Nevada City

The Holly and The Ivy

Winter arrives at the Solstice, December 21, 2017. The new/old flat on South Pine is dressed for the occasion with its flourishing natural holly and ivy.

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Beth Ford
Toad Hall Books

I have never forgotten my first visit to this tiny bookshop. It was some 16 years ago. This may be a small town, but it holds many hidden treasures. Nevada City was not stumped by my desire to locate twin copies of a vintage children's book in both French and English.

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Beth Ford
Saturday Market

This morning was overcast and cooler, which made the phenomenal produce look even fresher than it already was, if that is possible. I filled my basket with vine-ripened tomatoes, a fragrant 'Ambrosia' melon, arugula, rainbow chard, and fresh-baked bread. I filled my camera with the all-natural, eye-popping colors of organically grown fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs.

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Beth Ford
The Empire Mine

On a quiet afternoon, with hardly anyone there, it was possible to clearly conjure these gold-rushed lives, the brutality of the conditions, the extraordinary courage of the men, the grit and clamor and claustrophobia.

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Beth Ford
c. 1851: Pioneer Cemetery

At the top of Spring Street, where it meets Broad Street, the hilltop is watched over by a group of towering Ponderosa pines and Black Oaks, both California natives. Pioneer Cemetery is the resting place of early residents of this Gold Rush town, some distinguished, others unremembered, but for these fading stones.

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Beth Ford
Riverhill Farmstand

The pick-your-own strawberries were implausibly perfect and ridiculously abundant. Also grabbed freshly cut lettuce, chard, turnips, yellow squash, zucchini, and basil. 

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Beth Ford