Holly Rose, Residential Realtor

the lesson of the excavator

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Walking by a demolition site in Berkeley today, my thoughts returned to another day, years ago, when I had been on a cross-country hike to what I thought was a deserted Pt Reyes beach. Rounding a bluff, I arrived at a stretch of grassy dunes, and atop one of the dunes sat an enormous contraption, […]

A living privacy screen that bears tasty fruit

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Every morning at this time of year, as I return from my run, I stop to pick up the newly fallen harvest from the pineapple guavas that grow in my front yard. I planted them about 10 years ago as a privacy screen, to shelter my line of sight from an unattractive building down the block, […]

From the couch to the finish line

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When my friend told me she was going to get in shape using an iPhone app called “Couch to 5K,” I laughed. Then I checked it out — and bought it. Now, I’m no slouch in the fitness department, having spent many years as a martial artist and tango dancer. I see a personal trainer […]

How to Make a Woman Love You Forever

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Last year, I photographed the Magical Living Fence on Capistrano Avenue in Berkeley. At that time, the homeowner invited me to come back after February 14, because every year on Valentine’s Day he buys flowers for his wife — living flowers, that he plants in a special garden spot reserved for this display, just for her. I […]

Thousand Oaks Ablaze with Blossoms

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I always love driving down Thousand Oaks Blvd, but right now, and for the next few days, it is a rare treat indeed, as brilliantly blooming plum trees frame the gorgeous homes along the boulevard. This image was taken near Great Stone Face Park (at San Fernando). I suggest you add a detour to your day today, […]

When Turkeys Go Bad

  I’m still laughing. I followed a link to an NPR piece about turkeys in Albany, which has some nice footage of the local flock sashaying through somebody’s front yard. But you must scroll down to Sacramento TV producer Duffy Kelly’s priceless, unintentionally Blair-Witch footage of being stalked by a big Tom turkey. NPR piece […]

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The Magical Living Fence

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Walking down the 1800 block of Capistrano Avenue this morning, I stopped in my tracks at the sight of what appeared to be a fence, constructed of intricately interwoven jasmine vines, with no apparent beginning or end, yet 100% alive, dotted with green leaves and fragrant open blossoms. I was absolutely fascinated and spent several […]