Friday, October 31, 2008

Frightful Friday

On the eve of Halloween things are getting spooky!
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I spotted this Halloween family in the window of  "Family Hands" on the corner of Redwood and Franklin.

Further afield it is getting down right spooky!  There are several houses around Fort Bragg that really put on the "do".

This should give those little freeloaders pause when it gets dark!

I noticed this dog doesn't seem to be too excited

or this cat, so far!!

On another tack, my main quest for this afternoon's walk was something that was mentioned in this blog (Scroll down to their third and fourth photos).
Hey!  An oddity!!  I just had to take a walk and see if I could find it!!

I did!  Cool!  I love that Fort Bragg ingenuity!!

On my way home I happened upon this thought provoking bumper sticker.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Good Stuff!

I recently discovered Gunpowder!!  Gunpowder Green Tea that is or, as the Chinese call it, "Special Grade Temple of Heaven".  The tiny rolled up bits of dry tea in and beside the spoon unfurl into beautiful leaves as seen in and next to the "infuser" after being soaked  in 180 degree water for 3-4 minutes.  Nice!

And here is my home grown "Sweet 100" tomato sandwich!  Yum!

And here is an amazing photograph by Elaine of Willits Daily Photo.  She really has a nice, informative blog. 

And I just discovered this blog and future documentary movie, "More Shoes"!  This is one of those blogs where you can disappear for hours reading and exploring.

Okay, okay, so I overslept.  I will walk later!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

And now, the rest of the walk!

Our route.

After "Short Legs" and I visited the Ocean View Cemetery we continued on and around to the Ocean/Lake Adult Mobile Home Park just north of Pudding Creek.  Along the way this Passion Flower caught my eye.  What an amazing structure.

A glimpse of the Pudding Creek Trestle through the Cypress Trees.

Ocean/Lake has its share of well pampered, begging ducks who all came quickly to see what treats we had for them. NOT!

Even this Swan came over to check us out.

Between Ocean/Lake and Pudding Creek State Park there is a culvert installed under Highway One for hiking access.  This is the view from under Highway One.

This is the view over Highway One.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A walk in the park, er, Cemetery!

My Walking and Gawking friend "Short Legs" was over from Chico for a visit with her 100 year old mom and while here called and suggested a walk to the Ocean View Cemetery on the north side of Pudding Creek.

I have driven past this cemetery many times but had never stopped in for a visit.  Short Legs grew up in Fort Bragg and knows many of the names.

I was mostly interested in the "Oddities" like the wording on this one, "Founded Oct. 1920"?

And this one "Buried on top of Great-Grandmother...."

Some grave sites were quite modest and...

some quite elaborate.

Several of the more elaborate ones had photos attached.

The biggest change to the Ocean View Cemetery is this recently installed fence along the west side which blocks the ocean view for the grave site visitors but probably more importantly, in this day and age, keeps the ocean side motel guests from having to look at the cemetery!

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Perfect Day for Petanque

Every Sunday afternoon (2:00 PM) we gather on the urchin shell "pitch" of Noyo Flats for several rousing games of Petanque.  You are all welcome to join us and learn how.  The game is very easy for beginners but becomes quite hard the better you get!!
Here is a blog about Petanque.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Our Garden on October 24



Sweet 100's

Datura seed pod


Silver Rose

Passion Flower


Friday, October 24, 2008


I did a run (walk) out to Virgin Creek this morning to see the hazard signs that had been put in place to warn about contaminated water.  A local radio station even said swimmers were warned to not swim with-in fifty yards of the Virgin Creek outlet!  Looking around, no signs did I see except......

these two which have been dueling for years.  (The second sign says, "Private Property, you may feed the ducks here.")

Returning home along the haul road I noticed what looked like banks of snow.  Closer inspection revealed some kind of blooming plant that was putting out gobs of fluff.

Any idea what it could be?

Note:  Within an hour or two I received this e-mail:

Hi Ron

The plant with the fluffy seeds is a Baccharis pilularis, called Coyote Brush or Bush


Parked at the trailhead was a SUV from Maine with this bumper sticker.  Not familiar with Spanish I wondered if it meant for or against?  When I got home I asked my wife if she thought the sign was pro or con.  She said it is a play on Vamanos but means "Let's go!"

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Beats Me!

Okay!  Okay!  Today all the lights are lit!  Various bloggers have commented they think the lights are on separate switches.  Beats me but I guess they might be right!

I see Public Works finally got around to replacing this lamp globe which was knocked off and broken just days after the street lamp was installed during the Franklin Street Re-do.  I whined and sniveled about the missing globe for over a year and now I see it has finally been replaced, but when?  Beats me!!

And..., how we can have another fine, crisp, Fall morning after all the stuff we have done to our wonderful earth?

Beats me.

Monday, October 20, 2008


You ever try to take a close up of a "gone to seed" dandelion at six thirty in the morning on a Monday in October using only available light?  Me neither.  Till now!

And this!!  I am going to have to get to the bottom of this conundrum.  Why do these lights burn out so often or...., and I can't imagine, is it possible are they on individual light switches??