San Francisco Botanical Gardens 

9,000 different plants from all over the world at San Francisco Botanical Gardens take you on a journey across the globe. You can’t just look in one direction ahead! Looking up magnolias, redwoods, looking down camellias, herbs, moss. Each twist and turn of the paths takes you almost if there’s no one around a secret garden on the other side of the world. Or down the road in the California garden!

We had enough of the city, wanting some fresh air when we visited San Francisco earlier this year. The botanical gardens and Japanese Tea Garden were a few places on our list of places to go thinking they’re in the same garden. The Japanese Tea Garden is in the same park, Golden Gate Park but not in the same garden if that makes sense. Golden Gate Park while it looks close to the centre or downtown San Francisco isn’t. For some reason looking at the map of San Fransisco bay area I thought it was like a European town with everything more of less in walking or a metro distance. Err, no! You need a car to get around, unless you want to do multiple buses, taxis or Uber. A car worked out cheaper than Uber. We stayed just outside San Francisco in Belmont, Redwood Shores and I think the garden was a 40 minute drive away. We’d thought we’d have enough time to do both however the botanical gardens were bigger than we’d expected. By the time we’d left (after a who’s right which way back to the entrance! I think we both compromised and worked it out) it was 16.30 winter closing hours.

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We could have easily have spent more time in the gardens. It’s split into Californian indigenous plants within their own geographic location and into South America, Asia Africa and Europe. The Mediterranean Garden features native Californian plants along side plants from South-western Australia, Chile and South Africa all grouped within their own geographical location. The Mild Temperate Climate features plants from Eastern Australia, New Zealand and a Japanese Moon Continue reading “San Francisco Botanical Gardens “

Autumn Winter Project Light

Winter’s here in the North Hemisphere! The sun’s low in the sky, the cold’s arrived. It’s only been a month since the winter solstice and already the days are noticeably longer. Longer than when they were a month leading up to the solstice. Which means spring’s in 2 months!

I love the longer brighter days as the sun starts to climb higher in the sky, however nothing beats the colours and crisp light of late autumn, early winter’s golden hour, sunsets and twilight. The sun’s so low in the sky molecules and small particles in the atmosphere change Continue reading “Autumn Winter Project Light”

Birthday Month Adventures

It’s been so long since I last said hi, I don’t know where to start! I’ll take it from the middle with the 8th and 12th May, with 2 birthdays celebrations. AJ’s and mine! The most important one of course was Mr Aj’s 16th. The Yogi Cat, Zen Master’s all grown up! Okay, he was all grown up about 14 years ago. Happy Birthday Angelous aka, Mr AJ!

Aj lucked out with morning sunny skies, mine I was back in a thermal top. My usual birthday wish is to spend time at the beach. Continue reading “Birthday Month Adventures”

Early Spring Jardi Botanic Marimurtra Part 2

Last month we revisited Jardi Botanic Marimurtra nestled along the Costa Brava’s rocky coastline. Garden’s aren’t really my thing, yet this one I was drawn after an internet finding things to do outside the city. Okay, it was the gondola overlooking the sea that did it!

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The gondola isn’t the garden’s only star. Each twist and turn hold new gems: tropical plants, ponds, sea views, terracotta walls and sweet fragrance scents.  Continue reading “Early Spring Jardi Botanic Marimurtra Part 2”

I Hear Ya 10 Times!

Happy Spring!

The universe has 2 ways of listening to humans. Karma which deals with energy and behaviour and 2, the universe listening giving what you asked for. Karma bites, deals KO. You never see it coming good or bad. Other times you know instantly bad karma’s on it’s way. You know what you did was bad, how it’s going to bite 10 fold. You just don’t know how or when it’s going to strike, Continue reading “I Hear Ya 10 Times!”