a smile short of laughing

johnny flynn, music video, screenshot, beautiful colours, sunset, sunrise, calm, raising the dead, sillion, new album, folk music, picking up the pieces, life changes, moving on, johnny flynn and the sussex wit, energy, starting over, painting, dangerous ladders

if i am ever to break my first bone or succumb to some final destination approved death by plummeting through a glass window, today will be that day. on this shifty ladder. over my disgust towards the current drapery. … it’s got to go. _ … Continue reading

pack lightly

cuba, havana, traveling to cuba, classic cars, locals in cuba, quartz, americans going to cuba, cuban national flag, architecture in cuba, getting to cuba, the ladys guide to adventure, kelsey melin, travel planning

beginning with rumi… out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.   meet me there.   i have been going through my things and making piles of what i don’t need, to be given away or sold. i am … Continue reading

kitchen door

stefany alves, london, girl in a photograph, london photographer, looking out the window, sunlight streaming in, floral curtain, faith was his name, the public diary, we are not machines, humanity, losing control

i stumbled upon a blog called ‘the public diary‘ after stumbling upon a photograph being used as the cover of a song by wolf larsen on youtube……and the photographer/writer’s name is stefany alves and her photographs make me feel like … Continue reading

to leave or remain

london, london storm, thunderstorm, brexit, a warning, storm gods, lightning, crazy weather, the referendum, lots of rain, rainy city, flooded stations, history in the making, vote remain, leave or remain

last night’s storm was shattering. windows rattled and rain poured through my open window onto the floor below. i love the sound of water drops tap tapping, and it was too balmy to close the window even if i had … Continue reading

little gold rings

little gold rings, found in covent garden, little lost souls, treasure hunting, one man's trash, london, adventures in europe, picking things off the ground, lost and found, business suits, storytelling

if you happen to glance under my coffee table, you’ll notice this clear, plastic box with a removable tray and multiple compartments. it is ideal for the storage of tiny art supplies or bits of jewelry and baubles. i have filled it with treasure from around the … Continue reading

as far as weekends go

saturday, weekend in london, london, photography, spring is here, tiny white flowers, look like pearls, white and blue, spring in the city, adventures in europe, an american in london, richmond park, deer park, wildlife, springtime bliss, watching me

i haven’t decided if i regret inviting the neighborhood pigeons to feast on my balcony. they came, they conquered, and my bird feeder was violated in such a way that it surely suffers from ptsd. it probably dreams of light sparrow pecks … Continue reading

the year of the monkey – 新年快樂

chinese new year, chinatown, london chinatown, london chinese new year, chinese celebrations, london festival, an american in london, nian gao, the year of the monkey, dragons, the lion dance, steamed buns, boa bun, happy new year, valentines day, adventures in europe, beautiful london, the lion dance, new year lion dance, children watching the lion dance

chinatown in london is already an exciting place to visit. if i am in the mood to meander, it takes little to no persuasion to set my course for leicester square station. climbing the steps to street level, i put … Continue reading

a surprising sunburn

aloe vera, gardening, the lady's guide to adventure, sunburned, sunburnt plant, yellow pot, succulent, life in london, learning every day, stones, aloe, natural healing, health, brown leaves, turning greener

did you know that aloe vera plants can get sunburnt? isn’t it incredible that a plant that cures sunburn can be sunburned itself? anyway, just two days ago, my aloe plant was looking more like this guy… after being moved, she … Continue reading

pigeon toes and chummy squirrels

pigeon on my hand, friendly pigeon, london, birds in london, pigeon eating from my hand, is he studying me like i'm studying him, beautiful pigeon, their earth too, lovely bird, pretty bird, st james park, royal parks, buckingham palace, feeding the birds in the park

today was for wandering. i checked the weather forecast before leaving my london flat, decided against an umbrella, and set out with my laptop, a pocketful of mixed nuts, plastic baggies, and my keepcup in tow. alas, today was also … Continue reading

smallholdings – my feathered future

mark hearld, st jude, smallholding, farm, sustainability, illustration, chickens

when searching the term “smallholding” on the internet, you come across these types of images:    basically, smallholding is homesteading is sustained living is getting back to the basics and feeding your family with the {pun intended} fruits of your … Continue reading