I had a great weekend. Saturday, I sold several paintings out of the blue. Another tragedy narrowly averted! We went out to Trupianos, a nice local italian restaurant Saturday night, with a couple of our best friends, and had another really good meal, and not too expensive. One of those restaurants that you sometimes forget is there and then get blown away by. Stopped by Bill and Jean's house afterwards for dessert and dice and we watched some of the olympics coverage. They couldn't help but laugh at my obscene jokes.
I know I am officially of that age where everything was better in our youth, but, is it just me or does anyone else long for the early sixties/seventies type coverage where Jim McKay gave you all of the olympic sports and not just the USA battles? Where you didn't have to wade through the human interest bio crap. Just let me see the frigging events. please...
But when we did manage to get back home we managed to run smack into a gorgeous day! Big puffy clouds and deep shadows and wildflowers galore. The Santa Margarita River Valley is so green right now. We took a walk down to the river, on a path across from our house.
I have lived on the river for 22 years and in its watershed for 30 and it is always changing. Due to the latest rain, we have a small rapids and waterfall in front of the house. When it really rains hard, the river actually gets lower, something counterintuitive but true. Found lots of shells. Beavers were not to be seen this time.
We caught the Great Blue Heron you see silhouetted in my blog header flying around and finally perching in a sycamore tree. I didn't see the osprey but did see ducks and jays and 4 hawks circling. Maddie our dog started chasing a pretty brown coyote which I managed to photograph. One of the juvenile hawks is starting to spruce up last year's nest for her own expectant brood. I saw bits of green grass this morning that she had added. Caught this picture of her yesterday with her puffy white chest.
We saw a beautiful native plant blooming which I am embarrassed to say that I can not identify. Also saw our first purple ceanothus of the year.
Maddie found a mud puddle and was hereby banished from the house.