still on the Central Coast..
while its drier than i’ve ever seen it out here, we did have a freak rain storm last Saturday at 2AM. it only lasted 15 minutes, and the dust and the hot air swallowed it up like it was nothing. the vineyard has taken a beating in all this excessive heat and drought. i’m not sure what we’ll see this fall..
home again, home again, jiggity-jig *_*
summer means road trips, so i’ve been visiting the vineyard on the central coast. one evening as i passed our neighbor’s field, i noticed some deer. after stopping i realized it was full of deer – there were at least a dozen of the very large fully grown animals, including a few large stags!
every year the man who owns that land tills the field, and then lets the wild grasses and flowers grow. he never plants anything, he just allows it to thrive as it will. and every year by July the grasses are golden yellow, the flowers dried out and preserved in full bloom. apparently the deer love it.
every time i visit Oregon i pass through Portland (its still wonderfully weird), and we spend at least one day outdoors foraging for food. we have gone berry picking, fishing, crabbing, or this time, digging for clams. except this time we forgot our clam gun, which none of us realized until after we drove out to the trail head and parked. no matter, we rolled up our pants and waded out into the cool waters anyway..
i expected Francis to dig up a few for us, but he was more excited about smelling everything and then peeing on it. oh well, maybe next time..
i just spent a long weekend on the Oregon coast. i’ve been visiting Oregon since i was a kid, and its one of my favorite places to go. there are so many beautiful beaches, sweet little beach towns, and great hiking trails through the old growth forests.. its a magical place :*)
last weekend my family gathered for a reunion, all hoping to relax and enjoy the sun and surf. day 1 started with violent thunderstorms. we thought by lunch the storms would stop and the fog would burn off, but no it raged all day long. i think only the Californians enjoyed it. we don’t get thunderstorms often, and we haven’t seen rain in a long time.
by day 2 the storm passed and the fog lifted. again the Californians marveled – it was all so green and lush!
i’ve been wandering across the new bridge to hang out in Berkeley a lot more lately. the jury seems to be out on the new Bay Bridge, but we all still love the old one. even in its various stages of demolition..
it was a long weekend..
and i have no regrets :*)
Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley is one of my favorite brunch spots, and i thought this would be a nice spot to share with our out-of-town guest. its just a diner, but they do things right: eggs are scrambled soft french style, they make beautiful dutch-baby soufflé pancakes, there are donut muffins.. its good! as expected the owners had pictures of the German Futbol team up, and for once were nowhere to be found. i like to imagine they’re taking a much needed break and are enjoying the World Cup in Brazil right now..
my neighbor’s tree is in full bloom. those itty bitty flowers are now replaced with plums, lots of them. and while they look small, they’re already heavy and full of flavor. this is how i know its summer..
and then there’s also Pride :*) always the last weekend in June, always the official start to summer here. a weekend of sparkles, love, and dance-all-day-all-night goodness.
happy Pride y’all!!
my roommate has a friend in town for a few days. we always start innocently enough – just a glass of wine, only one more cocktail – and then its nearly 8pm and we are famished. tea leaf salads, Shanghai soup dumplings, gemili dripping in cracked pepper and cheese…
i think she’s having a good time, San Francisco really is lovely after dark.
i found him on my way home from happy hour the other night. i think Bun’s peach blush was what caught my eye..