Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Is Coming!

We're busy with holiday preparations, decorating the house and hanging the lights outside - there never seem to be enough hours in the day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There's Something About Blimps

This meandering blimp can't hold a candle to the Goodyear blimp, but it was a treat to see it go by yesterday.

It took me by surprise when it executed a 360 degree turn.

As suddenly as it had appeared, it slipped silently away.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Autumn Colors

With the weather in the 70s these past few days, our towering ginkgo tree is in all its glory, ready to shed the last of its leaves.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Taking A Break

Thomas the cat and my daughter both stopped by to help decorate the trees - you can guess who the biggest help was!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

April 1865, a soldier of the 2nd Regulars, US Cavalry, posing with his horn.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Old Advertising Posters

Before the iceberg, advertising poster by Peter Fussey.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner

My favorite neighbors took me out for an early Thanksgiving dinner last night. We drove down the coast to a seaside town for Thai food.

After dinner, we wandered, window shopping and taking in the crisp evening air. The Armani store was brightly lit and full of sparkly holiday attire.

The toy store was all neon and plastic.

We explored six floors of an iconic hotel in town, from the lobby and great room to the hallways and gardens. Constructed in 1926, the builders were discerning in their attention to detail. Looking back at the steps we'd descended, even the stair risers were decorated with hand painted tiles.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Heading South For The Winter

Over 1 million geese, migrating south from Canada for the winter, captured by Mike Hollingshead. More in the Daily Mail, thanks to the irrepressible Gerard.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Old Hawaii

The caption reads "David Kaapuawaokamehameha and his one man island home". Heck of a name for a language that only uses a total of 13 letters.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Autumn Sunset

We had errands late in the afternoon and pulled over on the Coast Highway to watch the light fade from the sky.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

An unknown Union soldier, posing in front of the Union flag.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Yesterday On The Beach

There wasn't much sunshine yesterday, but it was a great day to walk on the beach.

A lobsterman's float had washed ashore, along with lots of kelp and a few seashells.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Along The Coast Highway

This is what the Coast Highway looked like in 1940, above, just south of here in Del Mar, and below, up north in Malibu.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What's Blooming In Autumn

Cyclamen thrive this time of year and are easy to grow. Think about massing several plants together in a pot. They tolerate both sun and shade along the coast and once established, will bloom 6-9 months straight.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

75 Years Ago

Nightlife in the heart of downtown San Diego, in the early 1940s.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Old Hawaii

Lei vendors in Honolulu, circa 1930s.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

On The Nod

Thomas found a new spot to rest, where he can keep an eye on the bird bath and another on the front door.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

Soldiers carried cabinet cards of pin up girls.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

God bless the United States military.

Photo by Caren Firouz for Reuters.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

By The Sea

When my daughter stopped by last evening, we drove up the coast for burgers. There was a touch of autumn in the air and a colorful tree.

It gets dark fast this time of year.

We pulled up to the bluff above the ocean just as the sun was setting.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What's Blooming In Autumn

The trumpet vine is still blooming strong, even in November, and vigorous enough to need pruning every two weeks.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Then And Now

Above, the old Stratford Inn, a landmark along the Coast Highway in Del Mar, and below, what replaced it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunrise Yesterday

Looking east at sunrise yesterday, above, and below, the massive Norfolk pine across the street is starting to lean.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Impressionists On The Beach

Gustave Caillebotte's "Cliffs At Normandy", 1880.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Faces From The War Between The States

Families sometimes followed their men to war, making camp with the soldiers.

Friday, November 4, 2011

100 Years Ago

Looking north along the coast, the old train station in Del Mar, circa 1910. The old station still stands, although trains no longer stop there. And now the coast is developed as far as the eye can see in both directions.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Two Visitors

My daughter and Thomas both stopped by at the same time yesterday. Their happiness was as great to see each each as mine was to see them both.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Standoff At The O-Cat Corral

My daughter sent me this picture of Thomas, who had stopped by to visit her and had a through-the-glass standoff with another neighborhood cat, Kitler.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Way It Was

This is an artist's rendering of what the old Noah's Ark restaurant looked like, at beach at the edge of town in the 1950s. It had 12 foot wooden painted animal cutouts standing on the bluff and the restaurant itself was shaped like Noah's ark. To my child brain back then, none of it seemed out of the ordinary. Seeing it meant we were almost home.