Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wayward Bees

Yesterday afternoon a very large swarm of honey bees relocated from parts unknown onto my front window, gathering into a larger and larger mass.  Here's hoping they've moved along by morning.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

What The Mailman Brought

 Handmade velvet pansies and cotton violets from the Czech Republic.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On The Wall

A very large moth, just outside the front door, perhaps on a migration somewhere.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Daffodils

Sweet buttery daffodils from the garden.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Daily Drama

Forgive the poor photo quality - it was shot at considerable distance through a screened window.  This is no image of feline friends.  Thomas devotes untold waking hours to a daily stand off with Kitler, the cat on the right with the unfortunate moustache.  They engage at varying distances with ice cold stares, menacing moans and threatening growls, an ongoing drama to decide just who rules the roost.  They take it all very seriously until a family of skunks, wayward raccoon or opossum wanders by and the whole dynamic changes.

Friday, March 22, 2013

What's Blooming In Spring

Blooming on the patio, uncommon yellow clivia, a gift from my mom.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

On The Beach

A Spring morning on the beach, with acacias growing wild on the bluff.

Monday, March 18, 2013

What's Blooming In Winter

Sweet freesias, fresh cut from the front yard.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Piece Of Cake

What the morning looked like - carrot cake for breakfast and sorting bundle after bundle of milliner's stamen.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Predawn Visitor

Thomas knows he can catch me up and about in the predawn hours and stops by almost every morning for breakfast.  As he ventured into the morning fog, he glanced back at the door, perhaps having second thoughts about staying for a nap.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Getting Comfortable

Thomas stopped by for a quick bite to eat and decided to indulge in a short respite.

Monday, March 11, 2013


 As far as the nasturtiums and miniature chrysanthemums on the patio are concerned, spring is already here.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Little Things

Worn hot pads my daughter wove with earnest, chubby fingers on a plastic loom as a tyke some 30 years ago remind me how many ways love can show.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Busy Days

This is the time of year of deliveries, as we restock after Christmas.  Above, boxes and boxes of Florentine papers from Italy.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Storm Brewing

Yesterday on the beach there was a storm brewing to the northwest, and above the shore, a big metal pipe, function unknown.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Around Town

A new mural was painted on the side of a building in town.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Peaceful Morning

It's quiet all around except for birds singing and the rumble of waves breaking in the distance.

Monday, March 4, 2013

What's Blooming In Winter

 It doesn't really look like a daffodil, but that's "Cheerfulness", above, one of the sweetest smelling of all the jonquils blooming in my garden.  Below, another type of daffodil, strongly scented as well.

And the freesias, some of my all time favorites,  just started blooming this week.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Joy Of Cooking

Melting butter in the old cast iron skillet - the start of homemade turkey noodle casserole.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bird's Eye View

Here's an aerial view of the old part of town, looking east.  There were around 5,000 people here in the 1960s - around 60,000 now.  Back in the day, there were 2 pharmacies, numerous service stations, clothing stores, 2 hardware stores, jewelery stores and bakeries, 5 and Dimes, record shops, surfboard factories and shops, antiques shops - a real downtown.  Now it's been yuppified and is mostly watering holes and eateries catering to out-of-towners looking for a "real" southern California beach town.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Winter Day

Watching the surf roll in and the tide go out.