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The dog days

Eighty-six degrees in the shade in Paradise Cove yesterday:

86 in the shade in malibu

And the dogs (That's our friend Pete below) responded bravely.

Pete is beaten by the heat

miss maisie passes out

wide-eyed dreamer

(T)here in Malibu, part deux

mountains and the marine layer

The Santa Monica Mountains, holding back the marine layer.

And now some good news -- a very cute bungalow near Carbon Beach will soon be home to Walter and Maisie and me. May I just say, phew!

(T)here in Malibu

summer sea

Have I mentioned that the vacancy rate in this area is less than one percent?

A slice of summer

slice of summer

A July afternoon on the Pepperdine lawn.

So, this happened:


moving. again.


To be (eventually) continued...

White on white

Pushed out to sea by the heat of day, the night fog rolls in with a vengeance. It swirls and snakes and hovers until dawn then retreats, a scrim of white, waiting.

morning fog

Cloud cottage

cloud cottage

It's all about the view in this house above the marine layer on Saddle Peak Road.

Jail break

jail break

When "stay" is just another four-letter word.

Signs of Saturday: 🔔

the shock of the old

There's no cell service in Solstice Canyon but not to worry, a relic of the distant past -- a working pay phone -- is there to save the day. All you need is something else from a bygone era -- exact change. (Well OK, you can make a credit card call, but where's the fun in that?)

Room service

Visit the Cross Creek shopping center these days and it's egret nesting season, about a dozen families raising their chicks in the treetops. There are multiple flights in and out as parent birds hunt the lagoon for food for their growing -- the baby birds are pretty big at this point -- families.

I love the closeup of the egret baby face, and there's a little video of two nestlings squabbling as they wait for a parent to return with lunch.

egrets nesting

egret nest

feeding egret baby

lunch time

mama and baby egret

egret baby face

egret food fight

egret food fight

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