We stopped first in Bodega, just inland from Bodega Bay. We sometimes stop here and photograph the quaint St. Teresa's Church and the Potter School House which is the schoolhouse used in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. We have never been able to go in as it is usually closed when we are there and now I am glad. My friend Shelley saw on a tv show that they hold seances there! Yuck! Across the street from them is a quaint little cottage that is an antique store. Generally it is closed as well but I take photographs there of the English cottage style flower garden in the front and on the side.
Just outside of the town of Bodega is this quaint hillside cemetery. Sometimes you see sheep feeding nearby. Today as I was leaving there was actually a service for a family, but most of the graves are old and interesting. It is part my passion for texture and design in art and part my interest in genealogy that makes me strangely fascinated with old graveyards.
The biggest surprise of the day were these LOVELY Amarylis called "Naked Ladies". I had never seen them before. We don't generally go to the coast in August because we usually travel to family in Washington at that time. They looked so funny because they have a stalk without leaves (thus "naked") and they are so intense pink that they almost look like someone shoved plastic flowers in the ground!
Another bee...I always take bee pictures for my friend Shelley. It is in the throat of the central flower.
And these are the first finished object I have made for myself in ages. I call them my "Aurora Borealis" socks because that is what they remind me of. These are the socks I mentioned that are knit from Socks That Rock Azure Malachite.
I have large feet, as evidenced here, so I just made ankle socks without pattern since the yardage is lower. I felt they were closer to sport weight than fingering and it was a very firmly spun yarn which had a tendency to curl back on itself. The yarn almost has a cotton feel to it, but I do like them. Too warm to be wearing them now!!! The color in the pictures is a little off. The darkest color is a royal purple and the lightest is aqua. There is medium blue and a bit of grass green thrown in there. The way the patterning happened was serendipity. I never plan or coordinate my patterned socks to be identical twins. I love the adventure of fraternal twins! :o) (Besides I have enough identical twins in my life now! LOL)
I photographed another lovely sock which I can't show you just yet until my sock partner Charlotte receives it. But this is a sock I am working on for my Aunt Grace, also an ankle sock from a pattern she likes and her yarn. It's a lovely, soft superwash which is about DK weight. It makes a firm but spongey fabric which she really likes. Unfortunately arthritis keeps her from knitting now and so I am making some for her.
This is my hubby! I don't really have any reason to put him here except that I love to see his face! :o) Love you hon! He is eating a scrumptious cookie I found for him at Whole Foods Market. It's basically a brownie cooked as a cookie. Yummers!
The girls really had fun playing with the seaweed, which is pretty hilarious since their Daddy was terrified of it when he saw it at the ocean when he was 3! (it wrapped around his feet) His sister always teases him about that.
Hubby shares my love of photography and has been learning more recently. It is so nice that we share our art and creativity, some together and some separately, but we each understand the need to create.
I didn't even knit a stitch while at the beach. I usually do. It's a three hour drive and it was a long week of lots of activity and I was tired and lazy. I sat down here and this is the view I had. I did read my book for Sunday School class and I just enjoyed people watching and smelling the wonderful fresh sea air.
I shouldn't have been so lazy because I probably would have gotten good shots if I had gotten up and gone over there but I didn't want to pack up all the stuff and move by myself, so I enjoyed the Zoom and just soaking it all in. He restoreth my soul...sometimes there is a time to just sit.
Then I turned to see this...no telling what was going through "the Diva's" mind! A has had a flare for drama from birth. We have called her princess so many times, I am afraid she is beginning to take it seriously! LOL
This is looking down where we were. The largest rock is Goat Rock. That is where the waves were crashing. I was sitting at a rock (small spot on photo) between the seastack on the left and the waterline.
The lighting wasn't best but I love the view here and some time when the kids are older I would love to go on the trail that you see winding on the right. At the moment having three young adventurers on the cliff side...I think I would probably end up with a heart attack!