Category Archives: Around Berkeley

Bastille Day

Which, not being a Francophile doesn’t mean a lot to me. But there was a concert in the Redwood Grove that is a part of the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens. George loves the location, thought he would enjoy the concert … Continue reading

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Overpasses

I was thinking as I drove to the Oakland VA Clinic yesterday about how much of the freeway system here is elevated. In some places there are overpasses on top of overpasses while roads travel beneath as city streets. As … Continue reading

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It is early

this morning, rising when the sky is still that grayish color with the consistency of flannel as I look out the window toward the San Francisco Bay. The lights are gleaming red, orange, yellow, white from the Berkeley Marina stretching … Continue reading

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Banding Birds

It has been four years since I started watching the Cal Campanile Falcons each spring. Prior to that, I didn’t know that they existed – although Annie & Grinnell had been making the tower their home for at least a … Continue reading

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Allergy Season

has arrived here. There has been more than enough rain to have everything blooming, pretty plants and weeds alike. I love the flowers, but flowers = pollen. So here I am, itchy eyes, runny nose, post nasal drips + cough. … Continue reading

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Falcons

  Having mentioned my favorites – the local Peregrin falcons inhabiting the Campanile on the UC Berkeley campus I have been reminded of a couple of other locations where falcons are currently nesting. First, ¬†there is the pair currently nesting … Continue reading

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and the final egg hatched

According to the original estimates by the Falcon crew – there was a hatching party planned for today. Now, the nest is up near the top of the Campanile. Humans can’t exactly all go up there in a crowd. But … Continue reading

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And now there are three

When I checked in on the CalFalcons channel this morning, there was a third chick with one egg left to hatch. Checking in on the live feed off & on during the day – and watching one of the adult … Continue reading

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Hatching

Like many others during the pandemic, I started watching various live feeds on YouTube. The natural disasters are pretty self evident. I never expected to (nor wanted to) have first hand and up close experience with a volcano. Iceland provided … Continue reading

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and today 0715

Again, no cat early this morning. In fact, I woke at 0715, light shining in the window and a feeling that something must be wrong. No cat. Oh dear. Swinging my legs out of bed, there was this scurrying sound … Continue reading

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WBIT

Looks and sounds like those responsible should have come up with a better name. It stands for Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament. California (UC Berkeley specifically since it is considered the MAIN CAL school) landed a slot and the first game … Continue reading

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Turkeys!

And…. they are back! It has been more than a few months since I have spotted any of the stupid birds around the intersection of San Pablo & Marin in Albany. But there they were, on a Saturday morning hanging … Continue reading

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Go vote

If you are a US person, and live in one of the states which are holding primary elections today – please go and vote. Or mail in your ballot, which ever applies. California is an automatic mail ballot state. This … Continue reading

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They won!

After a long, long day – in which Alex & I had breakfast out, then hit the grocery store, I stopped at Michaels, JoAnns, and a watch repair place on Solano Ave (and it wasn’t even noon…) I loaded the … Continue reading

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brilliant supper

and one that I didn’t have to cook. Nor did George for that matter. ¬†Our neighbors two doors up the hill invited us. He is a retired architect who loves cooking. Those are roasted potatoes, roasted Brussel Sprouts and .. … Continue reading

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Sunset

out my craft room window Right now the sun is setting almost directly over the Golden Gate Bridge. The body of water there is the San Francisco Bay and the tiny lower bit of land visible is the Berkeley Marina

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Alternative Libraries

I just can’t resist. As I mentioned a couple of years ago, we put up one of the “wee free library boxes” down at street level near our mailbox. There are a number of them in our neighbor. Some seem … Continue reading

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Final check

My daughter is due back tonight and I will be off the hook for daily cat checks. No, she didn’t ask me to do this, it is a self-inflicted trip. But as nasty as this cat can be, he does … Continue reading

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Driving

(me nuts?). I can’t say that I really enjoy driving anymore. Perhaps it is that the roads are more crowded or the drivers are bad or…. anyway – I use the car when I have to but not usually on … Continue reading

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Gophers

There is a lovely park as part of WildCat Canyon near where all three of our daughters live. The park includes picnic areas which you can reserve for parties, open areas for playing, and trails you can hike. The Eldest … Continue reading

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