:a dragon and a headache:

I want to tell you all about our bountiful chestnut harvest, our plans for the barn, and the twenty-four hour blackout we enjoyed, but I have a massive headache.

Sorry, kids.

So, instead I’ll leave you with photos we took of the Space X Dragon 9 launch taken from the back of the house. If it wasn’t for that blackout, we would have missed it.

Sometimes the Universe sends you blessings in disguise.

:car days:

Theses days are a necessary evil. Homeschooling means shepherding the kids to classes and activities in town. It also means sitting in traffic in the Bay Area.

Usually it’s not so bad, since we drive try to avoid rush hour, but on days like this….On days like this I just want to be on my mountain.

The heat in the valley is a muggy eighty degrees. The high temperature up at the homestead is sixty-four and has that bite of fall I love so much. It’s also humid, but it’s the kind of humidity that makes me want to pull on thick socks and wrap a hand-knit shawl around my shoulders, tea in hand and kitten in my lap.

Sitting stopped on I-85 really makes me appreciate the quiet of the vineyard, the crowing of Helios and Turkey (our roosters) in the early morning, even our only partially paved road.

:pink dawn:

Dawn staining the horizon pink.

This is the view from the side porch. The vines are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. I can’t wait for the mornings to warm up enough to have our coffee out here. This morning is a chilly 47 degree Fahrenheit. Brrrr! I’ll have my coffee inside, snuggled up to my Cassie-girl instead.

Have a great morning, everyone!

:bane:

I’m probably in the air, somewhere over the Midwest right now.

I cannot wait to see my dog and my home and my bed!

So I’ll leave you with one of the colorful locals we met in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

This, is Bane.

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:gentle giants:

Today is our last day in Florida.

I spent half my childhood here, and call it home more than any other place I have lived. Both our families are now here, as my MIL moved here almost two years ago. It makes for seeing family easy, as we no longer need to pick between Doug’s and mine.

Our last day here has been spent mostly on the road, but we got a great unexpected treat today. We got to see the manatee who take shelter from the cold weather in the canals around my sister’s house.

I’m too tired to write a lengthy post, so I will leave you with a photo of these gentle giants.

:just a little retro:

I have always loved film.

Always.

My husband gave me a Nikon FM10 one year for my birthday, and I have a crate full of real photographs from our honeymoon, the kid’s births, their first years.

I finally put that camera down when I my current iPhone, but I feel it’s time to bring it back.

My son also has a love of photography, so we got him a Lomo’Instant camera, and he is excited to experiment with it. There is definitely a learning curve. He is used to using a digital camera, but there is so much fun stuff which can be done with film.

Film is not dead!

In fact he has been having so much fun playing with his that I got myself a Fuji Instax Mini 9 (mine’s blue!) while on our cruise over the holidays. It took that sweet little shot above from the balcony of our stateroom. The Instax film is much smaller than traditional Polaroid film, about the size of a credit card.

I’m looking forward to using it for journaling and documenting the kids’ homeschooling year.

Now I need to get some 35mm film for my Nikon too.