Saturday, March 24, 2007

Photo Hunters March 24 - 2007

This a tribute to my second cousin in California. We had an unforgetable afternoon in Sacramento, and ended in their beautiful home in the evening, sitting chatting in this charming backyard. The next morning, he and his wife had left for work, before we wake up. And we felt empty.

We slept in his daughters room, which we met in Portland, OR, a couple of days before. The visit to the Japanese garden was blasting, since I had not seen theme for 11 years. When leaving, I felt empty.

Who else, but Rande, second cousin as well, and brother to Paul, was our SF Bay Area Guide! After leaving Paul, we did the the Wine Visting tour in Napa Valley. Two winery's we did. Here is # one, and here is # 2. ( #2 Special for our member of the cyber-cruise) When we left Rande, the very morning the new airport security regulations took place - he gave us the correct advices. No perfume lost. We miss all our family in California. And feel empty. Here in Oslo.

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Blogger Sanni said...

Such a beautiful picture and warm tribute to your family. It´s always a pleasure for me visiting you in Oslo - filling my heart and soul =)


March 24, 2007 5:20 pm  
Blogger Irish Church Lady :) said...

A very good story to go with the picture. I know exactly how you feel after you've visited with family and friends and then you miss them afterwards! You know it's funny, you always miss the ones far away but not the ones who live close, because you know you can see them anytime!

Thanks for visiting Ottawa yesterday and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes you definitely must come visit sometime you and Anna. I would be most happy to welcome you!

Skål! I'm thirsty for some champagne now after going to that link!

March 24, 2007 6:26 pm  
Blogger Diane J. said...

I live in the States and I've never made it to California. I'm jealous!

Happy weekend, Tor! :-)

March 24, 2007 7:30 pm  
Anonymous Captain Crabby Lifecruiser said...

Yes, that really looks empty and abandoned!

Like our beach, were is everybody? Ho hoooooo, we miss you!!! *lol*

Come forward from that sand dunes, you and Anna can have some private moments later on instead ;-)

March 24, 2007 8:05 pm  
Blogger letha said...

That's a lovely garden, and a lovely story to match.

March 24, 2007 8:12 pm  
Blogger A. said...

Lovely picture and a lovely post. I certainly do know what you mean by feeling empty by missing people, most especially family. Our family is very wide spread and while I like the feeling that we belong everywhere, I do miss everyone.

March 24, 2007 8:57 pm  
Anonymous pat said...

What a beautiful garden. Looks like a relaxing place to be.

Thanks for the visit and for the kind words.

March 24, 2007 11:02 pm  
Blogger Monkey Giggles said...

how beautiful. I love the garden. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

March 24, 2007 11:36 pm  
Blogger RennyBA said...

What a lovely picture and a great tribute to your family Tor - thanks for sharing!
Welcome to Rome with the Lifecruisers tomorrow:-)

March 25, 2007 12:08 am  
Anonymous Maribeth said...

What a nice picture and story.

March 25, 2007 3:24 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

I just have read the story about your grandma's brother and it would be no wonder if we both would be related too, lol ! My great great grandpa's brother did exactly the same way than your great uncle only he did'nt return after the brake down of his farm in North Dakota he moved down to Wisconsin and gave up farming. Years later his grandson (my uncle) met his (german) wife through correspondence who was my mother's sister. So they married and in fact discovered that they were great great cousins ! Isn't that unbelievable ?? That's why I know so well the States and have been a little everywhere throughout the years.

March 25, 2007 4:59 am  
Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

Thank you for sharing this warm and beautiful story with us Tor. It's hard to be far away from family. This story was a very sweet tribute to them.

March 25, 2007 7:31 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

I forgot to send you a sisterly kiss, because today is the 50th anniversary of Europe and you are an European compatriote ! Without Europe, I probably would sit somewhere in Germany with 10 grandchildren and as a widow because my husband died of a nervous breakdown (living with me) instead of my Italian one. My son wouldn't speak french/english/german and have two nationalities (german and italian) he wouldn't be domicilated in London and living in Amsterdam and I wouldn't have a future daughter in law who is dutch ! Isn't that Europe ?? lol !

March 25, 2007 10:21 am  
Anonymous chase said...

Well I wanted to go to California since I do have my 2 older sisters living there.

March 25, 2007 10:58 am  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

It's a beautiful place. It's sad and it feels empty when you miss the people close to your heart. Thanks for sharing.

March 26, 2007 12:42 am  
Anonymous Janet said...

such a beautiful garden, and a lovely story about your cousins!

March 31, 2007 4:36 pm  

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