Monday, October 31, 2011

Nob Hill Haus- Virtual Tour

If you haven't had a chance yet to come to one of the open houses, there'll be one more chance to get on a virtual tour of the Nob Hill Haus:

On November 14, at 7PM as part of the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance general meeting. The location will be the Carlin G. Smith Recreational Center at 511 W. Ave 46 in 90065 (Mount Washington).

So if you want to learn more about the house (and how it has been performing so far)or would like to ask Frank any questions, that's for now the last chance to do so as we haven't planned any more events this year.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stapelia Gigantea

The little not very prominent plant started to develop flowers earlier last week- and finally, one of them started to open this morning. Unfortunately, they will only last a single day, so I won't be able to take another shot of the fully opened specimen. While closed, the buds resemble the domes of orthodox churches. Stapelia is also called carrion plant and uses flies as their primary pollinator (it attracts flies with a rotten smell). But apart from the distinctive fragrance, the flowers are really spectacular.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photos of the Nob Hill Haus

Finally a little time to take a couple of good day and night shots of the house. We borrowed a good camera and spend a couple of hours on Saturday to get a few deserving impressions of the house. Enjoy!

Friday, October 7, 2011

It never rains in California-NOT?

Our cistern wasn't even dry for a 3 weeks when the first rain of the season hit and filled almost half of it. The 1.5 days of slow rain have brought us about 3-4" of water- 1/4 of the annual total. The water is also very clear as the picture shows.The drop in temperatures also helps to keep the moisture of the rain longer in the ground and we could turn off the irrigation system on Monday. (Did YOU turn off yours, too?)