Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

The Buccaneer's Cute Entry in the Window-Painting Contest
Happy Halloween!

Care for a break from all that trick-or-treating?  How about stopping in for a cocktail at The Buccaneer, on Sierra Madre Boulevard?

The Buccaneer Lounge or The Buc, as it's called affectionately, is a Sierra Madre Institution.  They have a pool table, a dart board, a jukebox, and live music on certain nights.  It's just a relaxing, fun place to hang out. 

The Buc was also the 2012 winner of the Best Dive Bar Art in Los Angeles Award, for its amazing paintings of pirates and their ladies, on ships and in taverns.  (Here is glimpse of a couple of the paintings - I will get more to share with you one day soon...)  The paintings, one of which is a 30-foot, glow-in-the-dark mural that hangs behind the bar, were painted by California artist Frank Bowers, who is rumored to have painted them to settle his bar tab. 

Bowers, who was born in California in 1905, also painted murals for the Federal Art Project, and is thought to have painted sets for Gone With the Wind, as well as for the South Gate City Hall. 

In Sierra Madre, he also painted murals for Sierra Madre's VFW Post 3208.  In one report, he is said to have done his last work in Sierra Madre in 1964, the year of his death.  However, another website states that his last work was the set of murals that he painted for The Embers, a lounge in Whittier, which one Yelper describes as "a great little dive bar."  Hmmm.  I sense a trend.

I think he would have been a fun guy to hang out with. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Halloween Squirrel

So... you know how there are these beings that come to your house at different times of the year, and leave nice things for you?  I'm referring to, for instance, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, among others. 

Those guys are very flashy, showing themselves all over town, and getting tons of press.  Today I discovered a little-known character, an unsung hero who comes to your house at Halloween Time and decorates things in a super-spooky way.  I'm talking about The Halloween Squirrel.  Last night, we caught him dead to rights (whatever that means), helping a local family with their decorating.  See him there, hiding in the shadows in the upper left-hand corner?  Sorry it's a little blurry...  I had to act fast, as he was almost finished skillfully applying this spider-webbing, and was getting ready to move on to the next house. 

Somebody give Hallmark a call.  Now that the word is out, all you other holiday icons better look out, because this little guy's about to give you a run for your money. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Staying in Shape

See this skeleton?  See how he seems so slim and trim?  How does he do it (you may be asking)?  Why don't skeletons have a weight problem??  Are they just naturally thin?  Well, that's what I always assumed, until now...  Because, here it is, the secret to the skeleton's success...  Exercise!!!  This guy (gal?) appears to have a skele-gym right at his bony fingertips.  He plays a little hoops.  He swings a bit.  Voila!  ...and now we know.  You heard it here first, folks.  You're welcome.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wine. Jazz. What Else Is There?

Last night, Sierra Madre again hosted the seventh annual Wine and Jazz Walk, to benefit cancer research at the City of Hope

Among other activities, participants were treated to wine, and live jazz, while strolling through local shops and businesses, and viewing classic cars.  The event promised to be a wonderful time for all. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend, but I was able to catch a glimpse of this cool truck, brought in by the presenting sponsor, the San Antonio Winery.  San Antonio, owned by the Riboli Family, and in business since 1917, is the maker of one of my favorites, Maddalena Merlot.  The winery in downtown L.A. is a great place to go for lunch and wine tasting.  It's especially nice during the holidays, when all of the wine casks are decorated with white twinkle lights. 

I'm really hoping to get to the Wine and Jazz Walk next year.  It's such an important cause.  Not to mention the opportunity to drink wine while shopping.  Really, it's a win-win.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dressing Up

Another Local Resident, Getting Ready for Halloween Fun

Sierra Madre, like many small towns around here, really enjoys Halloween. It's a fairly massive city-wide event. In the afternoon, there's a window decorating contest downtown, and a parade of the most incredible little ghosts, witches, pumpkins, and princesses you've ever seen, who trick-or-treat at most of the local businesses.  Later, there's fun on Alegria, where the street is closed off for trick-or-treating, and fun for all.  Dressing Up is most definitely the name of the game. 

I've noticed that many kids I know seem to greet the arrival of the Party City flyer, containing this year's costume choices, with the same enthusiasm I had for the Sears Wish Book. Ooooh!!! I want this, and this, and this, and...

So, do you like to dress up for Halloween??  Would you rather just see the kids have fun?  Also, do you know what the Sears Wishbook is, or is that just me?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Scary Things

Halloween is approaching and the scary/fun atmosphere is building around town.  Everyone I know under the age of twelve can talk of nothing except what costume they will be wearing for trick-or-treating next week. 

See the spooky guy in the background?  He was blowing westward in the breezy weather we were having on Wednesday night.  It's Santa Ana Winds season (my least favorite part of fall).  Last year, on December 1, we had a huge windstorm that caused millions of dollars of damage, and power outages, not to mention a lot of jangled nerves in our town and much of the rest of the area. 

Hopefully, the Santa Anas that are hanging around this week will try not to scare us too much, and our nerves will be reserved for things that go Boo in the night.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Peaceful grove of trees on a walk.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
~~Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Leaves and Dog Leaving

It was fun to see this guy and his dog zooming along, enjoying the fall weather. 

Speaking of zooming, I got a new camera with a 20x optical zoom.  We've really only had one outing together so far, and I'm pretty excited to take this baby out for a real spin, and see what she'll do!  Luckily, my walking friend is back, and we are walking together soon, which will give me a good chance to check out the camera's skills.  But I hear that it's going to get hot again - Yay Heat Wave (said No One, Ever)!  But we will have fun, because we always do.

Wish me luck on the Photo Safari - I'm hoping to see some deer along the way.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

View Change

Remember that cloudless blue sky I showed you on Saturday?  Well, not 48 hours later, the same view was neither blue, nor cloudless, but I think it was equally beautiful.  It was a really interesting day, with a different view from every direction.  While this spot was filled with dark clouds and bits of sun peeking through, directly behind me there were white puffy clouds and blue, blue sky.  While some people were wearing sweatshirts, others were wearing shorts.  It was a Wear What You Want (and still be comfortable) day.  The very best kind of day.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Old Cat is Snoring

Well, he's really not old yet, but he was definitely snoring.  A perfect rainy-day activity (at least for those cats who cannot read).
What do you like to do when it rains?
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Meet Bernie

This is Bernie.  He belongs to a lovely woman named Lois, and he is a Certified Therapy Dog, who works as a hospital volunteer.  Bernie and Lois visited my dad once, when he was in the hospital in Arcadia, and I can't tell you how much he enjoyed that. Pets who volunteer at Arcadia Methodist have to be certified by one of three organizations, before attending specialized training at the hospital.  It's a lot of work, for both members of the team, but they provide a wonderful service to the community. 

If Bernie looks large, it's because he is.  I believe he is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, often known in North America as a Great Pyrenees (but someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I neglected to confirm it with Lois).  But his physical size is matched only by his gentle and kind nature. 

These two are a friendly and popular duo in town, as they get stopped by children and adults alike, asking about Bernie and wanting to pet him.  Lois is always very kind, explaining that he works in hospitals.  On Friday night, she was especially kind to me, as I couldn't get my camera working properly, and the flash mistakenly went off on Bernie (SO Sorry, Bernie!!) on the first shot.  He kept posing for me, though, and we got this lovely photo 

Thank you Lois and Bernie, for being there to help.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lucky, on Baldwin

What I saw last night after work, as I drove up Baldwin Avenue from the freeway.  Just another average day in Sierra Madre.  Happy Weekend!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mysterious Goings-On


I think that something is being filmed in town today.  I'm guessing I'm right, based on the happenings in both parks yesterday, as well as at Sierra Madre Elementary's upper field.  My evidence is that, as a rule, we do not have giant spheres-in-cages in Memorial Park, nor do we usually have a very large above-ground pool at the school.  Also, the large filming trucks, and overnight security guards tend to be a dead giveaway.

So what exactly is happening??  My super-sleuthing skills (i.e., I read the Sierra Madre e-blast) tell me it's a pilot for a new reality show called Money Box, and they are inviting people to come down and be audience members, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Park.  Filming is set to wrap at about 1:00 at Sierra Vista Park, with a stop at the school in between.  Most importantly, the first 50 people get a gift certificate for a free yogurt!

Man, again with the pesky job, getting in the way of my sitting around, watching filming and eating yogurt all day!  (Oh, and bonus for them.  It's meant to cool down tomorrow, so the filming group won't perish from So Cal Fall Heatstroke!)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Scarecrow Festival: The Face of Autumn

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace,
as I have seen in one autumnal face.

Oh, this is such a beautifully autumnal face, isn't it?  The more I look at this Scarecrow Festival entry, by local florist Leonora Moss, the more amazed I am.  It's no wonder this entry was the first place winner for "Best Representation of Business."  My photo doesn't show even half of the glorious detail in this work of art, but from the first glimpse at the Pot for a Head you're left smiling at all the special touches. 

And speaking of glorious feats, a hearty shout-out goes to the team that put our City Daily Photo blog portal back together.  It couldn't be done for Humpty Dumpty, but with a lot of work and dedication, it was done for us, and they deserve the most heartfelt of thanks.  If you'd like to see the new page, with all of its cool features, and links to Daily Photos from all around the world, please click here. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scarecrow Festival: Frankenweenie

Well, look at that!  More Hollywood Stars in Sierra Madre!  This time, it's Sparky and friends, from Tim Burton's new movie, Frankenweenie.  Here's a brief synopsis of the film:

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life -- with just a few minor adjustments...

The black and white film, with a cast including the voices of Charlie Tahan, Catherine O'Hara, Two Martins (Short and Landau) and a Winona (Ryder), looks like a lot of fun.  The actors will have to go a long way, though, to beat the Fun Factor of the Scarecrow Cast.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jennie Reeve Cottage

Remember awhile back, when I mentioned that there were three Greene and Greene homes built in Sierra Madre?  Well, here is the smallest of the three, at a petite yet lovely 932 square feet. 

Charles and Henry Greene designed this small cottage in Sierra Madre as a winter retreat for Mrs. Jennie A. Reeve, in 1906.  They had previously designed a house (1903-04) and a rental cottage (1904) for her, both in Long Beach.  At the time Mrs. Reeve, a widow born in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1838, was a civic leader in Long Beach, as well as an activist for progressive women's issues. 

It has been said that the Greenes got much of their business through client referral, and this holds true here as well.  The Greene brothers' first home built outside of Pasadena was built in Claremont in 1903, for Mrs. Reeve's daughter, Mary Reeve Darling.  (This home benefited from an eco-friendly restoration in 2010.)  Jennie Reeve then introduced the Greenes to Adelaide Tichenor, another Long Beach civic leader who founded their public library, and whose historic home, once the only home on the bluff in Long Beach, still stands.

Mrs. Reeve later wrote a letter to Charles Greene, commenting that, although the Sierra Madre cottage was "small and cheap" it was "convenient and artistic... but (you) could not build even a chicken coop and not have it artistic."

I'd have to agree with you, Mrs. Reeve.

Monday, October 15, 2012

What a Feeling...

Today I thought it might be okay if we leave Sierra Madre, just briefly.  You may ask where we are going, and the answer is, "Space, my friends.  We are going to space!"  Okay, maybe we aren't going to space, but the space shuttle Endeavour did, and I'm sure it orbited above Sierra Madre so, see, it counts! 

Endeavour was the shuttle that replaced our lost Challenger, and went on to orbit the earth 4,700 times.  It's not as shiny as it once was, but it looks pretty good, for a vehicle that has 122-million miles on it.  Now Endeavour is going to retire at the California Science Center, in Los Angeles' Exposition Park, also home to the Coliseum, the Sports Arena, and the Natural History Museum

There has been a lot of local excitement over this move from Florida to California.  The penultimate burst of excitement happened a couple of weeks ago.  Endeavour got a piggy-back ride, on the back of a 747, circling over local landmarks (e.g., Disneyland and Griffith Park) as well as places that have been meaningful to the shuttle program, such as our revered JPL and, finally, landed safely at LAX. 

This weekend, after nearly a year of planning, the shuttle took a twelve-mile journey from LAX to Exposition Park.  After several delays on its trek through L.A. streets, Endeavour finally arrived at about 11:00 yesterday morning, seventeen hours behind schedule, but triumphantly welcomed all the same.  We went down there in the afternoon, and it was absolutely one of the most thrilling experiences of my entire life.  (Do I sound like I'm gushing? That's because I am.) 

It would be difficult to describe the feeling of community, as adults and children happily and peacefully braved the heat and the crowds, just to get a glimpse of this marvel.  Everyone was having such a good time, helping each other out so that each could get a picture of, and with, the shuttle. 

Just as we were getting ready to leave, the shuttle began to move into the hangar where it will reside for at least the near future.  We were able to get a different view of the shuttle, and it was really something.  There was a brief moment of extra excitement when the Endeavour nearly hit a light pole.  As the crowd yelled, the shuttle was moved into a safer position, and the crowd cheered with relief.

What, exactly, is the appeal?  For me, it was the chance to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime event, as well as a way for our Los Angeles Community to come together.  But I heard some kids behind me discussing it, and they said "Didn't everybody want to be an astronaut when they were growing up?"  Yep.  That about covers it.

Update (10/16): Today, I found a video made by the Los Angeles Times, chronicling the Endeavour's journey from LAX to Exposition Park, in time-lapse photography.  It's less than three minutes long, but really captures the feeling...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Pub

"Think Globally. Drink Locally."

That's their motto, and it's a good one!  I first went to the old Lucky Baldwin's in their original location in Pasadena, which was mainly a sandwich place.  In 1996, according to their website, English owners David Farnsworth and Peggy Simonian took over the "run down business" and since that time they have certainly come a long way. 

First, they opened "Lucky Baldwin's Pub" in a different location in Pasadena.  It is a large venue, in one of the oldest buildings in the heart of Old Town, where soccer lovers and other sports enthusiasts gather regularly.  

In 2005, the "Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe," was opened here in Sierra Madre, in Kersting Court.  It's a great place to go for lunch, dinner, or a drink. They even have a yummy English breakfast. My favorite lunch/dinner selection is their curry, but they also have many other choices, including hamburgers, fish and chips, or regular sandwiches. 

A third location was recently opened.  The "Lucky Baldwin's Trappiste Pub," is on Colorado Boulevard, not far from Pasadena City College.  I haven't been there yet, but I hear it's good.  If it's anything like the one in Sierra Madre, with their 46 beers on tap, how could it not be good? 

There's always some kind of beer celebration going on at Lucky Baldwin's, and right now Oktoberfest is in full swing.  I had lunch there last week, and it's a mellow place, where adults can have a beer, but kids are welcome, too.  The staff is friendly, the vibe is casual, and the beer is cold. You really can't go wrong - Check it out!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Norman Rockwell Would Have Liked This Day

"Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're really quite lucky!"
~~Dr. Seuss

Some days you just start out feeling kind of grouchy, but going for a walk can help. Here is a partial list of the things I experienced on a walk last Sunday, any of which could perk you right up:
  • Perfect temperature, in the high 70's;
  • A breeze that made the leaves rustle in the tops of trees;
  • A piano student practicing a classical piece (and doing it very well!);
  • A birthday party at the pool;
  • A family decorating for Halloween;
  • The Sierra Madre Rose Float being worked on;
  • A father and his two sons practicing at the baseball field - just the three of them;
  • Trees and flowers blooming beautifully (like the one in front of the J.C. Pegler home, above).

Somewhere along the way, I realized that Dr. Seuss was a guy who knew just what he was talking about.

What do you do when you're out of sorts, to lift your spirits?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Scarecrow Festival: Have a Seat!

Back to the Scarecrow Festival!  I recently found out that there are over 50 scarecrows around town, and it has been fun to see them pop up when you least expect them.  And I can tell you that these two fellows certainly surprised me, as I passed by Gem Plumbing the other night. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Raindrops Will Soon Be Falling On My Head


Last night, as I left the parking lot at Taylor's Meats & Produce, I saw that the rain was on its way to our town. 

I immediately thought of the song, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.  As always, this led me to thinking of Andy Williams, who passed away recently, at 84 years old, leaving a giant hole in my musical heart.  Even though B.J. Thomas had a #1 single with this song, Andy's version is my favorite.  But then, I'm biased when it comes to Andy Williams.

When I was a kid, my mom had several Andy Williams albums (including the one at the end of the video I linked to, above), and it's thanks to her that I love his music.  We also enjoyed his Christmas albums, including those he recorded with his brothers.  I especially loved his variety show and Christmas specials, but I'd almost forgotten that the Osmond Brothers really got their start on his show.

His true, clear, seemingly-effortless tenor voice makes him one of my all-time favorite singers.  I will miss him, but he sure left me with some happy memories.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Let's Get Ready For Spookiness!

For me, the best part of Halloween is little kids swarming their neighborhoods in the evening, dressed up as someone pretty or scary, ringing doorbells and yelling Trick or Treeeeeeeeeat.  Meanwhile moms/dads/dogs wait patiently on the sidewalk, and moms remind the kids to "say Thank You"!

Last Sunday, I met the nice family in the photo above, as they were getting their house ready for participation in the trick-or-treat tradition.  They were all having a great time as I passed by, and it was such a nice moment to happen upon.  So, I got my photo-taking brave on and asked if they minded if I took a picture. I am generally loathe to ask, for fear of rejection, but these folks couldn't have been nicer.  The kids even showed me a special area that they had decorated.  Thought you'd like to see it, too.

Are You Scared Yet?  I Am!
What's your favorite part of Halloween?


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Never Enough TIme

Father Time
The only reason for time is so
that everything doesn't happen at once."
~~Albert Einstein
This grandfather clock, which depicts Father Time, along with a "reaper" (because it reaps time) and an hourglass, was made in 1791 in Birmingham, England. 
Thank you to Berj, at Baldwin Jewelers, for sharing this interesting piece of history with me!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Scarecrow Festival: Chicken, Anyone?

Today, we head up to the top of town, where the City of Sierra Madre meets the Mt. Wilson Trail.  Here, we find the venerable Richardson House & Lizzie's Trail Inn Museums, which I have talked about in the past.  But wait!  Today, there is something different going on.  There's someone on the porch of the Richardson House, and that person is none other than Lizzie herself.  She is there to greet us, with a smile, and a couple of chickens.  Looks like the price is good, but I'm afraid those chickens will have a rubbery taste...

If you'd like to hear more about Lizzie, and her chicken (which was said to be divine!), please stop by the museums any Saturday, between 10:00 and 12:00, where members of the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society (SMHPS) will fill you in.

On Thursday, October 18th, at 7:00 p.m., the SMHPS will be holding their fall meeting and lecture.  The speaker will be Joe Feeney, and the topic will be "California's Second Gold Rush: The Rise of the Citrus Industry."  Click here for more info.  It promises to be a very interesting evening!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Scarecrow Festival Meets Feast of St. Francis

We are headed back to our town's awesome Festival of Scarecrows.  Today's entrants are a group of three from the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.  The sprinklers were on when I took this photo, but they smiled happily in welcome when I approached, nonetheless.  Last night, I saw that they received an Honorable Mention, and they definitely deserved it.  Such a cute little group.

Today at noon, Ascension will be holding their annual Blessing of the Animals, in commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals (and the environment!), and arguably the most popular of all the named saints. 

Not only are animals of all religions welcome at the Blessing of the Animals, the Junior and Senior Youth Groups of the church will be providing pet-sitting on the North Lawn, during the 10:15 service.  The ad on the Sierra Madre News Website does caution participants that some of the animals may need a "leash or carrier."  Good advice!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Oh, What a Way to Live!

Well, here's some interesting news!  A few weeks back, my friend Petrea, from Pasadena Daily Photo, sent me a brochure that she had seen, advertising apartment rentals at the The Pinney House, built in 1887, and designed by the Newsom Brothers Architects.  I took a look at the brochure and, well - Oh Em Gee - this is some amazing setup. 

The owners are offering various "flats" throughout the home, with names that refer to famous people and places in the 10,000 s.f. Victorian beauty's history (The Bob Hope Suite; The Rose Bowl Suite, etc.).  In addition, they have community spaces, including a sunroom, a library, a formal dining room, and even a guest room, just in case you have visitors from out of town.  Elegant Living? Yes, please!

Take a look at the brochure.  Maybe you'll be glad you did.  Or maybe, like me, you'll just feel jealous of those who end up living there.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Scarecrow Festival: Peanut Head

...aaaaaaaand the Scarecrow Festival continues!

Today's awesome guest resides in front of Mail Box & Postal on Sierra Madre Boulevard.  They did such a great job with him, and their use of packing peanuts to create his head is inspired.  This guy is creativity personified. Yes, Mr. Peanut is alive and well, and living fabulously in beautiful Downtown Sierra Madre. 

Just because this one employee has peanuts for brains (get it???), don't be fooled!  Mail Box & Postal is a great place to get things done.  Copies? Faxes? Shipping? They do it all, and make your life easier in the process.

Yesterday was the last day of judging, but remember to keep an eye out for these fun scarers-of-crows all through October. I'll be featuring at least a couple more throughout the month, and will let you know when I find out who won the contest. Perhaps I should change the blog-name to: Seeing Scarecrow Madre...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Scarecrow Festival: Part Deux

As the Scarecrow Festival continues, our Scarecrow Du Jour comes to us from the kind people at Foothill HomeCare Partners, Inc., on Sierra Madre Boulevard.  These two lovely ladies are out in front of the business to greet you as you go past.  The caregiver even has little brochures in her pocket.  Very cute, and such a lot of work that went into creating these two!!

Although the scarecrows will be hanging around all month (so I'll have more to show you!), the judging will end today.  Awards will be given for scariest, most humorous, and best representation of a business, plus honorable mentions.  I'm glad I'm not the one who has to decide.  I've seen some pretty creative stuff so far!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Scarecrow Festival

Okay - how fun is this?  On September 15, Creative Arts, with assistance from the Kiwanis Club, offered a free class, led by Glendora Artist Cathy Manzo, where people could make their own scrarecrows.  Unfortunately, it appears that I'm the only one in Sierra Madre who didn't realize this was happening.  (This is not surprising.  I seem to miss a lot.) 

Anywho, the Scarecrow Festival contest is on, and these whimsical fellas (and gals) have been popping up all over town.  The scarecrows will be displayed all month, but the judging is going on from October 1st through 4th.  I've snapped a few pics, to share with you.

Today's offering, brought to you by Sierra Fitness, in the heart of downtown, shows us that with the right equipment, attire, and hydration, fitness is an attainable goal for one and all, not just for those of us with brains (cue the Wizard of Oz music...).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Snow Job

Here lately, it seems that the weather man is continually pulling one over on us.  He lets the weather get slightly under 100, then acts like it's been cool, saying, "Oops.  It's heating back up again."  And we are meant to believe it was ever less-than-hot in the first place. 

Mother Moo's has been very helpful during all this unfriendly weather, with their divine homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches. 

Still, I keep thinking about how I wish I lived where it snows, if only for a little while... 

Hit it, Bing!  (And Danny.  And the "Sisters.")

Monday, October 1, 2012

Theme Day: Silhouette

A Sierra Madre Block With a Palm in Front of Nearly Every House
Yesterday, I briefly mentioned the Arbolita Ranch on Central Avenue (now Sierra Madre Boulevard), owned by Mr. Blair, and managed at one time by Carlton Pegler. 

Mr. Blair's property eventually became the Basset and Washburn Kentia Palm Nursery.  Kentia Palms are a fairly small variety, often used indoors.  But there is a street in the Palm Nursery's former area that seems to have a preponderance of large palm trees -  one in almost every yard. Coincidence? Looks like another chance for some further research.

I like how large palm trees seem to watch over us as we go about our lives. The group in today's photo always reminds me of a row of benevolent concert-goers, watching the neighborhood's show from really great balcony seats. ...and they never get bored and leave.


The City Daily Photo Blog (CDPB) Community holds a monthly Theme Day, and October's theme is "Silhouette."  If you're able to, please visit the City Daily Photo Blog Community's Facebook page, to see how others from around the world have interpreted the theme.