Monday, June 29, 2015

Birds - and - Bodega. Does It Mean Anything to You?

Bodega is really just a bend in the road

Really, a "town"?  I'll let you go there yourself and decide what you think about their commitment to good food.  

In any case, it's a fun stop on the road from the Sonoma Coast and Petaluma.

With all the "Birds" memorabilia you might like to peruse.

It has a great vintage small town America vibe.

With a little junk shop, t-shirt and tchotchke store along the usual lines, a hippie-ish Japanese dressmakers....

If you think you might be fancying picking up some antique

Coke bottles with the genuine article still inside......


Or you're a sailor named "Phillips" who's planning on shipping out sometime soon and need a case for your kit..........You'll find all that too.

There may be an actual town up the hills but I didn't see it. 

This is the view that may give you the shivers.  Bodega's a little of that 

and a little bit "OMMMMMMMMMMMM!"

Next up: the Bodega Casino, the local beer hall.  Serious Americana!  Y'all come back soon now, hear?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Went to Northern California Last Weekend

Here's a little

of what it

looked like.

Yeah, colorful!  What have you been up to now that summer's here????

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What It Is........Summertime

Ooooohhhhhh.  So sorry for going away like that.

Here's a little of what I've been up to....

Trying to understand why squirrels only want to eat my avocado seeds and why so many others of them just want to DROP OFF!  (avocado trees are verrrrrrry sensitive, did you know that?)

Hanging out with Mr. You-Know-Who

Trying to build myself a little rockery.

Tootling around town with some of my buddies.

Eating things fresh from the garden.

(Stuffed squash blossoms in San Marzano tomato sauce.)  

DELISH!  Only the best in Summer!!!!!

I'm going to be posting only intermittently for a while.  But I'm thinking about you.  Hope you're this good with someone as cool as this guy:

Peace Out!

Friday, June 5, 2015

What's New?

Is old.

Few words

in this post.

Let's pretend I'm a Tumblr

blogger just for today.  Could we?

Most of these pics come via

Sorry I'm such a lousy blogger these days. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Last Week in May 2015

I had a lovely, varied week, I must say.  How about you?

Found some fun things on the web, too.  These first two images, not so sure where from.

the partial underwater shot via the Guardian UK I think (tho' I can't find the exact photo gallery sorry!)

These amazing photos of the old shipyards in Chatham, Kent, England

come from

Just about as cool are these vintage Los Angeles streetcars being retrofitted with hydrogen and solar technology.  Via the LA Times.

thought this little vignette by Camilla Engman was so charming.  I do have a fascination with miniatures, have you noticed?

We lost a photography giant this week:  Mary Ellen Mark

someone I know posted this on Facebook.  One commenter said it all:  "notice the turned in left leg".

Finally, some wall art from our L.A. walk last week.  So in keeping with the above snarky sentiment, I'll skip my usual weekend signoff.  Instead, I'll just say:  See you soon!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last Weekend in L.A. Better Late Than Never Post

We had a couple walks last weekend.

Orange seemed to be the theme.

They say it is the new black (yeah, yeah.)

We managed to catch a couple Peronis at Little Dom's* just before they closed for the afternoon.

L.A. is very weird to ex-NY-ers and Londoners.  Restaurants and bars are not open all day.  (Why ever not?)  L.A. also has very few OLD PLACES.  I mean those that seem very "dans son jus".  The Paradis family have always been fooled by Little Dom's* but a production designer friend recently told us that the whole thing is faked up.  

Whatever.  It's a great place to hang for low-key celebrity spotting.

More fake ambiance.  (Not Little Dom's, but working for me!)

To keep in the Color-Orange theme, we also made a small batch of apricot jam.  All the ladies at my ethnic market turned their noses up at the apricots.  "Have you tasted them?  MEH!"  But they (the apricots, not the ladies) made excellent, heavenly jam.  No complaints here.  

Do you feel it?  Is it in your sights?  SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!!!!!  AH!  BIG SIGHS OF PLEASURE ALL 'ROUND.  No?

(* And don't be fooled either, if you come to L.A. by Little Dom's "Italian" food description.  The food is quite decent but like so much of L.A., they really don't know how to do pasta.  But that's my humble opinion!  I recommend sticking to the oyster po'boys and the clams.  xoxo)

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Time for Flowers

Just in case

you're a little



What is not to like about this most

b - E - A -u - T - i - F - u - l

s   e   a   s   o  n  ?


(photos variously from around the web and very likely from my blogroll at right and Bungalow Classic)