Archive for July, 2012

My friend Deborah and I were off and running early on a recent Saturday morning.  Destination?  The Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  One needs an interest in and a long attention span for rummaging through vintage items to enjoy this place.  Deborah and I were the right ones for the job.  We both have more than enough antiques.  Her extras are stashed in her attic.  Mine are hidden in my office.  We didn’t let that stop us.  Full speed ahead!  We were ready for a treasure hunt.

Here is a sampling of what we found.

And, there was more; so much more.

I loved these shadowboxes!

What went home with me?

A vintage typewriter!

And, these paper items from one of my favorite Berkeley stores, Addison Endpapers.  Did I ever tell you how much I love paper?

We paused for lunch at the food trucks, but that didn’t slow us down much.  When we finished the first half of the faire, we decided it was time to go home.  On the shuttle ride to our car, we were making plans to visit again.


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My friend Jennifer and I recently ventured out to Woodside, California, to visit the lovely Filoli home and gardens.  Thank you, Mrs. Roth, for sharing your beautiful estate.

Lurline Roth gifted this charming country estate to her community in 1975.  It is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  What a treasure.

Mr. Bourn, the original owner, arrived at the unusual name “Filoli” by combining the first two letters from the key words of his credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”  I love that!  My house doesn’t have a name.  And, I don’t have a credo.  Maybe it is time for me to think about that.

The gardens are exquisite.  The inside of the house is worth a peek, too.  Visit at Christmas to see the house in its full glory.  The decorated house is beautiful.

We spent the afternoon meandering through the gardens, pausing for a rest on a bench that had a perfect view of the estate, and thinking of Mrs. Roth.  We left happy, inspired and refreshed.  Thank you for the lovely afternoon, Mrs. Roth.

Find more information about Filoli here.

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