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Xanadu

Santa Ana Valley

We use the term Xanadu to refer to "an idealized place of great or idyllic magnificence and beauty".  So, today, I'm posting photos of the real paradise where the Husband, the Mama, Molly the Cat, and I live—Hollister, California, our Xanadu.


Nearby Southside Road


Fairview Road


Enterprise Road


Garden at the San Benito County Historical Park


Monterey Street


Sixth Street


nearby Versailles Drive


Today is the letter X on Alphabe Thursday, which is hosted by the awesome Jenny Matlock. Thanks, Jenny! To participate in the meme or to read what other bloggers have written about the letter X, please click here.


Comments

  1. I love that garden, it looks gorgeous. I wish mine was like that but sadly I don't have green fingers - and I don't like slugs and worms :(

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    1. Yuck to slugs, but, yay! to worms. They make the difference. I won't touch them tough. shudder. A hand shovel works well for me.

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  2. These are beautiful pictures and I love how you manipulated them to look like an impressionist painting. It's true...we should appreciate our own back door.

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    1. Thanks, Birgit. I enjoy painting with Photoshop. The filters can turn an uninteresting photo into an exciting one.

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  3. It certainly looks like Xanadu ~ Gorgeous photography ~ a real magical look and feel to them ~

    Wishing you a happy weekend,
    artmusedog and carol

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    1. Thank you, Carol. This is the town in which I was born and raised, moved away, and returned many, many years later. I don't know if I'll stay here forevef.

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to Hollister. It is beautiful!

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    1. You're welcome, Betty. It's even cuter in person. :-)

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  5. I am pretty sure angels fly over your Xanadu for a Refresher Course . . .
    yeppers, Heavenly.
    love & love, -g-

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    1. They probably like it in June when the Blenheim apricots are ripe for eating. :-)

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  6. Great post, Susie! Am fortunate to say that the place where I live now is also a Xanadu - except for shopping:):) Yes, aren't the filters great?

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    1. For shopping, our, okay, my, Xanadu is Santa Cruz.

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  7. That looks like a great place to live !

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    1. It could use a bookstore. I am able, though, to get my bookstore fix at the thrift shops and the books sales at the library. :-)

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  8. You have a lovely Xanadu, that's for sure!

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    1. When I returned over 12 years ago, I didn't realize how much I missed the open space. Funnily, what I took to be hills as a kid, are actually mountains. lol

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