Here’s one of my favourite trees – the weeping willow in the river in a nearby park. It’s bare and brownish all winter, then in March its leaves start to appear as if by magic. Easy peasy.
The position of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Getty Center atop a hillside in the Santa Monica mountains, Los Angeles means that the views of the surrounding area are magnificent. To the east there is the Los Angeles skyline and the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains.
To the west you can see the Pacific Ocean.
Prior to visiting this site of the museum (there is another Museum site, in Malibu) we had been advised that a couple of hours would be all that we would need to see it. We arrived in a taxi and asked it to return for us in three hours, thinking that would be more than enough time. How wrong our advice had been. We had to wait ten minutes or so for the little train to take us on the five minute journey up to the museum from the taxi drop off point (and had to allow time for the return trip) and then after marvelling at the beautiful buildings and admiring the view in all directions, we only had time to visit a tiny selection of the exhibits. We really could have done with double the time, or more if we wanted to allow time for a coffee at one of the cafes with stunning views. Presumably the person who gave us advice about the amount of time needed had no interest in architecture, views or art collections!
I only managed to take a few photos of the amazing building and gardens – time was so short!
A preening pelican perched atop a post on Pismo Pier, California.
CARPE DIEM SHOULD BE MY MOTTO
I didn’t get round to cutting the grass yesterday and now it’s too wet to do it today. I really should have done it when I thought of it and now it’s going to put on a growth spurt because of the overnight rain. Grrrrrr.
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Dear birds, As usual, it’s been good to see lots of you in the garden. I think I’ll need to top up the feeders today.
Dear grass, I think it’s time for your first haircut of the year.
Dear book pile, I’m trying my best to reduce you – but no matter how many books I read, you just keep on growing.
Dear car manufacturers, Please can you stop adding more and more bright lights to the fronts of cars. It’s bad enough when drivers think it’s ok to drive around with their fog lights on in perfectly clear conditions, meaning that I am faced with a two-level double-dazzling situation, but this week I saw a car with three sets of lights, one above the other and all turned on. It’s too much!
Dear trees, I’m enjoying the blossom that is starting to appear, and this week I noticed that the buds are starting to open on the horse chestnut trees. Lovely.
I wish I had planted up more tubs like this – I’m pleased with how it has turned out.
Dear blackbird, It is so nice to hear you singing in the evenings. It makes me feel that winter is over and Spring is just around the corner.
Dear lighter mornings and evenings, I much prefer you over the dark mornings and evenings so I am very glad to see you.
Dear weather, Thank you for such a lovely sunny day yesterday – it really helped with drying the laundry. It’s always good to be able to dry things outside – another sign that the season is changing.
Dear daffodils/narcissi, You are looking lovely, as always. This morning I counted thirty three flower heads in this blue pot.