I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


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Friday letters – the In the Pink Squares #21 edition

Dear Estate/Real Estate Agents,  Based on the evidence of some newspaper and magazine advertising I have seen here in California, you seem to live in the sea, emerging when it is time to give us advice on buying or selling property.  That is the only reason I can think of as to why the photos which accompany the adverts show you either walking purposefully out of the water, grinning broadly, or standing right by the water’s edge, grinning broadly.  Is this the case?  Do you really dwell in a watery habitat?

Dear Costco,  I am afraid I am going to use the ‘C’ word here.  Yes… it is not quite the end of September and you are selling your pre-lit artificial Christmas trees, rolls of wrapping ribbon and various other festive items. I am just coming round to the idea that it is autumn now, with Hallowe’en just over a month away, so to see Christmas items for sale is hard to take.

Dear bakery cafe,  I wrote to you once before about your problems in making me a simple one shot latte, rather than your usual two shot one.  I would like to congratulate you on your efforts since receiving my letter, and the obvious customer training that has ensued, because earlier this week I was back, with the same request, and it was carried out promptly and without any kind of fuss.  It was also an excellent drink.

Dear ‘Aqua Fit’ class,  Well, that was fun!  Exercises in the sunshine in an open air pool, surrounded by a cloudless blue sky and with a bird of prey of some kind soaring in the thermals up above, are much more fun than exercises in an indoor pool surrounded by the smell of chlorine.

Dear ‘In the Pink’ challenge, Here is my contribution for Day 21 –  the pink-cheeked, smiley-faced entrance to Luna Park, which is on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour, just across from Circular Quay.

Have a good Friday.

September Squares

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In the Pink Squares #18

I hope this lady on our River Seine cruise was tickled pink with her shot of the Eiffel Tower, because we were not tickled pink by her standing up constantly and obscuring our view.

For Becky’s September square photo challenge she would like us to share photos which embrace ‘pink’ –  there could be pink in the photo, the subject or photographer could be ‘tickled pink’*, or things/people could be looking ‘in the pink’*.  A photo that manages to do all three things is the ultimate offering.

* ‘in the pink’ means in perfect condition, or in good health, and ‘tickled pink’ means delighted.

September Squares


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Friday letters – the In the Pink Squares #14 edition

Dear iced coffee,  Well I must say I have had my eyes opened (and my tastebuds tickled, and my waist measurement increased) by the difference between what I have been experiencing in the UK and the USA and what I enjoyed in Australia.  There was no cup of cold coffee with a load of ice cubes in it.  No, this one went the whole hog and had cold, creamy, milky strong coffee with a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream on the top.  It’s going to be hard to go back to the ‘normal’ ones after sampling that.

Dear ‘reasonable period of time’,  I was looking at the Returns Policy of an online clothing store and if I were to return something because it was faulty I would receive a notification email with details of my refund ‘within a reasonable period of time’.  What on earth does that mean?  What is reasonable to me might be quite unreasonable to someone else.  I think you are really rather vague.  A day or two might be considered a reasonable period of time, but perhaps a week or two is, or is it a month?   I suppose it depends what we are talking about…  If a pan of water comes to the boil in a reasonable period of time, I might expect that to be a few minutes, but if I was allowing enough time to walk 100 miles, then obviously a reasonable period of time would be much, much longer.  You really are rather vague.

Dear hummingbirds,  I wish you weren’t such territorial creatures because I would like to be able to enjoy more than one of you on the feeder at a time. Maybe I just have one very agressive visitor to my garden, and this is not how you normally behave, but as soon as another bird heads towards the feeder it is seen off with some agressive chirping and swooping.

Dear ‘In the Pink’ challenge, Here is my contribution for day 14 –  a fabulous mural in the tunnel/underpass at Katoomba Railway Station.

Katoomba, New South Wales

In case you were wondering about the iced coffee… here it is and not an ice cube in sight!

Have a good Friday.

September Squares


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In the Pink Squares #13

A rainy day at Circular Quay, Sydney.

For Becky’s September square photo challenge she would like us to share photos which embrace ‘pink’ –  there could be pink in the photo, the subject or photographer could be ‘tickled pink’*, or things/people could be looking ‘in the pink’*.  A photo that manages to do all three things is the ultimate offering.

* ‘in the pink’ means in perfect condition, or in good health, and ‘tickled pink’ means delighted.

September Squares


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A quiet walk

This golden topped gateway in Encinitas tells us that we are at Swami’s Self-Realisation Fellowship Temple.

Just round the corner, in the side road, is the entrance to Swami’s Meditation Gardens, which are open to the public every day of the week, except Monday.  The gardens are small, but with a fantastic view over the ocean.  We can spend as long as we like on our walk here, pausing on one of the benches to admire the scenery, or maybe finding a shady spot to sit and read a book for a while.  So, I’ll leave you to go round at your own pace and enjoy a peaceful time.

First we come to the steps, taking us up into the gardens.

Then it is a short meander to the edge of the gardens and the magnificent ocean views.

This might be a good time to sit on one of the many benches that are around the gardens.

When it’s time to move one, there are plenty of beautiful plants to catch the eye

We come to a shady path

Which leads us to a series of koi ponds linked by small streams with the restful sound of water to enhance the calm atmosphere.

The path through the gardens is nearly at its end, but not before we pass this rather intriguing plant.

And that’s it – I hope you enjoyed the walk, whether it was long or short, and feel refreshed and revitalised.

If you would like to join in with another walk, Jo has some lovely ones to offer.


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Finishing the challenge where I started (Roof Squares #30)

My first roof square was from Barcelona and so is this last one (I could probably have done all 30 days of the challenge using Barcelona roofs, but decided to diversify a bit!).  This is the roof of the Porters’ Lodge at Park Guell – another place designed by the inventive and innovative Antoni Gaudi.  The patterns and colours are created using small, irregular mosaic pieces – the detail is just amazing.

Today I am linking with Six Word Saturday and Becky’s #RoofSquares.