Monday, August 31, 2009
Our brunch! A mix of gourmet cheeses, artisan breads, fresh fruit, and of course chocolate and a bottle of wine from Basket Case, one of the vineyards we carry at Red Zinnia. (This is where I first experienced their wines last year)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Across the pond stand the two beautiful crane sculptures. I had ventured off the path to climb down to the waters edge. Hidden from view, this area inspired a short poem, which I then asked Michelle to sketch on my journal page to accompany it.
A volunteer to the gardens, she sweeps the ground cover of thyme.
This picture is for my husband, Bob. When he and I visited here a few years ago he was mesmerized by these wind chimes. They are made out of old recycled welding bottles. He has talked of making one for us and over the last few years he has been trying to find and collect the old bottles. Mission accomplished, he informed me a few weeks ago that he now has them. Hopefully if you visit my garden next year, you will his version of these playing their music in the background.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Back to the two wheels. One of the small supberbs outside Portland that looked like a fun spot to visit is called Sellwood, and is located across the Willamette River from the downtown area. We checked out public transportation and then found out that we could rent bikes, ride across one of the bridges, and then venture down a bike trail the 7 miles to Sellwood area. Once there it would be a short 6 block walk, up a very steep hill, hence the walking our bikes, not riding, to a small downtown area about the size of ours in Fallon, but once there, we found all similarities stopped. Sellwood is filled with eclectic antique stores, bookstores fashioned out of old caboose cars, coffee shops, little garden stores tucked down vine filled alleys, numerous wine shops, bakeries, restaurants and pubs. The streets were lively with locals and visitors alike. We locked up the bikes and set off for our first stop across the street – a small, but packed to the ceiling little gem of an antique store. As usually our case, we struck up a conversation with the shopkeeper, asking permission before we took any pictures of the treasures we were finding. Our dilemma, we quickly realized, was the fact that even though the bike ride was a treat, we were on bikes!! And bikes don’t hold very much when you only have one basket for four bikes. Poor planning on our part, but we were determined to make the best of it – at the first stop alone Melissa was already arranging shipping for an adorable and functional bright red 1950’s kitchen stool.
The rest of the afternoon flew by as we tried to at least pop our heads into each and every little shop. We were determined to help stimulate the economy of these independent sellers. We found a new purse line that we will be carrying at Red Zinnia, quite a few new wines at a great little shop that does weekly wine tastings very similar to ours, some fabulous new design ideas, and a book or three for me. We picnicked outside after choosing our treats from different locations and soaked up the sun and the local culture from our front side table. After an afternoon of retail therapy we rode back down the hill and set off on the trail to take us back to Portland. And yes, we reminded the young men that rented the bikes to us, always – always offer at least two bike baskets when renting to four women!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The "Guru of Zoo-Doo" giving his presentation.