Elizabeth Armstrong has been watching Hugh Comstock build homes and she likes what she sees. In 1928 , she asks him to build her a cottage. It will cost $1,900 and be 18 by 36 feet in size. She builds on a lot near his other homes and names it “Our House”.
“The Santa Fe frontage now masks much of the cottage behind mature shrubbery and trees.
The garden is formal with trimmed hedges and planting beds traversed by Carmel stone walkways.” Kent Seavey
“Our House” has the distinction of being the only Comstock home to be replicated for a second client, Elspeth Rose whose “Sunwise Turn” cottage on Palou is commonly called the “TheTwin on Palou.”
“Both are irregular in plan and the exterior wall are textured stucco , over felt.
There is a large, exterior gable wall chimney of Carmel stone centered in the east elevation .” Kent Seavey
This is reinterpreted in Sunwise Turn.
“Our House” sits on a narrow lot and opens to the north side.
It is typical of many Comstock’s that they do not open on the street side. Elizabeth’s choices of lighting,
shutters and window boxes are much more feminine in appearance than Elspeth’s.
Each have a wide bank of windows on the entry side.
The Armstrong house has only a narrow space in front
While “ the twin” sits on a pie shaped double lot and has room for a meandering path and cottage garden.
I retrace my steps to see the south side of the cottage. I dearly love the pink stucco and green window boxes and shutters with heart cut-outs.
The grape stake fence displays potted plants in a tangle of vines.
A huge tree protects the house.
French doors with shutters open to the patio.
“In 1940 , Hugh Comstock adds a guest house at the SW corner of the property and in 1958 a small addition to the rear of the original kitchen connects the main building to the guest house.” Kent Seavey
I am now back around to the east street-facing window .
Down the path
Past a rustic bird house
And through the gate.
This little cottage is part of the Comstock Historic District. This district has the highest concentration of Comstock’s homes during his most imaginative period between 1924 and 1929.
Nine years ago, Jean Hontalas and Kim Edmundson put a little ad in the Pine Cone for the first meeting of the Dachshund Club and 30 dachshunds show up with their owners. They meet on the beach the first and third Sundays of the month.
About three years ago, I am strolling along the beach path and encounter them.
This year I read that the annual Carmel Wiener Roast will be held when I am in Carmel. I put it on my calendar and “save the date”.
I start down to the beach at the appointed time. I see dachshunds all over town. But the beach looks deserted.
I am starting to get worried when I spot my first doxies- a short-haired and a long-haired. They will not give me the time of day. They have places to go and buddies to meet.
Next a red long-haired dachshund comes sniffing down the path
Followed by a black and tan long hair.
At the top of the stairs leading down to the party I meet this lovely lady.
Note her toenails painted the same color as her owner’s. “sehr niedlich”.
Wow look at this crew. I later read that over 100 dogs attend the beach party and the party animals are having a blast.
There is catch
And digging ( a dachshund favorite).
I see a handsome brindle
A long hair blond introduces herself to a piebald.
I am keeping an eye on the digger in the pink puppia. I know dachshunds are bred to dig for badgers, but this little girl is wearing herself out. Kind passersby throw her tennis balls thinking that is what she is digging for. But I think she is headed for China.
Meanwhile, I see dachshunds in pink- I am not sure she likes her hat.
Dachshunds getting ready to surf
Dachshunds with water dishes that match their outfits
And even a poor guy wearing a muzzle. Note the skull and crossbones motif on his scarf.
These two are content to stay with the baby who is reading about – let me zoom in- baby wipes! That was a surprise.
These two check out the crowd
While this one walks her little girl.
Oh, oh! The digger is still at it.
These cuties have come down the coast for the event.
Oh my. She has to be so tired. I have been here an hour already.
Of course the best part is the picnic
Don’t you just hate it when humans don’t share?
Two dog rescue groups are here. This is Foxy Doxy Rescue. They brought dachshunds for adoption.
These are five litter mates.
And although this one looks pretty sad, he is, in reality ,spoiled rotten. He belongs to the rescue couple. Check out that “bling”.
The dogs are held and cuddled. I hope some are adopted. My husband has no idea how close he comes to owning one.
This is Piggles who works security for the booth.
AFRP is also present.
Ok. It is time for me to head home. One last check on the digger.
Still at it!
I watch Lighthouse stop traffic as visitors admire this cottage built in 2001.
The bridge over grade to entry is enchanting
As is the wooden gate
The gothic windows,
And the wrought iron railings
And door inserts.
I am browsing www.houzz.com one day when I decide to type in interior designers in Carmel and up pops the interior of this home. Debra Campbell is the award-winning residential interior designer who posted these photos.
Behind that lovely front door lies the entry,
Living room done in rich colors,
The master bedroom has a fireplace,
And french doors,
The bath boasts yet another fireplace.
I walk down the path in the back yard
Where plantings glow against the warm color of the stucco.
There is a fire pit for cool nights
And some wonderful sculpture.
In 1954, the Comstock Assoc. built a house on this lot and in 1972 it was destroyed by a fire .
Claudio Ortiz built the current home.
The City Forester decides that this oak is not damaged enough to be removed and so it still stands – a testament to Carmel’s love of its trees.
Carmel food tour is a three-hour, guided tour. The tour offers food tastings from seven unique eateries coupled with insightful presentations of Carmel’s cultural, historical, and architectural highlights provided by knowledgeable and entertaining local guides.
Our group is led by Debbie whose knowledge of food, cooking and Carmel make this a special tour.
We meet in the Courtyard of Carmel Plaza in front of the Cheese Shop, introduce ourselves and began.
At the cheese shop we taste cheese from Italy, England, and good old Monterey.
Blake Northey instructs us
and entertains us with a running commentary about cheese lore, cheesy puns and jokes. By the time we leave, everyone is laughing.
Back outside Debbie rounds us up for the stroll to Casanova.
Along the way she winds us through hidden courtyards
and points out historic buildings.
On to Casanova and into the room that houses Van Goghs Table.
Then we go into the Harvest Room
and are seated and treated to a tasting of gnocchi. This is not the heavy dough make from potato but a French pastry dough like a cream puff filled with spinach and cream sauce. The man across the table from me is amazed that he can like anything that contains spinach. By now personalities are emerging. One woman assumes the role of hostess, pouring water, passing food and making sure everyone gets their share. I bet she is a wonderful Mom.
I go back to Casanova’s for lunch later in the week for gnocchi that I don’t have to share
and enjoy it with a glass of wine.
and fresh apricot cream pie
complete my splurge. It is worth every calorie.
to be introduced to the joys of charcuterie.
There is a diverse collection of cured meats,
fresh breads, housemade pastas and gelato.
Today the table at the back of the store
is cleared of its olives and peppers
and made into our tasting table.
Debbie is supurb explaining the different salamis.
Paired with a robust wine. Yum…
Now I finally know what to order in this shop.
Next up Trio.
The first thing you notice when entering Trio Carmel is the vibrant and richly contemporary atmosphere that’s generated by the fabulous work of the artists they exhibit.
Walk by this center table
and find yourself in the wine tasting area.
The owners suggest ways to use their vinegar and oils in salad dressings and marinades and for ice cream toppings,
flavorings for water
and even in cooking brownies.
A real eye opener.
I buy a bottle of raspberry balsamic vinegar and am advised to try it mixed with sparkling water. I’m hooked!
We stroll around the store
This is a Red Cayenne Chili Olive Oil from Tunisia.
And this is a “make your own” 6 pack of of infused olive oils.
Check the website below for recipes such as these
and for innovative pairings of oils and vinegar. How about grapefruit White Balsamic and Lemon EVOO?
We slip into Figge for a wine tasting.
We hope to meet the vintner himself in his small wine bar but are disappointed this day.
Figge Cellars is a small winery dedicated to making single vineyard designated wines from various appellations in Monterey Country California. Launched in 2004 by Peter Figge, the winery produces three varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Next we are seated in the back room of la bicyclette,
one of Carmel’s most popular spots. Its atmosphere is that of a cafe. They have achieved their goal of creating not only a wonderful spot to eat and drink but also a social hub.
We are served 5 or 6 pizzas to share. While we pass them up and down the table,
the chef himself
comes out to describe his passion for serving fresh, local and creative food. He has been cooking since he was 15 and is all of 27 now . He is unassuming and spontaneous. His name is chef James. Click on the link below to see him in action.
We finish with Assorted Chocolates — Lula’s Chocolates Online Store and Caramels — Lula’s Chocolates Online Store
This is a really delightful experience. I would highly recommend it. Good food, good company, and a guide who shares courtyards, stores, and history about the Carmel she obviously loves.
These thoughtful women check for food allergies and provide a brochure of the places we tour complete with map. They also include a list of restaurants they like for the consistently good food.
It is a real treat.
When my daughter and son-in-law come to town , they take the tour and love it.
I hear about a Farmer’s Market held on Thursdays. It is in the parking lot of The Sunset Theater and only 3 blocks from my house.
I grab my camera and get there as vendors are setting up.
My first stop is Rodriguez Ranch – Home
What beautiful produce
The smell of the peaches
is all it takes to send me back home for money and a shopping bag.
If I had known what was here, I would have brought 2 bags like this shopper,
or even a rolling tote. This woman knows her way around a farmer’s market.
Next up is ApricotKing :: Dried California Blenheim Apricots, Organic Certified. The jam is fab.
One of the delightful things about this is chatting with the farmers.
For instance, I learn that they have been in business since 1926.
Gary Gonzales does the farming, Patti, his wife, does the book work, Grandpa Frank does the never-out-of–retirement-Ramrodding, and the kids do the packaging and labeling.
One of my favorite stalls is Phil Rhodes Family Farms – Real Time Farms
Phil Rhodes Family Farms is in Visalia where they grow onions, five varieties of eggplants, and Hungarian sweet peppers. They also grow grapes, pluots, Asian pears,
plums, crimson grapes and brown turkey figs.
The signs are great. Such as the “WOW”tomatoes.
One woman is scooping up handfuls so I ask if they are WOW. She guarantees it and says she will eat them like candy all the way home. That does it , I try one. This is not false advertising.
Serendipity Farms – Selling certified organic vegetables&flowers knows how to market for visual appeal.
Baskets are overflowing with freshly harvested beans
At J&J Ramos Farms