|Suzi & Bob's Pear arrangement|
Barbara and I met up with them at their current home in Carmel Valley. Its a beautiful valley surrounded by oak woodlands. I enjoyed a tour of Suzi & Bob's digs.
|Barbara, Suzi and Bob on the back porch|
the Carmel Hills in the distance
|Restaurant & International Hobbit Hovel: the Corkscrew Bistro|
It was such a lovely day we took a nice shady table on the Corkscrew's back patio. I was something of a pain-in-the-butt, taking photos of anything and everything back there. I mean, how could I not take a quick shot of this horn-blowing cherub in that stunning stetson?
|Tiny bit of Alamo-esq masonry at the back of the patio|
|Our lunches were delish; I had the pulled pork sliders and|
half those fries - hey, a girl could pop if she isn't careful!
As we ate and yakked, Suzi pulled out a birthday prezzie for me! It was a beautiful kaleidoscope that once belonged to her mother who was both wonderful & kind to me. The kaleidoscope was secreted in its own velvet pouch. Suzi knows how fond I am of such fanciful things. You know I had to spend some time photographing a pretty rainbow of crystals within.
Following our luncheon, we stopped at a plant nursery up the road.
|The Plant Nursery|
|Beautiful two-toned Streptocarpus|
We stopped to view China Rock, and to listen to sea lions barking. I of course reported what birds I saw to eBird.
|Sea Lion-coated island off shore|
|Close up of the hundreds of Sea Lions, cormorants wriggling about on the island|
|The Lone Cypress on the edge of the sea|