I left Sydney this afternoon and arrived back home this morning to beautiful fall colors. While I was down under in Australia they finally arrived and I enjoyed them as I drove home.
Of course, fall color is usually very late in the year here in California. See: Finally Fall Color
As I pulled into my driveway I noticed that I still had some beautiful blooms on my rose bushes. The roses may not last much longer though as we are having below freezing weather overnight.
As I drove to the library to return some books I took this picture while stopped at a red light. You can see the beautiful yellow leaves of the big trees and also a little bit of red peeking in from behind.
I always like the color of the leaves on the trees across the street from the library. These trees are really tall and look majestic when they are in full color.
There are also some beautiful trees with red leaves near the park shelter and the library parking lot. These are already losing many leaves and they are starting to pile up.
Here is another picture that I took when leaving the library. I like this picture as it shows the trees with dark leaves that are on the opposite side of the street from the trees with yellow leaves. They look like silhouettes but the effect is much different. Of course, it is more interesting to see in person :-)
I also walked through several areas of leaves on my walk tonight. Fall is definitely here.
Posted in California, Nature, Seasons
Tagged autumn, California Autumn, colorful foilage, Colorful Leaves, Fall, fall color, Late Fall, leaf color, leaves, red leaves, Yellow Leaves
This year I spent Thanksgiving in Australia. This is not the first time that I have been working somewhere overseas on Thanksgiving and definitely not the furthest away. One year I spent Thanksgiving in India.
The real question here is when exactly was Thanksgiving Day for me. When did I actually have my Thanksgiving Feast.
Was it the lunch that I had on Thursday which was takeout from a Thai restaurant?
Was it the spicy pork bibimbap that I had at a Korean restaurant on Thursday evening?
Probably not the yogurt and corn flakes that I had for breakfast on Friday.
The best candidate for my Thanksgiving meal was our Friday lunch at Verace Pizzeria. I had lunch with colleagues that I have known for many years and the food was excellent.
This would be my closest meal time to when friends back home were enjoying Thanksgiving dinners.
We ordered two metres of pizza. You choose three different types of pizza for a metre of pizza, so we had a total of six different pizzas between the two metres. We also had some delicious garlic bread.
Here is a closeup of one of the pizzas. The pizza is very authentic Italian pizza. The pizza oven is wood fired and was built by a third generation oven builder from Naples. The cooks are award winning pizza chefs from Italy who have brought their recipes and techniques to Australia. I will say that it is some of the best pizza I have eaten.
My dinner tonight definitely is not the Thanksgiving dinner as it was just a simple black pepper chicken from the food court at Macquarie Centre.
Or, I could just say that I had my Thanksgiving dinner a month early when I celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving.
I did enjoy posts from friends and family as they celebrated Thanksgiving and also got an interesting video from a niece and nephew wishing me Happy Thanksgiving.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Posted in Australia, Culture, Food, Holidays, Travel
Tagged Bibimbap, Black Pepper Chicken, Pizza, Thai Food, Thanksgiving, thanksgiving feast, Verace Pizzeria