On the Enchanted Hill

There is an expression “a man’s home is his castle”. Here is one man’s “castle” not too far from where I live in Salinas.  Hearst’s Castle was designed and built by California’s first female architect, Julia Morgan.  Mr. Hearst named the estate “La Cuesta Encantada” (“The Enchanted Hill”), but usually called it “the ranch”.   Hearst Castle was never completed because Mr. Hearst kept changing the plans and adding rooms, but in 1947 it had 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world’s largest private zoo.  After Mr. Hearst died, the family donated the house to the State of California so many people could see the beautiful antiques and buildings.

Purrs, Gulliver



Horseless Carriages

Way, way back, when my great grandfather’s father was a kitten at the turn of the last century (1901) automobiles (horseless carriages) were still a new form of transportation. They put the kitten in a basket for a short trip across town to see family, and then drove at the top speed of the car – 6 miles per hour! He was car sick, and hated the horn blowing which was used at every curve and intersection to warn people they were coming.  No one had training on how to drive, or a license.  The first state to require license plates on cars was New York, and the car owner’s made their own plates which were the two or three initials of the owners names.

Purrs, Gulliver