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Bates Nut Farm, Santa Is Coming — Photo Essay   2 comments

Bates Nut Farm is located in the beautiful picturesque oak filled valley of Valley Center, California. Bates Nut Farm started out as a walnut farm, but now sells a variety of nuts from all over the world and has become well-known for its special events held throughout the year on the 100-acre ranch. This past Thanksgiving weekend included over 100 artisans selling a variety of American handmade crafts and fine art, with each day having live music and free hayride with Santa.

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Bates Nut Farm Santa is Coming-3a-blogBates Nut Farm, Santa Is Coming — Photo Essay by kenne

 

A Butterfly Morning — A Photo Essay   3 comments

Images Taken Yesterday Morning by kenne (common emigrant and American snout butteries)

Butterflies On Blooming Mexican Bird of Paradise — A Photo Essay   7 comments

Variegated Fritillary On Mexican Bird of Paradise

Variegated Fritillary On Mexican Bird of Paradise

Fiery Skipper & Cloudless Giant Sulfur On Mexican Bird of Paradise

Variegated Fritillary On Mexican Bird of Paradise

Cloudless Giant Sulfur On Mexican Bird of Paradise

Cloudless Giant Sulfur On Mexican Bird of Paradise

Fiery Skipper On Mexican Bird of Paradise — Images by kenne

I’ve watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly!  Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! – not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!

~William Wordsworth, “To a Butterfly”

Joy’s Birthday Celabration On Galveston Island — A Photo Essay   4 comments

Galveston (3 of 106) blogJoy, Hugh, and Jill walking over the dunes to the beach.

Galveston (4 of 106) blogChase

Galveston (5 of 106) blogJoy, Hugh, Jill, James, Abbie, and Jerri

Galveston (54 of 106) blogJoy and Jill

Galveston (26 of 106) blogJames and Chase

Galveston (56 of 106) Blue Crab blodBlue Crab

Galveston (87 of 106) blogAudrey, Abbie, and James Building Sand Castles. Our tent in the background.

Galveston (93 of 106) blogJames, Audrey, Abbie, and Jill.

Galveston (103 of 106) blogJason, Chase, and Hannah burying Abbie, James, and Audrey.

Galveston (106 of 106) blogJoy, Abbie, and Audrey

Galveston (58 of 106) James Flying a Kite blogJames flying a kite on the beach.

Click here to see other photos taken on Galveston Island. Flickr Album 
(Click on any of the Flickr images for a larger view in a slideshow format.)

Vineyard Hacienda   Leave a comment

 

 

Vineyard Hacienda in Spring Valley, California — Images by kenne

It’s not uncommon for people in Tucson to get away from the heat by either going to the White Mountains, Flagstaff or the San Diego area. The last couple of years we have gone to San Diego.

On our previous getaways, we stayed downtown, near Balboa Park, or at Pala Casino. Wanting to try something different, Joy started searching travel sites and learned about Vineyard Hacienda. It looked like a really cool place and had a lot of good reviews, so she scheduled a three-night stay.

When we left the forecast for Tucson was 106. When we arrived in Spring Valley the San Diego temperature was 105. So much for trying to escape the heat.

Vineyard Hacienda is a beautiful place, tucked away from a lot of hassle of metropolitan San Diego. Having only six rooms, the Hacienda provides the best of a B&B and a hotel. However, upon arriving, we learned the Vineyard Hacienda doesn’t have AC, a nice fan but no AC.

The temperatures in San Diego tend to be moderate, which is one of the reasons why it’s a great travel destination.  Having moderate temperatures in the summer is also why some authentic places may not have air conditioning. Under normal circumstances, this would be fine, but not during record-setting summer temperatures. 

We changed into our bathing suits and headed for the pool for a couple hours before going out to dinner at a local beer and burger place — great food. 

The next morning we learned that there was no water. Overnight the pump broke down. This was not good, especially since the forecast was for another day in the 100’s and no one seemed to know when the water would come back on. 

So, with no water and AC, we headed for the Coronado Island beach, followed by lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Since it was still too hot to walk around the Quarter, we decided to head back to the Hacienda and spend the rest of the day by the pool.

As we drove back, we decided, water or no water we were going to check out the following morning, cutting our trip short by a day. Late in a day of another 105+ temperatures, the water was back on.

— kenne

No Words Sunday — Demonstrators Say It All In Tucson   2 comments

Demonstrators In Armory Park, Tucson (June 30, 2018) — Images by kenne

Our Poinsettia Six Months Out   3 comments

poinsettia-3525 blogOur Poinsettia Six Months Out (May 24, 2018) — Image by kenne

We purchased this poinsettia around Thanksgiving last year, then spent Christmas in Houston (December 21-29). Before leaving we watered all our indoor plants. When we returned on the 29th, the poinsettia looked better than ever. It continues to be the centerpiece on the dining room table.

We have never had a poinsettia last this long, now we are hoping it will be around for the 2018 Holidays.

Holidays year round
Poinsettia keeps running
More bang for the buck.

— kenne

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