Monday, September 25, 2017

The Dogs of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara on the central California coast, has the Santa Ynez Mountains as dramatic backdrop, Spanish Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs, upscale boutiques and restaurants offering local wines and seasonal fare. There are two impressive botanical gardens, the Franciscan Mission, multiple art galleries and museums and many more attractions, not to mention the fabulous beach and coastline!
But, that's not what this post is about. It's about how, in an exclusive city like this one, dogs of all shapes and sizes are so welcome and seen everywhere, even in the poshest of places.

There are even doggie treats in the bank for that patient hound.

Dogs small and large are welcome to enter and shop.

Which ice-cream should we choose, Mom?

Friday, September 22, 2017


An awesome two hour two of one of the most stunning botanical jewels in the USA. We were fortunate to book a 10am limited tour of the 37-acre Montecito estate of Ganna Walska, a polish opera star from the 1920s. Walska created the gardens between 1940 and 1980s and we got to see al, but the Japanese Garden, which is being renovated. Just look at this list! Not only are there tropical and subtropical plants, but every imaginable plant in the following gardens:

Aloe garden, blue garden, bromeliads, Insectary Garden, cacti & euphorbias, cactus garden, cycad garden, Dracaena circle, fern garden, orchards, parterre, palmetum, shade palm garden, succulent garden, theatre garden, topiary garden, tropical garden, water garden, water stairs and cypress allée

Since it's so well photographed and featured in several YouTube publications, I decided to put down my camera and just enjoy the stroll and sights in Sara's company.

Well, this last video won't disappoint because it's the explanation of how a determined and very beautiful Ganna Walska walzed through a life of wealth and luxury by way of marriage and good fortune. She had 6 husbands. A few died and she divorced a few and her accumulated fortune as a result allowed her to create this extravagant garden masterpiece.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What Sunflowers Do

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what sunflowers do. -Helen Keller
Not thinking backwards nor forwards; just loving these bright yellow days of September's garden with my favourite sunflower.
#sunflower #girasoles #septiembre #september#sunshine #lompoc #daughterlove #helenkeller#visitagenial #daughtertime #fallbouquet

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Name That Beach

#secretbeach #rockart #mural #california #pacificcoast #iseeyou

Tour the Murals, Lompoc

Nestled in the Sta. Rita Hills of California Central Coast, Lompoc has been a comfortable, peaceful destination where When Sara has bought her first home I heard less than complimentary things about this sleepy town of 43,000+, mostly because it's just a little sister to upscale beauty, Santa Barbara, an hour drive south along Highway 1. But, I'm loving my stay and am pleasantly surprised by the town's quaint charm, which started the weekend I arrived with delicious coffee and tea choices from South Side Coffee Co. and browsing its numerous antique stores, and abounding art and murals. The Lompoc Mural Map from 2016 touts 36 city murals, but I'm sure by now there are more. This photo sampler shows just a few from Art Alley.

Feeding Time (2015) 122 W. Ocean Ave. (back south wall/ Art Alley) Artist Jeff Raum - Moorpark, CA

“Like beautiful flowers
Blossoming along a vine,
The Murals of Lompoc surprise
and delight residents and visitors
as they stroll the downtown area”
– Lompoc Mural Society

The Boatmen (2014) 112 South I St. (north wall/Sissy’s Uptown Café, in Art Alley)
Artist John Pugh (master of “trompe l’oeil”) - Truckee, CA

Fields of Gold (2004) 117½ South H St. • Mural In a Day (south wall)
Master Artist Colleen Goodwin Chronister (Salem, OR) with participating artists.

. Price of Freedom (2000) 125 South H St. - Pays tribute to all the men and women who served, fought and died in the 15 wars and conflicts of the 20th Century.
Artist Eliseo Silva - Corona, CA 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

El Reencuentro

Meeting again, Lía and me. Two old gals reunite and exchange Spanish kisses. We tell each other we're looking great for the couple of years that have passed since we last saw each other and pledge our admiration and affection until the next time.

Greyhound love. Seeing Lia and meeting Blanca for the first time.

#galga #reencuentro#greyhoundsofinstagram #greyhoundlove#greyhounds #greyhound#galgos112oficial #galgos #visita #yogalgo#carino #adoptanocompres #middleage#agewithgrace #brindle #vacaciones#besos