My chief joy when traveling is to observe and note small things, curtains in windows, cars, pets, flower pots. Oh sure, its fun to travel around big cities observing monuments and such, but I like looking into back yards and through picture windows on late night strolls. One of my anthropology professors said that’s why we become social scientists…we like to see how others live.
Of course, this behavior could get you into trouble too. Some folks might think you are a Nosy Parker. I hate to admit it, but more than one person probably thought I was overly curious, especially in England.
But folks like to look at my house and gardens too. More than once someone has stopped their car to observe me in the yard, or if on foot, come up the driveway to examine a plant.
My neighbor who drives a limousine comes up to my yard everyday to pick a flower for his lapel. One day, he stopped his car to tell me how much he liked my flowers.
I grew poppies in the front garden until a young man came up to me one day and asked if he could pull the pods. I told him, sure as soon as they dry, I will give you some seeds. Of course he wanted something different. I knew what grows in poppies because my wicked step mother who grew real opium poppies showed me how to harvest the stuff that makes dope.
Below are some of the slides I scanned in recent days showing small details of everyday life. They come from Tunbridge Wells and Rye, little towns in Southern England:
1. I think I will try those miniature daffodils in pots next year.
2. My kind of pots.
3. Family burial plot?
4. Wisteria over a blue door.
5. What is written on the wall?
6. Is that house pink?
7. The Yellow Door.