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March 25, 2007

Neighborhood traditions

Growing up, our neighbor Don, who lived across the street, made wine every year. It was a very social event; he'd have friends come over and help, and it invariably drew people out to see what was going on and join in the hangout that developed around the event.

When we moved into our current house, my next door neighbor, Stu came over with his wife and daughter to welcome us. They brought a loaf of Barbara's home made chocolate zucchini bread and a bottle of his home made IPA, both of which were delicious!

Stu invited me to join him and one of our other neighbors, Kevin, to make beer last year, but I didn't make it for whatever reason. This year when he told me about it, I made a point not to miss it. I couldn't join them for the whole day, but I wandered over after lunch, and we had a great time hanging out, drinking, and making beer. I learned a lot, got to know my neighbors some more, and enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon. It's neat to think of being part of a neighborhood tradition similar to the one I grew up with, 25 years ago, but not three miles away.

Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera, but I grabbed this shot of Kevin with my phone's camera: Kevin with beer

Thanks, Stu & Kevin, for inviting me to help. See you soon for bottling!

March 17, 2007

Cool at the coast with Taylor & Rossy

We all thought it would be a nice day to drive down to Half Moon Bay, enjoy the gorgeous weather, and have lunch at the seaside. Unfortunately, as we got closer to the ocean, the weather became foggy and fairly cool.

Half Moon Bay with Taylor & Rossy

Nevertheless, we continued as planned to the Miramar Beach Restaurant, then enjoyed a beer sampler and some time relaxing & hanging out at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. I'd been wanting to try it for a while, and we all agreed; we'll be going back again! Despite the lack of sunshine, we all had a good time, and it was a cool day!

March 02, 2007

Mustard flowers at Mangini's

Mustard flowers add color to an already gorgeous day. Spring really wants to arrive!

PHOTO SUMMARY: Manginis mustard flowers