San Diego, California
Before teaching summer art workshops, in L.A., I headed to San Diego to kick off summer and visit some of my oldest and dearest friends.
My friend Lisa, lives in Pacific Beach, not all that far from where I used to live. (I lived down there for four years studying art and theatre.) Lisa and I have known each other since we were 4 or 5, and being with her feels like home, wherever we are or happen to be.
I think Lisa said these little bungalows have been there since the 30s and you can still rent them. Wouldn't that be fun? It's called the Crystal Pier Hotel, now.
We walked around Pacific Beach, bought some fun tank tops, took lots of pictures, then stopped at this little hotel on the boardwalk for for ceviche tacos and pinot noir. (A very yummy combo!)
Bar at Tower 23 Hotel
Lisa and me photographed by the bartender!
There were some very fun little shops on Garnet with all sort of goodies. For the most part, excluding the neccesary summer tank tops, I managed to keep my wallet in my pocket!
In California, we often call June weather "June Gloom" and though there might have been some clouds in the sky, it definitely did nothing to dampen our spirits or our wonderful visit.
I had a great visit with my friend Kristen and her family, in Point Loma, as well!
I love photographing kids, as you might have noticed, from some long ago posts. This first shot is of Kristen's son.
Nate, 7 years old (check out that dimple!)
Libbey, their new, and very sweet, dog. Biggest lab ever, by the way, but look at those eyes!
Sofia, age 11 and recovering from a slumber party.
We had a fabulous dinner out in Mission Hills, near yet another place I lived, in San Diego. I think I moved 7 times in 4 years. That's Lisa again in the middle, and Kristen on the right.
After hanging at the beach, I headed out to see my friend Erin on the East side of town. She took me out to this lovely garden place. Well, it's much more than a nursery, as you'll see.
Flinn Springs, Calfornia
As you can see, it turned into a gorgeous day out there!
I spied this little one on the bridge, watching the water ...
It turned out that that morning was their annual fairy festival!
There are two very cute little shops, with various treasures.
I bought a hummingbird feeder here for my dad.
They also have an array of native plants for sale, a chicken coup, a little place to by ice teas and treats and little places to sit an enjoy the lovely views.
The following day, I went with Erin, her husband Jimmy and their kids, out to Lakeside to her parents ranch. I love going out there!
Rancho Puesta del Sol
Below is the view looking out across their backyard. The little structure on the left is her mom's new art studio! Can you imagine? So fantastic.
Erin's daughter McKenna, who is 7, and you can see by her cheek is a big Padres fan.
This is Erin's son Cooper. Erin was the first of my closest friends to have a baby ... and now he's 15!
As you can see, her parents' home is warm and so inviting!
Feathers they've found on the property ...
A friend of theirs found this skull and gave it to Erin's mom Sandie. She decorated it, and it looks amazing!
She has be creating beautiful watercolors for years, but recently started doing some abstract pieces, which I LOVE. Here is one of my favorites!
Watercolor abstract by Sandie Seckington
Down the hill on a neighboring ranch, there were two new baby llamas to see! The brown is the older baby.
And lying in the grass ... the new baby! So cute!!!
May well be
reckoned the masterpiece
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Blessings and light!