Hi all,

We were down in San Jan Capistrano last weekend and I came across these water lilies in the Mission area. They were so colorful and reminded me of Monet’s famous water lily collection I had viewed earlier in the year whilst visiting the de Young in San Francisco, so I gave it a bit of a painterly feel. Hope you like it…


via San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies Photograph by Michael Hope

Mike Hope Photograph - San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies by Michael Hope

San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies is a photograph by Michael Hope which was uploaded on September 17th, 2017.

Thanks for taking a look,


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via The ol’ cougar – Statement Bag by Mike hope ..

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Hope you like it and let me know what you think…

Thanks for taking a look,


Posted: September 16, 2017 in Real Estate


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Posted: September 16, 2017 in Real Estate
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Hopes of Craighall Scotland

Posted: September 16, 2017 in Real Estate

Here is a link I came across to Craighall. It has a very interesting account of the history of the Hopes and thought you might like to take a look if you haven’t seen it already.

All the very best,

Mike Hope.


Just updated the Hope’s page to include a link to Sir Thomas Hope’s Diary from 1633 to 1646. 

Just in case you’d like a little light reading?

Sir Thomas Hope Diary

Also, I am reading the Historic novel Hope Endures by Nigel Trantor which paints a pretty good picture of the life and times of Sir Thomas Hope and the historical figures around that time. I found it especially interesting reading about the Dutch East India Company connection and the various trading negotiations going on around that time.

Hope Endures

The enthralling story of Thomas Hope, who counseled three kings through a tumultuous time in Scottish history. The son of an Edinburgh merchant, Hope had a spectacular beginning to his career—at the age of seventeen, he traveled to France to triumph in his first court case and caught the attention of his young king, James VI. It was the beginning of a life at the heart o …more

The Hope’s Updated

Posted: September 2, 2017 in Real Estate

Just added a link on the Hope Origin page to the Hope’s that branched off from Scotland to form one of the most influential financial and trading companies in Holland, Hope & Co. Henry Hope at one time was the spokes person for William of Orange and one of their most famous clients was Catherine the Great of Russia.