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Ferry Landing Coronado, San Diego

“It was a sunny and warm Sunday morning so we took the short ferry crossing from Broadway Landing to the island of Coronado in order to partake in brunch at the Il Fornaio Restaurant. Which was excellent. So much so that we booked dinner there later in the week. After our brunch we looked around the waterfront shopping centre with its shops and art galleries at Ferry Landing and then had a stroll along the sandy beach watching wading birds along the seashore.”

(in late February 2010)

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Staying in Fort Lauderdale offered me the opportunity to take a coach trip to Miami and in particular, South Beach (SoBe), with its sugar-white sand and beautifully preserved Art Deco buildings along Ocean Drive. Before we got there though we took a trip out into Biscayne Bay from where we could see the wonderful skyline of Downtown Miami itself and the fabulous millionaire properties”

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Palms along the Santa Barbara seashore

We were a little nervous staying in a motel in Santa Barbara, but it was the cheapest option and far enough away from the station which is no place to walk by at night. Apparently. Finding ourselves on a ground floor didn’t ease the mind, but it also didn’t entice us to stay indoors. We made our way to the harbour and had a pleasant walk along the shore in the twilight and finally went for dinner in a lovely steak house at the marina where we had our best meal in California so far. Along with a couple of delightful Mai Tai cocktails. Americans do make fantastic cocktails.” 

June Squares | Roofs

It’s June and another 30 day challenge from Becky.  ‘The Life of B’ This month she is looking for a roof or roofs or even rooves. Follow the link for the rules.

Up on the roof – the Living Green roof of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The Academy tested 35 native plant species to determine which would survive the best of this roof. Nine finalists were selected – both annual and perennial wildflowers to cover 90% of the roof. (Click on the link above and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the roof in all its glory)

  1. Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
  2. Sea Pink (Armeria maritima)
  3. Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)
  4. Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)
  5. Goldfield (Lasthenia californica)
  6. Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor)
  7. Beach strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)
  8. California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  9. California Plantain (Plantago erecta)

June Square | 12th June