Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Yesterday On The Beach






























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

Unpacking






























The boxes are still coming - this week it's advent cards, chime and pyramid candles and Christmas incense from Germany.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Walking
























A wee ant makes his way across the velvety surface of a calla lily.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Gardening






























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

Walking Backwards






























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

Plumerias























Last spring my daughter dug up two plumeria trees in her yard that weren't getting enough sun and gave them to me.  They've survived the transplanting and are just setting their first blossoms.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Sky Last Night






























Out the living room window, looking west.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Big Cat, Little Chair






























Thomas found a new spot to escape the summer heat, a child's Morris chair in my room.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Looking Back























Looking north along the main street of our town, in February, 1929, when my dad was 2 years old.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

What's Blooming In Summer






























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

Up The Coast






























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

Leaving His Mark






























We've been patching cracked tiles on the front porch, with an ever present Thomas the cat never far from the action.  To our delight and his great surprise, he left a small paw print on one of the still wet tiles.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Yesterday On The Beach






























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

In The Garden






























A busy honey bee on a Shasta daisy blossom, resting from pollen gathering.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Still Life






























Floral still life by Cecil Kennedy.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

What's Blooming In Summer






























Above, a gallardia seed pod nestles in close with a pink Jupiter's Beard blossom, and below, the last of the California poppies.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Walking In The Neighborhood






























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

Busy Days






























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.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Under The Birdbath






























Thomas, blending into the licorice plant under the birdbath, as he considers the possibility of sparrow for lunch.