Monday, April 26, 2010

Gardening and sewing

Can you guess which one I worked on this weekend? 
New Zealand Flax
Manzanita tree

Nope, it wasn't gardening!  My mom and I did, however, volunteer as docents on a garden tour fundraiser by Ventura Botanical Gardens, which is trying to raise money to build a public garden up in the hills surrounding the Father Serra cross--otherwise known as Grant Park (we were married there!). These pictures are of the Mediterranean house and garden where they held a dinner and silent auction.  It is way up on the hill above downtown Ventura and the place was spectacular!

Front driveway, and below, view down the steep drive to the hillside abloom with wild mustard.

This home is owned by a cardiologist and his oncologist wife.  I often hear the doctor's voice as I do transcription for the physiology department.  He's one of my favorites!

Beautiful, large Spanish tile fountain at the back of the house's large patio.  The outdoor kitchen was about the size of my entire downstairs.

I have never had quite this perspective on our coastline before.  You can see in the distance the breakwater for our marina.  It was a gorgeous day. 

Dragon sculpture in a sheltered patio between wings of the home.

Mom and I visited one other garden before spending our afternoon at another lovely home, volunteering as greeters in different parts of the garden.  It was fun to chat and joke with people and be outside for hours, a rare occurrence in my life at present!  I saw several folks I knew and met some lovely others.  As for sewing, I spent all of Sunday afternoon putting together the backing for the zig zag quilt.  I think I will end up with a pile of scraps large enough to make a potholder maybe, after all the pieces I cobbled together to make the backing large enough!  And now I am off to get the thing pinned together which will probably take me two hours.  My deadline is May 1 so I gotta get to it.

P.S. What do you think of my new profile pic?


Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I love the new profile pic Annie. you look stunning!

Now onto that garden. I wish I had a view like that! And oh my goodness at the fountain. Wouldnt it be locely to have a yard like that.

Cynthia L. said...

One day when I am rich and can afford gardeners ...

I like your profile pic too.

*karendianne. said...

Gosh these photos are divine. I completely dig that fountain and thanks for sharing it. For a few minutes I was thinking this was your house, friend. :)

As for your profile picture. I LUV IT! You're as pretty on the outside as you are on the inside. I know because I can feel it come through your writing. Transcribing you with love, *karendianne. (silly)

Libby said...

Ahhhh - hillsides filled with wild mustard. A sight for sore eyes *s*

Stephanie D. said...

What a fantastic place! And a lovely day in which to enjoy it, too!