We arrived at my cousin Lisa’s in Vista, CA late Saturday evening after a long drive through the dark, over some pretty twisty roads (and I imagine, past some lovely views). It was just plain old time to get off the road for a couple days, so for now I’ll have to keep Anza Borrego on the list of places to see.
Lisa’s husband is an wildlife biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He’s spent the last 15 years populating their yard with plant species native to, if not this area, this climate. The yard resembles a botanical garden.
Peter collects rain water, though all he waters is his fruit trees.
Lisa has a little nook on the veranda that stays shaded almost all day and we spent a lot of Sunday there, talking, laughing, reading, knitting, eating, and drinking until evening chill drove us inside. It was so nice, we did it again on Monday, except we made run for Mexican food and kibble.
Chico and I did go for a walk around the neighborhood.
We vowed that we would leave the house the following day.