San Clemente antiques & decor

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More shops from our last weekend jaunt, San Clemente antiques and decor , a  very eclectic antique shop filled with wonderful displays, I really enjoyed this store. The handmade burlap bags were priced right at about  $40 each, a great bag for the beach !

Have a fun weekend shopping !

214 Del Mar #B
San Clemente, CA  92672

(949) 498-2992
(949) 366-0390 Fax

A Glorious Summer…

A glorious summer in sunny California, it doesn’t get better than San Diegos Hotel Del Coronado. We stayed in San Diego for about a week and bike everywhere but the highlight of our trip was this glorious place. The sun was setting and the weather was warm with a beautiful pink sunset. We had dinner at the Boat House and the food was amazing. Darrill said this was one of the top ten beaches in the world. I can see why.

Have a great weekend !

Sailing the San Diego Bay

Ever wonder how a sailboat can actually sail at an angle into the wind? Because of the shape of the sails, the boat is actually pulled windward, not, as most people think, simply pushed along by the wind. It was fun to learn the science of how sails work and all the terms.The first step in learning how to sail a small sailboat is to learn about the different parts of the boat and its rigging. Lamar is an expert sailor so he taught us a lot in these few hours and Hunter and Darrill worked the second sail while Leo chartered our course. I learned how to steer the sailboat, and was amazed how powerful the wind took the sails. We sailed untill the sun went down.

Next post biking the San Diego bay, have a wonderful week !

Santa Barbara weekend

We have been on three weekend jaunts these last three weeks, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Big Bear, and I am now just posting Santa Barbara. I have bags in the hallway still packed with our clothes. I am becoming  one of those photographers who shoots so many photos I forget that I have all these beautiful places to post. I thought maybe I would use fewer words and just post my pictures, after all a picture is worth a thousand words, right ? Here I will start with Santa Barbara…I love this beach town, I would love to spend our entire summer here, it’s always so cool and the food on the wharf is the best fish on the California coast. We had lunch at Longborads Grill then headed to the Carousel. We rented bikes this time but brought Leos.

Vintage Camera’s

I have been collecting vintage camera’s and now I have a space in a shop selling my finds. I love shopping estate sales and bidding on these unique camera’s.  I am obsessed with the thrill of the hunt and the final highest bid, and when it’s me… I am thrilled. I was surprised to find my cameras selling so quickly as I guess I am not the only one who likes to collect vintage cameras. Here is a photo I love from  the sartorialist and  I have this vintage Minolta and I must say,  it’s so much fun shooting with film.


Have a wonderful week

xoxo Cheryl

Jerome, Arizona

Jerome Arizona, a whimsical old mining town which I find so very enchanting, and I always feel the urge to wear black when I visit…is it because of its wicked past, or maybe I feel like I am in mourning.

Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community.

Four disastrous fires destroyed large sections of the town during its early history, resulting in the incorporation of the City of Jerome in 1899 .

 In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District by the federal government. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450…It includes a modicum of artists, craft people, musicians, writers, hermits, bed and breakfast owners, museum caretakers, gift shop proprietors and fallen-down-building landlords

Once a popular mining town, today the mines are silent, and Jerome has become the largest ghost town in America. As much as I love a creepy cool town, I feel a certain chill that runs all the way down my spine.

Seems I’m not the only one who likes to wear black here. These beautiful woman seem almost ghostly as they walked down the street.

I almost forgot why I was here, oh yea,  to do a photo shoot. There was so many very rustic places to shoot, but  I found the perfect spot.

The rustic stones and hanging ivy made this the perfect backdrop.

The sun was setting fast , so I was only able to get about five good shots.



After the photo shoot we went to The Haunted Hamburger to eat . The food was excellent. I had the chicken and ribs and for $13.99 it was worth every penny. The view was amazing as we were pretty much at the  top of this town.

Leo loved this place and he  wanted to hang out all night. I was ready to leave as soon as the sun starting going down.


Is it worth your time to visit? The answer is a resounding yes! Jerome is an enchanting town, and a photographer’s paradise. From its external appearances it hasn’t changed much in nearly 100 years. Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. 

Next post Sedona , Arizona. One of the most amazing places I have ever had the pleasure to photograph.

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Packing for Arizona…

Leonardo and I are packing for Arizona to visit my mom and to take a drive to Sedona. Sedona is a photographers paradise, everywhere you look is simply gorgeous, even the red dirt is beautiful. I picked up a Coopix S30 at Target, but I was unhappy with the quality of the pictures. I think a Coopix is a great camera for outdoor summer fun because it’s waterproof. But I want a better photo. So I am traveling with my good Canon 60D .  As a blogger and photographer I realized how important it is to have a good pocket camera and a good DSL. My Canon 60D is a great camera for photo shoots and for my tripod but I need a small one to have with me everywhere I go. I notice on some blogs people are posting pictures from their cameras but the quality is just not very good. I couldn’t even Photoshop the photos from Darrills camera. Well enough about cameras I could go on and on …I will be posting my travels to Sedona so please join me.

(Photo Cheryl Canon60D, Sedona Earth Healing)

There is a Solar eclipse this Sunday 20th, at 12.00 am . Around the world in four directions and in all countries there will be a group meditation. So if you feel the need join in where-ever you are and say a little prayer for peace and for the new energy that’s here in 2012 , join us here on

Have a wonderful week

xoxo Cheryl

The Historic Haunted Queen Mary…

 It was a rainy weekend on the historic haunted Queen Mary……do I think the Queen Mary is haunted ? Why yes.





Walking around the docks at night was very cold, but we enjoyed the cool brisk air…I gave my canon 40D to  Hunter and he took most of these photos. Darrill booked us a suite so it was a very nice room, but the boat was cold and drafty and it seem like I couldn’t warm up… The details on this boat were amazing and to think it was built in 1936. The Queen Mary was considered the grandest ship ever built and the elite of high society and I could see why. Leo wanted to know when the ship was going to take off to sea ,  he didn’t understand why it wasn’t going to leave port.

Next post part 2 ..

The Queen Mary

 It’s been too sunny here in California and I am looking forward to a rainy weekend on the historic haunted Queen Mary…

The Queen Mary’s story is rich with history, elegance and grandeur. From the time her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland, she was destined to stand in a class all her own. Upon her Maiden Voyage in 1936 the Queen Mary was considered the grandest ship ever built and the elite of high society considered her the only civilized way to travel. From celebrities like Fred Astaire to dignitaries such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, she carried some of the world’s most renowned personalities and political leaders.

In 1939, at the start of the World War II, the Queen Mary was drafted into service and outfitted as a troopship. Deemed the Grey Ghost due to her new camouflaged grey exterior, she joined the Allied Forces and played a crucial role in their success. When the war ended, she was restored to her former glory and continued passenger service. In 1966, with the growing popularity of travel by plane, Cunard announced the Queen Mary for sale and closed bidding began. The winning bid was $3.45 million dollars and thus began the ship’s transition and new journey to her new home in Long Beach, California. Information from

Pictures soon to follow …

hope everyone has a adventureous weekend

xoxo Cheryl