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saturday (home again, from california)

Golden Gate Bridge, from the Presidio

I know that I fill this page with garden photos on the regular, but I’m up late tonight – sorting through hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of photos, and I’ve already forgotten some that I took over two weeks ago. It’s like opening a gift to me – remembering all of those little tiny moments along the way that took my breath away. Thinking about how many times I stopped to really look at all the details, and then took off in a little sprint to catch up with the others. I’ve promised so many people that I will organize my notes and thoughts about both of our trips this year – and I promise that I will. But as I do put together the big picture, know that I’ll likely be sharing a lot of the little ones along the way as well. I know I missed a few Saturdays there in a row, but it was such a good break full of adventuring and wonder and awe. So here’s a very, very early Saturday post for a change. Home again, quiet house, full heart.

Golden Gate Park, Jurassic Garden
Golden Gate Park, Jurassic Garden
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Palace of Fine Arts
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park, Conservatory of Flowers

scenes from a saturday

Open House has come and gone. There may have been some wee hours seen last night in the kitchen, as well as some early morning schlepping and setting up. But now the house is quiet. Three out of four are sleeping, and number four is headed that way. Here are a few photos of the flowers – I thought they were particularly beautiful for a sunny, cold January event. 

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I picked these up last night at Whole Foods – my good, go-to flower source when I wait until the last minute. I never go with a plan, since I never know what they are going to have. I generally shoot for under $50, and last night I scored enough flowers for two large and one medium arrangement for under $40. The seeded eucalyptus is always so pretty – I love the color of the leaves and the droopiness in casual arrangements.

Daisies

I always think of Gerbera daisies as being hot pink and orange and yellow and sort of brash, but the white ones with dark centers are stunning. I bought three bundles of those, and one dusty pink one to intersperse in a small mason jar for a little bit of color. The eucalyptus has a pink blush to the stems which is perfect with the pink flowers.  

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

The food was delicious – many great cooks contributed, and there might have even been a cake. A chocolate chiffon one with a whipped chocolate frosting – more mousse-like than icing-like. The recipe is from Vintage Cakes (a favorite of mine) and the style is unfussy and delicious – just the way a cake should be. I tend to stay away from cakes when I think of finger food receptions, but honestly, a cake makes one of the prettiest centerpieces, and no one minds standing around for a bit until it’s sliced.

Soulard Star

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, with (perhaps) a nap in your near future.

around my house

Last week was a busy one. All that is left from the whirlwind are flowers – lots of them. A clean house, with fresh flowers in it, is a simple joy that cannot be underestimated.