Thursday, December 23, 2010


Santa Monica sunset, Sunset Boulevard, Schultzie the Dog.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

our little christmas tree

(technically a rosemary bush...)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mediterranean Sea, Turkey

Our first looky at the Mediteranean coast, from our Ford Fiesta rental car. We flew to Antalya from Istanbul, picked up our car, and here we are en route to Olimpos.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Boston in the fall

Someone is playing a trick on the Paul Revere statue in the North End.

Fall leaves

Saturday, October 23, 2010

big-nosed fig.


And he tasted sweet and delicious.

Friday, October 22, 2010

October Garden

We just planted a bunch of new stuff: lettuce (lots of it, I think we overdid it!), kale, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, some herbs, and romanesco broccoli.

These shots are left over from the summer. I loved the pea plants, they grew very easily and looked beautiful growing around the stakes. Pretty flowers that turned into curling peas. The peas were crunchy and sweet, and did not attract any bugs.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Turkish Pix

We spent three weeks in Turkey. Our itinerary: Istanbul > Antalya > Olimpos > Ruins at Myra > Kas > Kalkan > Fethiye > Didyma > Ephesus > Pamukkale > Cappadocia. We had a car, so we drove about 2000 miles all along the Western Mediterranean coast, up the Aegean Coast, and then inland to Cappadocia.

Amazing sites, friendly people, delicious food, incredible culture, and ancient ruins galore.

Stay tuned for more details, here are some pix to whet your appetite.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Temple of Artemis, Turkey

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, now only a column and a half remains, with stork nesting on top.

To get to this site, you turn off the main street heading out of Selcuk, at the big sign denoting a monument. The husband was driving too fast and missed the turn off the first time around, so we banged a U-turn and got to it the second time around. We pulled into the empty dirt parking lot, greeted by a homeless dude trying to see us fake "ancient" liras (coins). Ancient monuments give me goosebumps, so I tuned him out and tried to imagine what the monument looked like back in the day.

I have to admit, for something that was once so great, the remaining column was in a sad state. Surrounded by a swamp, it smelled pretty nasty. But I was determined to get closer and touch it. Imagine that people from 323 BC(!!!) had touched this.

And then the homeless dude started playing the flute. I don't know if there is such a thing as good flute music, but this was bad flute music. Conjuring up images of leprechauns and fairies. And that really bad yoga class I took where the teacher whipped out her flute and started piping away when we were in shivasana (corpse pose).

The flute music, combined with the hundred degree weather, had us retreating and back in our air-conditioned car in minutes. Lesson learned: some things are best appreciated from afar.

Stay tuned for more photos from our vacation in Turkey.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

All I want for Christmas is...

this little guy:

It's a tube-nosed bat, recently discovered in New Guinea. You can read about him here.

Have you ever seen anything so freakishly, fiendishly cute?

(Well, maybe here).

If he could live with me, I would rock him to sleep every night, er, morning, with a lullaby. I'd swing him on the swings at the park, and feed him pineapple bits with a toothpick.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010


These photos are from last fall. A memorable trip, with gorgeous weather and the California coast. The trip was a birthday gift from the fiance, including a visit to Hearst Castle. A romantic getaway, if you are looking for ideas...

We stayed at The Squibb House. Adorable, I recommend.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

orchid in bloom

My orchid bloomed, gorgeous purple flowers.

They smell like grape juice. Delish.

Friday, July 23, 2010

...having second thoughts about the ladybug release.

I was enjoying my garden the other day. And noticing that we had more birds than usual. Jay birds, hummingbirds, finches.

And they kept nipping at my garden plants. Must be eating bugs. That's when I realized---they are eating all the LADYBUGS!


Time to get a cat?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ladybug release in the garden

Aphids were getting in some of our plants. And every time I go to Sloat Garden Center I'm dying to buy the little boxed container of ladybugs. 1500 of them! What fun! The fiance was quick to point out that the ladybugs fly away the minute you release them. But I splurged at Sloat this time, a whole $5.99, which was the best $5.99 I ever spent. SO FUN!

(In case you haven't caught on--ladybugs eat the aphids and other bad bugs. It's the organic way to garden, no pesticides. Plus they are purty.)

Here's the opening of the container:

They were like jailed convicts, they couldn't wait to get out.

On flowers:

On lettuce:

Eating aphids (hopefully):

And...they did not fly away. They were covering all the plants for a little less than a week. According to the box, they will stay for a few days, lay eggs, and then fly away.

I was just gardening yesterday, and walked in the house with a ladybug on my shoulder. Any other bug, I would have freaked.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

elephant garlic

Here's the garlic, ready to be pulled.

It was in there pretty tight, took a lot of digging.

Ta-dah! It's huge!

We grew a bunch of cloves. Now they are drying out in the garage. Smells delicious.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

our first tomato!

We took a chance trying to grow tomato plants in the sunset. So far the plants are still pretty small, but they are flowering.

Here's our first tiny tomato! I'm so proud of it!