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Nope, not moving houses, moving blogs.

I realized I was feeling guilty for not doing more gardening, which was what I had intended this blog to be about.

Since moving to San Francisco, gardening has been at a minimum.  We no longer have a backyard to tend, and the markets have so much cheap, plentiful produce, that we don’t grow much of our own.

And like telling stories about other things than gardening.

So I’m moving over to fairytalesofthecity.wordpress.com

I’ve already posted a few things over there and I am still tweaking the settings and such.

Having said that, head on over and check it out.  Let me know what you think.



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Taking a break

tea and cookie

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Monthly culture

The first week of the month in San Francisco, lots of the museums open their doors to the city for free.  A friend and I have been making the rounds of them.   Our first was the SFMOMA, the next was the deYoung Fine Arts Museum which has an especially notable tower, which is always free and has an amazing panoramic view of the city.  Last month’s stop was at the Legion of Honor where we saw lots of amazing sculptures, art and a mummy.  However, it’s not just museums that have free days but other fun things too.  Like the San Francisco Zoo.

We decided to save the zoo for this time of year because it is finally summer in San Francisco.  I’ve been wearing shorts and putting on sunscreen and getting outside.  Also, this time of year, there are baby flamingos at the zoo.

They’re ugly and gray and can barely walk on their spindly little legs.  Also, the grownups keep sitting on them.  A delightful spectacle.

The rest of the zoo entailed a bunch of sleepy animals.  We were amazed by the giraffes, gorillas and zebras. The anteater is a surprisingly beautiful creature.

I love going to the zoo.  Hopefully next time I’ll be able to catch the lions and tigers – their exhibit was closed yesterday morning while we were there.


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Do Fun Stuff

Do Fun Stuff

This is a really cute kids album for an excellent cause.  A blog I’ve been following for a couple of years.  You can check it out here.

Also, the artwork?  A monster eating ice cream?  How perfect is that.  How I wish that I knew how to make the iframe thing work ’cause I would love to have that widget here.  Silly wordpress.  Why won’t you work for me?  Ah well.  Go check out that album if you have kids or if you know someone who has kids or if you like kids music.  It’s great.

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House Plants

I have some new family members!

Cordelia the dishidiaProfile of Cordelia the Dishida

This is my strange new plant Cordelia the Dishidia.  She is an air plant and lives in the shower where she gets frequently misted.

Lipstick Plant

This is my lipstick plant.  I wanted to get a long dangly one to put up above my kitchen cabinets, but the man at the hardware sold me on this variegated version instead.  It was only $5.  The other one was $20.  The choice was clear.  I have time to wait for this one to grow into what the other one is.  Don’t have a name for this plant yet.  I’m leaning towards Bruce.  Any suggestions?

Les ChivesBasil

These kitchen herbs (chives and basil) live on my kitchen sill.  I haven’t named them since I frequently chop them up and eat them.  Naming them just seamed cruel.

I read that Jasmine is good for the quality of sleep you get and also for helping you focus when you study.  Both of which sounded useful, so I picked up a plant.  My thought was that I’d find a cute little stool for it to sit on in the bedroom, but the second-hand store didn’t have anything when I was there.  I’ll keep looking.  For now, it’s sitting on a chair beside the bed.  Name suggestions for this one?


My lemon tree, Janine, has two new lemons!  This plant is currently undergoing a serious growth spurt.  She has sprouts all over the place!  I’m hoping that these lemons hang on and actually turn yellow.   They’re almost lemon sized already, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

What are your favourite house plants?


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Little dog

This is the reason I am not generally a fan of little dogs*

The owner and this dog live across the street from us.  The owner leaves the sliding door open a crack almost all of the time so that the dog can come and go from the porch as it pleases.  And let me tell you, it comes and goes at all times of day.  And it is the loudest, yappiest dog I have ever met.

It is the source of much discontent.

Makes me miss this ohsosweet dog (and her owners) from back home:

See that?  Much cuter.  And quieter.  And better behaved.

Miss you guys


*There are some exceptions to the rule, but let’s just go with it right now.

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The Garden

Yes, I have been doing some gardening.  We’re not growing much here, but the garden is lovely and the potential is there.

Currently we are growing a tomato plant,

some peas,

and some carrots and beets.  My plan with the peas is now that they’re tall enough to reach the fence, I’ll plant some more and they can climb the ones that are already there and eventually I will have an amazing bush of peas!

We share the garden with the rest of our apartment mates.  Some of them have been gardening for a while back there, and they have some great looking plots.  There are some dahlias and gladiolas, lots of great looking veggie plots, and other flowers and herbs.  Peter and I have been planting in the spaces between their plants, but if we’re here next year, we should have a bigger area to plant in.

And that’s our back yard!!  It’s a beautiful place to go sit and read a book.


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