Tuesday, June 08, 2010



  1. Hi Rick, Hydrangeas have never been my favorite flower, since the blossoms dont' seem to really work together in groups! only call attention to themselves individually. And I never tried to grow them. But last week I was trying to take pictures of them on campus anyway, and either the blossoms or the leaves would be in focus, but not both at the same time. But this lovely photograph of yours really beautifies the whole package. thanks, sp

  2. Thanks, Sussah. Hydrangea seem to be out all over Miyazaki these days. Being "plant illiterate," I had to look up the name.

  3. Hi Rick! If I had a blog I would post the zillion pictures Isabella took from Monet's Garden, in Giverny. (oh, am I being too "chic" now? ;-)

  4. Hi Claudia,
    Yeah yeah, and then you met Lady Gaga and Christopher Walken for drinks at Studio 51 (??I have no idea where the "beautiful people" hang out these days!! Walmart??)

  5. Oh, Rick I couldn't care less about that Lady; Christopher Walken, on the other hand...

    In case you are confused - I haven't been to the US, my latest trip was to Europe (WOW, now I am being cruel ;-)

  6. Claudia,
    Yes, I knew that, but I thought I'd throw in someone famous, someone cool, and... some place I imagine famous and cool people hang out at.
    Hope you had a good trip!

  7. Rick, you amuse me! Give me a couple of days and I will write to you about my trip. As I was saying to Sussah, firstly we need to organize and edit the 1.129 photos Isabella took ... (teenagers, teenagers!).

    Did you know I met Susan Sanford in London? We met in front of the Buckingham Palace and chatted for hours while walking behind my husband and Isabella. It was tough - Susan and my dear ones have much more physical energy than me!

  8. Claudia,
    I read a bit about your meeting up with Susan on her blog. I've never met anyone from cyberspace before. Was it weird? Er, not that Susan's weird or anything! ...Is she? ;-)

  9. She is not weird, of course! She is delightful (I think she used the same adjective for me... I am running out of words here).

    It's kind of a painful pleasure to meet people in the real world. It's magical to see someone you know only by images or words typed in a keyboard. On the other hand, I couldn't help feeling Susan might be thinking: "Oh, Cláudia looked much more interesting and intelligent when I couldn't hear her accent and clumsy spoken English."

    I am always a victim of that "fraud complex".

    Anyway - it was lovely and I would do all that again.

    Photos will follow when I get over my hangover (of choosing from 1129 shots ;-)

  10. Claudia,
    Sounds like you had a nice time. I somehow doubt anyone from cyberspace would describe me as "delightful" after meeting me face to face!