Sunday, November 09, 2008

Halloween Pix

Here are some pix from the halls of the Ministry of Magic where a dark angel and I were enjoying the grim festivities.

Welcome to the Office of Dispelling Convexing Conundrums!

Here's the window closest to my office, with its droll-yet-festive black lace valance.

The skeletal sconces and cobwebs added a macabre touch to the halls.

Beautiful Day

I just got back from a convention in downtown Los Angeles. I find LA to be a most ugly, dirty, brash conglomeration of busy-bodies zipping this way and that. By Saturday I realized I needed a day of cool greenery away from the glaring traffic. So I made my way to the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. The concierge at the Westin was able to find me a rental car while she printed out great directions to the Huntington and then to LAX.

I got there early - too early for general admittance - but there was a conference on the Arts anbd Crafts movement going on in one of the buildings, so the gardens were already open.

Their new Chinese Garden was delightful. I had read about it in several LA tourist-oriented magazines and pamphlets and knew I just had to have a good long look.

After a lingering stroll through the Chinese garden, I sat in the Japanese garden.