Travel Photo of the Day (April 12)

This photo of the sunken garden outside of Kensington Palace was taken last spring. I wandered by there last weekend and it looked nothing like this. I'm hoping the flowers will start to bloom soon.

This photo of the sunken garden outside of Kensington Palace was taken last spring. I wandered by there last weekend and it looked nothing like this. I’m hoping the flowers will start to bloom soon.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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34 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (April 12)

  1. wolke205 says:

    They start to bloom here – can’t wait for the cherry blossoms 😀

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What a difference a year makes.

  3. liz2you says:

    Lets hope! Anyway should be summer tomorrow!

  4. lynnsbooks says:

    I’m not surprised it doesn’t look like this. Last Spring was lovely but this year – Snow. Poor plants don’t know what to do – they’re just starting to tentatively peek out from the ground.
    Lynn 😀

    • TBM says:

      This spring has been so unpredictable. Did you have crazy weather yesterday: sun, rain, sun, rain, sun, thunder–for over 8 hours

  5. fgassette says:

    Colorful photo. Spring is here.


  6. nrlymrtl says:

    Is that a palm tree? Is Kensington Palace in England – like where there are harsh winters with snow, sleet, freezing temperatures and all? Palm trees don’t often do well in such weather. Do they wheel it inside for the winter?

    • TBM says:

      I’ve seen a few around my neighborhood and they stay out all winter. Not sure what type they are, but they seem hardy. As a Californian I was quite surprised when I first saw them.

  7. pattisj says:

    This is pretty. Maybe you should take the picture over there to remind the flowers what they are supposed to be doing!

  8. Beautiful photo! I’m sure all the flowers will start coming out soon 🙂

  9. zozokie says:

    Amazing picture, calls for summer.

    • TBM says:

      I’m ready for summer.

      • zozokie says:

        We all are. It is beginning to look like spring. So that is a positive sign. I read your book review on J.M Cotzee. Do you like his writing style? I just finished reading ” Imaginings of sands” by Andre Brink, another South African writer and I loved it. which books can you recomend by Cotzee?

      • TBM says:

        I do like his writing style. The subject matter is difficult, but his writing is excellent if that makes sense. I’ve read four books by Coetzee: Disgrace, Youth, Waiting for the Barbarians, and Dusklands. Disgrace and Waiting for the Barbarians are difficult to read, but are excellent if you can stomach the violence. I wasn’t a huge a fan of Dusklands. Youth is a brilliant novel. Depressing, but not too hard to take. However, if you are looking for a novel that takes place in South Africa, Youth is about a young man who leaves South Africa and moves to London. It depends on what type of reading you are interested in. I have six more novels by him that I plan on reading–then I can provide a better answer.

        Haven’t read Brink’s novel but will look for it at the library.

      • zozokie says:

        Interesting. After reading your post about the book review. I got curious. I went to the library and borrowed Summertime by J.Cotzee. The book received a Nobel prize. Have only read a few pages so far, one gets a glimpse of who John .C was while living in Cape as a budding writer.In the book there are some references to Duskland. So maybe after summertime Duskland should be my next read. happy reading!

      • TBM says:

        I’ll look for Summertime. Youth also offers a glimpse of what John C may have been like as a budding writer. It would be interesting to compare the two. Thanks for letting me know.

      • zozokie says:

        I have been sceptical about S.A white writers from The Apartheid era hence I have never read neither Brink nor Cotzee until now. I must say, I was really suprised by Brinks criticism on Apartheid and the fact that he was anti- apartheid. I guess with my history, I never believed there were any whites who condemned what was happening, especially Afrikaners( the white farmers. So, what do you know.

      • TBM says:

        It’s understandable that you were, and probably still are skeptical of some writers, since you are closely connected to the time and place that they write about. Such a difficult time in South Africa’s history and it’s still fresh in many minds. I would like to learn more about this time period. Do you suggest any other writers?

      • zozokie says:

        I will check and let uou know.

      • zozokie says:

        Oops! when you asked what is he wearing. I thought you were referring to the another picture. I think the old guy is wearing a woolen coat. I do not know what is the big metal thing.

      • TBM says:

        Big metal thing is a perfect description 🙂 I hope all has been well.

      • zozokie says:

        I have been busy writing my final project. Time consuming. Now I have four exams left: That takes some time from blogging, hence the lack of daily posts. Hope you are well.

      • TBM says:

        I wish you luck with everything! Things are good here–not as busy as you 🙂

      • zozokie says:

        lucky you. I cannot wait to graduate.

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    Beautiful spring colors!
    We woke up to snow and cold today. Where is spring?

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