Sunday, January 17, 2016

Nepenthe and Big Sur

Greetings from Carmel. We are having a wonderful time with our best friends; we surprised Dave so much when we arrived. He simply couldn't believe we came out for his birthday! We celebrated at a restaurant near their house; let me just say Aletha is a gourmet cook and last night fed us the most incredible dinner. I think I'll need to join a gym when I get home! Yesterday we drove down to Big Sur, stopped at some shops and then had lunch at Nepenthe~ classic bohemian Big Sur style and at one time Orson Wells bought it  and gave it to Rita Hayworth.
Loved seeing these mushrooms with the Dogwood growing next to them.  We have the variegated Dogwood at home and it was fun to see it here.

This view was from the deck surrounding the restaurant; the green grass you see is land owned by the David Packard Family Trust.  Hubby's dad was good friends with the Packards and hubby grew up vacating at their summer cabin on Lake Tahoe~so this made him smile.  
The last photo is from Dave and Aletha's deck looking out towards the Reserve-the private golf course.  It will be a rainy cool day here today and we will be watching the Broncos game.  Aletha is feeding us so well, I will try to take photos of dinner tonight.  
I hope your weekend has been so relaxing and enjoyable.  
Until tomorrow~


  1. Noreen, Have fun !! You are in an area of California that I would love to visit. Blessings to all of you there, xoxo,Susie

  2. That is SUCH a gorgeous area! We lived in Montery for 6 months when we were first married and I just LOVED it there! Enjoy your stay!

  3. Glad to hear that you are having such a wonderful time! Always so much fun to visit with a best friend, and eat good food too :)

  4. Your getaway looks superb, Noreen, enjoy come back refreshed! The view is so awesome! Have a blessed week,.

  5. That is so nice that your surprised your friends - glad to hear you all had such a nice time together!!!

    Happy Sunday.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  6. I came to see your blessings. I think those mushrooms look like magic!

  7. What a great idea. So glad you are having fun. And what a view!

  8. Beautiful view, Noreen. Glad you're having a great time.

    Blessings for a wonderful visit,

  9. Hello Friend~ beautiful.
    Looks like your New Year is starting off great!

  10. Sounds like your having an amazing time.....


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