This weekend we drove to Sonoma
in the wine country where we'd rented a house. Kevin was away so I had the kids on my own. Thankfully our friends visited because the house was one of these places you arrive at and say: "Oh the photos did it way too much justice."
We had fun anyway.
|The kids and their friends at Girl and The Fig, best mussels ever (they don't heap too much garlic on them)|
|And the triple threat lamb|
Re the house: There were coyote statues near the pool, not really an animal that I want see poolside alive or in concrete form.
|Swimming with the coyotes (or is it a dingo?)|
Inside, all the glasses were smeary, the drawers full of crumbs and black bits, and the windows were dirty. I told
the owner's Person Friday. "Oh, this is the country" was her reply as though all of those things were tres charmant and I was a clueless urbanite. Outside I showed her the bottom of the pool which was strangely scrapey and multi-coloured. Dirt? I asked her. She gave me a look. "This is the country"
I replied for her.
|This was at the entry...setting the tone?|
Enough of my complaining. (Why is it when I complain it's legit consumerism and when my kids complain it's just whining... )
Sonoma is the place where the songs on the radio come alive. And especially that cheesy-genius country one called Cruise
where baby you a song you make me wind my windows down
(resurrected by Nelly
sticking it at the end of his equally dodgy Hey Porche
and then with a re-mix) which I now know all the words to and so do the kids. If you want to feel good about your life, just picture me, 51 year-old crazy mutha driving a bird-pooped ugly Dodge Minivan with four bickering kids in the back, singing her heart out with the window down.
Before we drove home last night I stopped at the Chocolate Cow
on Sonoma Square and gave the kids $10 to buy a couple of gobsful of candy in nuclear reactive colours. Cy, 9, came back to the car with his left cheek bulging. Whajaget? I asked. Chewing tobaccy, he said. Bless.
Don't you hate it when your rental place is not what you expect it to be? although you and the kids would have a great time wherever you were Jody....and the seat at the entrance...well that is not 'distressed' that is suicidal..........ReplyDelete
Libby, as the kiwis say, I had a bit of a wobbly! Next time I have to see the place in person - photos only show the half picture! yes whey would you put that sofa at the entry?Delete
Coyotes by the pool, my kids would love that! But the paella looks divine.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed the break Jody....I always worry until I actually get to the place in case things aren't quite as they seem!It did happen with a pool in Portugal but the owner refunded some money when we complained!ReplyDelete
The food looks delicious and these photos are so beautiful. Thank you for your share!ReplyDelete
Thank God you went out! Barry would have packed us up and demanded a refund - he is not patient about that stuff anymore! This is the COuntry? that is quite a response!ReplyDelete
On the other hand, the food looks amazing and your kids, as always, Beautiful! Are you sure you weren't Rosalind Russell in a past life?
It's legit consumerism, never whining, when money has been paid by the consumer. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!ReplyDelete
I LOVE Sonoma and Sonoma Valley... the past few times I've been to the Bay Area, I always go there. It's on my list to try to get to Napa, but I've always had such great fun in Sonoma...ReplyDelete
I need to get back!
Those Coyotes are hilarious - who needs a concrete garden gnome to give pizazz? It's one thing if the place has interesting decor choices, but dirty... that's just horrible. We were once forced to stay in what I termed "the skanky log cabin" for a night due to a landslide (couldn't get up the mountain to our more luxurious accommodation, and frankly were lucky as we fought off others for the privilege of the cabin). I spent most of that 24 hours waiting for hte roads to reopen musing on what the person that chose the artwork for the walls was thinking (none of it was in remotely the same style or complimented one another), and how tall they were (all hung at near ceiling height). At least with friends and good cafes things improved for you... hilarious about Cy and the tobacco... that's legal for children in the States?? xReplyDelete
I've spent many an evening in our Tahoe ski rentals wondering why someone would collect ten wood bears and hang them on the wall or ten ft scythes or various other Knicky nkackies. And this was also one of those rental places that had 15 notes in every room, telling you this and that...Delete
What an excuseReplyDelete
Let all hang loose
It's the country they say
When a hillbilly bathes in the bay
A truck is all muddy and old
They have one tooth made of gold
See it could be worse that dirt
A mountain man could have came to flirt lol
Great pictures Jody and looks like you all had a great time. It's been so long since I've been to Sonoma and I can't wait to go back. The seafood pictures you took are great and looks like to ate well;) Have fun today! xxLReplyDelete
I totally understand your gripes about the house--- I am soooo picky about that sort of thing!ReplyDelete
But as for your photos--- that paella looks divine!
Eeek! Strange that the Person Friday thought it was 'country' to be mucky! But anyway, you sound like you had a great time in spite of that and I'm not at all surprised.ReplyDelete
And the coyotes?!
Actually, my guess is that this is One of Those Stories you'll Look Back on and Laugh.
I kept wanting to say: "Im from New Zealand and I know what country is!!" but that would have sounded shrill..Delete
Perhaps the owner doesn't know how their "Person Friday" is keeping the place. A few pictures and a warning from the Health Department might be in order. Still looks like a lot of fun!ReplyDelete
Sigh! A few years back I was working in the next province and I rented a furnished apartment that looked way better in the photos than IRL. I slept one night there, after which I wrote and complained to the owner - got my deposit and rent back. Luckily I was going away for 2 weeks, so I never had to go back to the scary place.ReplyDelete
Chewing tobacco, huh? He's got an early start, that Cy. Is he the one who will be going to the community college? :D
That's the older brother. I made some calls to other places but they were all booked up. Hopefully we'll get some money back, probably not though...its the country after allDelete
Oh Jody-Sonoma is one of my favorite spots on earth. I lived in the Napa Valley for 4 years in another life;). The Girl and the Fig-delish- and the sleek El Dorado Kitchen our two of our very favorite restaurants. Looks like you and the kids had fun despite the ...ugly statues and yucky windows.ReplyDelete
xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic
oh you had a lovely time over there :) I love paellas esp. the one in the pic seems delicious :) I'll be happy if you check out my blog too=)ReplyDelete
Now, had I seen the white wicker love seat I would have SWOONED!!!!!!!!As for the other.......am in total agreement with YA!ReplyDelete
Haha, this is great Jody. And makes me feel better about my disastrous exchange with what I thought was represented to be a chic flat in London that was disgustingly filthy. Anywhoo, all that yummy food looks it outweighed "the country".ReplyDelete
xo Mary Jo
Jody- Ah, we are trying the "house rentals" for first time this summer and I am crossing my fingers!ReplyDelete
Looks like a marvellous place, although I could not have had dirt in the drawers, it's not good. Love the pool, that statue would have freaked me out a bit, like something staring at me, maybe a camera was in it, no shouldn't say that!! But, it is very strange!! Glad you guys had fun! xxReplyDelete
A quaint place, full of character, in the country. Ah, yes. And then there's the place where you stayed. Guests make a nice distraction.ReplyDelete
I've never heard of chocolate chewing tobacco. But there are so many new things these days, it's hard for this Bear to stay current.
Blessings and Bear hugs!
Life in the Urban Forest (poetry).
This looks like it was an amazing time and that lamb looks DELISH!!ReplyDelete
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Glad you had fun in spite of the sleaze.ReplyDelete
"This is the country", what a cop-out!
In the days when one still did big parties - I made an enormous Paella and my husband #1 scoured Soho for lobster's tails. It was a great success but by the time I felt I could relax and party all the flippin' paella was eaten.
I'm taking notes - we've got 5 days in San Fransisco at the end of July before we leave the US.....wine country definitely on my list.ReplyDelete
I absolutely love your laid back attitude to life and parenthood. chewing Tobaccy! Priceless!ReplyDelete
So, you picked Sonoma AGAIN over Napa!ReplyDelete
I know. I'm sorry, just that its only 40 mins away (and slightly cheaper). However now that I have discovered that Napa restaurant last time it draws me back in...Delete
I love Sonoma! How fun to rent a house. It's a bummer when it isn't as advertised. That happened to us before too. Hopefully, you guys still had a blast. Looks like you went some great places!ReplyDelete
Have a good weekend!
I just hate the first couple of minutes when you arrive at your destination and you hope it will be great. You know immediately you open the door whether its going to be a yeah or a Neath. Sadly for you it was to to be good. Dirty because it was the country what a joke. But the coyotes at the pool are the real giveaway.ReplyDelete
I think I've figured it out ... your life is a sitcom.ReplyDelete
The food looks divinely delish.
What a disappointment about the house but it looks like that delicious food helped to make up for it especially the paella. Love your scarf! Those pool statues are definitely not cute.ReplyDelete
Wow, you're too good. I wouldn't have been so understanding and let the lousy excuses go. Good thing you guys had fun anyway.ReplyDelete
This is the country.....so funny. That chair needs to be thrown out of the country. :)ReplyDelete