Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Just Saying Hi!

It's been a busy summer in all the best ways.

More on that soon, I hope.

Meanwhile here are some things I found at Print and Pattern.

Are you ready to think about big sweaters yet?

I'm looking forward to my next visit to London for some serious poking around.  And maybe a little shopping.  These are hard to resist!

Coucou!  Who's at the beach???????

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Le Boeuf sur le Toit and The Road to Bodega

You'll know you're on the right road out of Petaluma if you spot this

cow on the roof.  Across from the "Petaluma Creamery" - a must-stop for ice cream as per our host!

The road will wind through golden hills and dairy farms until.....

you reach the shore road and this intersection.

You'll have OPTIONS!  South, North and

sur place!  (More high elevation cows a continuing theme.)

There is a lovely outside seating/eating area

(as well as in) if you want to have lunch and a nice glass of wine at the Marin Sun Farms Restaurant and Butcher Shop.  (Sean Thackrey is kind of a local, and wine celeb).

We took the road north to Bodega Bay.

Ahhhhh yess.......the California coast.

Blood pressure dropping?

A gorgeous stop for a long walk.  To fill your lungs with perfect clean air.....

swimming - probably in the wet suit that you've brought along.

The road will then take you back inland to Bodega, (in my previous post)

A good place to stop for a drink.

At a classic old-school American beer hall.

That holds a few surprises too.  See my next post!

There is nothing not to like in this very gorgeous part of Northern California.  (IMHO).  More soon.  

Have a great weekend!

(for more Sonoma County posts see my label above right, "Other California")

Monday, June 29, 2015

Birds - and - Bodega. Does It Mean Anything to You?

Bodega is really just a bend in the road

Really, a "town"?  I'll let you go there yourself and decide what you think about their commitment to good food.  

In any case, it's a fun stop on the road from the Sonoma Coast and Petaluma.

With all the "Birds" memorabilia you might like to peruse.

It has a great vintage small town America vibe.

With a little junk shop, t-shirt and tchotchke store along the usual lines, a hippie-ish Japanese dressmakers....

If you think you might be fancying picking up some antique

Coke bottles with the genuine article still inside......


Or you're a sailor named "Phillips" who's planning on shipping out sometime soon and need a case for your kit..........You'll find all that too.

There may be an actual town up the hills but I didn't see it. 

This is the view that may give you the shivers.  Bodega's a little of that 

and a little bit "OMMMMMMMMMMMM!"

Next up: the Bodega Casino, the local beer hall.  Serious Americana!  Y'all come back soon now, hear?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Went to Northern California Last Weekend

Here's a little

of what it

looked like.

Yeah, colorful!  What have you been up to now that summer's here????

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What It Is........Summertime

Ooooohhhhhh.  So sorry for going away like that.

Here's a little of what I've been up to....

Trying to understand why squirrels only want to eat my avocado seeds and why so many others of them just want to DROP OFF!  (avocado trees are verrrrrrry sensitive, did you know that?)

Hanging out with Mr. You-Know-Who

Trying to build myself a little rockery.

Tootling around town with some of my buddies.

Eating things fresh from the garden.

(Stuffed squash blossoms in San Marzano tomato sauce.)  

DELISH!  Only the best in Summer!!!!!

I'm going to be posting only intermittently for a while.  But I'm thinking about you.  Hope you're having......fun this good with someone as cool as this guy:

Peace Out!

Friday, June 5, 2015

What's New?

Is old.

Few words

in this post.

Let's pretend I'm a Tumblr

blogger just for today.  Could we?

Most of these pics come via

Sorry I'm such a lousy blogger these days. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Last Week in May 2015

I had a lovely, varied week, I must say.  How about you?

Found some fun things on the web, too.  These first two images, not so sure where from.

the partial underwater shot via the Guardian UK I think (tho' I can't find the exact photo gallery sorry!)

These amazing photos of the old shipyards in Chatham, Kent, England

come from

Just about as cool are these vintage Los Angeles streetcars being retrofitted with hydrogen and solar technology.  Via the LA Times.

thought this little vignette by Camilla Engman was so charming.  I do have a fascination with miniatures, have you noticed?

We lost a photography giant this week:  Mary Ellen Mark

someone I know posted this on Facebook.  One commenter said it all:  "notice the turned in left leg".

Finally, some wall art from our L.A. walk last week.  So in keeping with the above snarky sentiment, I'll skip my usual weekend signoff.  Instead, I'll just say:  See you soon!