Saturday, November 21, 2015

Birds of Paradise, Citrus & Pinecones

A  L  O  H  A !
This seagull seems embarrassed.
I have it on good authority
that the "waste" on the dock
is left by otters!
So don't be embarrassed,
sweet gull,
we know it wasn't you!

“I don't even remember
the season. I just 
remember walking
 between them and 
feeling for the
 first time that I
  belonged somewhere.” 
Stephen Chbosky, 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I have learned that
 if you must leave a place
 that you have lived in
 and loved and where 
all your yesteryears 
are buried deep, 
leave it any way except 
a slow way, leave it 
the fastest way you can. 
Never turn back and 
never believe that an hour
 you remember is a better hour
 because it is dead. Passed years 
seem safe ones, vanquished ones, 
while the future lives
 in a cloud, formidable 
from a distance.” 
Beryl MarkhamWest with the Night

Linking to


this place is beginning to feel 
like home. Pixie is here, after all.

The pelicans, geese, ducks,
and myriad other fowl
whose names are strange to me
are a chief feature of this 

And driving.
Driving here is a pleasure!
I am remembering the 
enjoyment of driving
an open road,
and wood smoke,
with smells of pine.

Historical accounts I 
have read of this part of
Marin County 
speak of the Tahitian
and Florida,
and Italian citrus
that flourishes here.

Birds of Paradise,
grow under pine trees.

A unique and beneficent
climate indeed;

Sunny today, clear
with gentle coolish breezes.

I could get used to this!
Hope you are loving 
YOUR weekend!
fondly, cloudia


Elephant's Child said...

I am very glad, and unsurprised, that you are settling in, and finding magic.

Nancy Chan said...

Its sounds a very beautiful place you are in. Have a great weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, Cute Pixie shot. Lovely images, I am so happy you are getting used to your new home. Thanks in advance for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Giga said...

I like your pictures combined with wise thoughts. I wish you a nice day.

Unknown said...

Wonderful captures! I'm happy it's starting to feel like home. Take care!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'm so glad that you are enjoying your new life on the mainland!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's good to hear that you and Pixie are settling in!

Tom said...

Our gulls are cold today.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I have a feeling you might just be happy wherever Cloudia :) as long as Pixie and Mr Comfort Spiral, maybe not in that order :) are there, all is well with the world.

E. said...

what a cute cat licking his nose shot. too cute. precious. ( :

Bob Bushell said...

I love that, the Gull and Panda Bears, well done Cloudia.

Teresa said...

So great to see Pixie happy and settling in. Glad you are settling in, as well. The gull picture is beautiful. Have you seen the otters yet? They usually play on the docks around sunrise, or at least that was when the ones in Washington State would come out of the water to play.

RedPat said...

It is rainy and cool here today but at least no snow! Glad you are settling in and enjoying things. Love your new banner shot, Cloudia!

TexWisGirl said...


DeniseinVA said...

Looks like you are loving your weekend my friend and feeling more at home. It always took me a while :) Great photos!

Vagabonde said...

I was blue, very depressed and sad today so it was lovely coming to your blog, seeing beautiful photos including your cute cat and reading your great quotations.

Su-sieee! Mac said...


rupam sarma said...

Nice post
Greetings from India

Cloudia said...

Oh I just cherish your comments today!!!!!!!!!


magiceye said...

Would you start biking now? :)

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Glad you are settling in and I love your critter shots

William Kendall said...

Is Pixie fond of drinking from the tap?

Merlesworld said...

You are adjusting well to your new life, remember the past is gone and we only remember the good times the bad are best forgotten.