Definitely the lazy days of summer around here. We have been hosting old friends and site-seeing up and down our coastline seeing the sites with new eyes.
I was so happy to see my childhood friend when she came to stay with us for a couple of days. We have known each other since the first day of kindergarten. We try to see each other at least once a year, but this was wonderful having her stay with us. She still lives in Southern California where we grew up and where I haven't been in decades.
We have been delighted to welcome v's old friend, from his Berlin days, to our home. She shared her stories of her home and life in the city and of how, without having to move from her little apartment, she went from living on the edge of West Berlin to living in the center of Berlin and how much more energized and dynamic her location has become.
We've traveled from Big Sur to San Francisco and many points in between. We've been making great meals at home and having picnics in out of the way places.
Between visits we've been tending our garden and planting seeds for the fall and winter; peas, spinach, lettuce, and basil. We were very late with our basil this year, but the warmest months are just beginning so we shall see.
Now we are at rest with our feet up, a good book, and only a walk in the park as a destination for this week. What heaven this summer has been so far.
In bocca al lupo. m & v