Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Door of Mystery

I have been noticing this mysterious door near our home opening onto open air above a cliff.
Do you see the door in the tan wooden wall, above the stone wall?
What happened? What is behind the door? Could people open the door and fall?
Is there a princess behind the door, a captive and waiting for her love to rescue her? Possibly Rapunzel of the fairy tale with her long golden tresses. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.
Or an imprisoned ghost.
Calling Daphne du Maurier, here is a plot starter.
Some novelist could write a book based on this strange door to nowhere. Nowhere but air.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My birthday celebrations

My wonderful husband and sons are treating me like royalty this week, in honor of my birthday. It is one of those big birthdays ending with a zero.
Also, friends treated me to a birthday lunch and gifts from the heart and my sister sent me a special gift from Wisconsin.

And more fun to come in the next few days. Soon I will show you what my sister sent me.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lion, red boat and owl

Does this lion photo make you yawn? I did add it to the post at night and felt kind of sleepy at the time.
A pretty red boat and another sleepy time image of a favorite bird, the owl. I found these photos on Pixabay and it says they are free to use, so here they are. I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Herbs for tea, writing articles and Cherries Jubilee

Here is a photo I took of herbs I grew to make tea with, and a tea set on our patio.
I think it is peppermint on the left, chocolate mint in the center and lemon verbena on the right. I didn't have any ideas of what to post so looked through my photos and found this one.
I've been busy with writing these past few days and sent three article queries to parenting magazines. Now I wait to see if they want the articles.
I hope your Easter celebrations were enjoyed. At Easter at our house we even had Cherries Jubilee for dessert, where the fun touch is you add a tiny bit of brandy or rum, and light it with a match so pretty blue flames appear. I had never had that before and I loved the flames. Quite dramatic.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Have a Blessed Easter

Amaryllis and daffodils on our table today.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

I like to think of a love that big. He loves us. He loves you.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Victorian era, Trollope and Finch

Anthony Trollope's book "The Warden" is a joy to read. The kindly Rev. Harding lives according to what his faith and his conscience lead him to do, which puts him in great difficulty.
This book was written in Victorian times and published in 1855. The Victorian era is during the reign of Queen Victoria, from June 20, 1837 to January 1, 1901. I bought all six novels by Trollope in "The Chronicles of Barsetshire" series, and the second book "Barchester Towers" is even more compelling. I am reading it now and cheering on Rev. Harding and his devoted daughter, Eleanor, as they face a world of complex forces for change and against change and power struggles in the rural church community.

I am also reading a new novel "The September Society" by Charles Finch, with Charles Lenox as the Victorian era gentleman sleuth and a possible love interest for him, Lady Jane. The first book in this charming series is "A Beautiful Blue Death", written in 2007. There are many nice features in this series including Lenox's close friendship with his butler, and Lenox usually saying yes to any heartfelt request, especially for solving a mystery, or finding employment for someone down on his or her luck.
I bought the 6 book Trollope series for 99 cents on Kindle, such a bargain. I immediately began reading the second book after finishing "The Warden." "The September Society" is set in 1866 so both Trollope and Finch are writing about England in the same time period.
I admire both authors and their writing and recommend these books.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Our new fence after ivy is removed part 2

Here is our new redwood fence along the alley. Now the ten foot tall and eight foot wide ivy is gone.
Above is the space where the old tottering falling down fence was, and with the ivy gone. That took heavy machinery to remove.
Above is the beginning of building our new fence.
Above to the right is the heavy duty hand made gate. The contractor built it on our patio and I saw him build it.
We are happy to have this much progress.
Now we need to consider what to do with our huge back yard, to have a new sliding glass patio door installed, and to have some sort of shade for part of the patio. Perhaps a canvas awning over the patio doors and a table with an umbrella, or a roof of some kind that will extend over half the patio.
Step one and a big one is the fence is installed, hurray.