after the rain

i had forgotten what our canyon looked like after a downpour.  after years of drought we got rain which felt like a present from nature.  our creeks flooded with water, frogs croaked, grass grows, our trees and plants drank it up.  rocks and mud slides covered the roads trapping us inside, and keeping out the traffic, which made the canyon quiet and calm and happy.  

england adventure // film xo

england was city and nature, rest and adventure, flowers in hair, walks through forests, and meadows, and castles, take away indian food eaten on bridges, muddy happy dogs, the grumpy restaurant owner who we got to smile, serendipity, spontaneity...

england adventure xx week 1

my sister and i are off to england for photo shoots and adventures!

week 1 -

fun long plan ride draped over each other trying to sleep, eating yum vegan plane food, and watching mooooviesss all the way...

jet lag jet lag 5 am jet lag

july 11th - Lily's 16th birthday!  saw Lily James in romeo and juliet at the Garrick theater!!!!  

bike rides through the park past ducks of all shapes and sizes, only crashed a few times...

rainnnnnn!!!!!  all day every day, so fun and no wonder everything is so green and why the Bronte Sisters and Jane Austen got so much writing done.

all day explorations at museums, food, photos everywhere, food again, more film more film, disposable cameras, garden walks...

BEST DAY MAGIC MOMENT EVER!!! - we stumbled upon a magical giant sycamore tree covered in green parrots and doves.  while taking photos and chatting with them a little parrot hopped on my head w/o any coaxing or food and just sat there...ahhhhh...blisss...  we hung with the birds, recreating our own "feed the birds, tuppence a bag, tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bagggg" from Mary Poppins....such a good day!


a little adventure

Here are the photos from a recent spontaneous mother-daughter-adventure-get-away we went on.

We had made reservations in Ojai, but decided to leave a day early and see where the car would take us. We set out with Fleetwood Mac blasting, and tried to release the long list of To-Do’s we were leaving behind for the weekend. After calling every hotel in Ojai and Santa Barbara, and finding out that that everything was completely booked, my mum remembered a camp ground we had never been to called El Capitan. I called them and they had a little cabin available, so we decided to go for it. We ran to two different Targets, and a whole foods grabbing anything we could need, and I kept calling the camp’s receptionist Paul (Thanks Paul!), asking him how many blankets and coffee mugs and forks they supplied.

We got there. A little cabin. A whole lotta nature. Breathe, release, relax.

We spent a night and many walks there. Then off to Ojai!

Ojai consisted of eating at our favorite little vegan place about twice a day, Bart’s Book; a whimsical awesome outdoor bookstore, pootleing around, swimming, and since we don’t have TV at home we go crazy and stare at HGTV.

We came home with lots of books, smelling of chlorine, and reinvigorated.