Category Archives: California

west coast t…

since we were already way across the country visiting our son in Colorado for Thanksgiving we decided to tack on a trip to California to visit family there…

Ft Collins Colorado

we were able to shed some of the layers and boots we had packed for the winter weather in Colorado switching to rain gear for some of the days…

Sonoma County California

we enjoyed seeing California looking green with bits of pretty autumn foliage as we’d not visited at this time of year before…

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

I got to celebrate my birthday in San Francisco which was memorable…

San Francisco CA 2

getting to visit favorite places…

Palace of Fine Arts SF CA

never tiring of the views…

San Francisco CA

adding some new adventures too…

San Francisco waterfront pedicab ride selfie

here we are speeding along the SF waterfront in a pedicab…

Night tour of San Francisco CA

headed back to the hotel to pile on some warm clothes for our night time tour of the city from the the top of an open double decker bus feeling like full fledged tourists (it was a two day pass including a night tour and it was a unique way to get around and see the city…we plan to do it sometime in our own hometown of Washington, DC)…

SF fa la laa

The City by the Bay felt very festive with holiday lights and decorations…

Union Square SF California

we took a little break to enjoy some cappuccino and a hazelnut creme pastry at an outdoor cafe at Union Square…

SF architecture sampler

so much to see and enjoy…

San Francisco snippets

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

Sonoma Coast Goat Rock

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~Miriam Beard

a return to Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

traveling tea cup in SF

we brought our traveling tea cup along on our visit to California last month…

Japanese Garden Tea Timeon day two in San Francisco we made time to sit and enjoy some Jasmine tea and treats at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park…

Japanese Tea Garden

which is always a favorite spot of ours

Pagoda Wisteria

it is compact enough that there is time to stroll and feel like you have taken it all in…

O'Keefe at the deYoung

 on this day we also had tickets for the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the nearby de Young Museum which was great…

deYoung and views

we try to never miss a chance to take in the views of San Francisco from the ninth floor of the de Young observation deck…

across from deYoung

there is a really nice park area across the street with seating for outdoor performances…

Easter leaving the farm

while the tea cup didn’t make it into all that many photos on our  trip it was right there traveling with us…

Colin and the sea lions at Ft Ross beach(our youngest son is quite the climber and adventurer and here he is exploring the rocky Pacific coast … to the right you can see a mother sea lion and her pup)

here’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone else over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s

 

 

California tea time…

back from our California vacation trying to settle back in and catch up with everyone…

Palace of Fine Arts Golden Gate Bridge SF


after spending a few wonderful days in San Francisco we headed north across the Golden Gate Bridge…

Pier 39 SFI do have a traveling tea cup adventure to share with you next week from SF…

FLAX fab SF art supplies

time seems to be moving so quickly…

Tea Room Cafe Petaluma CAstopping at a nice tea spot in Petaluma that we happened upon we had a tasty lunch and pot of Earl Grey tea…

Tea time and Lunch

it was a delight to enjoy the California sunshine visiting family and seeing lots of green there this time of year too…

California

along with so many pretty blooms…

CA flower sampler

driving along the coast highway is always a thrill (the Point Arena Lighthouse below is at the most western point of California making it the closest point to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental US)…

Point Arena Lighthouse most western point of CA

we returned home to Virginia to find everything blooming like crazy…

Virginia April Blooms

~♥~ ahh Spring ~♥~ and sweet memories from our travels…

Colin Goat Rock Beach

happy to join Elizabeth and Bleubeard and all of the other T stands for Tuesday participants wishing you well…

Rinda’s 2013 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt: Part 3

here are my final photographs for Rinda’s scavenger hunt this year (if you like you may visit my Part 1 and Part 2 as well)…

16. A windmill 

#16 Scotland Wind Turbines

you can see lots of modern windmills off in the distance here dotting the Scottish countryside…

#16 Wind turbines

and a closer look at these giants which we also have here in the states…

#16 Golden Gate Park

here is a beautiful windmill we found on a recent emergency trip we took to California in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

17. Candle(s)

#17 Swiss Luminaria

this is a special candle inside a Swiss paper luminaria from my sweet friend Margaret

18. Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop

#18 coffee house tea shop

here in the Metropolitan Washington DC area we are inundated with Starbucks coffee shops…we like using REAL ceramic mugs when we visit our local spot…

19. A fisherman

#19 Lake Windermere UK

Mr Magpie snapped a photo of a young man fishing off the back of a boat on Lake Windermere in the Lake District in the UK…

20. A dinosaur

#20 Dino  Museum of Scotland Edinburgh

a visit to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh found this good sized Tyrannosaurus Rex…

#20 T Rex collage

the museum was wonderful

National Museum of Scotland roof view

and the views from the garden rooftop

Natl Museum of Scotland Rooftop

were quite spectacular too…

21. A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)

#21 Lotusland Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Wash DC

Mr Magpie snapped a photo of me at the amazing Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens just outside of Washington, DC a few days after our return from the UK back in June…

my camera is a favorite art tool that I would definitely not want to be without…

Bonus/substitute items.

If you find any of the above items too difficult, feel free to substitute either (or both) of these items.

You can substitute up to two items, but you cannot substitute Item #21

*A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country

Bonus 4th of July

just to be clear we do NOT know this person decked out in red white and blue on the fourth of July…

when I spotted him at the gas station while we were out driving I yelled “stop the car” and my quick acting driver/co conspirator did just that…

you don’t see this sort of get up every day here in the states 😉

*A sundial

Bonus Shakespeares home sundial

we found this relatively modern 1971 sundial in the garden of William Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon…

Bonus Oxford UK Sundial

and this vertical sundial was in an Oxford College courtyard…

many thanks to Rinda again this year for a really fun photo scavenger hunt

Breathe in…

Breathe Instill inspired by Birgit’s Art Journal Journey’s Less is More” challenge I got busy in my spiral bound journal gluing pages together and adding a light coat of white gesso…

Breathe In (3)

another special Renaissance image paired with a lotus blossom hat…

Breathe In (4)

along with another lotus photograph we took at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens added to a page with many layers of different kinds of paint and colored pencil…

Breathe In (1)

my tea mug holds a good two cups worth of tea which kept me company while I doodled and scratched in some shadows and finishing touches…

Breathe In (5)

I had most of this blog post ready to post but we had to make an emergency trip to California on 13 September (approximately 2,500 miles/4,023 km

Sonoma Coast State Park CA

to be with our eldest son (who is doing much better nowand there was hardly any time to be plugged in while we traveled…

Golden Gate Bridge SF CA 18 Sept 13

we did manage to walk back and forth across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco which is something we had always wanted to do…

Russian River Pacific Ocean Jenner CA

hoping you are well

still traveling tea…

traveling in my head at least on this rainy Virginia day…

we found The American Riviera® as Santa Barbara, California is called…

  a most captivating and beautiful place…

and enjoyed being there for Halloween…

this little policeman cruising State Street with his parents took the costume prize…

we almost felt like we were transported to another country…

with the Spanish Revival architecture…

clean inviting streets…

and colorful courtyards…

it is a town of less than 425,000 population perfect for walking or there is a trolley style bus that you can ride one way for twenty five cents too if you wish…

we were smitten even before we set foot in the Villa Rosa Inn…

Room Fifteen had a sweet little balcony looking out onto the magical gardens and pool…

it was a succulent (sedum) paradise…

the resident gardener really puts her heart and soul into her work…

and as the Villa Rosa Inn brochure states it is just 84 steps to the beach…

some times I will read a description of a place and then feel surprised when I see it in person…

the only surprise here was that it was even more wonderful than it sounded…


we enjoyed the fresh air and water…

with very low humidity and sunshine what’s not to Love…

we were drawn to Pacific Crepes two separate times and had THE best crepes and delicious cappuccinos too…

this is definitely a place we would enjoy visiting again…

life is a garden,
not a road
we enter and exit
through the same gate
wandering,
where we go matters less
than what we notice ~ BOKONON

wishing each of you a very Happy Tea Tuesday however you enjoy it

SLO Tea

thought I’d take you traveling for tea today since my thoughts seem to keep going back to our recent getaway…

SLO stands for San Luis Obispo

I did a Silent Sunday post that showed a few photos of this neat town here

we had a lay over in San Francisco and boarded a small 30 seat propeller plane to continue our journey a little further down the California coast…

there was plenty of time on our stopover to get a loaf of our favorite Boudin’s sour dough bread…

landing at San Luis Obispo airport helped trim about four hours of driving time which was most welcome after traveling the skies all day from Virginia…

we found their one baggage claim carousel a pleasant surprise…

SLO was cited as one of this country’s happiest places by the Oprah Winfrey Show…

home of Cal Poly

we began and ended our California getaway there…

a fun little college town with nice shops and a creek running through it…

we stumbled quite by chance on gum alley…

very interesting…

we did a walk by and kept our distance with no urge to actually walk down the alley…

if I haven’t grossed you out too much let’s keep walking and visit Kreuzberg’s Coffeehouse and Books

I had a nice refreshing Kombucha and Mr Magpie had a cappucino

Loved the lamps hung upside down from the ceiling and the perfect coffee house atmosphere…

We write our epitaphs on walls with gum,
And though it may be meaningless to some,
We have a symbol of our gummy youth,
Whose walls may not tell some glorious truth,
But eloquently speak of better times,
Of cruising, shopping sprees, and nursery rhymes.
If gum is all you see upon our wall,
Your mind is closed, your spirit shrunk and small,
Though memories of youth may never last,
Gum Alley is our present to our past.” ~”M”, Arroyo Grande

well alrighty then…

wishing you all a very Happy T Tuesday

I am still finding reentry back into “real” life pretty challenging on several fronts…sigh 🙂

Silent Sunday: San Luis Obispo, California

L*VE

working last minute on this little canvas to take along to California may have been why I forgot to pack the traveling tea cup…

still wondering HOW we missed that…

oh well!

there was a point when I did not think the canvas would materialize in time to take on our trip…

you really can’t force creativity…

can you…

it either happens or it doesn’t…

I rescued some sweet smelling pink roses that were decoration around our niece’s wedding cake last October and pressed them with thoughts of making a first anniversary card for them which turned into this canvas instead…

I wrapped it in wax paper tied with baker’s twine just in case as it took lots of layers of gel medium to embed the roses and leaves…

hoping it holds up over time…

“You are an artist of the spirit.  Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way.  Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz


Wordless Wednesday: Paso Robles Wedding

traveling tea…


back in Virginia now after a wonderful getaway to the west coast…

California certainly is a most agreeable place to visit…

it is easy to entertain thoughts of moving there…

before our trip I received a lovely surprise from the sweet and thoughtful Jan in the UK

when the mailman delivered this smooshed box to our door all I could think was oh oh…

looks a bit like an elephant sat on it…

but what to my wondering eyes …

there were three perfect pieces of Jan’s Mum’s English Bone China each carefully wrapped in bubble wrap tucked in with pretty linens and fancy paper napkins…

surely Jan must have waved a magic wand over the parcel before it made it’s journey from the UK to Virginia…

sipping a cup of the delicious vanilla and honey tea with heartfelt thanks to Jan…

still pondering our recent travels and how to find balance in this life

travel is one of my all time favorite things…

it is such a free feeling with small demands like “what would we like to see today” or “where should we eat”

now I am trying to get back in the swing of things with cooking and other household tasks calling me along with trying to make some time to play and catch up in blogland too of course…

a big part of me is still on the central California coast…

quite by accident my traveling tea cup and saucer did not make it into our suitcase…

I didn’t realize it until a couple of days into our travels…

nice to be back and wishing each of you a happy T Tuesday

Pacific Sea Star Tea

 looking back on our trip to California in October of 2010

this post has been in DRAFT for far too long now…

WHERE in the world has a year gone…

I still remember how entertained we were walking on Goat Rock Beach on the lookout for treasure…

what is it about wet shells and rocks that wink at you in the sand and whisper “take me home with you”

there was sea glass too if you were very patient…

my great discovery was a brilliant Ochre Sea Star still too freshly gone to take home…

it looked like a Fabergé jewel incrusted ornament shimmering in the sunlight…

and complimented the embroidery on my tunic nicely…

we were warned by friendly locals to never turn our backs on the ocean…

they have signs warning about deadly Sleeper Waves…

a local lady who shared some sea glass with me had some stories to tell about those…

it was a short drive back to the sanctuary of Jenner where we were staying…

a bite to eat and some tea on the Russian River here…

we are excited about our upcoming return visit to a different part of California end of this month to attend our nephew’s wedding…

it was our sweet niece’s wedding that took us to the west coast last year around this time…

here’s wishing you a very happy T Tuesday

… be sure and visit Kimmie

you never know where the T Tuesday bloggers will take you…

***if you are a Claudine Hellmuth fan her second book is my 10th giveaway over at my Magpie’s Nest Too blog***

Watching the fog roll in

 

sf-goldengatefogsailboats

“San Francisco has only one drawback. ”Tis hard to leave” ~Rudyard Kipling