Tag Archives: California

Encinitas Pebble Garden

Some things are just such novel and cool ideas.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke was so disappointed not to see this magical little garden ~ so perfect for a teddy bear

Self-Healing & Self-Development

Hay House World Summit.

Following my recent return from a vacation in California, it was obvious to me and my friends that there was an empty darkness in my soul.

I made a half-hearted attempt to escape from this by drinking ~ and as usual that didn’t work.  Trying to escape into booze and / or drugs never works, not for anyone.  Booze is usually a bad idea, and taking drugs is always a very bad idea.  Both booze and drugs create more problems than they solve, up to and including dying from alcoholism and drug addiction.

What I really need is help to find a new way of living, new values, a new psychology of friendship and love.  I need to find a way towards real spiritual growth.  I need to accept the pain of confronting and solving my problems, and I know that I cannot do that through my own sheer willpower, self-control, and self-discipline.

My first impulse was to go and see my doctor, confess my problems, and ask for help.  But, you know what, most doctors are very bad at dealing with psychological and spiritual problems, together with the booze that has gone along with mine.

A very close friend then pointed me towards the Hay House World Summit, which is a 16-day journey to self-discovery, health, and success.  In 2018 this runs from May 5th to May 20th ~ the timing is ideal for me, and it’s free.

I’ve registered for this and I’m very much looking forward to exploring the 100 lessons and 15 videos.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

From time to time I will let you know how this is working out for me.

Scenes on Sunday ~ California

Southern California is the Land of Crazy Colourful Dreams

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I like California,

and I very much like my friend in California

Scenes on Sunday ~ Orange County

When you are tired of California you are tired of Life.

Orange County in Southern California is one of my favourite places in the world ~ say right up there alongside Tuscany in Northern Italy.  I’m visiting SoCal next week, but here are some pictures from my last trip there.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Vacation Time

It’s very nice to be able to afford to go travelling.

I’m just about ready and prepared for my next long vacation, which starts on this coming Thursday.

Today I booked a car to collect me at the garret, for 06:00 on Thursday March 15th, as my flight leaves from Newcastle upon Tyne airport at 09:30.  I then have layovers in London Heathrow, and San Jose International in Santa Clara County, before I eventually arrive at John Wayne airport in Orange County California at 20.32.

I’m renting a Toyota Rav4 at John Wayne, and then I have a shortish drive, so I expect to get to get to my accommodation sometime around 22:00.

If you add in the 8 hour time difference between England and California, that makes the journey exactly 24 hours.  Why does air travel always take so long?  Even if everything goes to plan?

Poor Marmaduke isn’t coming along on this trip ~ because when I looked at the layovers I decided I’d just take one carry-on bag.

Poor Marmaduke has been in tears since he found out.

I expect to be back in the garret on Wednesday April 18th ~ after another 24 hours of travelling.

I will be in touch while I’m away.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Road Trip

Some places can’t be discovered without getting lost.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Academy Awards Dresses

A man should look as is he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.

Men have it pretty easy when it comes to going to a posh event.  Wear a tuxedo, and try to look like James bond.

Women have to take much more care.  And, if they get it wrong they will be criticised ~ mostly by other women.

Some frocks from last night’s Oscars ceremonies.

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Personally, I think red and black are always good.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Cars in California

The car you drive says a lot about you.

I like cars, but then I like all things engineering and mechanical, up to and including the RMS Queen Mary.

California seems to have a Love / Hate relationship with the internal combustion engine, but there are some great cars out there.

A cool guy should drive a cool car, (if you have to ask; ‘which is a cool car?’ then you aren’t a particularly cool guy).  Any cool woman can drive any car she likes and it will always be very cool.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I think Marmaduke likes a Bentley

Californian Palm Trees

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.  ~  Willa Cather

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Places I Want To Go To Soon

A destination is  a different way of seeing the world.

England is a green and pleasant land,

royal throne of kings, paradise sceptred isle,

another Eden, a precious stone set in the silver sea,

But, there are places I want to go other than in England.

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Big Bear Lake, California

Palm Springs, California

Santa Monica, California

Las Vegas, Nevada

New York City, New York.

Cyprus

Malta

Florence, Tuscany

Sienna, Tuscany

Pisa, Tuscany

San Gimignano, Tuscany

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These are all fabulous places I have already seen, but want to go back to very soon.  I guess this is my bucket list.  Some of these I want to get to this year.  If a friend wanted me to go with them somewhere else, then that would be cool to ~ although there are some places in this world I would just not go to under any circumstances.

Most of these are places it would be great to drive to, (except Cyprus and Malta of course, and nobody with even an ounce of sense would drive in New York).  On the other hand, I really like taking long road trips, preferably with a cool girl riding shotgun.  Cyprus is a big enough island that it’s great to drive around there, and so is Malta.  California and Tuscany are both fabulous places to take a road trip.  Of course, you should really have a really cool car to take on your long road trips ~ a convertible Mustang is ideal.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

 

 

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