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EASTSIDE COMMUNITY GARDENGate and Mosaic East San Jose, CA
This is a detail of the mosaic and ornamental ironwork gate at the really cool Eastside Mayfair community garden in the middle of the ‘dangerous’ part of East San Jose. There is a lot of gang activity here, combined with not much opportunity and an abundance of poor people — many of whom are immigrants.
The garden is in full swing going into summer and is quite large. The plots are tidy and well-maintained, and each is full of vegetables and fruit trees. It feels hopeful.
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EASTSIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Gate and Mosaic
East San Jose, CA

This is a detail of the mosaic and ornamental ironwork gate at the really cool Eastside Mayfair community garden in the middle of the ‘dangerous’ part of East San Jose. There is a lot of gang activity here, combined with not much opportunity and an abundance of poor people — many of whom are immigrants.

The garden is in full swing going into summer and is quite large. The plots are tidy and well-maintained, and each is full of vegetables and fruit trees. It feels hopeful.

Entrance - My friend Linda’s new apartment
My friend moved from a crummy apartment in Monrovia to this amazing building in Highland Park / Sough Pasadena adjacent. It has a wonderful view and sits atop a hill so it catches the breeze coming though. I hope she has many, many, happy years here. I’m looking forward to a margaita on the patio up top sometime SOON!

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Entrance - My friend Linda’s new apartment
My friend moved from a crummy apartment in Monrovia to this amazing building in Highland Park / Sough Pasadena adjacent. It has a wonderful view and sits atop a hill so it catches the breeze coming though. I hope she has many, many, happy years here. I’m looking forward to a margaita on the patio up top sometime SOON!

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Entrance - My friend Linda’s new apartment

My friend moved from a crummy apartment in Monrovia to this amazing building in Highland Park / Sough Pasadena adjacent. It has a wonderful view and sits atop a hill so it catches the breeze coming though. I hope she has many, many, happy years here. I’m looking forward to a margaita on the patio up top sometime SOON!

Another House in Mendocino
Charming. Colorful. Playful. So, me. lol

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Another House in Mendocino

Charming. Colorful. Playful. So, me. lol

DETAIL of the Mendocino House I love
Look at the Gingerbread! Love, love, love. And the ironwork. Lovely

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DETAIL of the Mendocino House I love

Look at the Gingerbread! Love, love, love. And the ironwork. Lovely

House in Mendocino
I’d like to live here, please. Right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. God’s country.

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House in Mendocino

I’d like to live here, please. Right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. God’s country.

GPOY - Disheveled at the Beach
Jon took this on Thanksgiving and it made me laugh - Looking haggard with the added bonus of I don’t know what’s up with my hair, lol.
No, that’s not a dead animal lying on the beach though it looks like it.
This is Pacifica, CA My family lived on the interior cliffs from 1962-1969
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GPOY - Disheveled at the Beach

Jon took this on Thanksgiving and it made me laugh - Looking haggard with the added bonus of I don’t know what’s up with my hair, lol.

No, that’s not a dead animal lying on the beach though it looks like it.

This is Pacifica, CA My family lived on the interior cliffs from 1962-1969

My Puppy is Missing FOUND
Neighbor grabbed her from in front of the house. I posted banners, signs and got a call 24 hours later that they had her. So she’s back, safe and sound. Thanks for the help locating her. Losing an animal is scary.
When I got back to home last night the side gate to my house was open and the puppy is gone. The odd thing is that I specifically checked the gate before I left as sometimes it doesn’t latch all of the way.
The two other dogs are still here and were in the house when I got home.
When our dogs have gotten out in the past, they have never gone far, and always returned home after their adventure. They have never gone out solo, usually the pack travels together and my neighbors burn up the phone line letting me know they are out, so this is a little weird. Bella’s only 6 months old and on the small side for a Great Pyrenees. She is sweet tempered and very docile. She’d greet anyone and is dog friendly. I realize that she may be long gone by now and I’m heartbroken.
Bella wouldn’t fare well against a coyote and certainly not against a pack of coyotes which are also a concern. There’s a den not far from my property and there is daily coyote activity in the canyon.
I’m worried sick. I have been through the canyon multiple times now. It’s hard to see anything for all the foliage — but even a big puppy could hide anywhere. Bella’s pushing 50 pounds but is still young. I’m hoping against hope that someone will see the sign, banners, flyers I’ve posted around the canyon and give me a call, or that someone saw her so we’ll have some idea of where she headed.
Keep your fingers crossed for me please
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My Puppy is Missing FOUND
Neighbor grabbed her from in front of the house. I posted banners, signs and got a call 24 hours later that they had her. So she’s back, safe and sound. Thanks for the help locating her. Losing an animal is scary.
When I got back to home last night the side gate to my house was open and the puppy is gone. The odd thing is that I specifically checked the gate before I left as sometimes it doesn’t latch all of the way.
The two other dogs are still here and were in the house when I got home.
When our dogs have gotten out in the past, they have never gone far, and always returned home after their adventure. They have never gone out solo, usually the pack travels together and my neighbors burn up the phone line letting me know they are out, so this is a little weird. Bella’s only 6 months old and on the small side for a Great Pyrenees. She is sweet tempered and very docile. She’d greet anyone and is dog friendly. I realize that she may be long gone by now and I’m heartbroken.
Bella wouldn’t fare well against a coyote and certainly not against a pack of coyotes which are also a concern. There’s a den not far from my property and there is daily coyote activity in the canyon.
I’m worried sick. I have been through the canyon multiple times now. It’s hard to see anything for all the foliage — but even a big puppy could hide anywhere. Bella’s pushing 50 pounds but is still young. I’m hoping against hope that someone will see the sign, banners, flyers I’ve posted around the canyon and give me a call, or that someone saw her so we’ll have some idea of where she headed.
Keep your fingers crossed for me please
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My Puppy is Missing FOUND

Neighbor grabbed her from in front of the house. I posted banners, signs and got a call 24 hours later that they had her. So she’s back, safe and sound. Thanks for the help locating her. Losing an animal is scary.

When I got back to home last night the side gate to my house was open and the puppy is gone. The odd thing is that I specifically checked the gate before I left as sometimes it doesn’t latch all of the way.

The two other dogs are still here and were in the house when I got home.

When our dogs have gotten out in the past, they have never gone far, and always returned home after their adventure. They have never gone out solo, usually the pack travels together and my neighbors burn up the phone line letting me know they are out, so this is a little weird. Bella’s only 6 months old and on the small side for a Great Pyrenees. She is sweet tempered and very docile. She’d greet anyone and is dog friendly. I realize that she may be long gone by now and I’m heartbroken.

Bella wouldn’t fare well against a coyote and certainly not against a pack of coyotes which are also a concern. There’s a den not far from my property and there is daily coyote activity in the canyon.

I’m worried sick. I have been through the canyon multiple times now. It’s hard to see anything for all the foliage — but even a big puppy could hide anywhere. Bella’s pushing 50 pounds but is still young. I’m hoping against hope that someone will see the sign, banners, flyers I’ve posted around the canyon and give me a call, or that someone saw her so we’ll have some idea of where she headed.

Keep your fingers crossed for me please

CourtyardCastillo di AmorosaCalistoga, California©Laura Quick
The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are the 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle. This is ll a part of the Amorosa Castle in the Napa Valley in California.
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Courtyard
Castillo di Amorosa
Calistoga, California
©Laura Quick

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are the 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the wines-all sold only at the Castle. This is ll a part of the Amorosa Castle in the Napa Valley in California.

Wine ThiefCASTILLO DI AMOROSACalistoga, CA ©Laura Quick
Though it looks like a sexual aid or S&M device, a “wine thief” allows Alison to “steal” young wine from a barrel for tasting. I love the name wine thief. Also the corked hole in the side of a barrel is called the “bunghole.” The cork is called the “bung,” historically a slang term for ass/asshole.
Though the cab balance was off due to its age, it was awfully promising already. We tasted a 2009 finished cab and it was terrific.
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Wine Thief
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

Though it looks like a sexual aid or S&M device, a “wine thief” allows Alison to “steal” young wine from a barrel for tasting. I love the name wine thief. Also the corked hole in the side of a barrel is called the “bunghole.” The cork is called the “bung,” historically a slang term for ass/asshole.

Though the cab balance was off due to its age, it was awfully promising already. We tasted a 2009 finished cab and it was terrific.

Castle Exterior, inside the WallsCASTILLO DI AMOROSACalistoga, CA ©Laura Quick
The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the tasty wines-all sold only at the Castle.
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Castle Exterior, inside the Walls
CASTILLO DI AMOROSA
Calistoga, CA
©Laura Quick

The masonry, ironwork and woodwork was fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. Building materials included 8,000 tons of locally quarried stone, in addition to paving stones, terra cotta roofing tiles and some 850,000 bricks imported from Europe. Extending into the hillside adjacent to the castle lies a labyrinth of caves some 900 feet (270 m) in length. Beneath the castle are a 2-acre (8,100 m2) barrel cellar and tasting rooms where visitors can sample the tasty wines-all sold only at the Castle.

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