Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

We got back to this beautiful place, along with cousin Angelo (who is getting so big!)
Not only is it a great place for a toddler to run off his energy – but a great place to find flowers cascading over walls and get some last warm-weather strolling in.  Although as the sun went down, so did the temperatures.



the 3 cousins… Angelo in his hat



I love these cascading flowers in all colors!



here we all are, enjoying a crisp fall day



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While we were out by the beach we finally got a chance to explore this garden and home.  It is usually closed when we are out there, but somehow we landed on a day where the grounds were open to the public.  The artist and writer Robert Dash use to live here and apparently we were able to meet his sweet dog – Barnsley – who barks when you LEAVE the premises, but not when you arrive!


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I love that the city put in these amazing cherry blossom trees on our block.  For one brief week in the spring we get trees full of pink flowers and then – bam – it’s like someone sneezes and they all fall off the trees all at once!  Nothing like a blanket of pink petals under your feel.  Even Louie is afraid to soil it.

Meanwhile Zoe is prepping to be a ‘Lost Boy’ in her school’s upcoming “Peter Pan” play.. we’ve been working on adding scraps of fur and twigs to her costume (but of course she wants it to be ‘glamorous’ at the same time).  I should add that Zoe has been studying to present ‘The Life of Coco Chanel’ to her class.  Check her out below – beret and French accent ready to go!  And we made a trip to Boston for cousin Sophia’s Holy Communion.  These girls and their heels!  Adorable..


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the neighbor’s magnolia tree


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thanks to Aunt Semi for this photo

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and probably a lot of $$$ as well, but well worth it!  We came in and flew out of San Fran, and built in a couple days to walk around the city and explore.  We couldn’t get enough of the boisterous sea lions who took over a few docks by Fisherman’s Wharf.  And those trees…. those stunning, twisty California trees:


Golden Gate Bridge shots, of course



sleepy little jet lagged peanut!


Dad and Zoe in Hotel Zoe



Sea Lions crowding the docks by Fisherman’s Wharf!


some nature posing again, this time at Presidio

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Hi all.  We had a lovely Passover/Spring Break week in a redwood forest!  I love an outdoor seder … but this one just takes the cake.  We worked up an appetite hiking around a bit on Uncle Stan’s favorite path, then returned to food in the most beautiful woods.  In the days following, we explored beautiful Santa Rosa and saw the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and took in all the gorgeous California foliage we could.  I hope you had a lovely spring week as well!




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It was maybe exactly 10 years ago that me and my husband first went to this amazing place, with my belly full of Ezra and the summer stretched ahead of us.  We finally got to return – and this time with a grown Ezra and little Zoe. My kids love flowers and gardens and wide open spaces so this weekend romp was a hit.   Zoe loves the little pink playhouse with its own lavender gardens. By the time we made it to the Coe Hall Historic House I felt as if I were roaming around some place in Europe and it’s no wonder.. it was totally created to look like an English Castle by its first owners.



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After Ezra’s birthday we went to visit Uncle Carl and Aunt Tricia, who have now purchased a house in Yonkers, NY! Lucky for us the new house is just blocks from Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy where we can view lots of gorgeous garden ideas, the Palisades and the Hudson River.

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It seems like only yesterday that these were the tiniest little caterpillars in a jar (a gift from my boss when we realized we purchased the wrong kind of fuzzy critters for a photo shoot). I think all those pink petals on our front walk make the butterflies very happy –

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fuzzy spring trees

fuzzy spring trees

water gun wars after dinner

water gun wars after dinner

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

trees blooming out our window and tourists stop to take pix of it!

lilacs!  my fave!  the whole alley smells of this..

lilacs! my fave! the whole alley smells of this..

balance bike buddies

balance bike buddies

I love our morning commute to school... no more snow!

I love our morning commute to school… no more snow!

the lovely garden at Zoe's school

the lovely garden at Zoe’s school

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If you remember a while back my brother married in Florida. His wife Tricia has a family who lives not too far from us near Yonkers, NY. They invited us to sit in their garden and eat a lunch like they do when they spend their summers in Italy: al fresco. The tomatoes were amazing – and their garden has copious amounts of little peppers that Ezra insisted on eating right off the plant (and then drinking a gallon of milk to take the burn out!) Tricia’s dad was so impressed that he wants to “keep him for a week” to help with gardening and to enjoy the vegetables; an invitation that E will never turn down! And Zoe loved eating figs right off of the tree.

For now (sadly September is over but..) I’ve been inspired to enjoy all the tomato dishes I can. And that mozzarella – I have to find some of that fresh mozzarella from Stew Leonard’s – buono!












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