When one lives in paradise, it’s nearly impossible to find vacation spots that compare to home. Our solution? A staycation. We explore our own community and pretend we’ve never seen it before. Yesterday, we took a drive up in the Santa Ynez mountains, had lunch downtown and took in a late afternoon movie (Get Out–a fantastic film.) This morning was breakfast at Anna’s Bakery and a walk to our local nature preserve. I am so grateful to live in Goleta the Goodland.
Here’s a slideshow of our hike this morning. Enjoy!
Now I’m off to work in the garden.
There is nothing more blissful than a rainy Saturday afternoon. Even better, being able to get outdoors during a break in the rain and revel in the beauty of this wet day. Even though my heart is heavy about what’s happening in our country right now, I’m choosing to set my worries aside for one lovely, quiet afternoon and reflect upon all the gratitude I have for my wonderful life.
There is a lovely park near our home that used to be a private ranch but is now a county park open to the public. Numerous hiking paths meander around a small lake filled with all kinds of water fowl. Come along and take a walk with me. Perhaps you will even be able to smell the wet earth…
I absolutely love the vibrant red of these berries!
Before long, these grasses will be bright green.
The dogs (and Rene) are so happy to get out of the house!
A new tree popping up in front of trunk of a dead tree
Almost felt like I was in the English countryside!
Nothing better than the scent of wet Eucalyptus!
Stow House at Rancho La Patera in Goleta, California
And because it’s Thanksgiving week, I can’t resist sharing a photo of my wonderful family.