Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FiLoLi Gardens

"Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life."

Filoi is a grand estate located about 25 miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California.  It is a lovely home set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 
654 acre estate on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

We were fortunate to attend a retirement party there this last weekend at the home
of Lucy Tolmach (Director of Horticulture) on the grounds of FiLoLi.

 If this looks familiar perhaps you were a fan of the TV series "Dynasty."  Filoli was in the opening scenes each week at the start of this show.

FILOLI Gardens reflecting pool
 We toured the gardens at sunset after dinner.  It was breathtaking.

Filoli Reflecting Pool
  Reflecting pool and former carriage house 

hydrangea at Filoli Gardens
  The hydrangeas were enormous

Lucy Tolmach (Director of Horticulture) 
was our hostess and  gave us the evening tour.

The retirement cake was yummy.  It was made by Jim Salyards who works
at FiLoLi.  It was one of the most delicious cakes I have ever had.
It was layers of genois, dacquoise, marzipan, raspberry  jam, fresh
raspberries and homemade crème fraiche.  I can't wait to try making one of these!

If you're ever in San Francisco it really would be worth the trip to Woodside to visit FiLoLi.  You can tour the house or garden or both.  Let me know if you visit.  I'd love 
to see your photos and hear about your experience there.



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Wedding

Photos of my daughter's wedding.  The day couldn't have been more perfect. It was truly magical and I didn't want it to end.  I don't have many photos and the professional photographer's album isn't ready yet but here is what I have.

 The dress

 Ready to walk down the aisle

Mother-of-the-Bride (me!) and my husband (Deputy Commissioner of Marriages
for the day) who performed the ceremony.

David (the Groom) walking his mother, Annie down the aisle.  Annie, God love her, was so emotional just before this when her son told her he was taking her down the aisle.  So sweet!

Flower girls Rain and Ayla...precious and precocious! The Bride in the background.
The vows were so sweet

Mr and Mrs Nesting!

 The first dance

The music

The cake.  White chocolate and berries. Yum!

Proud Parents!

The honeymoon on isle St Lucia
 Good luck Brie and David.  You make a wonderfully special couple!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Wedding Toast to my Daughter

Shadow Box with Baby Clothes. Wedding Toast to my Daughter.

A Wedding Toast to my Daughter

Thirty-Two years ago a beautiful baby girl came home 
from the hospital in a special white dress.  
Today, she wears another special white dress and
looks even more beautiful.
Brie, I love you.  David we love you and wish you
all of the joy and happiness a
good marriage can bring.

baby booties. wedding toast to my daughter

Wedding photos to follow...


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