BACK ON HOME TURF

Actually, by definition, shouldn’t “turf” involve green stuff, like grass? Hmm…not very green around here!

However, all will change when the rainy season kicks in . Since coming home I’ve trimmed, weeded and ripped out rather a lot of what I thought of as my garden. And still have much to do!

But it can wait…if I have any readers left I should make an effort and post something,right?

From start to finish, my Vancouver jaunt was fantastic.Yes, even the long hours in a skinny metal tube. Having a window seat (and a small camera in my pocket) was helpful!

Mt.Hood, from 30+ thousand feet. 

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Crater Lake which our captain told us is the second largest lake in North America.

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Interesting places, yes, but I was heading North to meet a long-time blog friend, Andrea. What can I say? Quite a lot, but mere words don’t always express feelings, do they?

We managed to pack in quite a lot over the 10 days. After  catching up with old friends in North Vancouver, and meeting a new friend,Sonya, in New Westminster (where something must have tickled our funny bones!)  Di ande Sonya (1)

 

we drove East to meet Ellen, who took us to a place I can only call a treasury of rusty old things! I have never seen so many wacky and wonderful collections. Old typewriters, trays of metal type, sewing machines, farming machinery,baby carriages and perhaps the pick of the crop, old electric hair curlers.Yes, really!

curling apparatus

 

Another day, we took a ferry across to Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, to meet another photography blogger. Diane drove us to several local “top spots” and the cameras all got a good work-out. And for lunch? We ate the best fish-and-chips I’ve tasted in a long time. No pictures, though – we were all intent on  eating!

On the ferry ride back to Tswassen I got a lucky click…

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And then Linda and her lovely daughters hit town, after first doing a little exploring in the Rockies. So much laughing, talking and general jollity…the trip we tried to put together last year, to visit Linda in England, didn’t happen so this blog-meet was extra-special.

Andrea,Linda,Kirsty and Freya. (In Stanley Park, looking West, with a bit of Lions Gate Bridge passing through the ears of Freya,Kirsty and Linda.)

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I fell in love with Vancouver on my first visit. I am still in love.

Huge thanks to everyone who made this trip so much fun. In fact, such fun, I think we should do it again…any takers?

WHEN I LEFT NEW YORK…

…I admit to feeling a little sad. But mostly, my memories of the Big Apple will be of the lovely people I met.

Here’s one of them. No, he doesn’t really have a Cissus  vine growing out of his head!

Lunch in Greenwich Village, with UB


“Three Petes”  A fine name for these fine players. Yes, all called Peter!

New Yorkers, if you’d like to listen to some good music, head over to   http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/greenwich-village-bistro/ on Wednesdays, at lunchtime.

Very early in my stay, I met a couple of other bloggers in East Village. Melanie and Victoria

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Melanie loves Bart

Some of you might recall that I have a print of Victoria’s iconic water towers. Well, now I have one of the beautiful Chrysler Building! I had a mat cut the other day, thinking I had enough foamcore to back it. Wrong! But I’ll get a new piece today and will post a photo once it’s on the wall.

update: here it is! Not yet on the wall, but isn’t it beautiful?

The Chrysler Building

It has a Rackham-ish look, don’t you think?But if you’d like to see more (buy some?) do check out Victoria’s blog and Etsy shop.(And, no, she didn’t ask me for a plug.)

Here’s a shot of the Gipsy Fortune Teller in her dark tent

Victoria in her office, the day I met her for lunch.

And the First of the Melanies, the stalwort who stayed in contact with The Man, via email, when no one seemed to know where in the snowstorm I was, who hung around JFK airport til damn’ near daylight, waiting for me, the Melanie whom I first came to know in a sketchbook exchange, the Melanie who is not keen to have her photo taken…

But she does have a highly photogenic cat!

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I  still have quite a few photos to process, but it might take a while. Deadlines have a nasty habit of sneaking up on a person!