Skip to main content


Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Renovation - Week Nine

I realize my home and travel blog is becoming all renovations all the time, sorry but that's the reality over here right now.

Today I went to the paint shop, again! Yes, they know me by name at the paint place, the tile shop, the plumbing supply company and the lighting store. I now know where to have your antique trim matched and all sorts of other things that are very useful right now.

So where's the progress report....
The floor is in and the tile is now finished in the bathroom, thank you Jeremy!
The painting has started, all of the trim is done and the colors have had their first coat in the bedroom, thank you Theo and Jonathan.
The porch has been rebuilt with a lovely new railing and newly poured concrete steps which will continue to "cure over the next few months, thank you Chris, Greg and Ryan!

Old windows going out, new railing on the porch going in.

Rebuilding the porch took a few days though we're still waiting for it to be painted which has been delayed by the rain. The new concrete steps  are dyed a taupe color which is slowly lightening. 

Greg moving the concrete by hand.

Perfecting the steps!

Adding a final waterproof coat in the bathroom before the floor tile went in.