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:

Friday, 5 June 2015

National Donut Day

An ordinary beach day in June.

Gets kicked up a notch on the first Friday of the month, National Donut Day.

Aren't we San Diegans lucky that VG Donut is just across the street from San Elijo State Beach!

Barely enough steps to walk off the calories.

Unless we make a trek back to get a jelly-filled...

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

My First Home Grown Artichoke

Guess what popped up in the garden?

Which makes sense because we bought an artichoke plant, dug a hole, set up a drip line and watched it grow.

The big surprise was the awesome footprint of this plant.

It takes up a good portion of our vegetable box -- leaves sprawl forth in every direction.

Which seems like quite a bit of excitement for ONE ARTICHOKE.

On the plus side it was deee-licious!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Painting Pottery

Although the crowd at the CeramiCafe is often small children, it is great fun at any age.

First stop is the wall.

There are unicorns and gnomes and pigs and princesses.

But don't let that deter you.

Because for every frog there is a platter or plate or cup or mug.

The next wall features squeeze bottles of paint (with examples of how each color looks after the pottery is fired). There are palettes, brushes of all shapes and sizes, Q-tips, paper towels and even pencils if you want to sketch your design before you start.

Sit down at a table and follow your muse.

Three hours went by.

Just that fast.

Before we turned in our finished pieces.

Can't wait to see what they look like out of the kiln!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Pearson's Gardens in Vista

Time for Spring planting.

First stop is an out-of-the-way nursery in Vista.

Drove to the end of Beverly Drive without spotting it. Pulled up beside a man mowing his grass, "Do you know where Pearson's Gardens is?"

"Never heard of it," he replied.

Turned around. Watched the street numbers closely. Lo and behold, it was tucked right into the neighborhood.

A friend, who is a member of a local garden club, mentioned this place and it is well worth a visit.

Checked out the owner's garden box to get ideas.

Rows of lettuce.

French Beans - très bon!

Tables and tables of tomatoes.

Location:  1150 Beverly Drive, Vista, CA 92084

Pearson's Gardens