Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out and about again over the weekend and I found some fun things....

...  I picked up 3 things... the nice aquatint of a mill in the Calvados region of northern France...

... I also picked up this great little hard past porcelain cup, I think it's a punch cup, due to the decoration.  I've been looking at it for almost a month at the Goodwill, but I just couldn't justify the purchase until it hit the half price shelves on Saturday - 

... and I found this at a thrift store...It's a reproduction and contains stone removed from the Cathedral during restoration work. This is from Wells Cathedral c. 1240 - from the east aisle of the north transept and represents a sexless Salamander, a reminder to the monks of their vow of celibacy.

There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Little Summer

Gentle friends, keeping with the theme of Summer... I thought I would post a beautiful piece of music today... it's a bit on the long side at 10 minutes but so worth a look, especially the ending.....  here it goes...

"SUMMER" Allegro Non Malto: Adagio-Presto-Adagio; Presto (The Four Seasons); From The National Botanical Gardens of Wales; Julia Fischer on violin, accompanied by the Academy of St. Martin in the Feilds.

I hope you enoyed it!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, we had our first really warm weekend.... in the low to mid 70's on Saturday and then a sweltering 83 on Sunday....  at my MIL's house down in the Valley it reached a whopping 108.....  I guess Summer is upon us at last....  even though it reached 83 by early afternoon... by nightfall, the breeze had picked up and the temps plummeted back into the upper 60's and low 70's.... so this morning we are back in the weather comfort zone!!  That's one of the lovely things about living here by the Bay, that the weather, even though it may get on the warm side usually breaks quickly and gets back to being cool.  Even with the heat getting turned up we still got some running about thrifting on Saturday and got some stitching done.... here's a snap...

...  although this is a pretty terrible snaperoo of the project you get the idea of where I've gotten to.... I've swapped out a couple of floss colours on this block and will mention them as I get along...I really am enjoying this piece quite a bit!!  I do enjoy BBD designs and even though I'm only at about the halfway point with this piece I'm already planning what the next project will be...pretty silly I know!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Little Drag Ball

Gentle Friends, last Saturday evening was the "Switch Hitters Ball, " which is the wrap-up event for the SF Gay Softball League.  The "F Liners" is the team that Rico is on.  The Switch Hitters Ball is where the different teams have players dress in drag either as a group for the "Group Prize" or singly for the title of Miss Switch Hitter.  I've been waiting to do this Post to see if I could get better pictures - I was in a bad position so mine really weren't the best, but no other snaps have surfaced so you'll just have to make do with mine....

The theme for this year was a Look Back at the Past winning enteries....Rico and the other Cheer Leaders were part of a backup group for the "F Liners" effort - a recreation of their 2015 winning entry where they did a scene from Hairspray and the song "Welcome to the 60's"...

... Rico and Scooby outside before the evening got underway...

... it was packed and really warm at the venue...

... here are some shots of the "Girl Group" in action...


... the new Mis Switch Hitter on the left (an F Liner) 
and the outgoing Miss Switch Hitter on the Right...

.... the backup group... from L to R - Ernie, Matt, and Rico...  

... another shot of everyone after the show was a relly fun evening and was a fun wrap-up to a really great softball season!!

That's about it for today sports fans, not too much going on around here lately.  No fun thrifty finds.... but, there are a few Estate Sales this weekend so hope springs eternal!!  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, still stitching away on AotH, and here's where I left off last night...

... this block I'm stitching for my maternal grandparents.  I restitched the initials and dates all over this block - trying them here and there ..... the letters, as charted, really don't fit well and the square is a bit on the small side - so - I'm not sure what I'll put there, yet.

That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Little Thrifty Thursday....

Gentle Freinds, yes, I'm still going about thrifting, and yes, I'm still hitting the estates sales but for the past few weeks there's been next to nothing to buy - I've seen a few fun things, but nothing fun enough to bring home.  I've had quite a few emails recently about my not posting about the bits and pieces I find - but as I like to say.... "hope springs eternal!!"  This past Saturday I found some things...

... in addition to the DVD's, the bits of 1ate 18th early 19th-century porcelain I stumbled across were really unexpected... at a Goodwill, I found the Tremblant saucer, the small plate, and handleless cup - all beautifully handpainted and the gilt decoration still in super condition.  
The large beautifully decorated "shell" dish from a desert service was made by Spode in about 1810 - I found this lovely at a thrift store - I guess it's my innate tenacity that keeps me looking week after week.... but I love the search and will be out and about again this weekend!!

That's about it for today sports fans thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Little "Faire" Visit

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I headed over to Alameda Pointe with a friend to hit the monthly Antiques Faire held there.  There were supposed to be around 800 dealers present and after walking the whole thing I can believe it... here's a snap...

 ...   I only ran into a couple of pieces of silver I wanted but in the end passed on both of them and came home empty handed... we did stop and had a "small" lunch...

... juicy brat's with lots of sauerkraut and onions!!  It was a fun day and took us about 5 hours to walk the whole Faire so that we could see everything or at least try and see everything...  I'm thinking we'll probably get to the next one on July 2nd  because you never know what might turn up!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

San Rafael California - "The Mission San Rafael Arcangel"

Gentle Friends... on with the day.... after Sonoma, we headed back towards San Rafael, but first, we pulled off the highway and had lunch at A&W... it was Rico's choice he really enjoys their burgers and fries!!!


Our next stop was to visit the site of the Mission of San Rafael Arcangel...

The statue of Father Vincente Francisco de Sarria founder of the Mission

...a little history.."Mission San Rafael Arcángel was founded in 1817 as a medical asistencia ("sub-mission") of Mission San Francisco de Asís. It was a hospital to treat sick Native Americans, making it Alta California's first sanitarium.[8] The weather was much better than in San Francisco, which helped the ill get better.[9] It was not intended to be a stand-alone mission, but nevertheless grew and prospered and was granted full mission status on October 19, 1822."

In 1949, a replica of the chapel was built next to the current Saint Raphael's Church on the site of the original hospital in San Rafael, California.

... the inside of the reconstructed Mission Church.  

... the lovley High Altar of the church....

...Originally the beams and exposed wood would have been heavily painted as would the walls...

... just inside the narthex is a prie dieux

... there is a small exhibit of the remnants from the Mission including the original Mission Bells...  the middle bell is the oldest bell made for the asistencia and placed by Father Amoros in about 1820.  The bell on the right was acquired by the Mission in about 1830 and the bell on the left was acquired in about 1833 - both bells placed by either Father Estemga or Father Mercado...

... there was also a display of the things from the archaeological digs from the original building of 1817/1822...

... this is a shot of the front with the replicated bells in place.  The complex was lovely and so serene.

We had a wonderful day out of the City and visiting these two Mission sites was so worth it.  I would highly recommend the trip to anyone visiting the Bay area.  Getting to both Sonoma and San Rafeal is quick and easy, goodness knows that if I could do it anyone can!!  If you would like to read about the Mission here in San Francisco you can go HERE to my blog and read the Post about our last visit.

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks, for stopping by and reading about our visit do stop again!!

Take care,

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, a quick update on AotH.... I finished up the sixth block and have moved on to number 7.... here's a snap...

 ... the piece as it stands...

... and Block number 6... this I stitched for my parents... the year they were married and I stitched in 5 hearts representing the five of us in our family.  I also had to shift up the birds on that side to make the "hearts" fit.

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sonoma California - Part II "The Colonial Plaza"

Gentle Friends, this second part of the Post about Sonoma is about the Colonial Plaza downtown and some of the historic buildings and monuments we saw... just down the street from the Mission are the remnants of the complex of buildings where Lieutenant Mariano Vallejo house "Casa Grande" once stood.  The Casa Grande was burned down in 1867 leaving the kitchen building and servants wing.....  Vallejo was the Military Commander of the Northern Frontier the left is the servant's wing, the two storied building was Toscano Hotel Annex...

... another shot of the servant's wing... 

 ....  this building was the Toscano Hotel's Kitchen

... the is plaque from the Hotel...

... you can step into the Hotel's front door and there is this barred area to keep from going too far in...

... I stuck my camera past the bars and got this shot of the Parlour to the left of the front door...and 

... the saloon area to the right of the door.....

Next to the Toscano Hotel is the "Barracks"
 ... the two-story, wide balconied, adobe barracks was built to house the Mexican army troops under the command of Vallejo.  They frist started to arrive in 1834, from then until 1846, Sonoma was the headquarters of the Frontera del Norte - the Mexican provincial frontier of the north.  
Actual construction of the building probably took place in stages but more or less completed by 1840-41.

... how the barracks may have looked when it was an army building...

... also in the Barracks was this version of the Bear Flag.....

 ... this is the back baconly of the barracks building from the courtyard...

Back on the Plaza is this great sculpture "Raising of the Bear Flag" by John MacQuarrie, 1914's the plaque with more info...


... I couldn't find much info about the Sonoma City Hall, but it sits in the middle of the plaza and is quite was dedicated in 1908 and was originally designed with four identical sides.  The outside of the building is built with rusticated basalt stone from local quarries.

That wraps up Sonoma.... I have one more Post that will complete our day of travel in the North Bay.  Thanks again for stopping by, have a great couple of days off!!

Take care,

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sonoma California - Part I "The Mission San Francisco Solano"

Gentle Friends, last Thursday on the first day of our long weekend we headed north from the city across the Golden Gate Bridge into wine country.  Our destination was to Sonoma then on to San Rafael - to visit the Missions ..... a little back information ... one of the things from my Bucket List to accomplish while still breathing is to visit them all and we've been to the Mission San Francisco de Asis here in the City quite a few times ...  we arrived in Sonoma late morning.... 

 The Mission SF Solano is the 21st and last Mission built and the northernmost Mission in Alta California.  This Mission is also the only one built after Mexico gained independence from Spain.

Here's a little history I lifted from Wikipedia..."The mission buildings rapidly fell into disrepair. The town of Sonoma was growing and building materials were in great demand. Roof tiles, timbers and adobe bricks were salvaged from the mission buildings. After the settlers had cannibalized the old buildings, nature began recycling the remnants.[14]
In 1841, Mariano Vallejo ordered a small adobe chapel to be built on the location of the first wooden mission chapel. It became the church of the parish and replaced the large mission church which was rapidly deteriorating. It stood on the west end of the convento so is often thought to be the church of the old mission.[40]
During 1863 President Abraham Lincoln transferred ownership of all the mission churches in California to the Roman Catholic Church. In 1881, the Sonoma church property was sold to a local businessman and a new parish church was built across town. At one time, the old adobe chapel was used as a warehouse. The convento may have been used as a winery.[14]
In 1903, the two remaining mission buildings were purchased by California Historic Landmarks League and became part of the California Park System in 1906. By 1913, both had been reconstructed. After the 1940s, the former church and convento were remodeled along more authentic lines suited to exhibits devoted exclusively to mission history."

 ... looking into the chapel from the vestibule...

 ... the view along the nave towards the high altar...

 ... from the high altar looking back towards the vestibule...

 ... the reconstructed pulpit...

 ... the high alter... 

 ... the outside of the Chaple from the courtyard...

 ... the schoolroom and oven in the courtyard...

 ... the brand marks from the various Mission...

 ... more of the courtyard...
It was a nice drive up, about 45 minutes, the mission buildings and information on the self-guided tour were really quite interesting.  

That's about it for today sports fans, Part II tomorrow.  
Thanks again for stopping by!!

Take care,