Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
We've had a string of sunny days going back to before Christmas and yesterday was no exception. Perfect for a walk around the neighborhood. Citrus trees are heavily laden with fruit, and the tree above was tangled with tangerines.
Cups of gold are in full flower this time of year. Their leathery blossoms are marked by an improbable purple star, a sure sign to hummingbirds and bees abundant nectar and pollen await.
As usual, the ever vigilant goose duo put up a full throated honk-fest as they stormed the fence at our approach.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
That's a picture of my dad's little sister, Gloria, who turned 85 yesterday, over at my house for a birthday party. She's a remarkable woman - she lived in Loreto, Baja, Mexico in the 1950s, was state waterski champion in her 20s, worked hard helping build several houses from the ground up, was always a loving and kind daughter to my grandparents and my favorite aunt going back forever.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
We stopped for burgers and fries when we rolled back into town after a busy weekend.
We parked on the bluffs above the water to eat. Above, looking south and below, looking north, with the bluffs washed in golden light as the day drew to a close.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
We walked on the beach yesterday and not surprisingly, many of the cars parked along the Coast Highway were from out of state - Colorado, Oregon and other parts, further away and a lot colder. A January day in the mid sixties must have seemed downright tropical, as people came prepared with towels for lying out and and drywall buckets for building sand castles.
The tide was outgoing but still high enough in places that we walked along the base of the cliff, picking a path through thousands of wave tossed cobblestones.
The folks below were watching their three kids swimming in long pants and flannel shirts. Sometimes the call of the sea (even at 58 degrees) is stronger than the discomfort of wearing soaking wet, sand encrusted blue jeans.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Thomas usually pays his first visit of the day between 4 and 5 am. He always comes in the patio door, heads straight to the kitchen and once sated, takes his leave via the front door, back into the darkness. As was the case yesterday, a darkness mixed with thick coastal fog.
Friday, January 3, 2014
My daughter took me along to the beach yesterday when she went for a surf.
It was an unusually low minus 1.55 tide.
A brightly beaked sea gull with every feather in place.
A sandy haired youngster took his new Christmas truck for a test drive in a tide pool. And as the sun set slowly in the west, we were away for home.