Friday, April 26, 2013

Buying a Lemon... PHP (Picture Heavy Post)

Gentle Friends I don't think I have ever just taken some snaps around my bit of the City.  I am really lucky that San Francisco is such a easy to walk in city with lots of little neighborhoods.  I live in an area called Noe Valley and within a 5 minute walk is 24th Street, the main shopping thoroughfare for the Valley.  We have had such lovely warm, breezy weather this week, that the other day I took my camera along with me...  so here we go...  just down the street from me before I turn the corner to walk down the first of two hills is this great little shingle style house and their rose bush has been just blooming to beat the band for the last month or so....


That's an abalone shell nailed to the fence.  On the opposite side of this little yard is a fig tree that is just starting to leaf out for the summer.

Walking down Castro Street a few blocks I turn another corner and am on 24th Street...


This is looking East on the South side of 24th, and this great little flower shop is always so pretty.  Then you have a super bakery and next to that is a shoe shop and next to that is a foo foo chocolate shop.  It is nice that the shop has kept the great old shoe sign up.  A little further on is this bulletin board to see what is going on in our little area...


Walking down a little more I crossed over 24th and on the north side of the street I took this snap...

The shop "Just for Fun" is a large local stationary, and gift shop.  

All along the street are these flowering pink trees, and they are going full blast this spring....  It's great when a gust of wind blows through as it picks up the little pin petals and creates a really lovely pink "snow storm" effect.....  here's a close up...


Yes, I stuck my head up in a tree to take this picture... the looks I got where interesting to say the least.  I know people though I was just some nut taking pictures!!

I made it to my destination....

I bought my lemon and while standing in line - next to a wall of chocolate from all over the world - I picked up a treat for me.  On the way home I stopped off for a cup of coffee and trotted back up the two hills to my house.  Here's what I went out for...


The chocolate was my treat.  I was totally sucked into the dark chocolate with honey - and it is/was totally delicious!!!  What, you may ask did I need a lemon for???  We were going to have quiche for dinner and I was going to steam some fresh asparagus and you can't have steamed asparagus without a squeeze of lemon...  so there you go, some snaps of Now Valley.

That's about it for today and sort of wraps up the week.  Thanks again for stopping by, do stop again!  Have a great weekend!

Take care,
edgar

27 comments:

Mary said...

Great walking with you..love the red bench ( I will have to remember them) outside the shop were bumble and bumble is...whatever that may be. Have a great weekend

Shirlee said...

Love the pictures! It's looking beautiful out there! I hope the asparagus was good : ) Never heard of a chocolate bar with honey! Have a great weekend!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

You live in a lovely city, there is so much colour compared to us at the moment. We're so far behind with blossom because of the cold.

Vicki said...

Edgar, your community is lovely! Thanks for sharing the photos. It's cool to see where my blog friends live.

Leanna said...

Oh Edgar, thank you for the little tour...I love your city! I was there once in spring, and I loved every minute of it.
Of course, I was 'the nut' at that point, sticking my head, shoulders and camera into the strangest paces to take photographs...don't care...San Francisco is beautiful. Glad there are people with your 'eye' living there, to enjoy all the little details...!

cucki said...

So beautiful...
Big hugs x

A Canny Stitcher said...

So nice of you to take us on your walk. The streets look so colourful and I envy you all the lovely blooms. It's been too cold in the UK so all our trees are still bare.
Anne

Jodi S said...

You have a very beautiful and inviting community. Never been to the bay but I hope to visit some day.

Shelly said...

Edgar, I thought you were buying a car, you know-a lemon! I was thinking 'okay let's see what kind of car Edgar & Rico bought'! Beautiful pics of your neighborhood. Have a wonderful weekend!

Susan said...

Thank you for the wonderful walking tour of your neighborhood. I am sooo jealous! I live out in the middle of very little so walking anywhere is impossible (except down to the mailbox) and do so miss living in a town that is walkable.

Margaret said...

Edgar, I so enjoyed the tour of your neighborhood! You are so lucky to live there. And in walking distance of a Whole Foods too! Fantastic! Beautiful area, beautiful place to live. Love all the flowers. And the chocolate! lol!

Kathy Koontz said...

How fortunate you are to live in such a beautiful neighborhood. Thank you so much for sharing your walk with us. I live in a very rural area and am envious of your ability to walk a couple of blocks for a lemon and what looked like very delicious chocolate.

Barb said...

Edgar, You live in a truly beautiful city. If I didn't love the Seattle area, I might have to move there!

dq said...

greaat tour Edgar you need to show us this more often and how it changes with the seasons and weather

lynda said...

I love San Francisco...thanks so much for sharing such pretty bits of your neighborhood.

ginnyt said...

I loved the tour of the lovely shops in your town, so quaint. So nice you can just walk there. Here in Va. Beach we have mostly strip malls. Enjoy your weekend!!!

Christine said...

How lovely to get a feel of where you live, it looks wonderful, and so colourful too. It is still a little early for cherry blossoms or roses here

Nancy*Glory Bee said...

Thanks for the tour of your part of the world! DH & I are coming out to SF in July for a friend's sons wedding. We are staying near Union Square. I must see Alcatraz. We cannot wait to explore the city! It looks like a nice city to walk around. Nancy

Maggee said...

I should do that of my neighborhood! Of course, it is not the city, but it is A city! I grew up in the avenues, and either worked downtown or in the avenues. No car, so streetcar lines (L Taraval) and bus lines were my life line till my friends started driving! Thanks for sharing!

Synthia said...

Very fun for this small-town gal to see the sights of your neck of the woods. Nice neighborhood!!

Joy said...

Edgar, you live in such a pretty place. Everything is green here right now but I guarantee by July everything with be scorched and dry. Not much scenery to see here because we're in "prairie" biome of Texas. Lots o cows.

Jennifer said...

So beautiful! Just saw your little part of the world on HGTV on one of the house-hunters shows. They certainly didn't do it justice. What wonderful photos.

Melody said...

You are so very lucky to live in such a beautiful area! I'd love to visit your city someday.

Thanks for the pretty tour.

Katherine said...

Lovely pics Edgar; thanks for the tour of your really cute neighborhood. The pink blooming trees are kwanzan cherries. I always called them "powder puff" cherries because I get them mixed up with Kousa dogwoods. Anyhoo, they're both Japanese varieties.

Julie said...

I've had a lovely catch up read here Edgar. You have had some lovely finds recently and baked some wonderful goodies.
You live in a very lovely place, so bright and colourful, and of course Mr Sunshine makes all the difference.
Happy stitching, it's growing lovely.

Minnie said...

Your town looks like it's right out of a storybook. So charming.

Maggie O said...

That was a nice little treat...nice little house, blossoms, touring the quaint streets and picking up chocolate and a lemon...then stopping for a coffee...what a life