern California. The weather has just been absolutely perfect, no temps over 80 deg F! The ocean breezes blows gently and rustle the leaves on the trees. I nap almost every afternoon. It's hard to imagine I was schlepping it in Europe all of last summer. Here I was eating smorrebrod in Helsingor, Denmark. It was so perfect! If you've not been to Scandinavia, you ought to go. Its like perfection! I loved my trip. I would like to do it again.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Petersham nurseries, Richmond

Take the tube to the end of the line at Richmond, then hop on a bus and you'll be dropped off outside of Petersham. This was my second trip. I remember years ago, it was very delightful. It still has the same delightful charm. This was the flowers at the main restaurant which require a reservation but they have a little cafe which sells salads, cakes, tea and coffee which does not require a reservation. This trip in June 2016 I took the bus to Ham house which was a mile further, then I walked the Thames path to Petersham. It was the loveliest day. England in June is glorious. There's only one June every year. Don't waste it. I intend to be out and about in England every June.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Next book

The cover is ready for my next Kindle ebook. I'm still writing the manuscript. I hope to incorporate a lot more pictures in this ebook unlike my previous work which is rather sparse where pictures were concerned.