by gwen harlow

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Roadside attraction: SLO gum wall

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in photo, travel | 2 comments

I put up a few more photos from our anniversary trip [here!] and wanted to share one of my favorite attractions anywhere, which is also by far the most disgusting attraction I know of — the San Luis Obispo gum wall. It’s a little walkway between two buildings, the walls of which are completely covered by ABC gum. It’s very cool but very gross.

The gum wall #1

Poo!

The gum wall #2

Apparently there are other gum walls around the world.

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Fourth of July friends

Posted by on Jul 8, 2010 in Alameda, holiday, photo | 0 comments

It is so exciting to see people you know in a parade.

Our neighbor Carrie is active with the Alameda Small Dogs organization. They host a doggie costume parade at Halloween that is not to be missed.

Alameda Small Dogs and our neighbor Carrie

The guy who lives down the street is always walking the route with his bagpipe.

Bagpipe neighbor

Gloria and her family own Acapulco restaurant.

Gloria, another Quintero, and Frank

but we really know her and her husband from karaoke at Lemon Tree and Clubhouse. That’s where Chad got started singing.

Frank!

Rick is in more bands than I can name. You can see the Frisky Frolics, who sing songs from the 1920s-1940s or thereabouts, pretty much every week at Speisekammer or Julie’s.

Rick Quisol / Alameda Theatre / Frisky Frolics

I didn’t know this guy before, but I waited almost the entire parade for someone to come around handing out miniature American flags.

Finally! someone handing out miniature american flags!

Dr. Porter, thanks for the flag. You are my newest friend!

Miniature American flags for all!

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Fourth of July bicycles

Posted by on Jul 7, 2010 in Alameda, holiday, photo | 3 comments

The town I live in has a big 4th of July parade every year. It’s fun to watch all the decked-out two- [and sometimes three-]wheeled contraptions cruise by.

Bike lady

Westside Baptist Church

Temple Israel #2

Girl scout scrapers

Spangly bike girls

Scraper scraper!

Victorian scraper

Bike couple

Bicycle #92

Bike: green

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Happy Canada Day!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in meme, photo | 1 comment

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk — today is red + white for Canada Day — have a cupcake!

Red velvet cupcakes at Santoro's
D'arby & Lily & red #2
Canal Street - Cemeteries
Feel Better
Local artist
April 14: Waiting for Wizard of Oz to start
Driving While Sleeping
December 2: My birthday!
Esther vs. the Tomatoes

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It’s Green day!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2010 in meme, photo | 0 comments

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

I finally found my pluots at the farmers market yesterday! I have been waiting for so, so long for them to show up.

Pluots! [green]

[For the unacquainted: pluots are a DELICIOUS plum-apricot hybrid. Try them. You will love them.]

Green sea glass in Rome #2

… some souvenirs from recent trips — sea glass from various locales, pebbles from Moonstone Beach …

Souvenir sand dollars

… bitty sand dollars from Morro Bay …

Gwen in the elephant

… a thrifted green elephant …

How much is that me in the window

… and my reflection in the window of the cutest cabin ever in Carmel.

[that last one was a Green Wednesday highlight]

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pink! [belated for Monday]

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in meme, photo | 5 comments

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

Pink at Lily's in Cambria

Tea tree #1

Pink flower’s at Lily’s Café in Cambria, California. There is a whole little row of very cute shops there.

Tea tree lives down the street. they’re Australian natives but do wonderfully here in the Bay Area. So do the eucalyptus.

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Yellow!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2010 in meme, photo | 1 comment

Summer Colour Week on poppytalk

Lemon drop cupcakes at Lily's

January 9: Lemons for you!

Mustard

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I told you rain this time of year was unusual

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in photo | 0 comments

Record Report
Statement as of 01:35 am PDT on June 10, 2010

A record rainfall of 0.02 inch(es) was set at Santa Rosa Airport [north of here] yesterday. This breaks the old record of 0.01 set in 2005.

Bamboo beads #2

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Gwen and Chad, Asilomar

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in gwen, photo, travel | 6 comments

Pretty much any time we go anywhere scenic, at least one person will ask me to take their picture. I take very nice pictures of them. Every once in awhile I will ask someone to take our picture. I say, push the button halfway to focus, then all the way to shoot. I only ask people who are carrying their own cameras and I am pretty sure this is how most digital cameras work, right?

Yet almost invariably, we end up with a completely out of focus, crooked, feet-chopped-off photo. So you can imagine how pleased I was when today’s shooter returned my camera to me. Look at that. Nicely composed with our whole bodies in, heads above the horizon [which, you’ll notice, is not at a 45° angle!]. Thanks, lady stranger, you totally made my day!

June 6: Asilomar

[Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, California]

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Daily links

Posted by on May 21, 2010 in gwen, photo | 2 comments

A gallery featuring a couple of my photos of the beach by our house.

Another gallery with a bunch of photos I’ve taken of Chad, alongside Salvador Dali and a couple burners. I’m not really sure what’s going on here but it seems like a good thing.

One of the perfect little purses Chad brought home from his grandmother’s for me. I don’t think it is the sterling silver but it doesn’t matter, it’s gorgeous.

A tea party look I put together over at rikrak studio.

A couple of my photos that I meant to ask you to go vote on but didn’t remember in time. There are other lovely photos there, too.

And here is the bottlebrush on the corner for Sharyn:

More bottlebrush for Sharyn

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The state of my garden, May 2010

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in garden, photo | 2 comments

Roses, check.

Pinky

Spanish and Provencal lavender, check.

Spanish lavenderLotta lavender!!!!

Grapes, check.

Grapes, year 3

[This is their third year. Last year they fruited for the first time and were so, so close to being ready for me to eat, then we went to Portland and the raccoons completely stripped them while we were gone. Very rude!]

Bottlebrush, check!

Bottlebrush #2

[I planted this sorry little thing two years ago and it is still only about a foot high and just now starting to finally bloom. Go bottlebrush!]

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Gardens on my block

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in garden, photo | 1 comment

There’s a house on the corner with a little white picket fence and the sweetest garden that I’ve been admiring since we moved here. I recently properly met the owner at a meet-up a mutual friend puts together — very random!

Queen Anne's Lace?

I sometimes peek through the knots in her fence — forgive me, her garden is so lovely and I am so curious! — and admired her magical little back yard — I’m envious of her green adirondacks that blend in like camouflage.

Neighbor's nasturtium

Her next-door neighbor has a spectacular tea tree, which is something I tried to grow a few years back but managed to kill within a few weeks. Maybe it’s time to try again.

Tea tree #1

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