Most of my faithful blog readers have never seen my home. Today, you’re in luck! Thanks to a rain gutter that was being repaired after church today, I was able to get up onto the top of our roof and take some pictures. Enjoy! And, come visit if you can!
This is looking straight north to San Francisco, although you can't see SF because it's behind a hill. (It's behind the hill to the center and right of the picture. You can only get glimpses of pieces of SF from our house; that's why I had to take the picture of the full skyline of SF, the picture on the header of my blog, about three blocks away from my house.) The church parking lot is below.
A zoomed-in shot of the same view. Notice the houses lining the canyon up and down the slopes.
Turning to the west, notice the fine example of the perpetually-dropping-needles fir trees that are all over our campus. Notice also another large hill in the background. We are surrounded by hills; there's very little flat land in our area, so many of the houses are built on the sides of hills. Our campus is on top of a larger hill, so we're relatively flat, but there's still elevation changes on our campus, too. One has to drive down the "death drop" to get from our garage to the church parking lot!
Facing straight west, one can see our long driveway. Our mailbox is located at the end of this road, which is the main road through our town. If you let your eyes follow the driveway from left to right, your eyes will go down the aforementioned "death drop." It doesn't look like anything from above, but we have had more than one vehicle get stuck on it because the slope was too steep! 🙂
This is a close-up of a fenced-in area with no name. I used this area to plant some sugar-snap peas so that they would be out of the reach of the deer which freely roam our property. Notice the lovely stone bench in front. 🙂
This is looking southeast. The hills off in the distance separate us from the ocean. The large building is a business park across the street. The three guys on the roof were fixing our gutter. The guy lying down was sort of hanging off the edge a bit, so the other guy was holding on to him. Men!
This is looking south. The shed in the center of the picture is the toolshed for the church. In the background, you can see more houses built along canyons. You can also see the road and parking lot of the small industrial park across the street.
This is looking over the roof of our living room. The brown in the middle of the photo is the playground of our school, although you can't see the playground equipment through the trees. We have LOTS of trees on our campus!
This is facing east, and this is the roof of our church. The cottage, aka. JJ's office, is on the left side of the picture.
This is facing northwest, and it's another shot of the cottage. Did I mention we have LOTS of trees on the campus?
Going backwards a bit to an earlier shot, next to the church's toolshed is a building we call "the cabana." We think the original owners built it to use as a greenhouse. We just use it for storage. Notice the circle of flowers in front, as well as the gray Chinese statue in the middle. There are a number of unusual statues around the property, leftover from the original owners 50 years ago!
Next to the cottage are the "ponds." These were also built by the original owners. Notice the stone bridge going across the middle, now decorated with chalk by Lyd. The ponds are cracked now, but every winter they fill up to a greater or lesser degree with rainwater. Right now, just a bit of water is left near the top right of the picture. This a favorite play place of Lyd.
A slightly different angle on the ponds. Notice the footbridge on the right-hand side. On the left hand side is an old, old tree with rocks arranged in such a way as to create a fountain. No water runs to the fountain anymore, but a few years ago, my dad dragged a hose over and put it at the top of the fountain. To our delight, the water still cascaded perfectly down the "falls." 🙂 The original engineers were extremely talented!
There are things it’s hard to see clearly with this bird’s eye view, but one thing you can tell is that we’re surrounded by trees! Yet we’re in this big metropolitan area. Our campus is about 2.5 acres. It truly is beautiful here; people who come here for the first time often say, “It’s like a retreat!” And despite being on a main road, we’re up so high on our hill that you can’t even see the road from our house. One can hear the road, but you can’t see it. Of course, it’s a bit of a hindrance for our church, because the church is hidden behind the hill. No one can see us! Often when people finally DO find us, they say, “I never realized there was a church here!” In fact, when JJ and I first moved out here, we missed the church the first time we drove past. 🙂
It really is lovely here. Before JJ graduated from Seminary, we wondered about what kind of church JJ would be Called to. JJ wanted a church near a big city with good musicians. I wanted a small church in a place were I had big, sweeping vistas. God sent us this Call, and he saw to it that each of us got exactly what we wanted!