"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations glow and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Is April the *Cruelest Month*?

*April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire..*

Thomas Eliot, the Waste Land (with a nod to Geoffrey Chaucer)

April never was a favourite month of mine.. here, it is usually colder, windier and wetter than Winter Months... this year, as my winding road to recovery continues, the first few days have been rough....we have had several huge storms - 30 mph winds, Thunder and Lightning (oh my)...my soon-to- end part time job ends in 10 days...and I won't be sorry to see it go.... it is no fun taking two buses to and from work (and I must work till 8:00 p.m. three nights a week in an unsafe part of the City)....though it's nice to be earning a paycheck, the whole things is downright depressing.  Still, there is a decent place across the street where I can have a nice Latte outside (even while it's storming)...

At Delissios Cafe

There were a few days where I was able to get out for a walk amid my best *Counselor and Friend*....Nature.

As many of you know, the Blogging World is decreasing... mind you, my Blog always had a small group of followers... and now, most of them have left... it is human nature to feel sad when you see old friends have gone...  but, it is Life...  everyone is off *living*...  those of you who do come to visit and actually comment....thank you.  Renee, who was the person to first encourage me to blog - and to post photos (my artistic talent among you  authors, painters and sculptors)...is still with me.  The third anniversary of her death found me in hospital......but I thought of her a lot while I was there...and I continue to think of her know and give thanks for her HUGE open and honest heart and her enormous ability to love....

Gifts from a dear friend... sent all the way from Capetown...

These days, I blog mainly for me....a form of self-therapy... my burns will be with me a long time....but they are healing and soon, when I am able to get out and hike more, I know my feelings will strengthen as my body does.  Hope will return to my soul and perhaps this April will be a remarkable and wonderful one.

* I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills
Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain:
I have seen lady April bringing the daffodils,
Bringing the springing grass and the soft warm April rain.*

John Masefield


♥ Robin ♥

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The LONG Road to Recovery....and to Gaining my Life Back

Looking back at my last post, written in a deliriously happy moment before I was off to meet my two Guys in New York, sigh.....well it reveals how LIFE can change in a mere instant.....a *Snap of the Fingers* and all you have known is changed.

I spent three weeks in hospital....was uninsured... and now, still slowly (but surely) healing....am left with unbelievably GIGANTIC medical bills - and no way to ever pay them back. 

Most of you know I am alone in San Francisco.... close friends live thousands of miles away....as do Chris and Bofie.  It will be a long, rough road to a recovery... but I am grateful for those friends who can comprehend what I am going through....and send me emotional support.  It means a lot. 

Bofie misses his Mum....  thank goodness for SKYPE and Facetime!

Meanwhile, I have begun work at my non-Opera job...receptionist at a Tax Company.... only 20 hours a week (nights and weekends) and just over minimum wage....but it's all I can get here in San Francisco these days.....so I take it...
it money for food and basics... and it's definitely better than nothing.

I am regaining strength in my legs with all the walking I must do...this is inspiring to me....as I am really an *Outdoor Girl* and need to be in Nature's realm as often as possible.

Here are a few photos I was able to take last week......they help to heal my body, my soul and my heart.  I hope you enjoy them.  For those of you who sent cards to me in Hospital and later to my home.... thank you for your prayers and healing thoughts.... and even some lovely artwork... I will post some of them soon.

Blue Boy

Mr. and Mrs Mallard at Brunch

Spring has arrived early in San Francisco.  This has been a real blessing to me....it enables me to get out in the Sunshine..and help me to heal.

The Stow Lake Turtles like the Sun too!

Last night, I was able to photograph the March Full Moon....  so beautiful and such a joy to behold... another step towards getting my life back!

La Bella Luna....I have missed you!

I leave you with words that have always encouraged me to push on when things get tough.... they ring especially true now.

* Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.

Home is behind, the World ahead,

And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of Night,
Until the Stars are all alight.* 

Love, always,

♥ Robin ♥

Saturday, January 25, 2014

More *Droughty* Photos

*You looking at me?*

Part of the Flock!  (There must have been over one hundred!)

 The Drought continues.. unseasonable warm weather - no rain... (we normally have over 10" of rain by now.....today - only 1")....  water rationing has begun in the Northern Counties...  we will be next.

White Plum Blossom Tree....  it had the most delicate, delicious scent... a little like Sandalwood..

Yesterday, I went out on a *final walk*  (before I depart for NY) to stroll about in the Sun and warmth... we visited *The Geese* out on the Polo Field...and then came across this wonderful tunnel - painted with bright colours and a great sense of humour!

Mr. Fox is so *smooth*! ♥

Most of you know I adore Bats!  Remember, no Bats....millions of Mosquitoes and ..no Margaritas!


The Peanut Lover

Another glorious Sunrise! 

Tomorrow morning, I am off to NY to spend 10 days with my guys - Chris and Bofie!  Packing all my *Woolies*... although I KNOW it is going to be COLD (I DO listen to your words and photos)...it is going to be a *Shock* leaving 70 degrees and going to 20!  A-ha-ha!

The Beekman Arms Inn in September..

The Beekman Arms Inn in January

I will miss you all.....  see you on FB and e-mail!


♥ Robin ♥

Friday, January 17, 2014



I'm sure most of you know that those of who live in California are experiencing the worst drought in 30 years!  It is getting serious... but the unusual Sunshine has painted some extraordinary pink/red/orange/purple palettes.

I photographed these beauties last year too.....but in March, not January..

SF under BLUE (not Grey) Skies

After my prolonged illness and being in bed *forever*, it was wonderful to be able to walk along the shore and watch the tide come in.


Not yet the Full Moon....one day shy...but that evening, La Bella Luna was at her most translucent beauty and  as she rose against the Lilac Sky, I had to photograph her...


A Snow Goose?

Looking through the Moon Pool at the last of the Autumn Leaves

Watering the Arboretum.... the Trees and Plants are thirsty!

I love the different striations of blue in the Ocean as the Sun sets!

La Bella Luna

 The January Full Wolf Moon!

Even the Ducks are doing their Rain Dance!  We Need RAIN!

I am preparing to leave the *Land of Early Springtime* for *The Land of Winter*!  (This is why I STILL have Snowflakes falling on my Blog!) I know those of you in the Midwest and Northeast (and Europe) are saying: *A-ha-ha! Time to join the REAL World*!  I'm flying to meet Chris and Bofie in NY State for 10 days......this will include attending the Final Dress Rehearsal of the Met's *Prince Igor*!  I can't wait!

Love to all,

♥ Robin ♥