Summers Past

Are you having a busy summer? Too busy sometimes to just sit and relax? Are you tired of the sound of traffic or trying to find a parking place at the beach? Do you want to sit by a stream and listen to a bubbling brook, or walk in a garden that you don’t have to weed, or sit in the shade and drink tea someone else has prepared?

Well, if you are in San Diego County, you can do all of these things without going very far. One of my favorite places in the county is Summers Past in Flynn Springs on Old Highway 80.

You can wander through lavender fields without going to Provence, France. Smell the lavender and listen to the bees. Even this far into summer their gardens are full of color, with benches and quiet little places to sit and read or drink tea. Their craft shop is full of wonderful little gems to buy and their soap shop is one of the best in the county. Their stream runs year round with that pleasant comforting sound of running water.

Here is their official website:

I go there several times a year when I just want a change of pace and a different type of tranquility. Here are some photos of my latest visit. If you haven’t been before, I hope you will give Summers Past a try.

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Independence Day in My Neighborhood

How did you spend July 4th? Did you go to the beach, attend a backyard Bar-B-Q, pool party, go to the lake, attend a parade or a concert?

I decided this year that I was going to use the day for a little R and R, hang out with myself, catch up on some yard work, lounge by the pool with a book. I started my day re-reading the Declaration of Independence, thinking of the beauty and timelessness of the document in light of today’s events. I wanted to go on a little neighborhood walk, just walk up the street and get the name of my auto shop so I could call them the following day. I left with a bottle of water, my phone and keys . . . just a short little errand.

I didn’t make it back to the house for five hours. I ended up just walking; with a day of no time constraints. I walked around my neighborhood, from the business district to the suburbs, just walking and enjoying. I stopped twice to pick up free Wi-Fi to check in with a few friends. I even ended up at the foot of Cowles Mountain and walked half way up the mountain. I was enjoying the various ways Americans were showing their red, white and blue. From business establishments to apartment buildings and houses; there were so many flags displayed. I started clicking my I-phone. On my little mountain hike, I saw many T-shirts with patriotic colors and flags, but didn’t bother stopping the hikers to ask permission to take their pictures.

Here’s a little of what I saw:

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And then ending at my house.

How did you spend Independence Day 2012?