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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, April 25, 2016


Hi everyone and welcome to P week...p as in pansy, pretty, paper, panda, pacifier (that one of my kids ate at 18 months thereby stopping that habit), paleontology (that I studied at university for a year), pelvis, pedometer, peignoir, photography (which you all know I love!), and let me think...one more word - aha! plagiarism (which I'm always reminding my students NOT to do.)

So, as my regular readers will remember, I've recently moved to a new condo where there is the most phantasmagoric garden at the back where all the dogs can play off leash PLUS the prettiest courtyard where plants abound and people can perch on garden chairs while prattling on with their friends and neighbours and partake of some sort of punch, port or peppermint schnapps.

The variety of plants is prodigious with flowering ones so far providing a great deal of attraction to me and my camera.  I seem to have become the resident photographer, so far recording for posterity the spring flowers and plants.  I may have recently put one or two on here since moving in, but there is so much more that I want to parade. So enjoy the production I've put together - haven't done this in quite a while - and make sure your speakers are on so you get the full effect.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
With the greatest of thanks to the popular Denise Nesbitt, the producer of ABC Wednesday, and to the passionate Roger, our administrator.  Also, thanks go out to the productive team of assistants who, like Roger, are passionate about ABCW and put forth great effort to visit everyone's weekly contribution and leave polite comments. Oh by the way, you can watch the video full screen by clicking on the icon.


Roger Owen Green said...

A bit of beauty to start the day is always welcome.


Melody Steenkamp said...

so you have gathered a lot of p's... Well done Leslie ;-)

Have a nice abc-wednesday-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

photowannabe said...

Leslie, you live in Paradise.
Beautiful flowers and the Shutter Box video is wonderful.
Great job.
It's so good to see you so happy.

Trubes said...

Perfection personified..... So glad you got your lilacs xxx


Reader Wil said...

photowannabe says what I wanted to say:" You live in paradise! " All those colourful flowerd. Fantastic! You must feel very happy among this floral environment. Have a great week. Tomorrow our king is having his birthday. He celebrates it with the whole nation. Hopefully the weather will be better than today.
Wil, ABCW Team

Rajesh said...

Very pretty plants.

ellen b said...

Beautiful video of the plants around you. I love the deeper color purple lilac. I have a paler one which is lovely but I might need to add a deeper one, too. I don't know what that long stemmed purple flower is. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Indrani said...

Such a wonderful usage of P words. Very creatively done!

Hildred said...

Love the video and your neighbourhood, Leslie. Gee, what a lot of P's, - very provocative.

Photo Cache said...


Frankly My Dear

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your photographs of all those gorgeous flowers makes me want to take out my watercolors. At first I though those purple stalk shaped flowers were lupines, but I looked it up and they're not. Anyway, have a blessed week with Tegan, my dear friend!

K V V S MURTHY said...

Truly pretty.

carol l mckenna said...

Delightful post with so man p words and Pretty flowers ~ sounds like you have found a type of Paradise with your new home ~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Janis said...

Everything about your new home sounds lovely!
An afternoon spent "prattling and partaking of the punch" would be just the thing every now and then!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

You live in a fantastic setting. So much beauty!