Monday, 29 August 2011

Ventura, pictorially

The wonderful, dear Creative Beast very kindly took me and The Children on another trip last week :) We went to Ventura! And this is what we saw:

~ A magnificent fig tree ~

~ A proud tall palm tree growing right up through the fig tree's branches! ~

~ A family of squirrels living on the beach (well, wouldn't you if you could?!) ~

~ Seagulls paddling ~

~ The sad demise of a crab ~

~ The beautiful weathering of wood and metal ~

~ An extensive range of flavours of salt-water taffy! ~

~ A great place to eat lunch :) ~

~ The Children's faces when their vanilla 'milk smoothies' arrived! ~

~ The Mission ~

~ Interesting exhibitions at the Museum ~

~ A truly wonderful camera shop! ~

~ A fair bit of traffic on the way home... ~

As if I didn't already have enough to thank my dear blog friend for, she also brought me a birthday gift of some cute little tags (one of which has already been incorporated into my travel journal) and something very special indeed.

I've already mentioned my excitement at seeing hummingbirds out here. It hasn't abated at all! We've been lucky enough to see a few in our garden, and every time we've visited the Huntington we've been sure to visit the flowers these little cuties love so much, and have stayed and watched and smiled for quite a while each time :)

So, naturally, when I was looking for a souvenir of our time in California, I hoped to find a hummingbird-themed item of some sort! Unfortunately, this wasn't as easy as I thought :( I did find a few really lovely ornaments, but they were too expensive (and too fragile!) The one time I thought I'd found something suitable, it turned out they had just about every other creature in stock, but not the hummingbird I'd seen in the leaflet. So, imagine my delight when I unwrapped this beautiful glass tile from my friend!

It's just perfect :) A wonderful souvenir of my time here, and a wonderful memento of my time with the most Creative of Beasts :) Thank you so much, my dear! xx


Shonie said...

Isn't Ventura wonderful? I grew up very near there and miss it dearly. Glad you enjoyed it!

Unknown said...

Looks like you had a great time! I've visited California so many times I can't even count, but there are still so many things I haven't seen, and Ventura is one of them! LOVE that camera shop!

Anonymous said...

Oh how wonderful! You know with having relatives living there I thought we'd seen practically everything but no - now I've got some new must sees on my bucket list.

Make My Day UK said...

Amazing! You look like you are having such fun! I went to Taqueria Vallarta when I was in California. The guy behind the counter took a shine to me and I ended up with 24......yes 24 flour tortillas (rather than the standard 12!) and a mountain of chicken to make fajitas with. Needless to say by number 6 I was ready to pop! Best of all it was only about £4 for the whole lot! Ahh the coast pictures are fab too, reminds me of why I want to live there!

Alison said...

It is always so great to have a 'local' on hand when you visit somewhere see so much more than you would have on your own!
Alison xx

Karen said...

What a fantastic camera shop! What fantastic photos and memories you have stored up to bring back xxx

Sian said...

I loved the look of that beach..and then I saw the taffy. Yum!

The Creative Beast said...

Mel, I'm so glad that I could be a part of creating some memorable moments for you and the children! It was really wonderful and I do hope you'll have a chance to return to the area so we can do more exploring again =-)

I'll miss your wonderful presence my friend!