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Thursday, July 23, 2009

A visit to a lovely mountain town...

The Old Barn on Highway 89 Sierra County California

With the visit of my sister and nephew over the past weekend came a drive to a beloved mountain town. The town of Graeagle California was our destination. Our family has a long history there. Dating back to my Great Grandparents. My parents both spent the summers of their youth there, and met each other in the area. Both of their parents had cabins to enjoy.So, quite frankly, the area is special. It is why I even exist!

It was a long and lovely summer day. We drove to familiar spots, soaked up the pine air and just relaxed by the Mill Pond. We visited the Mohawk Cemetery and the graves of my Maternal Grandfather and Paternal Grandmother. And the grave of my Aunt on my mothers side. That was very emotional.

It is this mountain air that we crave, and wish we could bottle up, and take home with us. We do not have family cabins to go to anymore. But, will continue to go there, and make memories with our children, in our beloved mountain town.

We found out that our treasured State Park there might be closing!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Picked today...7-14-09..

Today I picked..and picked...and picked. Here is today's count::
Tomatoes: 35
Red Bell Pepper: 1
Japanese Eggplant: 1
Hot Red Peppers: 4
And Patsy Cline on Pandora...
Lovin' Summer!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yellow Coneflower

I explored the beautiful gardens at The French Laundry Restaurant in Yountville California. They grow much of their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers for the restaurant. It was very inspirational! We did not eat there. Some day...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Crown and Crumpet Tea Salon

We took a little trip to San Francisco on Sunday/Monday. My daughters and I happened to find this little gem. Crown and Crumpet Tea Salon. We are going to go there again...and again...wanna go? Just tell us WHEN!!! It was such a great experience. We were giddy with excitment to have such a special treat. It was delicious, and every drop of tea was amazing. I had Marie Antoinette Tea. Here is what their website said about it:

Rumour has it this was Marie Antoinette’s favorite. Let this relaxing blend of bergamot, blue mallow and roses be the perfect tea for eating cake!" It was so wonderful. I want to try their "Paris" tea next time!

I had Tea for One, which included
Selection of six tea sandwiches
Two warm house-made scones with clotted cream, jam & lemon curd
Toasted crumpet with butter
Six house-made sweets & treats
Large pot of tea
The Girls Shared a "Nursery Tea"
For 12 years and younger - Presented on a Mini-Three-Tiered Stand
Three tea sandwiches
Warm, house-made scone with butter & jam
Four house-made sweets & treats
Pot of fruit tea or hot chocolate
They had Decaf English Breakfast tea. We all drank cups and cups of their wonderful tea!

We made wonderful memories together that afternoon! And now have ideas to make our tea time at home more special.