’13 Sep: Santa Ynez

A gathering…

A long weekend of…

September 20-22

A long weekend of R&R in the Santa Ynez valley with Robert and Joanna, and Bob and Desda, down from SF way, and Carl and Lynn, and Ben and Bonnie, and Richard from around LA. Unfortunately Emilia was very ill and couldn’t make it.

A picture through the…

A picture through the window of Robert trying to shoo the tarantula off the front door handle. Carl got the shot of the tarantula itself.

I spotted the thing and pointed it out to someone, I don’t remember who, who thought it was fake and blew on it. The tarantula responded with a very not-fake not-dead wave of its huge hairy legs.

The meal-deal worked out…

The meal-deal worked out very well I thought. We each had our assignment to bring everything for, prepare, and clean-up after a particular meal. Everyone pitched in to help, as much as they felt like doing. It really did go very smoothly.

Time for dinner, but first wine and challah and a few words for Shabbat.

Bonnie, Ben, Lynn, Desda, Bob, Carl, Robert, Joanna

I was delighted so…

I was delighted so many times through our stay by the amenities provided at the house. It seemed as though anything we wanted, there it was. The kitchen, the pool and patio, the bathrooms, not a thing was missing. They even had, as well as the wifi with a couple of boosters, a wifi connected printer should you need to print a boarding pass or a recipe for example.

And there were a dozen colors of lights in the pool and the spa, to choose as the mood struck.

At 10 this morning…

At 10 this morning I took the ride back down to LA for Kaitlin’s birthday and then returned around 5 so I don’t have any pictures from Saturday’s daytime pleasures.

We’re getting all dressed-up…

Ben and Bonnie At HOME

We’re getting all dressed-up for our big dinner out.

You can tell I am dressed up because I am wearing my shinny-silver-strappy wa-hoo Kate Spade shoes. You can tell Robert is from Europe because he is wearing red pants.

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…and gave us perfect…

…and gave us perfect temperatures and gorgeous sunsets.

After sunset we designated drivers and made our way down the hill. Everyone agreed, dinner at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Café was a delightful experience.

Richard! our organizer (yay…

Richard! our organizer (yay Richard, great job!) and weekend Mixologist was able to make it up on Saturday night. Fortunately Emilia was on the mend but unfortunately still not well enough to come.

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