While my parents were visiting last week, we went to Los Olives. I love this town. When my husband and I were thinking about which part of California we were going to move to when we finally decided to leave Massachusetts, Los Olivos was one of the choices. It is beautiful. Not far from Santa Barbara, it is wine country. I love the landscape and the quiet. But alas, it was a bit far from Los Angeles and the convenience that LA brought as we knew we would be on planes quite a lot - or our kids would be on planes to us.
But we visit here, this lovely town. Not quite as often as I would like but in the past few months I've been three times. On my trip alone a few months ago. (I wrote about my sole trip here. Though I didn't mention exactly where I was.) And then when my sister and niece came to visit I brought them up to the town and got the chance to share this place with them, too. And most recently, just this past week, when my parents came to stay. Following a busy day, that included donuts, we took a trip up to this lovely town for a yummy lunch and lots of wine tasting.
Three times in just as many months.
And each time I am here, in this lovely town, I visit this fantastic store - J.Woeste - which you just have to go to if you are in Los Olivos. It is filled with stuff. So much stuff. Fantastic stuff. Garden things and statutes and fountains. And little ceramic flowers and animals that you can stick in the ground. And fairies for the garden, too. And great metal wall pieces that have sayings like "I love dogs and wine" or something like that. And wind chimes. And all this is just outside.
Inside the store, the rooms blend one into the other so you can get lost in them even though the place is not very big. And they have blankets and books and boxes to keep stuff in. And so much other stuff to put in those boxes I just mentioned. And cards. And jewelry. And sweet smelling soaps.
And this awesome pillow that I'm holding in the picture above.
Need I say more?
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