Saturday, January 8, 2011
Other People's Gardens . . .
I know you're all wanting to hear about yesterday's lunch with Lisa, and I'll tell you quickly that it was great fun, she's lovely and funny and warm and very gracious. More later on what and where, etc. . . but while you're waiting, could I show you a few photos taken on our wanderings in the Mission District in the forty-five minutes too early that we arrived for our meeting? (we would have been even earlier had we not mistakenly taken the BART to Oakland instead of in the right direction! Luckily, the massively industrial landscape clued us in quickly and we headed for the other side of the tracks for a returning train).
You probably wonder why I took photographs of random shrubs and trees in random gardens. At least, you'll wonder that if you don't come from a climate that discourages flowers and fruit from, oh, November 'til March. Factor in that Pater and I don't "do" winter sunshine vacations (altough that may be changing. . . we're beginning to see the charm of visiting this kind of flora and fauna in January). There are lemons on that tree, people (well, we're not positive, but some kind of globular, yellow fruit . . . lemon seemed the best guess, be careful about disillusioning us)!
And look at these grape vines flourishing -- I suppose we're likely to see much more of this as we head to the Napa Valley on sunday, but here they're so casual, so taken-for-granted . . . in January!
And I had to linger and take pictures of this stair-gateway simply because it's so pretty, the marriage of the dill-pickle green walls and the zinc-silver graceful metalwork.
The cinder-block fence might be pedestrian, but I love it with that green and blue -- and that marvellous cactus. My grandma used to keep a few cacti in pots, indoors in a sunny window, as a novelty, and that's about the limit of my experience with them as a horticultural possibility. We have weeks, days perhaps, that could supply their annual hydration needs. We don't "do"cactus. Know how to appreciate them, though. . . .
Next up, some street art to rival the SFMOMA collection . . . (and Lunch with Lisa, of course).
Today's our last full day in SF, though, and we'd better get out there. The plan is to hit the City Lights bookstore, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (at least to check out Liebeskind's architecture), a bit of Chinatown, a bit more than a bit of shopping. . . . what am I missing? oh yes, we have to stop in at the Ferry Building for the Saturday Farmer's Market. . . .
Is yours a busy Saturday as well? What are you up to?