Jon Crispin's Notebook

Paperwhites

Posted in biology, Flowers, Jon Crispin, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 10/02/2017

paperwhites

Just before Christmas I bought the last four paperwhite bulbs at Hadley Garden Center.  As they were the last ones, they looked a bit ratty.  Since we were gone most of January, Cris didn’t put them into the jar of rocks until just after we got home.  The first flowers came out today.  A full foot of snow outside but lovely to have these beauties in the house.

I spoke to my friend John Wilson in Stratford-upon-Avon late last week and he said the daffodils are already coming up over there.  I guess we’ll have to wait at least 6 more weeks before we see any here.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Howth

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We have been spending most of our time in busy cities on this trip, so we decided to take the DART train to Howth yesterday and spend some time on the coastal path.

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This is a lovely seaside  fishing village, and since it was Sunday it was a bit crowded, but we really wanted to walk, so it was worth it.

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As we walked through the carpark at the beginning of the path, we saw a guy in a superman costume get out of a taxi.  We didn’t think much about it at the time since it was a few days before Halloween.  We started our walk, and some minutes later looked down to a little island just off the coast and saw him jump off a diving platform.  He is in mid-flight in this photo but it is a bit difficult to see him.  Look for the red spot on the left.  Wild.

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It was a lovely day.  Not too hot, not too cool.

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Ireland is really green, and like Cornwall has a really interesting variety of plants.

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I can never keep these things straight, but I think this is gorse.  So lovely.

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There were amazing views throughout the walk.  In the foreground is an entire field of ferns that are just starting to turn brown.

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At one point the coast path crossed an enormous golf course.  We were instructed to stay quiet.  We obliged, and we did see some golfers teeing off.  It would have been a lovely day to play 18.

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But by far the coolest part of the walk was when we went through the Bog of Frogs.  It was boggy, but not noticeably froggy.

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We walked well over 10 miles, and it was spectacular.  It was great to get a pint and some fish and chips once back in Howth.

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As we waited for the train to Dublin, a Carphone Warehouse advert kept scrolling through this sign at the station.

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Once back in Dublin, we stopped at Mary’s Bar and Hardware for a whiskey.  They really love JFK here.  And the whiskey was nice.

Hello!

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 02/09/2016

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I am never sure why this happens, but this site is getting rather a lot of traffic today.  Usually, a link gets published somewhere which mentions me for one reason or another, and I start getting emails from WordPress telling me I have new followers.  So welcome everyone; happy to have you stop by from time to time.  Wishing you all a great weekend.

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Pink Lady’s Slipper / Red Eft

Posted in Animals, botany, Flowers, Nature, Orchids, Plants, Uncategorized, walking in the woods by joncrispin on 05/06/2016

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There are hundreds of pink lady’s slippers around the house.  We are very lucky.

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Red efts were out today as well, as it is a rainy, humid day.  These guys are tiny.

Tulips

Posted in Flowers, Plants, Seasons, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 01/05/2016

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The university has planted a ton of tulips in anticipation of a flood of people visiting for commencement.  Most of them are planted in regular beds, but these guys are interspersed with clumps of grass just outside of the recreation center.  Nice.

Crocus

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Uncategorized, Weather by joncrispin on 31/03/2016

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We are supposed to have snow this weekend along with very cold temperatures.  I didn’t want to lose these guys to the weather before I got the chance to take some pictures.  Nature!

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Beach Flower

Posted in Beaches, Flowers, Plants by joncrispin on 04/01/2016

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It is wonderful to come to a place in the month of January where wild plants are still flowering.  In all our miles of walking the beach, this was the only blossom we have seen.

Anyone out there have any idea what plant this is?

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California Hospital Association

CalHospwpOn Tuesday I spoke to the annual California Hospital Association Behavioral Health Conference about the suitcases.  I can’t stress enough how wonderful (and unusual) it is for an organization such as the CHA to use the project to make a connection between art, and the people who work on the front lines of mental health issues.  I set up 30 mounted photographs which were on display all day, and got the chance to talk to a lot of interesting folks about the project.  California seems to be at the forefront of addressing behavioral health issues, which is very encouraging.  A huge shout out and thank you to Sheree Kruckenberg and her amazing staff.

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Dropped the rental car off this afternoon and on the walk back to Lynne’s  saw a ton of these bird(s?) of paradise.  Catching the red eye home tonight.

Pansy / Cyclamen

Posted in Flowers, Plants, Weather by joncrispin on 25/11/2015

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Even with the recent freezing nights, there are still some pansies in bloom outside.

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This cyclamen lives outside in the warm months, and we bring it in before the first freeze.  It always starts blooming as soon as it comes in the house.

To those of you who celebrate the day, have a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

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California Bounty

Posted in brunch, California plants, Flowers by joncrispin on 31/05/2015

I always feel a bit of an East Coast rube when I come to California.  Even though I am here quite a lot, I’m always blown away by what grows out here.  This lemon tree is in front of Lynne’s house. (I think I’ve posted about it before.)  Last night I went out and picked about 30, came in and squeezed ’em and put the juice in 5 different ice cube trays.  She now has lemon juice for the next few months.  We’ll try to carry on as many as we can on the flight home.

This morning we went down to San Juan Capistrano for brunch at The Ramos House Cafe.  Amazing.

The Jacaranda trees are at the tail end of blooming, and the flowers are all over the place.

And I think this comes from what is called a fried egg plant.  The white part of the flower is so delicate.  And huge!

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