Great looking holiday Kim. I remember Santa Barbara coast. So gorgeous. *sigh* Two things have intrigued me – are they Australian gum trees in the first photo?? I guess they'd grow really well in LA. And - what is that amazing round structure? Is it a house? LOVE it.
saskia, i had to google the 'australian gum tree' and yes! they are eucalyptus!! they grow great here... we have one in our front yard too. i guess they are imported from australia? not sure how they got there but they are all over the santa barbara coastline. that dome is a house in goleta near the university of santa barbara. we found it while driving for pizza after a day at the beach. i'm thinking late 60's 's/early 70's era. would be fun to go inside!
Kim, have just had a great history lesson thanks to you! Found this ace article about how Eucalypts came to California. Read the whole thing with my morning coffee (or 2)! I love gum trees, such a beautiful smell. We have one in our garden too. Tony (husband) just told me he remembers Eucalypts being around the Presidio in San Fran. I must've been too distracted by everything else at the time – didn't notice the trees. Love the dome house, and its windows! God, sorry Kim, this comment has turned into a mini blog post!!
whaa??!! saskia,that's the link to yer roast beef i think!!! haaa! but i found this info on eucalyptus in californiahttp://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080831/news_lz1mc31wewere.htmlwow! great history lesson! i think everything from california is imported from somewhere...except maybe the sage and some tumbleweeds and cactus...
Oh man. How embarrassing. I must've had roast beef on the brain (or not pressed the 'C' button properly on the link)! This is the story I found: http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/history/la-as-subject/who-eucalyptized-southern-california.htmlWill have a read of your link now too. xx
wow! that was very informative and fascinating! thanks saskia, always learning something new w you!
wow. that looks like so much fun!! actually kim tumble weeds are from russia.
whoaaa!!i thought you were kidding me about the tumbleweeds sf!! and then i googled and found "flax seed brought from russian immigrants in the 1800's was contaminated with tumbleweed seed"! oh yea!!
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