23 October 2013

Crocheting scarves, cowls and an afghan

One of us went a little overboard with this pattern ................

Details to be found here.
And just to prove that I'm not a one trick pony, here are a couple of other things I crocheted:

Again, the details can be found on ravelry (I love that place).
And here's my big project, I worked on this for months, used up quite a lot of yarn and it hasn't made a dent in my stash at all:
This one comes in quite handy in the evenings now. The days are still warm, very warm even, but the house doesn't warm up any longer like it did even a month ago. So, a lap throw like this is perfect.

20 October 2013

Berries - a photodump

Wow, three posts in one morning. That's a record for me. Nothing for weeks, sometimes even months and then I decide to spend my morning in front of the computer, phone in hand to send all the photos that have accumulated for ages.
My husband decided to trim the shrubs on one side of the deck and I couldn't let him do that before getting a few shots of the berries on those shrubs:

Playing tourist

No, we did not go on a balloon ride, we visited Sonoma instead, one valley over.
This time around, we did not spend all of our time walking around the plaza (window)shopping.
We started out visiting the mission. Any California 4th grader will know a lot more about the missions than I do, that's what they study in 4th grade. I did pay attention, though, while visiting here and remember that Mission San Francisco Solano (the official name for this mission) is the Northernmost mission and the last one built. It was built of adobe and covered with a whitewash made of crushed shell. Originally, there were 2 churches, but the larger one fell into disrepair and the townspeople used the building material for other projects.
What's left now, is the building you see in the front and the original wooden church which was rebuilt later on. The outbuildings in back and the larger church on the right are completely gone.
And this is what it looks like today:

The church is not being used as a church today, unlike other mission churches. Still, I always feel like I'm doing something wrong when I take pictures inside of churches. But there was a sign saying it was okay, just no flash photography.
Here is the veranda on the outside and following are a couple of pictures of the underside of the roof:

The fountain in the courtyard, a very peaceful and relaxing place.

We visited the barracks next, no pictures, sorry, not terribly photogenic and hard to photograph anyway. I do remember one detail, though: every solder had to have, among many other things, 6 horses and 1 mule.

Next we took a break for a bit of shopping and lunch before driving out to General Vallejo's house. According to wikipedia, he and other members of his family owned vast land holdings and lost most of them when California became a state. Legal wranglings with wealthy Americans and immigrants and the high cost of court proceedings.
The avenue leading up to the house.
The house itself, according to the ranger, shipped out in kit form from the East and built on site.
The tiny guesthouse.
And the barn which now serves as a museum and giftshop with an amazingly well-informed ranger on duty.
There is also a hermitage up the hill a bit, behind a huge pond with koi and turtles, but the path was blocked off with a sign warning about rattlesnakes.
It was fun doing touristy things for a change, we don't do it often enough and we have plans for more.


Balloon rides are a popular thing for the tourists visiting our valley and even after 16 years of living here, we still stop and watch balloons landing.
We are lucky, quite a few of them land in the field behind our house. It used to be a vineyard when we first moved here but the vines were pulled out a few years later and the owner didn't replant. So, it's perfect for landing balloons.
Here are a few pictures I took over the last few days:
I took this one Thursday morning, two more balloons landed later.

This all happened this morning:
Four balloons this time, not such good timing. I wasn't quite ready for the day just yet, having just finished my bike ride (in the garage) and getting cleaned up.
One more coming in for a landing.

And here are a couple of shots of the support cars/trucks. One truck to haul away the basket and the balloon and a van to take away the passengers.