1. Cousin Kate, the beautiful bride 2. Giant Dipper, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 3. Brian & the giant strawberry 4. Lifeguard hut at Santa Cruz 5. Wedding roses 6. Funny mannequin guy on the sky ride 7. Under the Giant Dipper 8. Nephews in the surf 9. Pottery demonstration at Pasados del Presidio, San Francisco
People are always asking me if I miss California, living in the UK, they're usually referring to sunny California weather. After 11 years my answer is still the same, I love the sunshine but I really only miss my family and friends (oh yea, and Mexican food.)
Taking this trip home alone, I had a chance to enjoy my family and friends more completely than when I have my own family along. I missed them, but enjoyed every moment of time with folks back home.
There were so many highlights my few photos won't do it justice, but I'll write them here so that I'll remember:
- My cousin Kate's wedding and another amazing reception hosted by her lovely parents.
- Watching video with all my cousins of our family from the 1930's through the 1980's, never knew the old stuff existed, apparently my grandfather was quite a cinematographer. I got to see a lot of him in the videos, very special as he died three years before I was born.
- Morning walks with my niece Lauren.
- Day trip to Santa Cruz with my sister and family. At less than an hour away, Santa Cruz was a favourite Friday afternoon hang out when we were in high school.
- The annual Pasados del Presidio, San Francisco. My brother Michael, the archaeologist, took us to this event that celebrates the birth of the city of San Francisco and the founding of the Presidio. Fantastic! Wish I took more photos.
- Chile verde burritos with extra avocado and fish tacos.
- Fabric shopping, stitching and visiting with best friend, Becki - we simply never have enough time.
- Having mom and dad to myself, eating their apricots, watching humming birds and listening to mocking birds.
There's no place like home, but it was nice to return to my own little family and the greeness that is England. California was sufferring from 1,400 wildfires while I was there - hence the hazy skies in my photos. Hope the flames abate soon.
A tip regarding transferring video tape to digital:
The digital video was a surprise to us all. My cousin Tommy had 8mm and super 8mm tapes transferred to digital for all of us. He did loads of research into different companies and ended up using a place called Cinepost out of Georgia. He said, "They were great to work with and the best price for the highest quality transfer currently available. With expedited shipping, they got 185 reels back to me just 2 weeks after I sent it to them."