Monday, April 30, 2012

painting the town red - part three of our fort bragg trip

28 weeks pregs.
i wore my beautiful red dress from missa! she gifted it to me when i went to visit for her birthday in february along with a whole bunch of other rad stuff including the kitty bag i carry later in this post. as my belly grows crazy big i have found this dress to be more and more welcoming :) vintage, made of a wonderful airy cotton, it has the best flutter sleeves and embroidered detail and just seems to lovingly swoop around my growing body with ease and joy.

during our stay in the quaint little beachy town of fort bragg, we'd get up every day and go for coffee and fresh baked bagels at headlands cafe. they have all sorts of organic coffees and one day i even had a malted-flour belgian waffle with real maple syrup for an extra special treat.

then back to our little home. darin's coworker recently bought this pretty homey bungalow in fort bragg and so kindly allowed us to stay there! it gets the best sun out on the front porch all day long.
enjoying a chips-n-salsa snack behind buddha and the succulents:

the kitchen has a built-in booth which just happens to be one of darin's favorite features in any house ever. he wants one soooo bad someday. darin is very much a booth kinda guy.
 the living room. no wireless access which was actually kind of nice, but we had satellite tv (very rare occasion for us) and there were candles and a puzzle and knitting baskets and a dvd player and we had stacks of books to read. it was a perfectly relaxing, clean, welcoming environment to spend a few days. 

on this particular day, we headed down to the picturesque little town of mendocino, south by a few miles, in the afternoon. 

lots of good hippified activities going on in this artsy community:

 fresh air alive with salt and jasmine and hummingbirds....does this big bellied gal a world of good!

we walked down along the headlands. there are lots of coves and cliffsides to explore, wildflowers blooming and gulls calling and turquoise waves sparkling.

my belt was a gift from andrea, can you read the beadwork? pretty appropriate don't you think ;)

my mystic daydreamer:

we hung out by the little tide pools for quite a while just being there. letting the ocean be home for a while.

darin was taking all sorts of his lovely mystical photographs. and this is the one i snapped of him...we both cracked up about this photo...just so odd, and somehow oddly perf.

the little town of mendocino as viewed from the cove. white and clean in the sunlight, it is an old fashioned seaside town of driftwood, seashells, gardens, books, ice cream cones, clapboard and church bells.

some of darin's dreamy shots follow:

end of the day....darin cracked up when i started doing my pelvic tilts in this dress, obviously sans belt after dinner :) like a big blossoming rosebud buddha. rooted.

oh how i loved it all. 
thanks for indulging me in reliving our sweet little getaway.

dress: vintage, gift from missa
necklace: handmade by laura carter, traded
belt: gift from andrea
boots: bohemia design, won from this giveaway!
saltwater sandals: had for years

Friday, April 27, 2012

Beach Belly: part two of our fort bragg trip

this was my "beach" outfit one day in fort bragg.

i took these photos in front of the little house we stayed in. i'll show you the place in my next post, it was really charming and cozy.

 i thrifted the dress a few weeks ago...
another one of those things i would NEVER have considered until the preggert belly. 
it is not a maternity dress, it's an 80's dress....
horizontal stripes? stretchy slim fit long dress? HA HA, yeah right!
but i have to admit it is one of my favorite looks so far for showing off the belly! 
crazy how that works.

after a pretty little walk past deer grazing in meadows, you come to the lovely historic lighthouse and grounds that been carefully preserved to reflect a hundred years of loving use. sadly, this park is one of the california state parks slated to be closed down.
we need to fight for our beautiful places and heritage!

here is one of the holga-style photos darin took, that's the lighthouse and lighthouse keeper's home.

this is the assistant lighthouse keeper's home. it has been restored to include many features that would have been here in 1909 from the wood floors and brickwork to the kitchenware; so many charming details!

darin took these portraits of me inside the lighthouse keeper's house. i'm daydreaming of course....

stopped by to visit the aquarium exhibit and found a wealth of flotsam and jetsam...

everything inside had the rusty, sandy, old time feeling of shipwrecks and ageless encrusted sea life.
nothing shiny or new here.
just dusty wooden handmade display cases and creatures as old as time.
i felt like gathering up some research notebooks, a cup of coffee and a pipe, and staying awhile ;)

the lighthouse itself, with its beautiful  (revived since 1999) fresnel lens still operating!

after our visit to the lighthouse and a chat with a friendly seal down in the cove, 
we headed to Caspar Beach for some beachcombing and fresh seawater frolics.
the fog had burned off, the sun was shining, the gulls were swooping and merry waves sparkled.
there were divers getting ready to go in, i imagine for sunken treasures from old shipwrecks, or perhaps to collect tidal specimens for the aquarium.

darin was busy scouting out green and blue sea glass....

and juggling light :)

ah how i love our pacific coastline!

i think this baby loved it too!

my outfit:
striped dress: thrifted $6
scarf: thrifted $.50
earrings: made by em
amber necklace: gift from jocelyn
crystal bullet necklace: made by sadie
sandals: free from clothing exchange
straw bag: em's

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

books and brews: part one of our fort bragg trip

we're already back from our time flies!
darin suggested the title because we visited so many good breweries and bookstores along the way,
two of our favorite methods of getting to know a place.

first stop, along the enchanted route up hwy 128 that cuts over to the ocean through the anderson valley. all along the way you are surrounded by blooming poppies and mossy oaks, redwoods and eucalyptus and the sweetest scents of wildflowers on the breeze.
anderson valley brewery is perfectly centered in the heart of this hobbity land, completely solar powered and brewing up some familiar and not-so-familiar treats.

already knowing he loves their amber ale and solstice brews, darin tries the seasonal Saison, one of our favorite types of beer. they were traditionally brewed for farmworkers during the harvest season before refrigeration was available. this type of beer has a long history and always has the most refreshing flavor.

the brewery is located in the tiny town of boonville, which was so isolated over the years that they created their own folk language, boontling. the brewery incorporates some of the terminology of this special language to capture the feeling of this place, watch here as brewmaster Fal Allen interviews a fluent boontlinger.

their logo is bear with deer horns. it took me years of drinking hop ottin ipa (delicious by the way) to figure out that BEER is bear and deer mixed! 
thus their famous silly mascot!

"Bahl hornin" = good drinkin!

they had the best outdoor seating area with wooden picnic tables, a fountain with blooming lavender, wisteria, little benches and a big expansive view of the green rolling hills all around. once again we daydreamed of owning a brewery in a valley with its own campground and a pub full of delicious vegetarian eats.

darin did a little more tasting and bought a four pack of a really strong belgian abbey style ale called Brother David's Triple.

maybe i should have titled this "books, brews, and BELLY;" i think it grew on the trip!
i'll have more pictures of that in another post :)

we went to bookstores every day...the first one was a simple little unassuming place called Windsong in fort bragg. 

my new favorite section besides literature and nature: pregnancy and childbirth.

darin's is still the science fiction section, among other mystical and esoteric subjects :)
this is his "i think i'm gonna have to buy some books" look.

later that day: North Coast Brewery.
darin found his new favorite, Le Merle, a belgian style farmhouse ale named for the brewmaster's wife.

and the next day we were back again! 
this time he tried another artisan brew: Brother Thelonius, a belgian dark strong ale.
he loved this one too. plus, let's not forget that north coast brews yet another of darin's faves, Old Rasputin!
so yeah, he was pretty much in heaven. the brewpub also has the best massive plate of black bean nachos.

another bookstore in fort bragg... this one simply called The Bookstore; it was run by a young couple who were very sweet and had a cute little rambunctious babe. more sci fi! more film books! vinyl records upstairs!

heading on up north, in eureka we supped the next day at Lost Coast Brewery. home of some of darin's usual beer stand-bys, like Great White and Downtown Brown.
i had the best grilled tofu taco and darin got to have more beer :) 
this is the friendly greeter at the door:

i'm posing with a beer for old time's sake. darin ordered the lost coast wheat, which must be a seasonal cause we'd never heard of it and it was super good and summery.

and next morning, one of my favorite bookstores ever: Booklegger in eureka.
right across the street from a yummy bagel shop, perfect :)
everything about this place invites you in to stay awhile....

the sections and selection remind me of my own bookery, but with a little more space and light and minus the rickety stacks on the ground ;)

we can't help it....we buy too many books!!!

we came home with at least a dozen new (used) books. 
i read the whole way home across my beloved land of california.
can't wait to show some more pics from our trip tomorrow!