Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Camping at Salt Point - Day Three

Bacon for breakfast.  I love camping breakfasts!  I also made some "instant oatmeal" packets that worked well.  The directions are here.

All propped up to watch Daddy clear out the tent for breaking camp.

Before heading home we stopped at Fort Ross.  I thought this sign, posted on the fort wall, was interesting!

Hi!

The guys.

This is the trunk of a HUGE Eucalyptus tree just outside the fort!

Another HUGE tree, just up the hill from Fort Ross, this time a Bay tree.

We strolled though the orchard, a quarter mile up the hill, and sampled some apples.  Here, an olive tree.

These apples were tart and tasty, plus a beautiful shade of pink-red.

After parting from the rest of the group, Crandon and I stopped in Duncans Mills to get some coffee and browse a bit.  The old depot building had some interesting history of the railroad in Sonoma County.

Pretty window boxes outside a little tea shop in Duncans Mills.

A very pleasant weekend--a good mix of relaxing, visiting, eating, and hiking!

Camping at Salt Point - Day Two

Waking up in our tent!

Hanging out with Daddy during breakfast.

We took a longer hike along a coast trail today, about five miles round trip.

All tired out and resting in the hammock.  Little cousin is in the background!

A little blurry, but getting ready to sample some of Becky's yummy pull-apart bread!

The newlyweds! Ahh...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Camping at Salt Point - Day One

On our way on Hwy One.  His first camping trip!

First order of business upon arrival: set up tent.

Second: a little visiting around the picnic table.  We decided to try a casual hike to the beach and back before dinner.

Well, we did make it out to the ocean, eventually, but first we forged our way through the forest, trying to decide if the "path" we were following was actually any kind of a path or not!  It started as a rather unkept trail and turned to some lightly trodden and meandering little paths, and eventually just gave way to forest and brush and grass.  Everyone was optimistic that as long as we kept working our way west we'd hit the coast eventually.  I was trudging along rather ungracefully, trying not to send myself and baby headlong as we scrambled over logs and under tree limbs, all the while making up headlines such as, "Six Campers and Babies Lost in Forest Overnight."  I think that's what some people call an adventure. :-)

My man at the top of a rock that was much more impressive looking in person.

My little man, contentedly hanging out on our little excursion.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Snapshots of Our Week

One of These, of course.  Sweet baby!

Some fresh garden produce on our sunlit counter.  Sometimes it's the really simple things in life that seem so beautiful....

What has taken up residence in our hot tub!  We haven't had it heated in several months and these little tree frogs claimed it.

Little cousins' hands.  Cute!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Swimwear

So every now and then I still try to post something related to design and sewing!  I've been making swimwear the past couple of weeks.  One suit for my sister and one for my sister-in-law.


I posted this swimsuit earlier, but Mom sent me some photos of my sister wearing it, so I had to include this one!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Our Boy

A little "tummy time" with some stuffies from two of his aunties.

Our happy little guy!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Project Finished

Here's a preview for my little sister, of her new swimsuit:




Friday, August 2, 2013

Snapshots of our week

We are enjoying our garden these days - both how lush and wild everything has become, and the ripe tomatoes, fresh squash, variety of peppers, and a few kinds of flowers.
This winter squash went wild and is hanging inside an unused tomato cage, many feet from the roots of the plant!

Crandon is faithfully tending the peppers (and the whole garden), and we have enjoyed stuffed, roasted peppers a couple of times now.

Our zinnias were planted from seed and are producing many lovely colors.  This is probably my favorite - it's like a lovely sunset.

Yummy, tangy-sweet cherry tomatoes.

Rainbow chard.

Almost-ripe heirloom tomatoes, sparkling with summer fog.

This is a funny plant that reproduces by sending out tiny new little plants all along the edges of its leaves!  It's flourishing in a plastic cup on our patio...now what to do with it?


 And, of course, our little munchkin!  He's growing fast!

The zinnias make beautiful and long-lasting cut flowers.  I found a pack of blue glass pint jars, which I've been enjoying as vases for holding bunches of summer flowers.

We got a "new" vehicle last week!  A 2007 Ford Explorer.  It has a lot of nice feature, besides being sixteen years newer than my little red Ford Explorer, but possibly the best feature is four doors!  Something I'm really appreciating with a little one to get in and out!

After picking up the Explorer we stopped at a favorite pizza place in Sausalito.  I'll have to get a better picture sometime, but little guy is wearing a sweater that my grandma knit for me!

Some of my sisters hosted a baby shower for us.  Here are both of our moms (grandmas), and our baby is under the green blanket!

He spends more time fussing and complaining these days--this picture is showing his "I'm not very happy right now, but no one is listening to me talk about it" look!