By now you are probably as tired as I am of hearing about Staycations.
If the economy has convinced you to hunker down, it doesn’t help to be reminded of your destination deficiencies.
And if you are heading off to a local hot spot or some exotic locale, you’re probably wondering what all the fuss about hanging out at home is all about.
Whichever category you fall into, I’d like to provide you with a bit of vicarious vacationing. Today, we’re off to California.
It's been called the land of fruit and nuts, but I prefer to think about Los Angeles as the land of the giant giraffes.
And More Birds….
I’ve posted photos of Venice before (on November 7, 2007 to be exact), but here we are again!
In summer, it seems like every cottage has a picturesque rowboat out on the canal.
And the gardens are in full bloom.
Switching from surf to turf, California cottage garden colors often echo the architecture. Here, a luscious blend of bougainvillea and vintage seating.
I love how the flowers match the window!
And how about this house & garden combo for serene greens?
This shingled cottage would be equally at home in the Adirondacks, except for the signage.
In the sidewalk strip, they had an amazing shrub that had me stumped. It took awhile for me to identify this bright orange beauty. Turns out, it's native to South Africa.
In case you’re as curious as I was, it’s Leonotis ocymifolia var.raineriana.
Although, it’s hard to tell from this photo, this old Fiat car is not only flaming orange, it’s even smaller than a Smart car!
And, speaking of smart... (pardon the parental pride, I needed a clever segue)... the reason I was recently in California was to see my son Fred graduate.
I’ll share one of their recipes in my next post. Don't expect pizza or franks and beans. These fearsome chefs served an amazing seafood Cioppino at their grad party.