Mid July…where did the first half of this year go? We’ve hardly been to Enchanted Meadows and severely miss it. This weekend, we finally got to go and the timing could not have been better. While I missed most of the Iris bloom, the Kniphofias were in full display, to the enjoyment of the hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and myself. I am just in awe of this plant every year it puts on its beautiful show.

And then there was the red hot salmon bite. We fished out of Point Arena on Saturday and this was one of the best fishing days we’ve ever had. Ever! Big fish fast, absolutely historic. Everyone agreed and everyone came back with big size limits. Nothing under 10 pounds, most fish in the 20 pound range – the kind that is loaded with Omega 3 oils.

The taste is out of this world. Every time I get to eat these amazing fish, I feel so, so fortunate to share the abundance of the ocean. We live in paradise, let’s keep it that way!


Peeps and Peas

After not having been to Enchanted Meadows in two months, we finally, finally had time to go. We got a much needed fix of time with friends, community and nature.

Our friends Jennifer and Patty joined us for the weekend. We had a beautiful celebration of our late friend Tom’a life who absolutely loved the North Coast. He spent years there diving for abalone, boogey boarding and enjoying everything ocean. His spirit will always be up there.

The garden has been untouched since the fall. I haven’t had time to plant anything, so I was quite surprised when I saw a few pea plants that had seeded themselves in the box where I had peas last year!

It almost seemed like the garden said to me, if you don’t come and plant anything, we’ll do it for you. What a wonderful surprise and gift! We’ll enjoy these for dinner.

So many reasons to love Enchanted Meadows. Can’t wait to be back.

Persimmons and Rockfish

We were determined not to lose all the persimmons to the crows again like last year, so we picked the few the tree carried before they were fully ripe. I will store them with some apples to help them ripen. The pink leaves are so pretty.

On Sunday, Captain Quick took us rock fishing out of Point Arena Cove. The conditions were beautiful, a flat ocean and little wind.

If you’ve never seen a boat being launched at the Point Arena Pier, I encourage you to go see it some time. A giant hoist lowers the boat that is fitted with special straps onto the water. The weight of the boat suspended in the air – this Farallon weighs about 7,000 pounds – creates a lot of creaking. It’s a sight to behold.

So off we went. The views of Arena Cove and the light house were spectacular.

We had to work pretty hard to catch fish, but Captain Quick knows his spots. We eventually got limits of ling cod and a few canaries, coppers, gophers and China cod.

Ling cods sure look prehistoric and kind of scary, but they taste delicious. We enjoyed some of that, crab and local vegetables. Life on the coast is wonderful.

The Taste of Summer

Remote gardening has its challenges. Being here only a few days every month, I can’t check on the plants or the need for additional watering. I can’t pick the tomatoes or green beans when they are ready to be picked, so some of them go to waste.

However, we harvested enough this weekend to have a generous dinner of salmon, green beans and a tomato salad – wonderfully sweet flavors. 

We also had the very first snap peas which were delicious.

The row of Kniphofias I planted a couple of years ago was in full bloom, to the delight of the hummingbirds. They just can’t get enough of the nectar of those beautiful orange flowers.

On the other side of the hill, I saw an abundance of these orange flowers that I have never seen since we bought this place. I’ve seen the occasional flower spike but nothing like this.

I loved the orange and yellow dots against the backdrop of the magestic Redwood tree circle in the driveway. Bottom line, we just have to come up here more often.

Happy 4th of July!


Fireworks at eye level – that is something I hadn’t seen before. We hiked out to Cypress Abby above Arena Cove to watch the Point Arena 4th of July Fireworks and it was quite spectacular. The cliffs are about 80 feet above sea level, so you can watch the fireworks being launched from the pier, climbing their way up into the sky and then explode. Another advantage of being up high is that you don’t smell and inhale the smoke. We could see it filling the harbor.


Earlier in the day, Fort Bragg was holding its annual 4th of July Salmon BBQ. We had a nice visit with Congressman Jared Huffman who was on BBQ duty and doing a great job. The salmon was delicious!



The garden is doing quite well. The beans looked happy and I harvested the first batch which was very tasty. Nothing like home-grown food!




As always, the North Coast was magical and we had a wonderful weekend visiting with friends, hiking, gardening, cutting firewood and even enjoying our first dinner outside on the deck this year. I can’t wait to be back.

Work Weekend…With Love

Being away from Enchanted Meadows for more than a month just feels wrong…and it was more than a month and it felt wrong. The place was ready for us, too. The wood pile and garden were in dire need for care.

We arrived to this:

At the end of the weekend, we left this:


Turning all the soil was quite a bit of work, but I love getting my hands dirty and feeling and smelling the soil.


I planted green bush beans and cherry tomatoes.



John replenished the woodpile with madrone logs.


The Dutch Irises displayed their beautiful blue.


It was so wonderful to be back at Enchanted Meadows! Be back soon.

Sharing the House

It is so gratifying to share our humble house in Anchor Bay. Our last guests spent the weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area. After their stay, Gregory sent me this amazing photo he took at night. Gorgeous colors. Thank you, Gregory!

house at night