Friday, July 27, 2012

A Walk Around Town

Here are some pictures from our walk around Benicia today.  It was between 4 and 5 p.m.  Gorgeous weather, about 78 degrees.  These photos are mostly taken on West 2nd Street.  Not all of them are beautiful, but they are all interesting little glimpses of the town.

As usual, it was a lovely walk.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wellington Update

Before I get into the Wellington update, I have a few pics I took in Benicia this month (July 2012).

This first one is another evening walk down by the water.

This is one of the alleys near Wellington.  Someone in this alley loves wildlife.  There are bird feeders and squirrel feeders.  Occasionally there are birds and squirrels.

This is the new Bed and Breakfast right off First Street on the water.  It's called the Shorelight Inn.  If I didn't already live in WELLINGTON which sits in BENICIA, I would come here for VACATION.  But my life is a vacation, so I'll shove this pic on the blog and let everyone else try it out.

This house close to the water is for sale for $858,000.  It's about the same size as Wellington but it's 12 years older than the porch and 99 years older than the rest of Wellington

We often pass this house while on our morning and/or evening walks.  It looks old but it was actually built in the 1970s.  It's close to downtown.

Okay, now for the Wellington update.  I have recently divided Wellington's yard into 10 zones in order to keep track of all the plant tags and growth.  This is the porch with it's little Christmas tree.

  This is zone 1, with the crepe myrtle tree, and zone 2, with the oak tree and pittosporums.

Also zones 1 and 2.  You can see the pittosporum tree in the foreground, the other crepe myrtle on the right and the Forest Pansy Redbud in the center.

Zone 3.  The Lady Banks rose is getting large.

 Zone 4.  That's the bougenvillea growing up the porch wall.

Zone 5 with one of the few plants (the Japanese maple) that was here when we moved in.  It looks a lot healthier.  The abelia, to the right and up against the house, have just about reached the window.

 Zone 6 with the other Lady Banks.

 Zone 7 and 8.  This butterfly bush was here when we moved in, too.

Zone 7 with the little Granny Smith apple tree.  Six apples will soon be part of an apple tart I'm going to bake for my sweet little hubby next week.

Zone 8.  This area really looks great.  I love the sun which was a present from my mother in law.  The two turtles live in this raised bed.

Zone 9 is my favorite area.  This is the Arbor Walk which has grown in and is such a pleasant place to sit.  As the trees get larger, it will be even nicer.

Zone 10 has a lovely olive tree which will some day provide a nice shady area.  The bird bath sometimes attracts birds!
Wellington is looking so lovely.  And organized.  :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Strange Real Estate Listings 2

I think many of these need no explanation from me.  But I can't help it.  I'm fairly certain that is a grave in the front yard of this home.  And it must be a special amenity, since the Realtor has gotten just the right angle in order to include it in this front shot of the house.

And it's not just because of the drumset.

This one below was the Showcase photo of this listing.  Oh, there were other photos, but the Realtor thought this was the best of the bunch, so used it as the main photo. 
I think he was trying to show the view from the chicken coop.

This next photo was one of only three photos included in this listing.  There was also a front photo and a photo of the kitchen which was partially obscured by the Realtor's finger.
I know when I'm looking through listings, trying to find my new family home I always ask myself if it has a place for board meetings.

Nice.  I want it.


Eat-in kitchen.

 Just in case you have flies hanging around.  Sometimes you do.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Fourth at Wellington

To my delight, much of The Fourth was spent right here at Wellington.  We have lived in Wellington for two years, two months and two weeks.  Plus a day or so.  But through the magic of "calendars" it is our third Independence Day at Wellington.  Ever since we moved in I've been wanting to stay home during the fireworks display.  I was sure we would be able to see the fireworks from our upstairs balcony.

It all started on the 3rd, actually.  Benicia held its annual Torchlight Parade down 1st Street.  The Hub and I were home alone (but for the cat).
It was a beautiful evening and we decided to stay on the porch and watch from there.  Wellingon is a couple of blocks from 1st Street.  But we could hear the goings on.  And we had our own little parade.  People were parked up and down our street, so we had a steady flow of foot traffic.  As the parade ended, two blocks up, many of the cars, trucks and floats rounded the corner and drove in front of our house.  So we got to see as much of the parade as we wanted. 

On the 4th, we had the kids and a couple of friends for a barbecue.  We took walks around town.  The photo at the top of this post was a group of boats at the Marina, all linked together and sharing hors doeuvres prior to sailing out into the harbor to watch the fireworks.

Below is a photo of the condos at the harbor.  There were a lot of parties going on on balconies.  I respected their privacy and didn't take their pictures.  But I took a picture of this one that The Mom and I went in about 15 years ago and again this year when it was for sale.  It's the bottom condo on the left.  Very cute two bedroom overlooking the harbor.  Neither one of us bought it, but we both thought about it.

A lot of people were downtown.  The new little market that opened up had many patrons.  It looked really quaint with the produce bins out front.  You can't really tell from this pic, but it did.

 In the park there was a festival.  Bands played, vendors sold and families barbecued.
There was even a climbing wall.  Most of us stayed on the ground on account of our fear of heights.
 A little "choo choo" took tikes around.  It wasn't really a train.  You can see the wheels underneath.

This is the yacht club.

 It was only early afternoon, but people were picnicking down by the water.  Staking out their spots for the fireworks.
Our spot for the fireworks was staked out two years, two months and two weeks ago.  Here is what it looked like from our balcony.  Only way better.  I couldn't believe how perfectly situated we were for the fireworks.  It's almost like they planned where to set them off so that we would have the best view right from Wellington.
You know fireworks never look as good in photos.  Especially photos with your phone camera.  But I needed proof that we could see them from our balcony, since all the kids walked downtown to see them at the water.

Overall it was a complete success with lots of food, friends and fun.  I think we'll do it again next year.