Tuesday, July 30, 2013
My daughter took me along to the beach yesterday when she went for a surf. We headed down the stairs and were surprised by how few people there were on a sunny summer day.
Most of the people were kids in surf schools, boogie boarding and learning to stand up on soft boards.
This mother and daughter were intent on taking baby pictures when a wave caught them unaware.
The two girls. below, ended up getting tossed off their boogie board and onto the sand on their backs, laughing the whole time.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Planting shell ginger on the patio seemed like a great idea 13 years ago, but now that the roots threaten the house foundation, not so much. My project last week was to cut it back and dig out the roots, which can only be dislodged with a pick ax. What appeared at first blush to be a one day project is moving into another week. Shell ginger is a very tenacious plant and cutting it back has prompted more vigorous growth. If you decide to plant shell ginger in your own garden, best keep it away from the house!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
We walked the neighborhood again this week, but set off north instead of our usual south. As the day was overcast, you can hardy see the ocean in the top picture. It blended into the sky with an indistinct horizon. The geese, below, were much less vocal, having been caught unaware by our backwards approach.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Gallardia, penstemon, swan river daisies and yarrow are spilling onto the front path, above, and below, sweet alyssum, Peter Pan agapanthus, calendulas, day lilies and Shasta daisies are filling in where the daffodils have all died back.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
We took a break from chores yesterday and headed up the coast for hamburgers. Scads of tourists had the same idea.
We parked at our favorite spot on the bluffs and watched the birds fly by as the surf rolled in. Above, looking south, and below, looking north. All the tourists were congregated near lifeguard towers, elsewhere, where the sand was more easily accessed.
Squirrels were scarce for once. This one found a french fry we'd tossed down the cliff to him.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
It was breezy on the beach yesterday. Two monks from a local temple wearing interesting hats passed by.
The tide was outgoing but still high enough to splash on the reefs. My daughter was surfing straight out from this vantage point.
These youngsters had energy to spare.
A nondescript picture looking north, just to show you can still find some empty beach even at the height of the tourist summer season. Below, my daughter leaves the water and we head for home.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
We walked through the neighborhood yesterday, up the hill behind the house. We found blackberries along the way, ripe for the picking and warm from the sunshine. At the crest of the hill, you could see just a corner of ocean to the west.
Grapes were growing along a chain link fence, guarded by a loudly honking goose.
And a stand of Moorea lilies, with their faces turned toward the sun.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Blogging will be sporadic again, as shipments arrive from our April travels. Above, hand made velvet violets for hat making.
Above and below, vintage hand made flower stamen, mushrooms and berries by the box full.
More velvet flowers for the millinery trade.