Friday, December 19, 2014

Adios Old Digs, Hola New Digs

I moved from the wonderful arroyo view home of Scott and Kathleen to the magic garden home of Alex and Elena down at the beach.  How lucky I am!

  My last sunrise and breakfast at the old digs.

 I am taking care of Lucy at my new place by the water

 My charge: Luz (Lucy)

the spectacular fruit of the bismarck palm

Friday, December 12, 2014

Todos Santos

I thought it would be nice to give Jacqueline a late birthday present (an indulgence for me too!) by heading to Todos Santos for a night.  Only an hour and a half drive over the mountains to the Pacific side of the peninsula lies the pretty town of Todos Santos with it's artist's community, some wonderful food, and historic past.  We had no reservations, but found beautiful lodging at Hacienda de Todos los Santos nestled just at the edge of town overlooking the palm oasis.

 BEER AND ART,  a complex of thatched pavilions, gardens, sculptures and some nice seafood and drinks, was hard hit by hurricane Odile and is still recovering.

Progress at Caffe Encinalito

With the opening of Jacqueline and Sasha's cafe scheduled for just 2 weeks from now,  we are scrambling to get things in order.   My first day in Los Barriles was spent helping out with painting.  Here's how it's going.........

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Down in Topanga and Ojai

Facing a holiday season without family for the first time, I decided to head out early for my winter retreat to join them. First stop was Los Angeles for Thanksgiving.  Ten days in Topanga with Jeanne and Robert and then a visit to Ojai to visit cousins Chris and his wife Angie.

Jeanne and Robert's nest

In Ojai on Matilija Creek Chris and Angie have built their home

Makings of a holiday wreath
An old piano will become wall art

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

but I didn't PLANT tomatoes, and I didn't PLANT potatoes...........

I haven't paid much attention to my little garden since the end of summer after it had provided me with such a bounty of all that I planted.  I went out today to clear it and look what gifts I found.

I LOVE volunteers!  By the way, that is TEN pounds of potatoes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cruising and Wine Tasting on Joe Euro's Boat

The endless beautiful weather here in Port Townsend brought an unexpected treat:  a cruise and wine tasting on wine merchant Joe Euro's motor vessel.  We were guests of Alex and Elena who had  bid on the event at an auction.  There wasn't a breath of wind all day and that made it motoring heaven.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Round-Up": a visit to Jane and Richard's Ranch

Jane and Richard are neighbors on Grand Lake and both have deep roots in the area.  It was fun to go to their ranch outside of town one morning to watch them round up a couple of their horses for a visit to the vet.

 Pard is a very enthusiastic partner to Richard and was excited about helping with the round-up
First the horses had to be located:  there they are at the end of the meadow 

 The Percherons had to stay home and seemed concerned