Early Spring in Monterey & Carmel-by-the-Sea

Thursday, February 19, 2015


It seems like there are flowers blooming all over the peninsula right now, as a reminder that Spring is almost here, or starting early. Hooray! I think springtime is the most magical time of the year with the promise of new life and new beginnings budding everywhere you look, a symphony of color building up to the most joyous celebration of them all, Easter!!  Huge, glorious bushes of pink and white camellias are now turning it over to the cherry blossoms, jasmine (I put some in our car - natural air freshener! - and the smell is still unreal), tulips, garden roses, freesia, ranuculus, wisteria and colorful vines.


John and I stopped in at The Carmel Coffee House for a little date (chai latte for me, big cookie for him) before our long walk along the beach this morning. He took off his shoes and made himself completely at home, making friends along the way as he always does. I get it, and I love it about you, sweet boy!


This bebe sea lion was only a few feet from us on our walk and I had to hold back John from running up to him for a big hug! From the stunning and jagged coastline, to the sea life, to the forests, to the wildlife, (it's a rare day that we don't have a herd of deer in our yard or on our street!) Cam and I joke often that living in Monterey is like living in a National Geographic magazine.


"Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, at the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, when he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again." -CS Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

25 comments:

  1. oh gracious, this is pure heaven!!!

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    1. it is!! wish you were here, Britt!

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  2. beautiful photos. and I love that quote.

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    1. Thanks, Georgia. We were reading it before his nap and it fit so perfectly with today/my post!

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  3. Beautiful! Now I want to take a trip there.

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    1. You should, you're so close, Ana! :)

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  4. Oh my, obsessed with these photos. SO beautiful! Adore your little family, you're all such beautiful people inside & out.

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    1. Aw thank you so much, Kierra. So sweet of you to say.

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  5. That sea lion is so cute!!!! What a wonderful place to live!

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  6. These photos are so gorgeous and I am drooling over them as we have been trapped in our neighborhood due to an ice storm for about a week now! *smiles* Thanks for bringing a little bit of sunshine our way! :)
    :) Rebecca
    p.s. Can John Shea be any more adorable? SO cute! :) ALSO I LOVE the quote you mentioned by CS Lewis at the end... it has been on my mind A lot recently! :)

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    1. Noo! Sorry you've been stuck - my parents have too!! I hope Spring comes soon for you guys!

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  7. it's currently 7degrees here, no signs of spring yet-- but i'm glad you're enjoying it there!

    also- your photos are absolutely incredible!

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    1. Thank you - I hope it comes soon there!!

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  8. Those pictures are beautiful <3

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  9. i love JS doggie photos!! He's such a lover :) love you!!!!! thanks for sharing your pocketfull of sunshine and spring - while we thaw out with 15 degree temps!
    - lanneybear

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    1. Haha I'm sorry!!!! Not trying to rub it in, though just wait until next winter when I'll be the one freezing my tush off! Love you!

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