Category Archive: US

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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Jun 09

House Sitting Home Page

I’ve put together a home page of all my House Sitting information. This is a good starting point if you want to see all of my House Sitting content in one place, and includes articles about our different house sitting assignments, as well as some House Sitting 101 information.

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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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Jan 26

Josh Reviews Hollywood: Obscure Gems for 2013

Josh the Movie Squabbler is our movie buff reviewer for this year’s Hollywood Obscure Gems. A duo of gems have caught Josh’s attention, hear what he has to say about “The East” and “Trance”

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Jan 19

Mar Vista Farmers Market: January 19th

A trip to the Farmers Market in Mar Vista to see what fresh produce is in season – I found lots of citrus, and an odd looking cauliflower.

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Jan 04

Near Year House Sit at Hermosa Beach

Sunset Photos from our New Year House Sit at California’s Hermosa Beach. The Pier and Life Guard Huts make great props for sunset photography.

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Dec 01

Santa Monica and Bodrum becoming sisters

Santa Monica Sister Cities Association has reached out to Bodrum to request a Sister City alignment. Find out more about this partnership, and how I have been blazing the trail of Citizenship Diplomacy for years.

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Nov 24

Sunny Blue Rice Balls

Sunny Blue Rice Balls You usually have to travel to a foreign country to encounter a new dish that captures your taste buds and imagination, but yesterday I stumbled upon a narrow little hole in the wall called Sunny Blue along Venice’s Main Street. “First Omusubi Store in Southern California”, caught my attention, and at first …

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Sep 28

Consignment & Resale in Los Angeles

Resale and Consignment shops are popping up all over, and there’s a good selection in the West Side of Los Angeles, California. Check them out in Mar Vista.

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Sep 18

Life’s a Beach for our House Sitting gig

House Sitting at Hermosa Beach was like trying on somebody else’s life for a week. It fit like a glove, and left we wanting more days at the Beach.

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Sep 14

WordCamp LA 2013

For those of you who haven’t heard of these events before, they’re like the WordPress equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous. In short, it’s a WordPress meet up for WordPress addicts, to talk about WordPress, breath about WordPress and drool over WordPress … oh, and to share information and insights about this open source platform with other addicts.

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Sep 11

My Expat Author Interview with Blog Expat

Excerpt from my Author Interview at Blog Expat: I survived the Moonies, and vowed to myself I’d return to the States one day. Back home, I met and fell in love with London, and enjoyed a long, fruitful and gloriously eventful relationship with that fabulous city.

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Aug 21

Maternity, Paternity, Techernity

We need a new employment law which gives people Techernity Leave when they buy a new piece of Technology. My computer is my new bundle of joy, so it should have the same rights as any other new arrival.

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Jun 30

I should have listened to Jamie Oliver

What should you do when you go to all the effort of making your own Chutney … but it’s just way too spicy to eat?

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Jun 15

Mobile Flower Truck

If you’re on the Westside of LA, look out for the Mobile Flower Truck. This converted ice cream van sells flowers to passers by, and can be hired out for private events. Just one of the many Mobile Retailers operating in SoCal

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Dec 27

Horse Riding and a House Sit in Palm Springs

During our New Year’s house sit I took the opportunity to go out into the desert on a horse riding expedition. It rained and I got soaked.

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Nov 16

Beating drums on Santa Monica Beach

Walking along Santa Monica Beach, I didn’t expect to see a young boy playing a drum kit, being videotaped by his dad. This post includes my entry for Photo Roulette #50

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Oct 28

Stuffed Zucchini/Courgette Blossoms

These bright yellow blossoms may be challenging to prepare but this simple recipe will inspire you to make & serve these at your table

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Sep 20

My husband has found another

Now – each morning, as the last vestiges of sleep slip from Red’s body he calls to her. He turns his face to mine, and whispers those 3 special little words to me …..

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Aug 07

BBC’s The Good Life: When did I become Margo Leadbetter?

I yearned for the Good Life, but somehow I’ve morphed into Margo Leadbetter. Shiny car, Corporate Castle. What’s needed is a couple of chickens and a sustainable lifestyle.

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Aug 05

26 feet of Marilyn Monroe

A 26 foot statue of Marilyn Monroe has pride of place in downtown Palm Springs, during the year of the 50th anniversary of her death.

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Jun 21

Suhita the Obsessive Sketcher featured on my Bodrum Guide

Suhita Shirodkar is a self-confessed obsessive sketcher, and she’s graciously allowed me to feature her watercolour over on my Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide site.

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Feb 25

Pebble Beach Golf Course and the 17 Mile Drive

This famed circuit in the Monterey bay, is made up of sweeping California Coastline, Pine Forests and more than a golf course of two. The pinnacle of the golf course collection is Pebble Beach, and although Red’s knee injury has thwarted his golf game – he still has enough game to swing a putter.

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