I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


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Friday letters – the sunny San Diego edition

Dear weather,  Thank you very much for reading, and acting on, my letter last week.  From Saturday onwards the weather has been lovely in the San Diego area.  The UK delegates who arrived at the weekend to attend the annual conference were thrilled to be able to walk outside in blue skies and sunshine, with only a light jacket needed in the evening.

Dear planners of San Diego,  I have heard a rumour that you are demolishing Seaport Village, on the waterfront.  What a travesty if it turns out to be true!  It’s such a charming area, and very popular with tourists and locals alike with its little shops and restaurants.  I am hoping that there has been a miscommunication and the building of restaurants, shops and another hotel will be done on the presently unoccupied land near the water rather than having to do any demolition.

Dear Museum of Man, Balboa Park,  Well, when I agreed to go to your exhibition on cannbalism I had no idea just how interesting it would turn out to be.  It was quite thought provoking actually, as well as being educational.  We  spent a very interesting couple of hours there.

Dear themed 1960s/70s evening,  What a lot of fun you turned out to be with many people entering into the spirit of it and dressing in a selection of of outfits from those two decades.  I think all the people (about 75% of the total guest list) who didn’t dress up felt a little left out.

Dear San Diego hotel, I loved the view from our bedroom window and could happily have spent hours just watching the world go by, but there was coffee to be drunk and old friends to catch up with so I didn’t do as much of that as I could have coped with.

Have a good Friday – I hope your weather isn’t preventing you from doing the things you want/need to do.

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December square #23

Taking your time.

Kristin Cummings, San Diego County Fair 2018

The artist, Kristin Cummings,  is painstakingly creating this picture of Professor Dumbledore using Jelly Belly Jelly Beans.  It will take her approximately 100 hours to complete and she will use about 12,000 jelly beans.

For Becky’s December square photo challenge we are invited to share a photo of our interpretation of ‘time’.


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In the Pink Squares #19

‘Hitching Bench’ at the Spanish Village Art Center, Balbo Park, San Diego, California

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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In the Pink Squares #10

Mallards on the lily pond by the Botanical Building in Balboa Park, San Diego.

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 #7 edition

Dear Australia, Thank you so much for being such a wonderfully interesting place to visit. We barely scratched the surface really, and that was fascinating enough.  Several childhood dreams were realised in the last two weeks – actually being there at all, seeing kangaroos in the wild and meeting a koala to name three.  I’m hoping to extol your virtues further over the coming weeks.

Dear flashing charging cable,  I’m sure you look quite attractive in a well lit room, but in a dark aeroplane, where most of the passengers are trying to while away a 13 hour flight with a few hours of sleep, your neon blue Blackpool Illuminations level of light was not in the slightest bit welcome.  Your owner probably didn’t even notice you, so bright was the screen of the tablet she was using to read her book during the journey.

Dear bougainvillea,  I’m pleased to see that you are covered with flowers and that the caterpillars have not devoured you completely.  I was afraid that an absence of two weeks’ worth of vigilant caterpillar patrol would allow the hungry little creatures to take hold, so it’s good news that they didn’t.

Dear ‘mature’ lady in the airport lounge,  I’m sure you thought that the brightly coloured stretch fabric mini-skirt you wore was a good look with your tanned legs, but please take my word for it – it wasn’t. Absolutely not. It was barely respectable, and certainly wasn’t the correct sort of attire to wear to hop up onto a high bar stool.  I think several people saw more than they should have.

Dear ‘In the Pink’ challenge, Here is my contribution for day 7 – a mosaic covered sculpture from the San Diego Botanic Gardens.

Detail from ‘Tou and Frou’ by Helen Segal and Barbi Dorfan

‘Tou and Frou’ by Helen Segal and Barbi Dorfan

Have a good Friday.

September Squares


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In the Pink Squares #6

I was tickled pink to travel in this from the Park and Ride car park to the San Diego Highland Games.  The yellow school bus is such an American icon and to be in one was very exciting!

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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Balboa Park

Balboa Park, in San Diego, is a 1200 acre cultural park.  It has museums, galleries, gardens, walking paths, theatres, open spaces, natural vegetation zones and the world famous San Diego zoo.  In one day it is quite impossible to see everything, so here is a little snapshot of what we managed to fit in.  I wrote about the Japanese Friendship Garden in a separate post.

We started our visit by taking the free tram from the car park to the Plaza Panama in the centre of El Prado.

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It was a warm day so we found a shady spot where we could sit with a cooling drink and admire the beautiful architecture that surrounded us.

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Our next port of call was the Botanical Building which is reported to be one of the most photographed spots in San Diego.

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Constructed for the Panama California Exposition in 1915, it is one of the largest lath structures in the world, its steel frame covered by 12 miles of redwood slats. The lagoons in front of it contain koi carp and create a wonderfully peaceful scene.

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We then walked along El Prado, the ‘main road’, to explore further, seeing the entrances to several museums and galleries before finding ourselves in the desert garden and the rose garden.

We were running out of time by now to see much more of the park,  but we just managed to fit in a quick look at the outside of the San Diego Museum of Man with its beautiful dome and tower.

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There is so much to see here that we barely scratched the surface.

I’m linking this post with Jude’s Garden Challenge which this month is looking for Urban Spaces.