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Patricia Shipp Lieb; published by Twilight Times Books, Solstice Publishing, Xlibris Press and Amazon Kindle.

 I like lots of space; photography, writing, reading, diddling around on the computer, playing Poker, spending time with family and friends, walking on the beach, and hiking through the woods. Author of: The Adventures of a Squirrel Named Peanut, Twilight Times Books; My Eighteenth Birthday, 1960 suspense-adventure; Solstice; Danger In The Cliffs, Solstice; Saying I Love You, poetry on Amazon's Kindle; The original version of Murders In The Swampland is available in hard-back books from Xlibris.com; Murders in the Swampland (third edition, updated) true crime now on Amazon Kindle.   

Monday, July 18, 2011

Walking South in Noe Valley, SF, CA.

After walking from the alley I found myself in a place with lots of goings-on all around, from churches to shopping to unlimited vegetable-fruit stands to an array of cafes and restaurants representing American, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Asian, and many more.

This corner store is run by brothers Billy and Don. I met my new buddies when I went out the first morning in Noe Valley in search of a bottle of Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon.

Billy and Don hold the Guinness World record for having built the largest rubber band. This is Billy opening the wine for me.

The blur in the photograph is my hair. A windy day.

San Francisco downtown in the distance

Don is holding the record-breaking rubber band photo.

Saw lots of churches on my morning walks.
Flowers everywhere.

Mission College Campus on a busy Noe Valley street.
Lovely walks, tree, bushes and flowrs.
Downtown San Francisco in the distance.
All is up and down and down and up. Love it!

Lovely homes set on busy streets.
So many residents have dogs. I was told that more people have dogs than kids in Noe Valley.

Love the brick and greenery on this busy avenue.

Please come back soon. I have more SF photos to share. Some taken in parks and some in the alley entrance to the place where I stayed.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Neighborhood Doorways, San Francisco

Morning walks daily while in the "neighborhood" in San Francisco led me to enchanting entrances to homes on the hill north of the place where I stayed in Noe Valley. I want to share some of the lovely works of art with you. Hope you enjoy.

What kind of stories are hidden behind the green and glass and birck and mortar in this alive and fasinating dwelling?

I wonder who you are and how you feel when you enter this enchanting doorway.

The story behind the two side-side houses (according to a man I met while taking this photograph) is that the pink house slide down the hill and the woman who purhased it had the blue-gray house moved from atop the hill to sit beside the pink house. She built a breezeway to connect the two homes so she lived in the blue-gray and her daughter lived in the pink.

Maybe the hill looks easy enough to walk up but let me tell you it will take your breath away; at least I had to stop at the top. Whoops, there wasn't a top to the hill. Whenever I thought I had reached the top I saw there was another mountain to climb.

Streets, stones, bricks, plants, flowers and arcitec is all a work of art.

How'd you like to have this kind of garden?_________________________________________________

Recently, I accompanied a writer-poet friend to San Francisco to help he with his traveling--we changed plans in Dallas and Las Vegas and my friend required a wheel-chair (ever change planes in Dallas? If not, be prepared for miles and miles via walking paths, moving sidewalks, trams)--anyway, I traveled with him and then helped him get settled into an apartment where his doctor daughter also lives. But prior to the apartment we stayed in a flat (owner called it a bed & breakfast; but I don't think so, though it was quite nice) for the first week. That's when I took 45-to-an-hour fast walks over the hill to the north and the buisness area to the south in this "neighborhood" of Noe Valley. It was rewarding, interesting and lovely. I've put photos I took on these ventures in to several different folders that I am sharing with you. I found the doorways most interesting and lovely.

Every entrance amazed me.

Just couldn't get enough of the various doorways and coming upon Victorian mixed with the array of stylings in the residential parts of Noe Valley.