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CALIFORNIA: State Insect

Virtual travel from Japan to California brought up the topic of the state symbols… like, the official State Insect of California? The California dogface butterfly or dog head (Zerene eurydice) was designated the official State Insect in 1972. The butterfly … Continue reading

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CITINERARY: Hakone

Founded in 1969, IT is the first outdoor, open-air museum of art in Japan. IT creates a harmonic balance of nature and art by exhibiting sculptures with views of the surrounding valley and mountains. The permanent collection is comprised of … Continue reading

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MOVIE NIGHT: Friends Forever

Blutsbrüder teilen alles Our Big Time Set in the midst of World War 2 and interspersed with beautiful choir music, the horrors of the war unfold when the Germans realized one of the boys in the choir is a Jew … Continue reading

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BIRDS&BUTTERFLIES: Here Comes the Sun…flower!

Another epiphany for the plant of the month… if it is December it is Toyon… the Christmas berry… California Holly! It needs sun… as does the butterfly B&B… so here is the beginning of the Bird & Butterfly Bed & … Continue reading

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WINTER BREAK: North Lake Tahoe

A winter full of surprises… and epiphanies… after looking for another ski or winter destination we came to realize that for us Tahoe is a 14 year old tradition to be continued and celebrated… wonderful beach walks… amazing sunsets in … Continue reading

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MOVIE NIGHT: Joyeux Noël

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I – and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Christian Carion’s Film, Joyeux Noël: A Place of Memory

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PLANT ITINERARIES: More California Natives

Last native plants of the year… THE Ceanothus ‘Centennial’… and a few additions for the butterfly bed&breakfast…  Achillea millefolium ‘Sonoma Coast’  Asclepias speciosa / Showy Milkweed Ceanothus ‘Centennial’ Scutellaria antirrhinoides / Snapdragon skullcap

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MOVIE: The Man Who Invented Christmas

Merry, merry Christmas to one and all! The journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of “A Christmas Carol,” a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas. A Christmas Carol – The Original Manuscript in Original Size – with Original Illustrations … Continue reading

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PLANT ITINERARIES: Color & Fragrance

Never say last fall planting… unless you fall for the Peachy Keen Hummingbird Mint… and Salvia ‘Aromas’… the Purple Sage… the Evergreen Currant or Catalina Perfume… California Aster… you know, for the butterflies 🙂

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MARS: InSight Landing

Landed!

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