Thursday, October 31, 2013

Making Himself At Home

Thomas chose a nap spot where he could keep an eye on me at the computer, monitor comings and goings at the bird bath and greet my daughter, should she appear at the patio door.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Sky Last Night

The autumn sky last night, out the patio window.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Our Favorite Visitor

We grow catnip on the patio for Thomas.  That's him, above, after indulging himself.  And below, helping us finish off some leftover turkey.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Walking In The Neighborhood

We set out yesterday afternoon for walk in the neighborhood.   Pomegranites were plentiful and so ripe, some had already burst open.

Two miniature horses (not to be confused with the 2 Shetland ponies down the road) live in a little corral at the top of the hill behind our house.  Yesterday, there were three.

We don't get much autumn color here, so these red and burgundy leaves were a treat.

The goose that honks incessantly was in usual form.  And below, a lemon ripens.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What's Blooming In Autumn

Flowers are a bit scarce in the garden this month, mostly due to my neglect.  These both bloom almost all year, a daisy, above and Mexican primrose, below.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


With another day in the high 70s, we were back on the beach, this time a few miles south of here.  The extremely low tide exposed reefs and tide pools not normally seen.  We walked as far as the river mouth, running too strong to cross.

10 flights of stairs to the top of the bluff...

And lemon cake and burritos once we got home.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Yesterday Evening On The Beach

We've had a run of sunny days in the high 70s this week, with some extreme tides from the full moon.  My daughter took me along for a walk when she went for a surf last evening.

The lowering sun cast the cliffs and sand in amber light and terns plucked sand crabs between waves.

The outgoing tide left intricate patterns in the sand.

As we slowed through town, the evening commuter train sped by as the sun sank into the ocean and the moon rose over the coastal hills.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


My daughter helped me rearrange the living room furniture and haul a few things into and out of the garage, in anticipation of Christmas being right around the corner.  It took less than 5 minutes for Thomas to suss out the situation and claim a new favorite spot.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day

521 years later and still glad he found it!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

On The Go

On the road, a quick bite to eat.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Walking In The Neigborhood In The Rain

It started to rain when my path reached the top of the hill behind our house.  Raindrops were gathering on petals of hibiscus blossoms.

Looking through the trees, the rain made everything a bit out of focus.

Brightly colored seeds had dropped at the base of a fan palm, and below, rosy natal plums, growing amidst treacherous thorns.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Waiting For Rain

As seen from the patio window, a few clouds gathering over the ocean as the sun set last night.

Friday, October 4, 2013


Two of the many faces of Thomas.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Busy Days

These are some of our busiest days of the year, as the last of the boxes arrive from our manufacturers in Europe.  Even my dad just shakes his head and wonders, "What in the world?" - and he's used to us!

This is all millinery fruit, hand made as it has been for the past 125 or so years, for use in hat making originally, but now used by artists and craftsmen for much else.

Raspberries, blueberries, miniature bananas, oranges and lemons...  We visited the factory last April, where each one is created on one of the wheels, below.  Those are drying racks to the left.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Last Evening On The Beach

The Monterey cypress trees that grow at the side of the road that runs along the beach are twisted and bent from the prevailing onshore winds.

As we arrived, most everyone else was calling it a day and heading for home.

My daughter in the golden autumn light.

Above, looking south at the jetty.  And below, an oldster taking in the ocean air, watching the surfers.