Sunday, April 24, 2011


We made it back safe and sound from three glorious weeks in Istanbul. I have written a million postings in my head yet did not have one ounce of drive to work on a computer - so for two weeks and about three days I barely touched a computer and I didn't have a mobile phone with me. It was heavenly.

Until I get my head around our trip - here are some pictures that sum up our time away.

1. Gray and rainy weather makes old stuff look older.

2. The real reason for our trip.

3. mounds and mounds of delicious food.

2. Tulips...who knew?!

3. walking miles each day along with 1/2 of the population of Istanbul (it is one big city, that's for sure!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Rose

A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose...said my good friend Gertrude Stein.

From a friends garden...they were beautiful.

Monday, April 11, 2011

More Backyard Beauties

These grow on a really common tree around here. Its tall with wispy green leaves and bright yellow flowers that fall off all the time. It also has these fruit like things that I have been told you can't eat.
These are a new addition to our backyard garden. They are large clumps of these fine looking dark purple flowers. They feel like they are dried out flowers - you know what I mean?
Mystery fruit on mystery bush - we just noticed this about a month ago. We thought it was another version of a lime bush/tree and cut it open and its more orange inside. I squeezed it in my gin and tonic and have not passed out I am assuming its some strange version of a citrus fruit.
Holy smokes batman...this flower thing popped out a large green palm looking thing in our front yard. This is the first time we have had this palm bloom and this flower is amazing! Can you tell how it looks waxy and almost fake. It doesn't have a smell and it is really heavy.