Happy Summer Solstice!

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Summer’s HERE!!

Even though I live in Southern California I still get so excited about its official arrival, don’t you?!

Would that it last as long as it did when we were children. An eternity, it seemed.

Growing up in Vancouver, where it stayed light until almost 10pm at night, we’d ride our bikes to the park to play softball, fluorescent ‘clackers’ spinning on tire spokes, streamers flying from our handle bars until the street lights signaled it was time to go home. Occasionally a friend would show up at our front door on a horse instead of a bike and we’d end up at ‘The Barn’ where I’d marvel (be jealous) at the girls who weren’t afraid of horses the way I was. I wanted my parents to have Avocado Green appliances more than I wanted a horse of my own. I think that was telling sign of what was coming down the pipeline, don’t you?!

 As we got older, we’d walk barefoot to the beach (OK, we often hitchhiked, swear to God, but never at night and never alone. What were we thinking?? It was a different world back then) our leather fringed purses (twice as big as our cut-offs) bulging with “Sun-In”, baby oil, cigarettes, Yardley “Pot-o-Gloss”, hairbrushes, Sweet Tarts and salted sunflower seeds. No sunscreen. No sunglasses. No phones or cameras.

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Like I said, a different world.

It was sweet.

Now that I’m a grown-up (most of the time) I no longer sit in the sun. I really miss it, as well as the tan, but I know it’s not worth it. I certainly don’t wear cut-offs the size of a hang-nail and pay a hell of a lot more  to colour my hair. Friends no longer show up at the door on horseback and I own my own car, so that takes care of the hitch-hiking issue.

But let’s not get all melancholy, there’s still plenty of fun to be had when summer arrives!

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We’re so blessed here in Santa Barbara, with beautiful beaches and stunning mountains just a mile or so in from the water’s edge.

In less than 1/2 hour we can be over those mountains and into the wine regions of Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.

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Roses from my garden sit on the front porch.

My garden brings me pleasure I never would have predicted in my younger years. I wear a big hat, have my favourite wooden handled clippers… I’m half-way to wearing Liberty print gardening gloves truth be told.

My brother even bought me this so I could enjoy my evening glass of wine while I’m gardening (is this a brother gift, or what?!)

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In fact, I did a thorough walk around my property the other day and decided to buy myself another little gift to celebrate the first day of Summer;

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For the bigger jobs. and it’s cordless. So exciting! I really wanted the fluorescent green one (like my old clackers) but this one had the best rating.

Yes, times have changed.

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So what are your plans this summer?

ImageAre you looking forward to a long lazy one filled with languorous hours of reading?

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Will you stick close to home, do lots of grilling, making home made ice-creams, sorbets and popsicles with your kids?

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Mango Lassi Popsicle recipe

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Perhaps you’ll be boating like Kate? (you simply must have plenty of black & white in your summer wardrobe-but that’s another post!)

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Take a family holiday to Europe or go water-skiing on a chilly lake?

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Beautiful Lake Muskoka, Ontario

Shasta trailerTake a road trip  (I saw this beauty in Los Olivos)

38325ab6556782aef43a2e84c94f3341Re-do a guest room in cool tones

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Update your draperies, white wash your kitchen (I’m thinking of it) or have some summer slip-covers made?

Slim Paley's car slipcoversPhoto of my car by David Tsay for House Beautiful

ha ha!  I still have the car, but I’m afraid the chintz slip covers, like my old cut-offs are way past their prime :-)

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Will you go biking, sailing, play tennis, swim your heart out, or run your first marathon

Or maybe just set a goal to read ten GREAT books?

that sounds wonderful to me!

tumblr_md1kj7Gn4s1rpx9bqo1_500And will you be looking for the “Super Moon” tonight?

(ps. I started this post on Friday night-Summer’s almost over for God’s sake)

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Me, at a friend’s home, taking a photo of a weird ring around the sun in Montecito

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See that’s the wonderful, fabulous, exciting thing about Summer

Your options are as numerous as the stars.

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*Wooden Popsicles by Johnny Hermann

HAPPY SUMMER!!!!

May it be long, fun and memorable in the best possible way.

xoxo

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“Johnny Hermann is the alter-ego of craftsman & designer Mauro Savoldi from Milan. He re-creates the vibrant, colorful magic of summer ices, recalling one of the sweetest and most nostalgic treasures of our past.”

FYI; The original “popsicle” was invented by an 11 year old boy in San Francisco in 1905.

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Celestial Offerings

Perigee Moon over the Almudena, Madrid last night

Tonight we are going to experience  The Super Moon

It’s the closest the moon has been to the earth in 18 years!

I asked a very “Astronomically Inclined” friend of mine about this event and this is what he had to say;

Most people think the Moon is closest during a “full moon”…but even though it may appear larger…this is an amazing optical illusion.   (On the next full moon rise….look at it upside down or between your legs …this sounds crazy..but  the moon will actually appear to return to it’s normal size…  The scientific explanation and details of this “illusion” can be found at ….
While you’re at this site…check out “10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Moon”
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Thanks  Sky Guy !!
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Burt Lancaster in “The Leopard”
Unfortunately, here in Santa Barbara, we are under grey & rainy skies so I suspect our chances of actually glimpsing the man in the moon this evening are dim.

I do hope you’ll get to enjoy it from where ever you may be.

A little appropriate music to accompany you;

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photo of the moon taken last night  via Tao Zero

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The Famous  Nebra Sky Disk is one of the oldest known depictions of the ‘Heavenly Canopy’, dating back to 1600 BC.

Originally suspected of being a forgery, it is now widely accepted as being authentic to the Bronze Age.

Pretty cool “Tchotchke”!

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“Blue Reflection” by David Willet

For those who don’t get to experienc a lunar extravaganza this evening, some images to make us feel a little better;

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For the masculine Star Gazer in your life

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Slim Paley photo

The moon from my porch in Sun Valley.

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Victoire de Castellane for Dior

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 566 in blue Baccarat crystal (limited edition of 28) by Marc Newson

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Frida Gustavsson

Lydia Courteille ring

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Photo via Habitually Chic

Bergdorf’s Holiday window

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Armani

Slim Paley photo

The Moon coming up over the mountains in Montecito a few weeks ago

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Chanel “Sky” ring with diamonds

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Barnaby Gates Wallpaper

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Soir de Lune by Sisley

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Stubbs & Wootton slippers

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Chanel

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The Rug Company

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Miu Miu Summer 2011

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Barnaby Gates Wallpapers

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Miu Miu Summer 2011

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Bag by Jigsaw

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Solange Azagury-Partridge

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The incomparable Hedy Lamar via Fashion’s Most Wanted

“I love you more than the sun and the moon,

more than every grain of sand on every shore

and all the stars in the sky…”

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Keep Looking Up!!

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