Category Archive: California

Jul 30

Do Your Travel Plans Always Work Out?

How many times have you created a travel plan, only to have it fall apart? Now I’m making travel intentions rather than travel plans.

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Jul 14

Camels, Street Art, and Famous Residents of Venice Beach

Venice Beach has always been this side of skuzzy and although two decades have passed since I first encountered this iconic Californian beach town it hasn’t improved much. I lived in different parts of this Los Angeles enclave over the years. Initially, I sublet a cramped one bedroom apartment that three of us shared for a …

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Feb 27

Another visit to Van Gogh’s Bedroom

A visit to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to view Van Gogh’s bedroom on loan from the Chicago Art Institute.

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Feb 07

Life Lesson: Avoid the DMV on a Monday Morning

Monday Morning diet of government bureaucracy and paying for the privilege of eating up my day. How I got my buttons pushed at the DMV.

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Jan 17

Weekend House Sitting with a Velcro Dog

Our latest dog sitting charge was a 1 year old Vizsla named Shogi, all she wanted to do was play catch and be loved. If only life were that simple for all of us.

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Jan 31

Josh Reviews Obscure Gems & the Worst Movies of 2015

You’ve been waiting for this moment and here it is – Josh “The Movie Squabblers” Obscure Gems and and Bottom 5 movies of 2015.

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Dec 02

Excess Luggage at LAX to Luxury in Istanbul

Leaving LAX with excess baggage, and arriving in the lap of luxury at the Elite World Business Hotel in Istanbul for our first night of our new life in Turkey.

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Nov 30

Packing up and leaving Los Angeles

After 17 years living the LA dream, we sold, gave away and donated our belongings to start a new life in Turkey. Our life was whittled down to 11 pieces of luggage and two sleep deprived travelers.

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Oct 19

A poetic take on clutter and stuff

“Why do we hoard, and leave clutter untouched, When all that we need just isn’t that much.” The decluttering process inspired a poem about getting rid of your stuff, and starting a new journey. Includes a Pinnable image.

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Sep 13

Spicy Pineapple Salsa with Pul Biber

Here’s my tried and tested SIMPLE recipe for Spicy Pineapple Salsa with Pul Biber. It’s a creative way to incorporate this hot Turkish spice into a fresh and fruity salsa.

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Aug 26

Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade Photo Album

Photo Album of the 2015 Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade. See the cast of characters parading down Main Street for the annual parade to celebrate the Independence from us Brits! I kept my accent firmly under wraps!

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Aug 19

Killing time before the Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade

Killing Time before & after Half Moon Bay 4th of July Parade I went Horse Riding, ate at Main Street Diner and walked the dogs in El Granada’s Quarry Park. Head to Vista Point for a panoramic view of Pillar Point Harbour and Mavaricks Beach.

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Aug 12

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at Moss Beach

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is just north of Half Moon Bay. It’s famous for it’s tide pools and Seal Cove Beach. The best time to visit is low tide.

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Aug 05

A Stroll Down Half Moon Bay Main Street

I took a Stroll Down Half Moon Bay Main Street when I was dog sitting in Northern California. It’s a quaint old town, and it’s easy to see it’s mass appeal

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Jul 30

Point Montara Lighthouse & Cove Beach

Point Montara Lighthouse is nestled between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. The Coast Guard Quarters are now a hostel for cheap California Accommodation.

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Jul 20

Dog Sitting in Northern California

I went housesitting in Northern California near Half Moon Bay looking after 2 adorable dogs. We had plenty of walks along Montara State beach in the sun and during the fog, which seems pretty prevalent this time of year.

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May 21

LA Screening for the Wireless Generation

Wireless Generation trailer from creators Drew and Christine from Almost Fearless. This travel blogging duo created a KickStarter project to showcase other bloggers and professionals who are global nomads and chasing their dreams in distant lands.

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Apr 27

Don’t let Clutter hold you back

If you have too much clutter in your life, there’s no room to chase your dreams. So get rid of it and start a new life with the help of the Declutter Clinic

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Feb 19

Josh Reviews Hollywood: 5 Worst Movies of 2014

To follow on from Josh’s review of the Special Mentions and Obscure Gems for 2014, and the 10 Best Movies of 2014 we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel and the Movie Squabbler is reviewing the 5 Worst Movies of 2014.

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Feb 09

Josh Reviews Hollywood: 10 Best Movies of 2014

Josh Reviews Hollywood’s 2014 Best Movies of the Year. As we run up to the Oscars take a look at some of the films that caught his attention. Read his Top 10 Best Movies of 2014.

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Feb 03

Josh Reviews Hollywood: Special Mention & Obscure Gems

Once again guest blogger Josh Reviews Hollywood: with his list of Special Mention & Obscure Gems. Did you watch these movies that made an impact in 2014?

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Dec 31

Mince Pies and Cat Eyes for our Christmas House Sit

Christmas and New Year house sitting in Hermosa Beach .. looking after a pair of cats and making mince pies for Christmas Morning. Christmas hasn’t officially started until I’ve taken my first nibble of of mince pie.

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Aug 25

Wrong Root from the Market

I picked up the wrong root at the Farmers Market. I went in search of Beets and got more than I bargained for…

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Aug 18

Britweek in Los Angeles

I ended up in Santa Monica one weekend, and stumbled across Brit Week. An Annual event when all good things from the UK are displayed and touted.

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Jul 23

Pet Sitting in Redondo & Dog Friendly Trails

We house sat in Redondo for 4th of July. Now I have visitation rights to take my new BFF on some dog friendly trails in Los Angeles.

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May 25

House Sitting: Beach Stylin’

Our House Sitting weekend in Hermosa Beach. Long Haul hike to Redondo Beach for Coffee, and then watching Volleyball & Beach Tennis on the way back. Great photo opportunities along this 10 mile round trip.

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May 01

True Blue Madonna for a day

I loved the Madonna look in True Blue’s Papa Don’t Preach. So when I left a relationship I cut my hair into a True Blue Cut of my own. It took nearly a decade for this decision to pay off.

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Feb 17

Josh Reviews Hollywood: 10 Best Movies of 2013

Josh the Movie Squabbler finishes off his trio of guest posts about last year’s Hollywood movies, by giving us a recap of the top 10 movies of last year… just in time for this year’s Oscar celebrations.

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Feb 09

Josh Reviews Hollywood: Worst Movies of 2013

It’s Awards season again in Hollywood & in the run-up to the Oscars, Josh the Movie Squabbler returns with a guest post about the Worst Movies of 2013.

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Feb 02

Long Beach & Izmir Sister City Event

Read about the Community Event held in Long Beach to celebrate the Sister City Alliance between Long Beach & Izmir in Turkey. Eclectic mix of people & a macaw as well as delicious food & good music.

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