Saturday, 1 August 2015

We've Got Melons

During the Spring we designated a big square-ish area of our backyard to creating a melon patch.

This is our first attempt to grow watermelon and honeydew and by the looks of things…

          Long vines spreading in all directions
          Melons the size of baseballs
          Bright green healthy leaves

….we are off to a roaring start!




Apparently melons don't like to sit on the ground and get their bottoms wet so you are supposed to strap them up in a sling or place a board under them.



I hoisted them up onto empty plastic pots.



Here is one little trio balancing on their garden stage.


Entertaining the peppers and eggplants nearby:

                              Q: Why do watermelons have fancy weddings?
                              A: Because they cantaloupe. 



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Energy in Palm Springs

There are constants in Palm Springs.

A statue of Sonny Bono, who was once mayor of the city. Date Shakes at Hadley Fruit Orchards. Palm Trees. Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Misters in outdoor restaurants to keep patrons cool.

And what appears to be a farm growing windmills as far as the eye can see.

Only they are really wind turbines and they produce enough electricity to power the city and beyond!







Monday, 27 July 2015

Charming Laguna Beach

There are many coastal towns in Southern California but Laguna Beach, regardless of the summer crowds and traffic, holds a special charm, even if you are not there for the annual Sawdust Festival or Pageant of the Masters.

But just want to swim in the ocean, lick coconut gelato, browse the shops and check out a bit of art!





















Monday, 20 July 2015

Collecting Rain Water



Due to drought conditions and constant reminders about the drought conditions and lots of water cooler talk about drought conditions, we all have water on the brain.

Not actual water on the brain as we are in drought conditions.

Everywhere we look or listen, there are postings, articles, news stories.

And the water department provides pop ups as well:



So when the thunder and lightning and deluge showed up this weekend, we thought:

COLLECT THE WATER, STORE THE WATER, DON'T WASTE ALL THAT WATER!!!!

Treating the rain as if gold was pouring from our darkened sky.

So that is what we did:










The rain kept coming so we moved from little containers to bigger buckets to wheelbarrow to recycling bin and then fashioned some tubing to direct the runoff from the gutters out toward what had been 'crunchy' grass the day before.

And today it is bright and sunny and we are feeling very water-wise!




Saturday, 4 July 2015

Fourth of July Parade

At 9 am, Uncle Sam and his entourage made their way from the Del Mar Powerhouse down Coast Boulevard.

There were many many many more people in the parade than watching the parade!


















Friday, 19 June 2015

Fair Tradition



It's that time of year again.

Time for the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar.

The theme is A Fair To Remember.

And what I will remember this year is a cool breeze (we got there in the evening), fewer crowds (apparently Wednesday night is not that popular) and a very scaled-down Landscaping exhibit (there seemed to be more ground cover than plants).




Succulents and cactus and rocks, becoming prominent in San Diego yards.


Rain barrel and rain chain are given prominence.


Drought tolerant and colorful!

Design in Wood exhibit, I was drawn to all the chairs:





Perfect for Edith Ann

Tables and tackle boxes were also admired:





 Nighttime brought out the outline of flying feet and hands:



Starbucks, deep-fried, can't even imagine.





Cows are ready for a snooze.



Pockets of nostalgia:



Oh my, is that a beehive hair-do?

Or a bump? A pouf?





Sunday, 14 June 2015

La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

No, I am not a member.

But Saturday I sailed through the entrance waving my event ticket and had a chance to wander around the grounds.

So I stopped and smelled the roses.

Let's take a quick tour: