Natalie, my younger sister, came to visit us for the weekend. She lives just outside London and is working on her Ph.D. in English. She is writing not one, but two novels and already has a literary agent in London. She is quite an accomplished young woman at 25 years of age.
I adore spending time with her and wish we didn’t live so very far apart. Next year, when we go to Paris, we are thinking about spending a few days in London as well to see Natalie and ask her to play tourist with us.
Saturday, we headed to the Sonoma Coast to escape the intense inland heat. We had a lovely lunch at River’s End located in Jenner, about 45 minutes from our home.
This is the view of the Pacific from the restaurant.
After we ate, we sat out on the balcony and watched the world go by.
I spied a Bald Eagle sitting on a branch in a Cypress tree just north of us. We watched her for about 45 minutes, waiting for her to fly off but she never did. She stayed put and surveyed the area from her perch.
We also saw the almost always present sea lions that like to lounge on the beach and occasionally go for a swim. See that one doing the backstroke?
After we left Jenner, we headed north to Timber Cove. There is a beautiful lodge and restaurant we like to visit that is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
This is the magnificent view looking northward from the patio.
I stretched out on the wood bench to take in the views.
This is looking back towards the hotel. I took this photo with my iPhone and am not sure why the sky turned out so, so blue. I didn’t enhance it or anything. The sky was blue, but not that blue.
We decided to walk the trails near the lodge to check out more vantage points.
It was very windy…so much so, you wound’t want to get too close to the edge of any cliff for fear you’d be blown off.
It was a strange terrain – desert-like with lots of rock, brush and sand dunes.
We look so funny hiking with our handbags.
We returned home, rather hungry from our long day of sightseeing on the coast, and went out to our favorite Mexican place, Taqueria La Hacienda, for a quick, cheap and satisfying dinner.
Sunday morning, we had breakfast at Garden Court in Glen Ellen. Tori works there as a busser/waitress on the weekends. And Natalie wanted to see her and say goodbye before she left for San Francisco to visit friends.
After Natalie departed for the city, Bill and I went to Sonoma to pick up a gift for a friend of mine and walk around the plaza.
Now for the Visible Monday part of the post: Sunday, I wore a long white lined cotton skirt I found last month at the local Goodwill for $4.00, a lace Hanky Panky tank, a cognac belt which was very necessary as the skirt is a little too big in the waist. I also wore gladiator sandals and carried my favorite handbag, a cognac tote I bought in Italy.
While thrifting last week with a girlfriend, I found a denim jacket for $4.00 that I decided to do this to.
It was really hot on Sunday. We wished so badly that we had a nice big pool to go home to. On the way back to Kenwood, I had an idea: why not fill our old broken hot tub with the dead motor up with cold water?
Bill cleaned it out, filled it up and that is how we spent the rest of Sunday…intermittently dipping in ourselves in the “cold” tub and laying in the sun. We named it our “Pool (on a budget)”. It was very refreshing but a little hard to do laps in 🙂