Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ella and Shep - Best Friends

One year together and still loving each other!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Summer Nights on the Green 2009

Kids Movies start 15 minutes after sunset
June 2 - August 11

June 2 - Igor
June 9 - Journey to the Center of Earth
June16 - Kung Fu Panda
June 23 - Ice Age 2
June 30 - Madagascar 2
July 7 - The Tale of Despereaux
July 14 - Horton Hears a Who
July 21 - Hotel for Dogs
July 28 - Paul Blart Mall Cop
Aug 4 - Coraline
Aug 11 - Monsters vs. Aliens

This is going to be fun!

Ella's Little Friends

While doing some yard work in the backyard, I found a little snake. So my husband caught it to show Ella. When she got home we showed her the snake and her first question, “Can I keep it?” I told her if Daddy and she could figure out what type of snake it was she could keep it for a few days. They found out it was a Sharp-Tail snake and they can grow anywhere between 10 – 19 inches long. They usually live in groups and are very secretive and shy. Well the next day when Mike was finishing up the yard work he found the nest and caught 3 more of them. Ella kept them for about 10 days. We even got to bring them to school for show and tell. This is the picture she took of them right before we released them in our backyard.
That night she cried herself to sleep because she missed her pet snakes!

Love this Chair.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

Antique Convex Mirror - Lovely late 19th century, early 20th century convex mirror with wooden frame.
Vintage Convex Glass Sunburst Mirror - Pretty c. 1940's/50's sunburst mirror with convex glass and a gilt wooden frame. Large 1940's Hollywood Regency Mirror - Stunning c. 1940's beveled and scrolled edge mirror with a lovely patina.
Old "Ghost" Wall Mirror - Fantastic antique oval wall mirror in a gold gesso wood frame. Mirror has almost completely discolored over the years giving it that "ghost" effect.
Large Vintage Hollywood Regency Mirror - This large scale c. 1960's mirror is the perfect addition to your "Hollywood Regency" decor!
Pair of Hollywood Regency Faux Bamboo Mirrors - Decorative pair of c. 1960's large wood faux bamboo wall mirrors. They have their original unique "tortoise shell" type of finish; black with gold accents.
All these great mirrors are for sale at "Paris Hotel Boutique" This is a great site!

Brrr...Summer Has Arrived!

Summer arrived in San Francisco today, a bit early, with thick fog and wind. People that haven't been here assume that all of California is sunny with warm beaches. Oh, not here in San Francisco. As Mark Twain was famously quoted, "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco."

Garden of Enchantment

This Northern California garden retreat owned by Donna O’Brien summons the Scottish heritage so dear to her heart.
This magical outdoor haven is tucked into a neighborhood, yet it exudes a true sense of solitude.
The curved pathways lead to several outdoor “rooms,” including places to read, dine, or simply reflect. Folkloric figures like a fairy and a cherub give O’Brien’s garden a magical quality, while moss growing throughout the setting ages it and adds to its “ancient” feeling.
A frame of oak trees and green textured and muted white colors contribute to the secluded feeling of this “gentle fortress."
Now I must say, I woundn't mind a backyard like this!

All photo’s courtesy of Victoria magazine.

Armstrong Redwood State Park - Ella's Last Field Trip

On May 5th Ella’s first grade class took their last field trip of the year. It was a rainy, overcast day but that didn’t stop us from having tons of fun. Just add a little rain, some mud and lots of big big trees and then throw in a 100 or so kids – this was one crazy day!!!
Armstrong Redwoods preserves 805 acres of the stately and magnificent Sequoia sempervirens, commonly known as the coast redwood. Hamming it up for the camera or is it for the girls - Hmmm.
Watching the tree eat our group of kids one by one!
Our little maidens in the mist - and mud!
The rainfall in Armstrong Redwoods averages 55 inches per year and the trees are often shrouded in a mystical fog that helps to maintain the moist conditions needed for the redwoods to survive.
Our group!
Is that the sun coming out?
The Oldest Tree - The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the grove, estimated to be over 1400 years old. It is named after a lumberman who chose to preserve this portion of the park in the 1870's. A half-mile walk from the park entrance

Perfect Harmony!

A beautiful balance of old meeting new in this reinvented 1795 Connecticut house.
All pictures courtesy of Country Living.

I Want One!

If I ever get chickens - This is the coop for me!