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British Isles Friday: Parakeets in the Park

Parakeets in the ParkOn a beautiful day in May, 2017 my husband and I walked through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. It’s really not that easy to tell where one ends and the other begins. We were looking for the Peter Pan statue (next week’s post) when we came across a small clearing cluttered with people holding their arms in the air, offering perches for surprisingly green birds fluttering in the air. Parakeets, and so prevalent, and with so many people standing about in their midst I stupidly assumed this must be some sort of birder club gathering. Ding dong me! I didn’t know the birds were wild and the people were just regular folks like us trying to get a better look. 

Doing a little post-trip homework I discovered the parakeets are so abundant in the park—and the inner mile they’re actually considered a bit of a nuisance by some people! I wish I’d known before the trip that all I had to do was bring a slice of apple and I could get the birds to land on me too!

I thought this wom…


On the Street Where I Lived: a collection of personal stories
"There are places I remember 
All my life, though some have changed 
Some forever not for better 
Some have gone and some remain 
All these places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall 
Some are dead and some are living 
In my life I've loved them all"

If the American Dream is to buy a home and settle down, if that’s the measure of success, I’ve clearly failed. I’ve almost lost count of all the places I've called home. Three continents, six countries, over a dozen cities and well over thirty houses, apartments, condos, town-homes and a couple of summer sublets. Not one of them came with a purchase contract. An odd admission for someone who has been a licensed Realtor since 2006! 

Wanting to share stories of my past, getting them down before I forget them, I’m using the streets where I’ve lived as a road map to navigate these personal stories by. If every picture tells a story, surely every house does as well. 
I blame my parents for the first twenty years worth of homes, the places numbered 1 through 15; from then on ... well, I inherited their very bad case of itchy feet. Looking at the road map of places I've been I may never figure out why my life's journey took this particular route, full of false starts and detours but what I'll try to do here is tell a story set in each locale. I'm beginning with some dusty old pieces which have been sitting here in the archives for ages. I'm gathering the guts to try some new stuff as well. Below is a numbered list of all the streets where I've lived; my intent is to add links as I post my tales, until there's at least one piece for each street. 
You might want to start off with #3, Turkish Delight or #4, "The Boy Who Took Out His eye" since they get things started. 

1. Salisbury Road, Richmond (call it London) England
    Home: Returning to Richmond
2. Queens Ferry, Wales
3. Izmir, Turkey
   Turkish Delight
4. Tripoli, Libya
5. Mansfield Drive, Hayes, Middlesex, England
5A. Our TransAtlantic Crossing
     Bon Voyage
6. Montreal, Canada
7. Eglington Avenue North, Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
8. Ryerson Crescent, Niagara Falls, Canada
     The Sparklers Red Glare
9. Cherry Grove Road, Niagara Falls, Canada
10. Avenida Ponce de Leon, San Juan, Puerto Rico
      Beach Music 
11. 3rd Street, Santa Monica
       Beach Music
12. 10th Street, Santa Monica
13. 12th Street, Santa Monica
14. 14th Street, Santa Monica
      Boys and Black Coffee
      Waiting on a Friend
      E Ticket to Ride
      In the Cups
      A guy, a girl and a GTO
      On Sunset
      Behind Closed Doors

         Drug Store Beauty Queen 
         Pretty French Postcards (France)
        The Price of Potatoes (France)
       Sous le Soleil (Bandol, France)
        The Walk (Bandol, France 1/3)
        Garlic & Gauloise (Bandol, France  3/3)

         Dear Mr. Redford
         Job Done

15. Euclid Street, Santa Monica
      Leaving Home: Part Four
      Leaving Home: Part Five
      Leaving Home: Yesterday

16. Barrington, Brentwood
      Leaving Home: Yesterday
17. Broderick Street, San Francisco
18. Washington Ave, San Francisco
19. Gorham Avenue, Brentwood
20. Dorothy Street, Brentwood, California
21. Bentley Avenue, West Los Angeles
      Photographic Memory
22. Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
       Meeting Tom Cruise
23. Via Marina, Marina del Rey
24. Murietta Avenue, Sherman Oaks, California
25. Kester Avenue, Sherman Oaks
26. Gilmore Street, North Hollywood
27. Dickens Street, Sherman Oaks
      Last Dance
      Meeting Brad Pitt The Favor
      Made on Location (Oregon/Free Willy)
28. Vista del Mar, Redondo Beach, California
       Moving Day
29. Beverly Glen, Westwood (Los Angeles)
       Moving Day
30. Spring Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington
31. Barrington Avenue, Mar Vista, Los Angeles
32. Grandview Blvd, Mar Vista, California
      That Thing We Did
       That Thing You Do/2
       That Thing You Do/3
       That Thing You Do/4
33. Mountain View Avenue, Mar Vista, California
       There's No Place like Home
      A Summer Place, Theatricum Botanicum
34. 110th Street, New York, New York
35. Foxwood Drive, Oak Park, California
36. Ridgeway Drive, Westlake Village, California
37. Conifer Street, Oak Park, California
38. The Street We Live on Now, Los Angeles, California

"There are places I remember 
All my life, though some have changed 
Some forever not for better 
Some have gone and some remain 
All these places have their moments 
With lovers and friends I still can recall 
Some are dead and some are living 
In my life I've loved them all"


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