a weekend of relaxation


It was my birthday this past weekend. It was one of those birthdays with a 5 at the end of it, which means I’m halfway to an age with a 0 at the end of it. Oy! To compensate for my slight grumpiness about the whole age thing, we spent most of the weekend relaxing, sitting and eating. We knew we had been working hard the past handful of months, but you don’t really realize how hard until you finally sit down. We drove out to one of my favorite places, Point Reyes Station and took in lunch at the Station House Cafe, which has one of the most lovely courtyards around. I always leave that town inspired to garden and make our yard a better place.

After a few hours spent browsing through the bookstore, shops, bakery, farmers market and lunch we headed up the coast to Hog Island for a bag of clams and came home to our first dinner outside. We finally got the back deck in a state that we could heave our heavy table up onto it and with a weekend sale on umbrellas at the hardware store, we’ve been all set for dining alfresco!

(the above pictures crack me up a bit, I’ve worked so long in the wine industry choosing lifestyle shots for marketing, that I feel like I’ve become my work!)

Afterwards we did some more apple & pear picking for yet more cider. Taking a full weekend to enjoy life and our surroundings was such a pleasure and a great reminder that we need to do that more often!


Filed under Life in Sonoma

6 responses to “a weekend of relaxation

  1. *sigh* I want to sit at that table and sip that wine. I want to press the apples and pears into juice. I want to be in the Sonoma garden and have a break from the mid-Atlantic and the mess. *sigh* thanks for this.

  2. Happy belated birthday! You may have driven right past our ranch on your way to Pt. Reyes Station:) Cheers!

  3. Michelle

    Ohhh, that patio garden —and those strings of lights— look wonderful -definitely need to stop there the next time we head out to Point Reyes. Yay for alfresco home dining, fresh cider, and belated birthday wishes!

  4. KimH

    Happy Birthday to you!! ♫ Sounds like you had a deliciously wonderful weekend!! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Cathy Moilan

    Happy belated birthday cousin! Aunt Jane is keeping us all updated with your blog. I love it! Sounds like you had a GREAT birthday weekend. By the way I too am heading to the one with a 0…but mine also has the 5 attached. 1-1/2 years away….but still.

  6. “After reading the posts on this blog, I feel like I know a lot more about gardening. And based on the number of posts, I see I am not alone. My website, http://www.gardening.txrus.com has not been up long, but I would like to refer people back to your website to read the info. Thanks again, Lisa Monroe.”

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