And the Livin' is Easy

Trip Start Mar 17, 2014
Trip End Mar 23, 2014

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Lovely lazy day in Dianne's garden and neighbourhood going for little walks and looking at old photo books of times together that reminded us of how many years had past. We looked so young - we were so young! I always marvel at the lemon, orange and even grapefruit trees standing ever so casually in people's yards. But they did have a prolonged spell of cold weather here this winter and Dianne thinks she has lost some plants. 

The following day, I accompanied Dianne to her workplace for a few hours. It was no hardship for me. Her office has the most beautiful location in a house belonging to friends and her very part-time employers. It's situated on the top of a hill above San Rafael with a full-on view of Mt Tamalpais and the Bay. Live California oaks encircle the house and the wisteria was in full bloom. While she worked I went for a fabulous long walk up and down the hills of their neighbourhood, gawking at beautiful gardens and homes, and then came back to sit by the pool with their dog Noodle for company

When Dianne finished her work, her friend Misti gave us a lesson in making artisanal cheese - this time a simple marscapone, from a great book "Artisinal Cheesemaking at Home". Then the three of us headed off to the neighbourhood movie theatre for a matinee of "Tim's Vemeer". The film focuses on inventor Tim Jenison and his effort to prove that 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer used a system of lenses and mirrors — something similar to a camera obscura — to create his stunningly realistic light-bathed domestic scenes. See it if you can. Tim Jennison is a wealthy, very smart guy who dedicates himself during a 5 year period to proving his hypothisis by replicating Vemeer's complex painting "The Music Lesson" using this technology, and he had never painted anything. During the film he consults with David Hockney who wrote a book "Secret Knowledge" speculating about Vemeeer's use of optics. 

On on the way home we hit one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe's and loaded up on yummy provisions for dinner and for dessert we had grilled pineapple with rum with our very fresh, homemade mascarpone cheese. Delicious! 

 What'll we do tomorrow? The Flower and Garden Show!
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Joanna Pettit on

Oh goody! I get a peek at beautiful springtime in California. Beautiful pictures Jen. It's grey and raw outside in VIctoria.

jeffreyjones on

The plants and gardens and photos just keep on coming! We so loved going to Trader Joe's. Famous vendor of the "two buck chuck" wine. Not to mention the SF salami and French bread. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Elevensies anyone?

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