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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jog

Today I drove my car for the first time since my surgery. I didn't want to, but we sold our Ventura building and the escrow people want a piece of paper we haven't needed since we bought the building in 1989. I suspsected that if we have it, it would be in a file in my bedroom that was moved from our Newbury Park house. The file is hard to access, and I knew my husband would never be able to find it, so I decided I had to look. I drove home with the intent of parking near the highway before my driveway begins and walking up the hill. The jiggety jog of that long dirt driveway that goes up hill was not something my neck was supposed to like. So I walked on the grass at the edge to keep from slipping on any loose sand on the itself.

I took the photo.

I carried out my plan and by the time I got to the house at the top of the I was a bit out of breath. My walks have all been on level ground. I didn't find the paper after looking for an hour, and I was tired. I fed the cats their treats and I walked back down to car. I pulled my camera out of the car and took a few of our land to show you. The first one was the pine tree near the gate, which is the introductory photo.

You can see how rough the driveway is. The at the top are across the fence you can't see and they belong to our neighbor who owns the Croad Vineyards and tasting room. They are higher up his hill out of sight, so you can't see them in the photo above.

This next photo was taken of our oak tree. If you are going up the driveway, it's to the right, close to the hill in the distance. Its leaves are turning winter tan so the tree is hard to see. It sort of blends into its surroundings.

I took the photo.

This last photo is also to the right of the driveway as you go up. Our property ends where the oak forest begins at the top of the hill.

I took the photo.

Most photos I'e posted here before have been taken at our Paso Robles house where I'm recovering. But that's not where we really live most of the time. We really live on the property you see in these photos above.

On the way home, farther east on the highway, I stopped at a winery that used to be an herb farm. I took some photos there, too, but they didn't fit with this post.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:37 PM

I really like the images you included in this post.

nbaquero wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:43 PM

BarbRad Nice pictures, and a lot of exercise you did today. It looks like you are recovering very well.

bestwriter wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:48 PM

Your pictures almost took me to your location. Most important however is your successful "jiggity jog" emoticon :cool:

AngelSharum wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:03 PM

That is a lot of property. I would be huffing and puffing on that driveway from the pulmonary hypertension.

SoundNFury wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:05 PM

Really nice pictures! I'm sure the vineyard ones are pretty too. Looks like a good walk you had.

PattyTherre wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:29 PM

Great pics. My sister isn't supposed to drive EVER after surgery but she had a rod type thing places in her cervical spine area and that makes her range of motion very limited. She can't turn her head very far to the left which one needs to do to be able to really safely drive. I hope your neck feels fine.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:49 AM

That is very pretty area. I would love to live someplace like that.

karen5416 wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:01 AM

That is a lot of property, lovely pictures and well done on doing so much

Kasman wrote on January 11, 2015, 10:05 AM

That is quite a parcel of land you have there. I'm guessing that there is a fair assortment of wildlife to be seen?

Akshar wrote on January 11, 2015, 4:14 PM

Beautiful pictures..I guess you have a really good exercise today emoticon :smile:

LilyDay wrote on January 11, 2015, 5:30 PM

It looks like a lovely bit of land.

I wish that land prices in this area were a bit more reasonable. Then, I could buy and have my little cabin or yurt.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:20 AM

Thank you. I don't usually take them looking up the driveway.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:21 AM

I was very tired when I got home. Uphill is not ideal for me right now.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:21 AM

i"m supposed to avoid the jiggity jogs.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:22 AM

I normally don't walk up and down the hill unless I really want the exercise. The problem is that it's easy to slip.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:24 AM

I didn't visit one of the really pretty vineyards. I was most interested in seeing what the new owners of the property did with the old butterfly garden. As I was afraid, they demolished it.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:26 AM

WE pretty much leave the part I showed you wild except for some weed abatement. The deer like to hang out on the right side of the driveway in the open part, but they aren't afraid to cross the driveway and raid the orchard near the house.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:27 AM

Thanks, Karen. it is a lot of property, and much as I love it, I'm beginning to wish we lived in town all the time and maybe retreated to this property on weekends.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:29 AM

I was able to avoid that kind of surgery, fortunately. I can turn my head pretty far now.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:30 AM

Mostly deer, with an occasional raccoon, skunk, badger or snake. Mostly we have gophers, ground squirrels, birds, and lizards.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:30 AM

It was quite a work out for me.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:32 AM

You have to buy the land before others discover how desirable an areas is. Once they discovered how well grapes grew in this area, the price of land shot up as the vineyards and tasting rooms moved in. We were here first.

nbaquero wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:00 AM

BarbRad I see, well you did it, and that shows your are getting stronger. Take care.

LilyDay wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:01 AM

Others discovered the desirability of this area long ago while I was still in elementary or high school.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:31 PM

That's a beautiful piece of property. I'm sure you miss spending time there. I would.

BarbRad wrote on January 14, 2015, 12:01 AM

I only like to spend outside time there.