Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Summer in September (and the boys take a swim!)

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The path around the bay - we call it The Pond
San Francisco is not known for its warm summers.  This funky fog shrouds the Bay Area and makes for cool mornings, occasionally sunny afternoons and chilly evenings.  It took some getting-used-to as we lived through our very first summer in San Francisco. 

I have been told – by many natives – that September and October promise to be the best weather months in the Bay Area and that Summer arrives late in San Francisco.  The first couple of weeks in September seemed to prove these optimists wrong as the weather remained foggy and chilly and windy with little sunshine or warmth.  Oh dear, it seems we moved to Seattle!

Then it happened.  Yesterday, Saturday, September 17th – it was glorious.  Clear, blue skies from early in the morning throughout the entire day just like the fourth of July.  A warm breeze whispered lightly through the leaves on the trees.  And today, on Sunday, Mother Nature repeated her performance.
Walking around the bay with the boys, I could actually hear the buzz of the sun and the water was as still and flat as glass.  A rogue duck glided by slowly and silently, leaving tiny ripples in its wake.  We were all alone on the little dirt path that winds around the bay.  The boys were stopping and sniffing at every bush and I was taking in the sights.  The San Francisco skyline was clearly visible today (I love that!) and some of the trees are starting to display their bright autumn colors.
It was high tide today and the bay water looked cleaner than usual.  Happy sunbathers were jumping into the water from a floating dock and Henry and Walter wanted to join in on the action.  It was so warm, I decided to give in and let them swim.  I unhooked the leash and SHOOM! – They were in!  Good thing I had my camera today.  It was a photo opportunity.

The boys wading in The Pond

Walty only stands in the water

Henry swims!
It was a good day.  We had a blast and now it's time to cook some delicious Opah for dinner and watch The Emmys.  Looking forward to some more summer weather this week!


Susan Campisi said...

It sounds like the perfect day! I could feel the warm glow of September summer in your words. Kristen used to talk about the odd cold San Francisco summers. I'm glad you and the boys finally got a warm day. And what can be better than a swim in the pond?! Lucky dogs. Mine are jealous.

Liz Berry said...

Sue - it was a perfect day! Now, a week later, light rain is falling but I can't complain as we have had no rain for quite some time. Maybe you can get a baby pool for your yard so Tommy and Louise can take a dip! We used to have one for the boys in Colorado where there were very few places to swim.

dive said...

Yay for happy boys enjoying the lovely weather.
Over on this side of the pond we tend to think of San Francisco as enjoying the same weather as the rest of California. Then I dated a San Francisco girl and learned all about the fog rolling in across the bay and the rain and cold. Just like in England it makes you appreciate fine sunny days all the more.

Liz Berry said...

D: yes, San Francisco is very different from the rest of California. I lived in La Jolla (San Diego) for many years and the weather there is, well, perfect almost all the time. It was quite an adjustment moving up North and experiencing a whole new California climate. But, there is so much beauty up here, it trumps the weather. I think San Francisco is London's sister city, isn't it?

dive said...

They certainly share the same wet, foggy atmosphere. I wish London had some hills though; it's dead flat so you can walk all day without doing your calves any good.

Liz Berry said...

HA! Yeah, dead flat is certainly the opposite of San Fran! Sometimes there are too many steep hills and I feel as if I am going to wipe out with over 220 lbs of dogs pulling me! But the calves do get a good work-out!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

What a beautiful day!
Your dogs are so cute :)

Regards and best wishes

Liz Berry said...

Thank you Tatjana! It is always a beautiful day when I with my boys! Thanks for stopping by!