Sunday, July 26, 2015

Purple and Gold

When I was growing up in Florida, purple and gold meant fall to me -- the goldenrod, the blazing stars, the pine lilies.

Here, they're summer colors. Olga and I found a few examples while walking yesterday on Hampstead Heath Extension.

Have I mentioned that I'm taking off for Florida in just two days? The immediacy surprises even me. This trip has been planned for a while, but I was startled when I woke up this morning and realized I'm leaving the day after tomorrow! Holy cow. Fortunately I don't have much to do to prepare.

Dave and I watched the TV movie pilot for "Fantasy Island" last night. I vividly remember watching it when it first aired in January 1977, and I even remember parts of the plot. But I hadn't seen it in, oh, 35 years at least. I found it on YouTube but the posted movie turned out to be flawed, so I bought it on British iTunes -- where, by the way, the picture quality was much better and well worth the £1 and change that it cost. It was a hoot to watch! Bill Bixby, Carol Lynley, Eleanor Parker, Sandra Dee, Peter Lawford, Victoria Principal and a host of other actors...a real nostalgia trip. Interestingly, although I remember loving the pilot, I was never a fan of the series itself. Between Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize, the schtick was a bit heavy to endure every week.


  1. I used to watch that show every Saturday night when I was a young guitar widow with two young'uns.
    It was...vaguely entertaining.
    I hope your trip to Florida goes smoothly and well. Y'all stop by if you get a chance. You know where I am.

  2. I don't think I even realized that the show came from a movie. I don't think I ever saw it but those actors names are all familiar to me.

  3. Love the top photo. Definitely one for your Olga portrait series!

  4. Wishing you an enjoyable trip. Give my best to your mom. I think Olga needs her own book of photos,LOL.

  5. Great photo of Olga in the flowers! All I remember of Fantasy Island is 'de plane, de plane!'
    Have a great time in Florida!

  6. I didn't know there was a movie, either ... have to admit I liked the show. But there wasn't much to pick from on our whole TWO channels :)

    Have a good trip to the US. The weather will be a big change, I think?

  7. De plane - de plane! We loved that show - ha! Of course, like Jenny, we didn't have a lot of choices :)