*click all photos for large view*
|the front yard|
|a hummingbird rests in a bottle brush tree|
|the unbelievable density of gorgeous vegetation before the dunes|
|very "western" plants|
|the beach trail full of rabbits and little birds|
I am in Half Moon Bay California. It's cold, foggy and misty wet and I am thrilled at the refreshing break from endlessly heavy and humid sunny sunny days. I am here to build a website for my Mom - V's mom actually -but we have agreed that we will be "daughter" and "mom" from now on; neither of us likes tacking on "in-law" to the titles. She has so many fun things planned for us to do that I am a little worried about getting the project completed; the idea is to also teach her to manage and update this site so that she is no longer reliant on another person -and also will not have to pay them anymore either.
I hope to post often the next 10 days. I know we are going to a goat farm in Pescadero, a poetry reading, a full moon ceremony, a folk music thing, and the farmers market. The first thing I want to say about this landscape is if you do not have a rocking garden here? Then you should be spanked. Because literally, amazing flowers are like weeds here. Native geraniums, wild fennel, thistle, red hot pokers, agapanthus (millions of them!), yellow mallow looking flowers, all kinds of pink wildflowers. It's crazy! The conditions are perfect for flowers. And food actually. We passed lush fields of brussels sprouts just a mile or so down the road. There are lots of succulents, and grasses - the grasses! And I thought I had a lot of grasses. Wait until you see all the kinds I can gather in just the "front yard". Down the path is a vast eucalyptus forest that is always shrouded in fog. It is on a high cliff over the ocean.
I do intend to host Haiku Monday for 8/15. The theme is "Pacific". You can enter as many as you like (Fishy!) and all will be judged; by a panel of california people at dinner where we will drum, make a zen garden and burn sage. grrherhahaha.