Friday, September 30, 2011

100 Years Ago

Looking north up the coast from a hill in Del Mar, circa 1910, courtesy of the Detroit Publishing Company. Back then the Coast Highway was still a dirt road.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Autumn In The Air

The ginkgo tree is changing colors, getting ready to shed it's leaves for it's 33rd autumn.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What's Blooming In Autumn

There's a new color of coreopsis out - it's an icy yellow with burgundy around the center. Coreopsis is a great perennial, easily grown with abundant blossoms perfect for bouquets. Be sure and dead head as the season progresses and you'll have even more blooms.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Looking Back

Before the Coronado Bridge was built, ferries ran between San Diego and Coronado. Riding these as a kid in the 1950s was a major thrill.

Monday, September 26, 2011

More Beach

We took a shortcut to the beach, veering off the path, below, and making our way down a short stretch of sandstone cliff.

There was not a lot of blue sky, so the water looked more gray than usual.

The old cypress trees that grow along the Coast Highway are bent and gnarled from years of onshore winds.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Yesterday On The Beach

We were amazed how many people were on the beach yesterday, especially given there's been a red tide running for over a week.

We walked below the campgrounds, north of here, and there were tons of people in the water and on the sand, despite how murky the water was, with the normally white wave foam turned a sludge brown.

We were surprised to see an octopus washed ashore.

And doubly surprised to see a second.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A young lad in a Union uniform posed in front of a painted backdrop.

Friday, September 23, 2011

100 Years Ago

A tasty treat, made in San Diego 100 years ago.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

Detail from a circa 1923 German travel poster.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The First Day Of Autumn

Summer's over, the tourists have headed home and the best surf of the year is commencing. Some of my favorite surf shots of seasons past, of two of my favorite people - my daughter Amanda and favorite neighbor Kevin.

They go for it in cold or warm water, wind or calm, sunny or gray skies.

It's wonderful for me to see them do what they love.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Last Day Of Summer

Summer has been unofficially over since Labor Day, but today it's for real.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Impressionists On The Beach

American Impressionist Mary Cassatt's "Children Playing On The Beach", 1884.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

As Seen At The Beach

A random hole in the bluff, above, and then what appeared.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yesterday On The Beach

Random things washed ashore. Seaweed.

A sand crab.

A feather.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What's Blooming In Summer

The little bud above opens into a surprisingly beautiful flower - the portulaca.

Although it's an annual, not a perennial, it is drought tolerant and as an added bonus, flowers of multiple colors bloom on the same plant. It's a low grower, so works best at the front of the border or in a rock garden.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Down The Coast

The Coast Highway, were it leaves Del Mar and starts up the grade at Torrey Pines, south of here.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Power was out last week for about 10 hours for 4 million of us. Candles, a radio and sudoku puzzles filled the darkness.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A young Confederate soldier posing in his plumed slouch hat.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Just what the mother (or father) of a surfing daughter (or son) does not want to see at the favorite surf spot - a 10-12 foot great white shark in the line-up. Spotted last week.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pumpkins In The Sun

The pumpkins that grow down the road in a field across the Coast Highway from the ocean are just coming ripe, ready for harvest for Halloween.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What's Blooming In Summer

The setting sun lights up one of the last of the columbines blooming in this summer's garden. It takes 2 years to get the first blossom, but this is a carefree grower and easy sower - a great addition to a flower border.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Summer Rain

Yesterday we had the most welcome surprise - summer rain! Not much more than a smatter, but it was our first rain since May. The hummingbird, below, was undeterred. Rain or no, he was determined to stake his claim on the feeder.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

The Labor Day parade in Buffalo, New York, circa 1900, courtesy of the Detroit Publishing Company.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Waste Not, Want Not

That's my truck, above, in 1987, loaded down with Victorian walnut and quarter-sawn oak furniture from a buying trip for my antiques store. The same truck, below, photographed yesterday. The tailgate has rusted through in a few spots and the headliner is torn and sags, but it continues to serve me well, still on the road and going strong nearly 25 years on.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

A young Confederate soldier in his Hardee hat with Mounted Rifles insignia, wearing his shell jacket and posing with his canteen and cup.

Friday, September 2, 2011

In The Stock Room

We've spent days getting the stock room organized, stacking floor to ceiling on our new shelves.

The goal has been to become more efficient.

The vintage millinery is still my favorite, all tucked away in drawers to keep from fading and dust.