Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Being who you really are. . . . . . . . . . . . .

 I'm totally 'up to my eyebrows' in trying to catch up with normal since
 arriving home from the great west coast trip!   

I'm so behind in posting stories and photos - still have tons to share
from the Kenya trip, and also more of the fabulous places we've just 
visited in California. 
I'm also feeling very guilty because I haven't had a moment to comment on
all your blogs which I so enjoy, plus answer some e-mails - please forgive me
 and know I'll be stopping by soon. The days are just not long enough, grrrrr!

BUT, today, on this fabulous sunny, warm October day, it is my birthday, 
and I will not lie, deceive, cheat, or try to hide the fact that today I have
 turned 73 - or perhaps that should be typed as 73
Gosh, who ever thinks about becoming this age when we are youngsters.
But, being that age is really more than a number, it's not a problem for 
me. I'm so grateful that I feel great and pray that I will continue to have
 good health and can plan more exciting travels for at least a few more years.

So, although I've not had time for autumn decorating - this dining room photo
 is from another year - since arriving home we've done a lot of garden cleanup
 from the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
We managed to fly out for California just as the hurricane arrived in town!
 Our neighborhood had many huge trees come down, but the roads are now
passable and the huge trunks and branches are stacked along the curbs
 awaiting pick up.
 Our cottage was spared from big trees falling this time thankfully.
 The loss of power for five days meant we came home to an empty fridge/freezer 
as our daughter had to come by and throw out all our perishable food.
 We've shopped and re-stocked and our great insurance company will be
 sending us a payment to cover the loss - Raleigh was definitely a disaster area.

So all I can say right now is I'll soon be back sharing old travels and telling
you about new ones.
As for today - I'm just going to enjoy my birthday - and be grateful for 
family, friends, and you for stopping by.

With love and thanks for your friendship.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The 17-Mile Drive - Monterey to Carmel . . . . . . . .

The LONE CYPRESS - perched over the Pacific for hundreds of years.
Even though Monterey cypress trees prefer the bare, rugged, granite headlands, 
the famous Lone Cypress is a testament to the hardiness of these trees.
It has stood Pacific storms and winds for roughly 250 years. Fences and cables
 now offer added protection in hopes it will live to be 300. 

Pelicans, cormorants. . . . . . . . 

 . . . . . . wildflowers 

. . . . . . . the hummingbird 

. . . . . . . friendly chipmunks, much larger than the ones in our garden!

Bob befriending the wildlife. . . . . . . 

A perfect autumn afternoon along the Pacific coast - warm, fog-free,
 brilliant sunshine, a slight breeze - we were so lucky and appreciated Paula
taking us back to a favorite California coastal drive. . . . . . . .

Carmel's quaint buildings 

. . . . . . with a lovely lunch here at Casanova in the delightful village of Carmel.
California dreaming!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Coming home today. . . . . . . . . .

Hard to leave this beautiful state of California!  Have really enjoyed seeing a lot of new places and being with dear friends. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Vineyards, Winery Gardens, Cozy B&B's of California -

Such a beautiful place to visit. . . . . . . . . and I often find myself experiencing
 those "I could live here" moments!
Then I'm advised of the price of real estate!
Land for vineyards cost as much as a million dollars per acre.
Tiny houses a couple of million before an often needed rehab.
So I'm staying where I am of course. . . . . .but will always be up
 for a visit here where it truly is lovely.

Our beautiful suite on the lower level by the pool - in Napa. 
This amazing B&B is the Candlelight Inn and I'll be showing you much
 more of it in another post.

We are now in Ferndale, just south of Eureka, California.
A spectacular Victorian B&B in a small town full of Victorian buildings,
 the previous homes of cattle barons and dairy kings.
Weather is wet but we're seeing some beautiful scenery including the 
giant redwood forests and the pounding Pacific surf along the shore.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

City to country - wine country that is!

 Leaving the beautiful city of San Francisco, always hard.
Heading to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, very easy!

Crossing the Golden Gate and heading north -

- to arrive in what has to be some of the most beautiful countryside in California.
More on visits to wineries - there are about 600 - and great little wine country
 towns later.

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