Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Grand Central Bouquets to Art --- Day 12/161

 Walk: de Young Museum (Bouquets to Arts)

Distance: 4.5 miles

So Bouquets to Art, the San Francisco Museum's annual fund raiser is back in person for six days of glorious and clever arrangements by local florists.  As you can see, it is Very popular with people coming from all over the Bay Area and beyond to enjoy and admire.

And, dear readers, you will be treated to some of Ciwt's favorites from the event while she takes a short trip that you are sure to hear all about when she returns.

The huge 'chandelier' above in the Wilsey Court  of the deYoung was created by Patricia Gillepsie and her workers at sharpstick studio in Oakland

Monday, June 5, 2023

June Holiday Flower --- Day 12/160

Walk: Hood

Distace: 3 miles

Holidays in June?  Maybe Ciwt's prize amaryllis which she got as a gift for the winter holidays knows about some. After months in a dark closet completely ignored it is blooming again.

(See Day 12/154)

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Sunday in the Park with Ciwt --- Day 12/159

 Walk: Park Next Door

Distance: 3 miles

Ciwt's neighbors LOVE their park.  And take good care of it.  

Saturday, June 3, 2023

One Year In --- Days 12/157 & 158

Walks: Presidio, Hood

Distances: 3 miles

Just a year in her new place and already time for a closet caper.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Dog Park --- Day 12/156

Walk: Presidio

Distance: 4 miles

Next best thing to having a dog is living right next to a dog park and watching their romps.

Here are a few of them the other morning: https://photos.app.goo.gl/k1quLCtPuTfijAyS9

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Tribute to Color --- Day 12/155

Walk: Hood

Distance: 5.5 miles

Henri Matisse, Open Window,Collioure, 1905, o/c

One of Ciwt's paintings by one of Ciwt's favorite artists. It was painted shortly after Matisse encountered the light of the Southern France.  Up until then he had spent his life in the rather bleak light of very northern France and the still subdued light of Paris. Light like this was entirely new to him.  And it set him and his pallette free for life!  Ciwt once had a poster of this painting and couldm't find a place to put it.  Its color is so joyfully intense it's almost impossible to live with - but communicates so much of Matisse's visual awe at what he was seeing all around him.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

How to Re-Grow Your Amaryllis --- Day 12/154

Walk: Union Square

Distance: 5.5 miles

So Ciwt's gorgeous amaryllis which she'd been given as a holiday uplift finally stopped producing its blooms in January.   Unsure what to do with the flowerless leaves and bulb she stuck their basket way back in a dark closet and completely neglected it.  No water, no light, no attention except to lop off the leaves a few months later when they started flopping over the shelf's edge in a creepy way that bothered her.

Then, yesterday, Ciwt was straightening out the closet and couldn't believe her eyes when she saw this:

Impossible to believe, but the bulb had sprouted!  Not only that, when she brought it out of the dark and sent a picture to her amaryllis expert friend, her friend responded: That looks like it is going to BLOOM again! If so, I think I would give it some water.  None of mine have ever done that ...yours is a premium Amaryllis and a high achiever!

So there you have it: step by step instructions on re-growing your kaput amaryllis - if you are lucky enought to have a premium one.

Monday, May 29, 2023

All Greek to Ciwt --- Day 12/153

 Walk: Sports Basement Presidio

Distance: 4 miles

Ciwt was entirely! wrong about last night's Succession finale. And she couldn't be happier. No Chekhov, many guns left still loaded, and devastatingly perfect.  It was pre-gun, stark Greek Tragedy in which the show mastermind, Jesse Armstrong, gave new meaning to English cooking, 'a meal fit for a king,' hand holding, empty suits, hubris, defeat and victory.  

If you haven't been a Succession follower, some day you owe it to yourself to spend 40+ hours watching all 4 seasons from beginning to end.  Meanwhile Ciwt will be joining the bereft original audience who are doing just that - for the second or third time .