Saturday, June 29, 2013

More Away






























A colorful row of shops.






























One of the marketplaces.






























The fellow who had painted himself gold wasn't getting a whole lot of attention.






























We walked and walked, one cobblestone street after another - so much to see!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

More Random Pictures






























A house on a hill, with a ubiquitous stone wall.






























Lunch in a 600 year old stone barn.






























Below, a forlorn Chinese restaurant.






























Deep in the countryside, in the mountains on a serpentine road.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What's Blooming In Summer






























Blooming on the patio, creeping violets, above, and nemesia, below.






























Tropical shell ginger.






























And a long time favorite - foxgloves.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

More Random Pictures From Away






























Architecture in the city ran the gamut from medieval to modern.






























A blacksmith was plying his trade curbside.






























A carved door panel.






























 Fourteenth century buildings.























Art nouveau tiles in an apartment foyer.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back On The Beach























  An artful clump of kelp bulbs, randomly washed ashore.























 Two surfers checking the lineup before they paddle out.  Below, the incoming surge convinced me to move to higher ground.


Friday, June 21, 2013

First Day Of Summer






























The first day of summer means tourists, tourists and more tourists, and locals who aren't shy about making their sentiments about flatlanders on surfboards known.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Snowy Egret






























A snowy egret caught my eye on the beach yesterday.






























They usually keep to the lagoons at either end of town, resting on their way north or south along this Pacific flyway.






























This one was taking a stroll along the center of the cliff face, unperturbed and casual.






























It paused at one point to pluck a juicy caterpillar off a bush and then continued on its way.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Random Pictures From Away






























 A few random pictures from when we were away in April.  Above, we'd ducked out of the cold and into a shopping arcade where children were encouraged to take the toys out for a ride.






























Above, loading the rented car for our foray into the countryside.  We stayed on the uppermost floor of the pink building in the center of the picture.  Below, a look down our boulevard from the top of a tower across the way.































Below, at one of our vendor's immaculate factories, a chenille roping spinning machine, unlike anything  we'd ever seen.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Yesterday On The Beach






























My daughter took me along last evening when she went for a surf.  She paddled out at the breakwaters for a change.  High tide had just peaked so there was a lot of backwash and a thick shorebreak, with piles of seaweed pushed up by the surge.






























Looking north from the top of the jetty, there was a steep wall of cobblestones edging the shoreline as far as the eye could see.


Monday, June 17, 2013

What's (Still) Blooming In Spring






























A quick look at the late spring borders, with California poppies, swan river daisies, nemesia, sweet alyssum, miniature chrysanthemums, gazanias, ornamental garlic and gallardias.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fathers' Day






























My dad can do a lot of things - build a house, run a surfboard factory, stay happily married to the same woman (my mom) for 64 years, even keep his sense of humor raising 2 teenage daughters in the 1960s. It's said you can pick your friends but not your family. Well, we definitely would have picked him.

Posted last year, bears repeating.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flag Day






























Betsy Ross, sewing the Stars and Stripes.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What's Blooming In Spring






























The purple blossoms are coming into their own.  Sweet alyssum, above, will reseed profusely, but each succeeding generation will be lighter and lighter until they bloom white.  The rose purslaynes, below, are super easy to grow - you can actually take a cutting from a mature plant, remove the lower leaves until you  have a stem and stick it in the ground.   With water and a mild fertilizer, it will grow.






























The camera caught the existence of little hairs on the penstemon blossoms that aren't visible to the naked eye.






























And perennial asters - they spread of their own accord and can be separated easily for transplanting all around the garden.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yesterday On The Beach






























The water's colder than it was last week.
 





























My daughter found some waves to ride.























 The tide was incoming.






























There was a secret world in each little tidepool.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Our Beach























What our beach might look like if painted by an Impressionist.