We took a drive to the coast today to have lunch in Capitola and I was /allowed/ to stop at ONE shop. Only one. Must choose wisely. So I did. We went to Wisteria just 5 minutes inland in Soquel. It's an old house turned into a shop set in a lovely garden. Each room is decorated for it's original use and every single thing is for sale. If you ever find yourself in the Santa Cruz area and could only stop in ONE shop, this would be the one I would choose. It's brimming with antiques, one of a kind local artist's finds, books, china, linens and unusual and beautiful nursery plants and garden items.
My husband was checking out the vintage bird cages. Upwards of $500 each. Gulp.
The outdoor spaces and gardens are lovely.
The unusual hydrangeas were beautiful.
The weather today was so mild. Sixty-seven degrees F and this is January! Lots of sunbathers and always surfers. You can't tell by my pictures but they were getting some good waves. Just north at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay the waves were ENORMOUS and they were having the big wave invitational. The surfers come from all over the world and they give them something like 24 hours notice that the contest is on. We used to watch it years ago but now it has become so famous it's impossible to park.
Capitola Beach below was the beach I took my son to almost every week during the summer. I still like it here. It's a cute little beach town that takes just a few minutes to walk through. We always seem to eat at Zelda's only because we like to sit on the outdoor patio and watch the surfers and we can always find something we like on the menu. It's something we do every few months or so and makes such a nice day.
I have to add this after I got a few comments about being jealous of our warm weather: I do understand, we read the newspapers and know how bad it is with the Polar Vortex. But don't envy us too much. We are so warm and dry right now it's downright scary. This is our warmest and driest January on record. EVER. The governor has issued a drought crisis and we are certain to have water restrictions soon. Right now it's voluntary, but our state relies on agriculture and this year could be traumatic for farmers. Pray for some California rain.