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Sunday, June 17, 2012

sunday market bento


Hi guys! It has been a busy, exciting time since my last post--very happy to report that we've found our dream house! A Victorian from 1895, in a lovely and central location (quite walkable to downtown), the house is full of history, nifty and exciting architectural details including high ceilings and a gingerbread wraparound porch, and a large backyard garden that basks in full, bright Santa Rosa sun for most of the day!

Soon we'll be able to grow the full sun flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables long dreamed of. The property comes with a Gravenstein apple tree, a Meyer lemon tree, a guava tree...we feel truly blessed by good fortune in our search culminating in such a special home that will be a joy to live in and cultivate. Pics to come, of course!

As we settle into to our new town, we are finding enjoyable places (admittedly abundant in this happy town) and routines. One that may well "stick": breakfast at folksy, delicious Hank's Creekside (rich omelettes, pancakes with house-ground flour, the best corned beef hash ever...) and then a drive out to Sebastapol for its sweet Sunday market.

A farmer's market with a baby animal petting zoo? Well, that's one I'm going to want to return to!
Some images from the market (including animals) and market-based bento follow:




This iris specialist has several gorgeous varieties; this lilac and white one will be in my new garden for sure:




A tapestry of edible blooms





Happiest little goats resting in the market petting zoo!


Jamison captured this great bird portrait...hens hopped around the same petting zoo enclosure as the goats and bunnies.




Aw!


In the market bento, micro greens and edible flowers, local cherries, and a centerpiece of avocado and baby shrimp...


See you again soon, have an awesome week ahead!






16 comments:

Cocyte said...

A guava tree ! That's so cool !! I've seen pictures of the house and it's beyond beautiful !! I'm so happy for you !

The bento is beautiful too ! I love the sweet color of the cherries and the edible flowers !

I wish you a lot of joy and happiness in this great and exiting new adventure of your life !

Robin | what-about-the-food said...

Hard to believe you've switched coast so quickly. You have picked you new hometown well and your lovely Victorian will soon be full of your love and laughter.

This sweet Bento has many things I love in the summer, shrimp, avocado and edible flowers. Looking forward to more of your adventures as you settle in. Happy week ahead!

Bentobird said...

Dear Cocyte, you are the sweetest blogging pal! Your comments never fail to make me smile and feel like we have so much in common (fellow Leo!)...I so appreciate your kind, happy words here, thank you!

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin dear! You know, I'm so happy to report that that mysterious sense of "coming home" when we visited Santa Rosa last year has really been confirmed by every day here--there's a relaxed, buoyant, colorful spirit, a warmth and graciousness that we love. The beautiful way this home came into our lives (wonderful current owners we connected well with) just deepens the sense of being in the right place.

Setting down roots here with home and garden will be a joy indeed. Hugs and happy week ahead to you!

Judy said...

The last time I visited Santa Rosa I kind of fell in love with the place, so I sense your euphoria. I hope you have many happy days (and happy bentos and pictures) in your new home. I love gingerbread detailed Victorians!

Kay @ The Church Cook said...

Congrats and finding your dream home! Sound like it will be so fun to decorate and make it your own!

Lyndsey said...

Jenn, your house is just perfect for you two, including the lovely yard. So happy you were able to find it. I love the farmers market, the floral/greens mix was talking to you...calling your name!:D Perfect! Love the bento! Looking forward to seeing more from your garden. BTW I just bought a pandan plant...I hope it surrvives in my yard. Looking for shiso, and curry plants now.

Bentobird said...

Hi Judy! Cool, glad you've been to SR...maybe you'll come visit again with a bento pal in town?

Bentobird said...

Hi Kay!
Thanks so much, we are so looking forward to this...so nice to see you again!

Bentobird said...

Hi Lynds!

Aw thanks hon!Yep, when I saw that mix I was like BENTO! Ohhh, I have to look up pandan plants, new to me. The ability to grow all kinds of green things, especially herbs is SUCH a fun prospect. Have a great week, see you on fb!

Lynne Jacobs said...

Congratulations on your move to the West Coast. Sounds like an ideal place for sun, scenery and good food. Miss you on Flickr, and hope to see you return there too.

Regards,

Lynne aka Libraryrivergirl

sheri fujihara chen said...

Big big congrats on finding your new home! What an exciting and fulfilling time for you both. Hope to see more of your home and garden reflected in your bento this summer. ^_^

Bentobird said...

Helloooo Lynne! Thanks so much for comin over to say hi...and for reminding me about Flickr. Have a great Tuesday!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! THANKS :) You've been so warm and encouraging about coming out west, so happy to share this good news with you. Hoping to do a SF ramen meetup at some point!

AikoVenus said...

I'm happy that you've found such a fantastic place to live! Another amazing bento and pictures, too! ^^ Just gorgeous!

Bentobird said...

Helllllo AikoVenus! Great to read your comment, it made me smile after a very busy workday. Happy weekend, friend....