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July 26, 2014 / P J Charles

Chili Philosopher – Abbot Kinney

The chili philosopher

Love a clever Food Truck!

July 25, 2014 / P J Charles

Abbot Kinney

abbott Kinney

I have long enjoyed Abbot Kinney in Venice California. Aside from some pretty great restaurants (like Gjelina where the Butterscotch pudding is legendary) there is a bohemian vibe that appeals to me. Streets are always filled with interesting characters which, on this day, included me and SW. There is a diverse crowd of hipsters, hippies and then the likes of the two of us (and I am not quite sure in which bucket we would fit). Cruising along there are shops (some of my favorites like Le Labo) and restaurants that attract locals and tourists alike. Until recently, I hadn’t realized that Abbot Kinney was actually a developer and conservationist working in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s on the development of Venice and Santa Monica California. On this day time was short and we walked along shooting and chatting and, of course, eating some of that revered Butterscotch Pudding.

July 24, 2014 / P J Charles

A night to remember

My crazy friends! All together to celebrate the visit of our friend from Singapore and share a night and a meal. Each of us have a long history. Thank you for bringing the laughs and for all the ways each one of you enrich my life. In this photo we are all posing with SW’s Kangol hat. The Kangol hat lives here in Dallas as a constant reminder of how much we miss SW.

July 23, 2014 / P J Charles



So, today marks the 1200th post for PJ Charles. I find it hard to believe that I have blogged daily for over 3 years. This photo is of CF standing at Victoria Beach. I would not have been able to do any of this without his encouragement and support. As I have written before, he bought me my first camera and every step of the journey he has stood right beside me – in just the way he does in this photo. Thank you to all of you who have read the blog each day and for being so supportive – CJ you most of all – every morning without fail! There is much I have learned from this experience. Mostly I have trusted that when you put yourself out there you get more in return.

Thank you for your support as I cross this milestone. I am most appreciative.

July 22, 2014 / P J Charles

Planting Orchids

Just about the time CF returns to Dallas, it is time to repot all the orchids we have in the house. I love doing it. A simple act that gives a sense of accomplishment the minute it is done. They are throughout our home – a flower we have had present in all the homes in which we have lived. In Laguna, we buy them buy the truckload at the local farmer’s market. In Dallas, we depend on Whole Foods. On this day I had 9 planters and 11 orchids to plant. The night before I stood in front of all the empty pots and thought to myself how lovely the house would be when he came home this week – and before I knew it I was done and they were placed around the house.

July 21, 2014 / P J Charles

This is no Monochrome…


While in Los Angeles SW and I went by the Leica store to share in their gallery, to see the newest releases, and to play. In the store, we spent time with a lovely woman who showed us just what makes the Leica Monochrome so incredible. Both of us were completely stunned – and truth be told, I am embarrassed by this photo. The monochrome shoots a picture that literally just glows and has definitely taken a spot on my wish list. Really. The difference is visceral – you feel it in the photograph. So, I am on my best behavior.

July 20, 2014 / P J Charles

It ended with a walk on the beach…

walk on the beach Is there anything better than finishing a great dinner with friends and then taking a stroll on the beach? I don’t think so …..

July 19, 2014 / P J Charles


steve-3 Great friends make every experience that much better and today I get to spend an entire unencumbered day with my friend SW. If we are lucky, we get to see each other once – maybe twice a year. But we share stories all year-long and hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear from him. He has taught me a lot about friendships – made more difficult by distance. I wish I had learned this lesson earlier in life. I wish I had learned a lot of things earlier in life. I see in Little a. knowledge beyond her years and a commitment to her best friend that transcends everything. I am blessed to have people in my life I feel that way about and as we approach landing in OC, I am filled with anticipation for how much fun we will have in these few short days.

July 18, 2014 / P J Charles



Sitting there looking out the window I became mesmerized by the bright pink spikes of my tiny cactus.

July 17, 2014 / P J Charles




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