This is the story of our adventures -- every day and extraordinary; our dreams -- tiny and grand; our gardens -- ornamental and sustaining; this is the story of our journey.  We are a family of four living a mindful, simple life here in Los Angeles County.  We are green, conscious, and forward thinking.  We keep an eye on the past because some of the best things have already been done and bear repeating.  Walk and talk with us, have a glass of wine, taste a peach or a tomato, blow some bubbles and watch them drift up over the canyon ridge.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Let's go climb a tree!

Today Gregg scaled that loved/hated by me ash tree and tried to thin out some of its lower branches to let more light onto our garden beds.  That tree is tall!  And I'm glad he didn't go too high!  Though, I know he went higher than I cared to watch or photograph.  BTW, you may notice that most of the leaves are gone (finally) and the new ones have already started.  That arbol does not give me a break!  That is without even mentioning the one million seedlings I have pulled (of the probably ten million it has dropped!!!).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Topanga Sky

Tonight's sunset was spectacular!  I noticed the pink glow while I was working in the kitchen.  I stepped out first on one deck:

And then on the other:

Back in the kitchen, I found a different kind of beauty -- this amazing head of kale!  Which became a delicious salad with a chopped tomato, the juice of a Meyer lemon, and some walnut oil.

Earlier in the day the girls worked on beautifying Stella.

And Gregorie shared her favorite face.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I'm just redirecting today's post to here:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Today in Pictures

My amazing omelet -- red chard and gruyere:
A small winter harvest:
Mama working:
Alex in the kitchen:
And setting the table:
A pair of chairs:
Daddy tries archery:

[The last 5 photos are courtesy of Gregorie.]

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Round and round and up and down!

Pets, by Gregorie

[This is yesterday's post.  All the photos were taken by Gregorie.]

And some self portraits too!

She laughs at this one and says, "That's me.  Taking a picture of my reflection in the mirror!"