Friday, May 31, 2013


~~ Carolyn's Garden - A great place for a bit of reverie ~~

Reverie is not a mind vacuum.  It is rather the gift
of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul. 
~~Gaston Bachelard


Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Seed Fairy

~~I'm pretty sure I spotted the Seed Fairy visiting this magical garden... ~~

In every gardener there is a child
who believes in The Seed Fairy. 
~~Robert Brault

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Red Door Antiques

~~ Adele's House: About a Stone's Throw ~~

I love this group of signs outside of Red Door Antiques, at 51 East Montecito, about a half-block from Baldwin.  They are open daily from 9:00 to 7:00 and, based on the fun stuff that is outside the store, there must be a whole lotta coolness inside.  I haven't been able to go in yet, but I know it will be a happy day for me when I do! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ward's in Winter

They say a heat wave is coming.  I thought we all might enjoy a photo of the E. Waldo Ward home at Sunset, in December of last year.  The weather was quite chilly at that point in time! 
Also, it appears that I've gone and broken my foot.  So...  my walking around town has been curtailed for now.  But, rather than curtail my blogging, I've decided to share some archive photos (of which there are many!).  I'm sure I'll be out and about, but not so much at the moment, as I learn to use crutches.  In fact, if you know me personally, and you see me coming toward you with my crutches, I'd suggest you run quickly in the other direction.  Really, a person should have to have a license to use these things...

Monday, May 27, 2013

This Garden Rocks

~~ A Garden in the Canyon ~~
Walking in the canyon, quite some time ago, we came across this garden, largely comprised of rocks.  I really like the way they've combined the rocks, the wood, the large cactus, and the lights.  It is simple, yet beautiful.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


On this year's Mother's Day trip to The Four Seasons, I saw the Tea Room's ever-busy owner, Rosa Jaime, who very graciously came and said Hello, and even posed for this photo!

Apparently, I am not the only one who loves Rosa and her tea room.  A quick internet search showed me that the Four Seasons, opened in 2004, has been written up in several publications, including this great article in the Pasadena Weekly.

Also, I found this wonderful (although a bit fuzzy) video, from ABC 7.  While watching, I learned more about Rosa, including the fact that she was once in a managerial position at Beadles Cafeteria in Pasadena.  How about that?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Oh Plato...


He was a wise man who invented beer.
~~ Plato

A week after my last visit Lucky Baldwin's I was fortunate ("lucky") to get to go again. Two weeks in a row is some sort of a streak for me... On this trip, though, our beer was served in the very-cool Stella Artois glasses. I don't know if there's an actual reason for it, but the beer always tastes better out of these glasses.  Either way, I feel strongly that Plato would have approved!

Friday, May 24, 2013


~~ A few items on sale at Belle's Nest - Not a mistake in the bunch! ~~
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  
Art is knowing which ones to keep.  
~Scott Adams


Thursday, May 23, 2013


~~ Looking out one of the windows at
The Four Seasons Tea Room ~~
One of the very nicest things about life is the
way we must regularly stop whatever it is we
 are doing and devote our attention to eating.
~~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, 
Pavarotti, My Own Story


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jennie's Gate

This is the front gate at the Jennie Reeve Cottage, designed by Greene and Greene.  I took this photo in December (as evidenced by the two poinsettias on the porch).  Then, last week I discovered that I am not the only person who is interested in the gate.  Please click here to see Carolyn Gravatte's lovely painting of the "Rambling Rose Cottage."

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


There are always two people in every picture: 
the photographer and the viewer.  
~~Ansel Adams


Monday, May 20, 2013

Tea for Two Moms

~~ Getting Ready for the delicious Royal Afternoon Tea, at the Four Seasons ~~
On Saturday, my sister-in-law and I took our moms (my mom and mother-in-law) to tea at the Four Seasons Tea Room, as a belated Mother's Day celebration.  This is now a long-standing tradition, of two years. 
Having tea is such a nice way to sit and reconnect with friends or loved ones (or, in this case, loved ones who are also friends!). Although our group was invited to have more than one kind of tea, we all chose Apricot, which is one of their house blends.   The sandwiches and scones were of course, delicious, too.  This time, I ended up buying a can of loose leaf Peach Apricot Black Tea to take home.  Can't wait to enjoy a cup this afternoon. 
As always, it was a great day - thank you to Rosa, and her gracious staff!

Sunday, May 19, 2013


~~ Another example of Carolyn's creativity, and her kindness ~~

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
~~Henry James

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Visit with Carolyn Gravatte

~~ Work in Progress - Click here to see Carolyn with her oil painting, "It's a Good Life" ~~

Yesterday, I was the lucky recipient of what is known as a Wonderful Experience.  As a little background, when I went to the Sierra Madre Art Fair this year, I wanted to buy one of Carolyn Gravatte's prints.  Carolyn, renowned and immensely talented, was the featured artist at last year's Art Fair.  Her art is also featured on the front cover of Michele Zack's book, Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre.  

Unfortunately (or so I thought at the time!), by the time I got to Carolyn's booth, they no longer had the combo of print and size that I was looking for.  Carolyn's daughter Laura (also an artist), wrote down my info and said that they would contact me when my print became available.

Fast forward to this week, when I got a call from Carolyn, and headed to her home/studio to pick up my print.  The home, largely built by Carolyn and her husband, is nestled up against the hills, making you feel like you've left the big city (which, in effect, you have), and are enjoying a mini-vacation. 

Not only is Carolyn talented, she is a delightful person!  Her warm and lovely home and studio are filled with examples of her creativity.  In fact, she has a very creative family - a lamp made by her husband served as the light for looking at the prints I was choosing.  She patiently showed me many different prints (so many great things to choose from), while we had a wonderful visit.  It was truly an experience to be treasured.  

As luck would have it, I ordered another print that Carolyn is going to prepare for me, so I guess I'll have to go back.  Darn... 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Time Travel

Last year, when film crews were in town, I spotted this gas sign prop that they were using for a flashback scene.  I could go for a little car-trip back in time... 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fountain Friend

This guy stands atop a fountain that, when this photo was taken, had no water in it.  I still like his cheery little face, though! 
The fountain is in front of an apartment building on Sierra Madre Boulevard.  These are the apartments that were built up around the Lawless House, a once-Greene and Greene home.  Ahhhh...  The 1960's.  It's a very nice apartment building, but I seriously bemoan the loss of that house in our town.  There are only two others now.
But Little Smiley here isn't bothered by any of that.  He's just enjoying his life, completely unaware of the history that sits right behind him!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jacaranda Season

A glimpse at some of the glory that is Jacaranda Season... 
More to come!
Still on Blogcation - Looking forward to being back soon!!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Peppertree is Back!

Oh, how I've missed their Chicken Bowl.
Lots of food and drink for all ages... 
Can't wait to go in and get reacquainted!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sierra Madre Rec Center

The Sierra Madre Recreation Center, located in Sierra Vista Park. (Photo taken just before sunset, last July.)
I'm still away from the Blogiverse for a few days, trying to catch up on a few things...  Meanwhile, I'll share a few archive photos of favorite sights around town.  Thanks for reading and commenting - See you on Thursday!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Blogcation Continues

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Another photo of Ascension Church - a very photogenic subject...  Click on the link to read some of the story of Miss Frances Hawks.  (In case you missed it the first time!)

I'll be away from the Blogiverse for a few days, to catch up on some things...  Meanwhile, I'll be sharing archive photos of favorite sights around town.    

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Blogcation - The Pinney House

~~ January, 2013 ~~

I'll be away from the Blogiverse for a few days, to catch up on some things...  Meanwhile, I'll be sharing archive photos of favorite sights around town.  

Friday, May 10, 2013


~~ Ascension Church - A view from the side street ~~
I'll be away from the Blogiverse for a few days, to catch up on some things...  Meanwhile, I'll be sharing archive photos of favorite sights around town.  (This, of course, includes several of my many, many photos of Ascension Church - a very photogenic subject!) 

We will resume our regularly-scheduled programming on Thursday, the 16th.  I may not be able to answer comments for a few days, but I definitely appreciate them.  See you next week!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


~~ Two glasses of Stella Artois, clinking together - Sorry for the blurry quality... 
The photographer was anxious to get to the drinking part...  ~~

I went to Lucky Baldwin's the other night, to have a beer and some fish n' chips with some really amazing people.  I had a great time - and not just because I got to drink my favorite beer!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pantorium Cleaners

Not long ago, I posted a photo of the sign atop the Pantorium Cleaners, at Lima and Sierra Madre Boulevard.  At the time, I wasn't sure about the history of the business, or the building, but found a bit of info on the internet (which, you may be surprised to hear, is not always correct!).  I received a comment on the post, and thought I'd include it here, in its entirety. 

"Pantorium Cleaners was started in Lake Geneva, WI (not Chicago) in 1919 by my grandfather, Peter Messe.   My father, Joseph Delgatto took over the cleaners from his father-in-law in 1945.   In 1954, we moved to Sierra Madre, CA.  In 1956 my grandfather built the building where my father opened Pantorium Cleaners. My brother Joe took over the business in 1975 and sold the cleaners in 2011."

 Thank you again to John Delgatto, for providing me with this information.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Just Desserts

~~ More from the dessert arsenal at Only Place in Town  - Check out the brownies underneath!~~
At Sunday's lunch, everyone had dessert. 
It was a very good day.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Nice as Pie

~~ Only Place in Town's homemade apple pie and (coconut!) ice cream - As good as it looks! ~~
I don't think I've ever seen pie advertised. That's how you know it's good. They advertise ice cream and other desserts. They advertise the bejeezus out of yogurt, but I haven't seen one pie commercial.
~~ Adam Carolla

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Art, Glorious Art

~~ A rare, quiet moment at the Art Fair ~~
This weekend marked the 51st annual Sierra Madre Art Fair, brought to us by, and benefitting, the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library.  Yesterday was warm and bright, and the crowds were as abundant as the sun.  I drove past at High Noon and, luckily I wasn't trying to park, because that would not have been an option.  Today, we stopped in during the late afternoon and, although things were beginning to wrap up, it looks like the clouds and gloomy weather were no deterrent for the happy art shoppers.  There were people everywhere, browsing and buying handmade pottery, jewelry, and prints (galore!).  It looks like a great weekend was had by one and all.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cards Galore

~~ Just some of the cards you can find at Mail Box and Postal ~~

I stopped in to Mail Box & Postal, on Sierra Madre Boulevard, today, to buy a card for my husband's birthday.  The selection at this place is truly amazing.  According to store employee Jose, they have over 1,000 cards.  Yep.  Cards Galore.  And on a side note, I think I'm going to try to bring back the word "galore."  Just a little FYI... 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Passing Time at the Park

As you may have noticed, I've posted photos from this same vantage point before.  (This one shows the park a year or so ago, on a very different sort of spring day.)  I kind of like to see the change in seasons from this spot.  It's a great place to take a break and watch the time pass.    

Thursday, May 2, 2013

For the Dogs

~~ One of several dog-and-walker drinking fountains around town ~~

“I'm an introvert... I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”
~~ Audrey Hepburn


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Theme Day: The Creative Artisan

For this month's City Daily Photo theme day, "The Creative Artisan," I chose to use some lovely handmade candles.  Luckily, they can be found at Belle's Nest, right here in Sierra Madre.  Amy Massie, owner and creator of Fiamma Naturals, makes candles and spa products from natural materials.  The candles are made of soy and hemp (for the wick), and she uses containers that are made in the United States.  Best of all, these candles smell delicious!  My current favorite is lavender, with little flecks of actual lavender inside (you can see one, at the front of the group).  There are many seasonal offerings, as well as year-round favorites.  Check them out, next time you're in the area!

For more entries in our Creative Artisans around the world theme, click here!