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Five Things Friday

Two Harbors on Catalina Island

The five little things that made my week…

1. Starting the week with a relaxing retreat to Two Harbors on Catalina Island. Sunny and warm with water we could swim in (as long as we had our spring suits on). This is November on the island, and this is why I love California.

Backside of Catalina Island

2. The backside of Catalina Island, after hiking across the isthmus.

Parkway garden in San Francisco

3. I adore the things gardeners can do in tight spaces, like this urban parkway garden in San Francisco.

Thanksgiving table

4. This beautifully set table with a gooseberry (husk included) on each place setting.

Celebrating Thanksgiving with family

5. Surrounded by my best friend (my husband) and my beautiful family (the Marin contingent) on Thanksgiving Day. I can’t even begin to count my blessings.

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  • Linda Ly
    November 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I actually found them online, and the ones we ate are cape gooseberries – unrelated to the gooseberries from the Ribes genus. (Confusing, huh.)

    • KimRidge Farmer
      December 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Ha, it is confusing. What do cape gooseberries taste like?

      • Linda Ly
        December 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

        Super juicy and tender, like a mildly sweet green grape.

  • KimRidge Farmer
    November 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Ms. Linda,

    I looks like you had a really great Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing your photos.

    Is the word “gooseberry” something that you refer in CA as tomatillo?

    Growing up in my grandma’s garden up north, way north, I ate gooseberries in the summers right from the bush, and they don’t have husks :).

    I love gooseberries!

    • Linda Ly
      November 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Gooseberries are a separate fruit from tomatillos (we have both in CA). Perhaps some gooseberry varieties lack the husks? I don’t know what ours were, but the fruits were golden to pale green, and reminiscent of mild green grapes.


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