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Archive for April, 2015

Budding Sago Palms

On a street I walk down there was a yard with 4 Sago Palms in 4 different stages of bloom.  I love the various stages and wanted to share them with you:





Aren’t they lovely?  I find such beauty on my walks! Thanks for joining me!

And here is another beauty I found today:



The San Diego Museum of Art…and more…..April 21, 2015

Last Tuesday I went to the San Diego Museum of Art. There were 5 new exhibitions I wanted to see.

I love the exterior of the museum.  Here is one photo taken from in front of the central plaza fountain, with the museum in the background:


Here is a closer up look at the museum front:


The museum was in preparation for a big weekend event, ” Art Alive”, which starts today and runs through the weekend. This is their signature fund raiser and annual floral exhibition.  So it was lovely to see so much greenery and flowers running up the banisters and being put together in central locations.

The five new exhibitions are: Young Art 2015- Visualizing Music, with pieces from children in grades K-12; Lalla Essaydi – Photographs, a Moroccan born US based photographer; Defining Modernism – 20th Century Parisian Art Journals; Romantic Visuals- Mexico at the turn of the century; Divine Desire- Printmaking, mythology and the birth of the Baroque.

I especially loved the Young Art Display!  The pieces were amazing and covered a wide range of styles and materials.  Lalla Essaydi’s pieces were stunning, too. She takes a well known photograph of Middle Eastern women, creates fabrics and ornate settings to replicate them, even using extensive henna calligraphy on the models’ faces and bodies to inform the viewer of a new way of looking at the subjects, re-defining Middle Eastern women.

Photography is not allowed in the museum so I couldn’t take any pictures.  If you get a chance, go check out these exhibitions and/or the Art Alive displays.

I usually take the time to walk through the Botanical building, as it is always so lovely and the plants revive me. Here are a couple photos taken inside:

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Hope you have enjoyed my “walk” for the day!

An English Village Fete, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Last Sat. I went to Balboa Park, to the International Cottage area in the west side of the park, just east of the Automotive museum area and west of Spreckels Organ Pavilion, to enjoy the English Village Fete. Before ever getting to the area I saw riders getting ready to ride through the park on their Penny Farthing Bicycles.

There were several booths including information booths, the San Diego Costume Guild booth and a food booth.

 Wome in cosstme and dapper gentleman next to the food booth

San Diego Costume Guild Costume guild and scene of more booths Booth of stuff for sale

Women in costume at booth

Scattered throughout the area were many people in period costume, dressed up for the fete and also to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that is being celebrated throughout Balboa Park this year.

Women in costume and Penny Farthing bikes Women having tea English Festival Princess and women in costume

Some were dressed up for the fashion show provided by the San Diego Costume Guild.  There was Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Sherlock and Dr. Watson

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Constance Collier, a famous actress that started out in silent films and went on to do talkies and then become an acting coach who worked with Marilyn Monroe and others.

Constance Collier famous actress

Annie Besant, the famous Theosophist, writer, socialist, Women’s rights activist and much more.

Annie Besant famous theosophist activist writer

Valerie Crawley from the TV show Downton Abbey.

Valerie Crawley Downton Abbey

Here are more of the Guild members lined up at the end.

Costume Guild Finale

I got the steak and mushroom pie and salad. I was not impressed as the steak and mushrooms were barely warm at all, in fact almost room temperature, with the crust just placed on top.  I liked the Scottish food from last week much better.

Steak and mushroom pie

There were sweets and tea for sale and displays in the House of England.

House of England

The Chivalry group was setting up as I was leaving.

Setting up for Chivalry demo

As i walked off to go into the park, I walked by the Penny Farthing Bicycle riders gathered together.

Penny Fathing bicycles

Yesterday, England once again was featured in the weekly events they have for various countries.  The local Beatles tribute  band Baja Bugs played. I went to their wonderful 1 1/2 hour concert.  There was a nice crowd, nice weather and great old-time Beatles music.  I’m still trying to figure out the video uploading You Tube thing but hopefully you can enjoy these two videos!

The Baja Bugs – Day Tripper by the Beatles

The Baja Bugs – Ticket to Ride by the Beatles

Hope you enjoyed another glimpse of all that happens at Balboa park in sunny San Diego, CA.


San Diego Natural History Museum Films

Last Tuesday I went to see the three films at the San Diego Natural History Museum, located at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. I had already been through the museum but hadn’t taken the time to see the films so went back specifically to do that. On Free residents Tuesday, the first Tuesday of the month, the cost is $5 for all three films.Otherwise it is the normal admission rate. If you go on Free resident Tuesday you have to stop and pay the $5 to get your ticket for the movies. We had to exit the theater after each movie then get back in line and wait 30-40 min. for the next seating.

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Two of the three films were 3D films. So we all got to wear the silly glasses.

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The first film I watched was one about Dinosaurs, a 3D film, about Dinosaurs in the Alaska area. At times there were violent moments with Dinosaur fights and T-Rex opening his big mouth in 3D so you might consider before bringing very young children. It was a very lush and informative short film.

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The second film I saw was called “Ocean Oasis” about the magical and prolific Baja California ocean area. The film was beautiful and described why the ocean life and bird life is so plentiful there. It was lovely to see huge manta rays, various unusual forms of jelly fish, sharks, and many other different sea creatures.

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The last film was fascinating. It was about Mummies. The film explained why it took so long to figure out how mummies were formed and how this research is used now in hopes for medical cures. It talked of how the famous mummies were uncovered, why they were created in the first place and how they have been brought to safe places for all to see. I especially enjoyed the views of the various temples. This film was 3D also.

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So if you happen to be in San Diego, come check out this wonderful museum and the movies. This website lists more about the museum, its ongoing research, what exhibits and films are presently being shown, prices, etc. There is a lovely gift shop there and also a snack bar.


12th Annual San Diego Tartan Day Festival

Last Saturday I went to Balboa Park for the 12th Annual San Diego Tartan Day Festival. It started at 11:00 am and I got there about 1:20. It was held on the stage amongst the International Cottages on the West side of the park, just east of the Automotive Museum and Hall of Champions.

Before I got there, there were the opening ceremonies, the House of Scotland Pipe Band, the Marching of Colors by the Scottish American Military group, Dan Decker playing Scottish Folk music, the San Diego District Tartan, and the San Diego School of Highland Dancing.

There was quite a crowd watching and occasionally someone dancing. A cute little 2 year old girl was bouncing right along in time with the music. I loved listening to the various Scottish accents all around.

I was there for the Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band, the House of Scotland Ceilidh Band, the Royal Scottish Country Dancers and the closing ceremonies. I took videos for the first time, using my new phone and made you tubes of them so I could post them. They turned out ok but with black bands on each side. I’m not sure if it is because of me holding the camera straight up instead of sideways or what. If anyone can tell me, please let me know. I was a little shaky in the holding of the phone, so please excuse me 🙂

This is part of a song by the Cameron Highlander’s Pipe Band

This is a song by the House of Scotland Ceilidh Band

This is a part of a dance by the Royal Scottish Country Dancers

There were several booths there. Some had things for sale, some was about history and information and to encourage membership. Here are some photos of these.

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In the house of Scotland there were numerous baked goods for sale. I had a piece of the shortbread.

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There was also the food booth where Meat Pies, Bangers (pork and beef pie), Haggis sausage, and some drinks were for sale. I had the meat pie with gravy and onions. I forgot to take a picture of it. It was very yummy!!

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Every Sunday there is a different country featured from 2:00- 3:00, with performances, booths and food. This coming Sat. is an English Festival. I’m hoping to go check that out.

I go to Balboa Park often (as you can tell by my posts), but never tire of it’s beautiful architecture, celebration of various cultures, beautiful landscape, street musicians (I love the Cello guy), great unique things for sale and people from all over the world wandering around. Come check it out.

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