Saturday, June 18, 2011

the central coast

(My California trip continues).
Next stop...the central coast.
But, first Pismo Beach.  
The temperature.... mid 60s every day we were there.  
Three glorious days.  This is when I began to wear long sleeves (LOL), 
and never once went back to short.  Oh, how I miss that.
It was 103 degrees in my Texas town today!
The first evening my friend Diana Frey, and her husband, 
took my dh & I to an Italian restaurant that could not have been more perfect.
 We had the best time. 
When we landed at my friend Riki's house earlier that day, 
lookie what was waiting there from my two amigas.....
A bottle of California wine.  Creamy almond croissants.  Trader Joe trek mix.  
A bowl of fresh, ripe fruit...apples, tangerines, bananas.
Goodies in the fridge to make omelets, including fresh blackberries.
And, this gorgeous cut glass pitcher full of fragrant white stock.  
Have you ever smelled stock?  
It has the most romantic, intoxicating smell...sweet & spicy all wrapped up into one.
It filled Riki's house.  
I will never forget that fragrance.  And honestly, I almost cried.
The next day Diana took us into her town, San Luis Obispo.
It is a bustling college town.  Full of shops, good food and life.  I had no idea.  
We went to a restaurant called Novo
which sits right above the creek that meanders through the middle of town.  
Next stop, 
It was originally built in the late 18th century, and is rich in history.
The grounds were full of bright colored (what I think was) foxglove.
 And, subtle colored succulents.
Ahhh....I love the central coast of California,
and my central coast friends.
Next....Heart Castle and a potluck dinner.
Can it get any better?


Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

That is where I grew up and all of my family lives ~
AHHHHHH I am jealous :)
Say hi while you are there :)


Lisa said...

beautiful and inspirational photos filled with all the good things in life! i love your outfit in the last photo Diane!

Charlene said...

Oh we went to Novo too & the Salmon Bisque is 2DIE4!!! You brought back such great memories! Wish we could get our calendars coridinated... HUGS!

Diana said...

Loved every minute of it Diane....miss you and Allen. Wish we lived closer.

Chris said...

How cute you gals look!!! I LOVE your lacey pretty artist garb! And your pics are beautiful: dreamy, luscious, make me want to jump into the picture. You really had so much fun. And you and Diana are adorable. You are very blessed with friends~~

Daryl said...

It seems perfect

Riki Schumacher said...

Yes, it can get better, I could be there with you two!! Ha ha. Glad that worked out Diane, so cool you could visit our sweet CA town. It is a lovely place. The flowers and food Diana brought over are just fabulous, she's such a sweetie. I have never been in that mission! Need to go inside now. Miss you my friend. Luv ya, Riki

Seth said...

This looks like such a wonderful adventure. And that first picture is beyond beautiful!

Gail said...

I went to college in SLO, at Cal Poly. I remember those days fondly! I think that area is "heaven on Earth"!
Have fun for the rest of your trip.......!

Cindy said...

I've been waiting for more CA trip pictures! Just look at the two of you - both with great big smiles. You sure brought home some wonderful memories, Diane. And your pictures brought back memories for me, back when we lived in Monterey. We visited the Mission and Hearst Castle as well...I sure miss those days as newlyweds. Wish I knew Diana back then and could have visited I'm way back on the East Coast.

Sandy Navarro said...

Ok, you got there first, but Charlene and I are right behind ya! So glad you had such a great trip and can't wait to see you again.

Andrea said...

One of my favorite places in the whole world:) We have a condo in Cayucos. It's about 15 miles south of Hearst Castle. there are some great antiques shops in town. Hope you got to stop!!

Leslie Todd said...

Such a wonderful trip! And your photos are wonderful, as usual. I especially love the textures on the first and last photos.

Stephani Gorman said...

Hi Diane , It is a beautiful place and your pictures are stunning! By the way it was a pleasure getting to visit wiht you and your hubby. Hugs, Stepnani

Julie Pishny said...

Hi Diane, breathtakingly beautiful photography...I so enjoyed each and every photo so much! Thank you for touching my life again and's a blessing.

What a spendid time the three amigas had on the Afterall that's all girls want, right? Hugs - Julie

In the Light of the Moon said...

So many wonderful photos and to see the smiling faces of you and sweet Riki..that kind of smile is like a sweet big hug.Beautiful images too..Thanks for sharing!!.Warmest Regards,Cat

dix said...

What beautiful photos you have posted! And what fun you must be having. Thanks for sharing.

Esther said...

as always beautiful pictures and of a friendship'soul .. xoxoxo