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New Orleans

A Weekend In New Orleans

New Orleans (NOLA) has floated in my bucket list for as long as I can remember. A girls trip finally brought me there last weekend, and my, what a vibrant town! Fortunately, I got the inside scoop ahead of time from a previous local on…

April 5, 2017
Christmas Tree Farm in Petaluma California
California MY STORY

Uniquely Californian

  Every state has something unique to offer, and California is no exception. We have lived here for 2 1/2 years, and here are a few notables that made the list: * Cut down your holiday tree at a local Christmas Tree Farm * Twirl…

December 12, 2016
Egret in Sausalito
California HISTORY

A Day In The Life: A Sausalito Houseboat

Just to mix it up, we rented a houseboat for a weekend in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve been intrigued by the 400+ floating homes in Richardson Bay since I moved here. Not unique to California,…

May 10, 2016
Cataract Creek on Mt Tamalpais
California FAMILY ACTIVITIES NATURE + GARDENS

3 Waterfalls North Of San Francisco

The last few months brought a welcome gift to this thirsty land – RAIN! And with rain comes waterfalls and rainbows. I am twirling in the redwoods with joy! Constant clear blue skies can be as annoying as constant rain. Sounds strange, I know, but variety is the spice of life.…

January 21, 2016
Picnic at St Clement Vineyard
California

A Weekend In Napa Valley

I love it when people visit because it forces me to be a tourist again. For a recent girls weekend, I visited Napa Valley located approximately 1.5 hours north of San Francisco. Luckily we hit the vineyards at their peak of fall color just a few weeks ago. The color of the vineyards…

December 4, 2015
Favorite Places To Write In Marin County
California LITERATURE + FILM

Favorite Places To Write In Marin County

There are a lot of reasons to love living in Marin County, just north of San Francisco The climate is mild with a high dose of sunshine The Bay Area just oozes creativity and has an established writing community including Isabelle Allende, Amy Tan, Dave Eggers, Karen…

November 12, 2015
Notes From A California Summer Road Trip
California HISTORY NATURE + GARDENS

Notes From A California Summer Road Trip

What a wonderful, carefree summer we had! I started the new school year with ambitious creative projects underway and plans for a return trip to the UK this month (yay!) My kids recently returned to school and curiously they have California-edition textbooks for science and Spanish California doesn’t…

September 5, 2015
California-flag-001-1024x850
California HISTORY

The Story Behind California’s Bear Flag

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a bit of a vexillophile (lover of flags) with all the pretty colors and interesting stories behind the symbolism So let’s explore the meaning behind one of the most recognizable US state flags: California’s ‘Bear Flag’…

June 29, 2015