Sunday, February 18, 2018

SUNDAY EVENING IN THE WINE VALLEY...






...fried chicken, mashed potato & gravy, collared greens, roasted corn, and coleslaw.





Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

MONTECITO MUDDY



1914


1964


Montecito property developers have much to answer for.

Blood on their hands.



1971


Writes Nigel Gallimore:

There is a long documented history in Montecito of what happened in January 2018. 

Seems the county office of emergency management did not do sufficient research. 

If they had used all these old photos in media press conferences it would have made a far bigger impression on the public as to the danger. 



WINE VALLEY LIVING



Wine, not whine


Donkeys, not asses


MONTECITO MUDSLIDES: ABOUT EVERY 20 YEARS







"Sometime soon after the flood someone flew over the area of the flood.  It turns out there was some controversy as to the location of where some of these houses were built.  Michael Towbes the contractor and developer should probably have never built on that land."





Saturday, February 10, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

FOUND!





A cachet of fine wine that went missing.

(Everything recovered from this point is a gift.)



THREE LESSONS FOR GRANDSONS






1.  Mother Nature is a bitch.

2.  Gratitude, for living through it.

3.  You pick yourself up, wipe off the dust, and start over, bigger and better than before.



AND FOR DESSERT



Drained


Mudpie.

What else?



Thursday, February 8, 2018

MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE VALLEY





Peace, tranquility, and a hot tub.


STILL STANDING & STRUCTURALLY SOUND...



"Where's my wine?"


...unlike many of the houses in our area.

And now the mud is out, thanks to an awesome crew.

Montecito Strong!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN HIGHGATE


Original billboard





Not-quite-Tate Modern-but-almost



Ongoing tribute to George Michael (outside his old house)


Russian Row


Home to discreet Russian oligarchs.

Near to...



Russian Embassy staff quarters


This afternoon on Hampstead Heath

(Homage to Sir Larry Viner)




Parliament Field.




Thursday, February 1, 2018

MEANWHILE, BACK IN 'CITO






Found:  A baseball card collection from someone upstream.

Would like to return to owner.



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

AWAY








I almost postponed an important trip.

But everyone is settled.  And business beckons.

Much work still to be done.

Welcome crises:  They give you the opportunity to come back stronger.

And I'm stronger than I've ever been.





Blue Moon



Sunday, January 28, 2018

MEANTIME, BACK AT THE OLD HOMESTEAD...






Ma Nature planted the toy there with no help from human hands.

Her way of saying, time to board that train and choo-choo elsewhere.



LIZARD LOVE





Mudslide survivors Jax and Rose engage the valley vibe.



COUNTRY LIVING









The CoW feels right at home.


That row of Adirondacks is our communications center (a modern version of a party line, where cell phones can connect).



Monday, January 22, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

THIRD TRY






Okay, so this is getting ridiculous.

Putin tried a third time to take me out today.

First, the Thomas Fire.

Second, the Montecito Mudslide.

Third:  Strolling in a valley town I hear a BANG!  BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!.

Followed by people hollering and running in all directions, as if under attack by terrorists.  

Putin's assassin (or some lady drunk on wine tastings) plowed into multiple cars parked along the road, where I'd been standing ten seconds earlier.


Thursday, January 18, 2018