Saturday, October 31, 2009
a postcard from the pumpkin patch...
Pete's Pumpkin Patch lies right next to Highway 101...in Camarillo, California.
In San Francisco...the home of the original sourdough bread...we happened upon sourdough jack-o-lanterns. They looked quite friendly...but I opted for the traditional loaf.
The Mickey and Minnie pumpkins looked most pleasant...just as a pumpkin face should look. There are a lot of things associated with today that I have no use for...but a friendly pumpkin seems a nice offering.
Friday, October 30, 2009
...their first home...where they have lived for five years and made many wonderful memories.
It was a restored heritage home in the older part of town...with a huge back yard and lovely old trees.
Today they are moving up the hill...
...to a new, larger home...with a small yard and no trees.
They back onto 'green space' however...and so they can call all those neighbouring trees their own.
It is an exciting day for them...and we share in their joy...from afar.
It's sure too bad we aren't home on time to help move. We definitely didn't plan that too well! (Smile).
Speaking of trees...we had an awesome drive yesterday along the Avenue of Giants...through groves of coast redwoods which happen to be the world's largest trees.
As we entered Oregon...the California sun gave way to showers. It's beginning to feel like home.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
a postcard from napa valley...
We are just passing through...really! We took a slight detour and now Highway 101 will be taking us north along the California coast...and through the Redwood Forest. Who knows where we will be tonight?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
a postcard from san francisco...
We walked the Golden Gate Bridge...and far beyond. We had seafood at Fisherman's Wharf, checked out China Town, Little Italy and Union Square. Tomorrow we plan to tour Alcatraz...which happens to be the number one tourist attraction in San Francisco. Who would have thought a former federal prison could be such a drawing card?
Home is on the radar screen...just a few more stops. I'll be back to visit you all soon.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
a postcard from the California coast...
Saturday, October 24, 2009
a postcard from disneyland...
It's also a place where the California sun never ceases to shine...
where 'It's a Small World' is bigger than life...
and where one needs to wear comfortable shoes.
It's been a good week...the kids fly home tomorrow...
and we'll start rolling north...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
coming of age...
We took the celebration on the road this year...and will make it one to be remembered!
And not to go without mention...someone we know well is celebrating her seventieth birthday today.
Now that she is so much older and wiser...she will have to give up all the shenanigans!
Until now she could not really be left unsupervised...or she was bound to get into trouble.
She has had a lot of time to get used to the idea of being 70...and so today we go public...and wish her a most wonderful birthday celebration.
Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, Martha !
May you have many more mountaintop experiences in the days and years that lie ahead!
Monday, October 19, 2009
tales from the trail...
...and the one we had in mind lies out in the desert near Palm Springs. We almost know the trail by now...and if we take the I-5 we can make the trip in two days. Hubby keeps his eyes on the road...I work on one project or another...and we both listen to audio books. By the time we arrive at our destination we have 'read' a new novel by Scott Turow and one by Adriana Trigiani...both are well worth the listen.
And I found many opportunities to try out the new Canon...as we whizzed by all sorts of interesting things along the way. I was keeping an eye out for friends who were travelling the same route...with a truck and trailer in tow.
This was not them...but made for a fine picture none-the-less.
Every so often we were reminded that we needed to stop for coffee...and before we knew it, we were in California.
We enjoyed a lazy morning at the resort yesterday...and then made our way to the airport to meet our gang who flew in to join us. The had been en route for many hours......and were much more interested in beginning the vacation than in waiting in a rental car line-up for what proved to be a very long time.
The kids made themselves comfortable... claimed a fair piece of the airport as their own...and before long it looked almost like home!
...we will mostly be floating down the lazy river! It is a wonderful place for kids of all ages...and we are having a great time together.
Friday, October 16, 2009
footloose and fancy free...
I love road trips! My projects are packed...including the
These people take the meaning of 'footloose and fancy free' to another level.
By now...nothing surprises me!
I'm just planning to put my feet up...and take it all in.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
to do list...
Visit the Bookman.
Say hi to resident kitty for Ryder.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
eagles in the city...
...we need just look out our window during the winter months. The city dwellers, however...may never see the real thing in their neighbourhood.
On our recent visit to Vancouver...we were surprised to see many eagles. They were not exactly like our country eagles...
...but were positioned to greet us at every corner along the waterfront. Eagle art...quite intriguing. I stopped to read the signs...and take pictures, of course...and soon got the scoop.
The eagle sculptures are part of an art project sponsored by the B.C. Lions Club to raise funds for children with disabilities in our province. Each eagle is a seven and a half foot bald eagle, formed of fibreglass...and custom painted by a commissioned artist. The completed works of art are on display in prominent public spaces in many of the major cities of our province.
It was only upon my return to the country, that I discovered we have eagle art on display at our own city hall as well. So I stopped by to check it out...
...and thought it was most appropriate for our 'city in the country'. It looks a little more realistic...but then out here we know what eagles really look like.
In April 2010 all the eagles will 'fly the coop'...when they will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. If you are interested in having an eagle all your own...check out the details at Eagles in the City.
Or if you are more interested in seeing the real thing...the eagles are beginning to arrive in our area...drawn here by the spawning salmon. We have one of North America's largest gatherings of bald eagles nearby...with many excellent opportunities for eagle watching. Every November our community and several others along the river, play host to the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival...a chance to view the majestic birds and gain a little knowledge. Why not?
Have a great day!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
for the record...
We personalize that over here on the farm...and are most grateful for the harvest which was completed just days ago....and is safely stored in the barns for winter.
And as we look back over the events of the past year...we are again reminded that God is good...and we have been abundantly blessed.
We gathered as a family around the table yesterday...all thirteen of us at a table that seats fourteen. It should be full to capacity very shortly...but we know there's always room at the table!
We each shared something for which we were thankful...and in most every case that 'something' was not a thing but a person. It's people...not things...that matter most in the end.
Although most of us are quite enthusiastic about turkey dinner...and gladly enjoy several of them over the Thanksgiving weekend...
...and were quite thrilled with their new cameras! They have plans to visit a magical place next week...a place where their new cameras will come in very handy. (I'm still thinking Canon might be wise to sponsor this blog...as I continue to advertise freely on their behalf!)
And when I need to borrow an electric fondue...I now know three doors I can knock on!
...and that they did!