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Saturday, September 22, 2012

settling in!

 
Hey guys! It has been too long since posting, and I'm excited to report that we have moved into our new place, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1895
 
 
I love the simple yet charming woodwork that surrounds the front of the house. This is the view from my home office. Wisteria coils from the side of the porch...
 
 
The last couple of weeks have been much taken with choosing paint colors. Here is the warm peach we selected for the living room:
 
 
This refreshing French blue was painted on the kitchen wainscoting, love it! Works very well with our blue and white china collection.
 
 
I'm so excited to introduce our new family member, Saki! She is a lovely Himalayan, quite talkative and loves being picked up and cuddled...and also loves hanging out in the garden, in spots of half sun-shade, or up on the high garden wall, surveying her realm.
 
 
Here she is next to the very neat vintage stove:
 
 
A view of the garden, early morning:
 
 
There are several raised beds and a large in ground bed with good soil--arugula and spinach starts are in, and we are shopping for seeds at the Petaluma Seed Bank tomorrow. This space gets a great deal of direct sunshine, which will make not only vegetables but roses, iris and so many other beautiful flowers possible, too...
 
 
 
 
 
 
English sweet peas, to be trained up a wire screen
 
 
On a foodie note, our first breakfast in the new house was graced by mimosas made with champagne given by dear friends back East as a house warming gift (we drove across the country with this special bottle).
 
 
 
 
So yummy with a fontina, mushroom and baby tomato omelet. A locally made sourdough dusted with fennel seeds was the perfect accompaniment...
 
 
 
 
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and happy cooking!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

14 comments:

origa-me said...

Simply fabulous, I know you and Saki will enjoy your new home.

Bentobird said...

Hello origa-me/C.! Thanks for swooping by to visit, friend:)

Jennifer Gildred MA ATR said...

Love the new post, Jenn! And so happy that you're settling into your sweet new home and garden. Great pics! I'm so looking forward to spending some time helping you out in your garden if you'd like that. And wow, we get to visit the Seed Bank together tomorrow, finally! Woot!

Blorgie said...

Saki looks the perfect companion! And your house is gorgeous - love the vintage heater and oven! Look forward to seeing your bentos emerge from the kitchen and the seasons move through the garden.

tofugirl said...

Congratulations Jenn! Love the new house, and can't wait to see what comes out of your garden! :D

babykins said...

WOW wow wow I'm excited for you!! Welcome Saki to Jenn's family. She(?) looks gorgeous and elegant like you :) I'd love to send some seeds from here next season (maybe they're already over). Anyway congrats, looking forward to seeing your new life adventure!

Bentobird said...

Hi JG! Thanks for your warm and sunny comments, and it was awesome visiting the Seed Bank and taking in its holy vibe together...along with the rest of the day! Looking forward to Plants Shopping in Petaluma, Episode 2, this Tuesday!

Bentobird said...

Hi Carolyn! She really is--feel blessed that she is in our lives, and to be part of the process of making this lovely old place ours...

Bentobird said...

Thanks so much dear Carol! This newbie vegetable gardener is excited :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Izumi! Yep, Saki is a girl...ohhhh some seeds sound amazing! Winter veggies can be grown through the cold months here...but anything you send would be an amazing addition to our garden :) Thanks so much for your kind comments!

Tracie said...

Beautiful!

Bentobird said...

Thanks for your kind comment!

sheri fujihara chen said...

Your home is simply perfect. I love everything about it! Can't wait to see your decor, and the lovely bento and meals that come forth from it and you. Congratulations!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Many thanks, friend! We do feel so lucky and happy that we landed here, and it will be a creative work in progress for years to come :) Have a fantastic Wednesday...