The After Christmas
Here's hoping that every one had a peaceful Christmas celebration. My family take turns hosting the Christmas luncheon (which actually last until midnight or so) and this year happened to be my turn, which limited my blogging time before Christmas to zero.
Thankfully everything went well. Most of the family members came and spent time with us. This year, however, the party didn't last as long as normal because some were not feeling well due to seasonal colds. While I was sad that our time was cut short, I was likewise relieved that I had more time to rest after the festivities.
The following day, we had friends over for dinner. Afterwards we played some video games (they have kids) and drank some wine and ate some pie.
On Friday, the hubby and I wanted to get away for a bit so we drove to Pt. Reyes National Seashore and hiked a bit. We saw elks up close, hawks and turkey vultures too. We stopped to taste organic cheese at Nicasio Valley and shared a humongous pumpkin scone and cup of coffee from Bovine Bakery in downtown Point Reyes Station.
On Saturday, we thought we'd do some after-Christmas window shopping in Berkeley. Fourth Street in Berkeley is a shopping and dining destination. Mall shopping is not my thing, but I love walking up and down the length of Fourth Street entering stores filled with delightful items from fancy to simple to creative and artistic. And of the street is decorated with pretty lights.
We arrived just before twilight.
No matter how much I resisted I left Crates and Barrel with a bag so heavy that every now and then I had to sit on the sidewalk benches.
So busy with shopping that the sun was setting by the time we got out of Crates and Barrel.
More shots of lights.
While the hubby was shooting, the guy who was selling his photographs on the sidewalk stall asked about his camera. Then we chatted with him. His photos are really good, he's a terrific photographer. We browsed at the selection and picked one which we wanted to purchase. We chose a fall colors photo of different kinds of tree trunks.
His name is Rick Auerbach. We asked for his website and he said he has none, but is planning on remedying that because everyone asks for it.
We asked him to autograph the photo and this was what he wrote: To Roy and Maria.... May the colors of the world always bring you wonder - Rick Auerbach.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY