Our New Year's was quite different this year because we were in Santa Fe! It was unseasonably cold, according to people we talked with, and it has been since then, down to -2 degrees some nights. Still very bright and sunny in spite of the snow, a lot of the snow melted off the streets each day, but there was quite an accumulation in areas that did not take direct sun. Another snowstorm along with some ice, was predicted for New Year's Eve, but we had a built-in option for dining out.
|Sweet Husband perusing the Wine List|
The place we stayed, Quail Run Resort out on Old Pecos Trail, is a gated community with condos, patio homes and individual houses built around a golf course. There is a club house with a fitness center, a wonderful restaurant and other amenities such as a pro shop. Some residents live there year round, others for only part of the year. Some of the condos are rentals, either full-time or part-time. Ours was the part-time home of a lady who had evidently departed for somewhere else for the holidays.
|My favorite spot for waiting for the ball to drop -- by the kiva (the fireplace).|
Notice my little chili pepper lights on the tree?
|Sweet Husband has become a Mountain Man -- has gown himself a beard.|
Here, he is anticipating the coming good meal.
|His. Guess who ended up eating most of mine, too?|
All though the evening, I kept saying "Pinch me!" It was like a fairy tale to look out the windows and see the snow falling, feel the warmth of the fires blazing in several kiva fireplaces, watch all the pretty people all dressed up, listen to the nice music provided by a lady-singer/piano player, and enjoy the great food and wine. I kept wondering how the poor servers and workers were going to get home, but no one seemed worried about it. They are probably used to the weather, but I was very glad that we didn't have to drive anywhere.
|Cool sconce, don't you think?|
|One of several large pretty trees in the building|
|A old beaded buckskin jacket.|
I presume it is valuable -- it was under glass,
behind lock and key.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
|We settled in for the remainder of the evening back at the condo to see the New Year rung in around the world on the Telly.|
Nice and cozy.
The next day, New Year's Day, was quite cold, but very sunny. We went out for a walk one of the trails around the the outer fence. I had bought both of us some boots made for snow before we left, the ones I had years ago when I lived in Denver being long gone. There is nothing quite so bracing and invigorating as a good tramp though snow almost knee deep in drifts! Great exercise!
|Can you believe how blue that sky is?|
In another post I will share some photos of other aspects of Santa Fe. We stayed a long time because we wanted to see what it would be like to live there, since we had decided to move there once before, and then Sweet Husband reneged. I think we have a good idea now, should we decide to make a major move. Stay tuned.
I am preparing an additional post on the design aspects -- the architecture, art and furniture. I have some photos of a collection of artifacts and furnishings that I think you will enjoy.
I am linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.
P.S. Does anyone know how to batch watermark photos on a Mac? And is Blogger going through menopause or something? It is taking forever to load photos still. Does anyone know if Google Chrome which I hear is the remedy works with a Mac?