Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Detour To Descanso Gardens

A good friend of mine is in town, so we made plans to spend the day together.
Her name is Linda Walker, an award-winning wildlife & western artist.
Her work is beyond stunning, as you can see by this photo of one of her oils!!

We decided to meet at Sisley's and have 'a little bite'. (Yeah, right.)

Here she is! It's like she never left at all! You know how some people are like that?
Love that girl!
I apologize for the blurriness of the next few photos, but they get better, I swear.

I'd never been to Sisley's. The first thing I saw was this. Oh yeah, I'm gonna like this place!!

I can't remember what Linda ordered, but it brought a smile to her face.

Yumm. Tasty.

I ordered Spaghetti. As some of you know, I'm a raw foodist, but I've decided that when I'm out with a friend, I'll just eat what's on the menu. And it's a treat sometimes, I won't lie.

This was Linda's dessert.

And this was mine.

A piece of Cheesecake the size of my head!!

Linda was quite pleased with her dessert too.

Since I'm not used to eating processed, cooked foods, my body likes to let me know it's not too happy with me afterwards! A headache began before we even left the restaurant.

After our 'little bite', we decided we'd go to the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, to get our art-fix.

We yacked all the way. We're quite good at it. Finally, the museum...
with plenty of parking spaces! Cool!!

Hmmm... that can't be good.
It wasn't. Apparently Norton Simon is closed on Tuesdays!!
OK, change of plans. Let's go to the Huntington Library! Yeah!!
But let's call first to see if they're open. Nope. Closed. Who closes on Tuesdays?!!

I had the bright idea of going to Descanso Gardens. We called and they were open!
Which was great, because Linda had never been there.

At the entrance. The open entrance.

I don't know the names of most of the flowers I photographed, and was too lazy to write down what the little signs said. I'm hoping you'll just enjoy seeing them.

Time to take off the jacket. The Southern California weather was wonderful!

When I think of Descanso Gardens, this is what I see. Little pathways, with dappled light. Even more so than the beautiful flowers.

The Japanese Tea House.

As I took this photo, I thought I saw something running.

When I zoomed in on the photo, I saw this little coyote! Isn't it cute?!
Of course the rest of the day, when I heard something rustling in the leaves, I got a little nervous.

We walked up the hill to the fabulous Boddy House. Love that place!!

Look at that kitchen!!


Linda had to get in the act too.

This is Trish Kertes, the artist that was having a showing at the Boddy House.
Her work is beautiful and reminded me of the California Impressionists.

Here is the tram that will drive people up the hill, if they don't want to walk it.
Linda and I were quite happy to walk - especially after the amount of food we inhaled at Sisley's!

Like a kitty-cat basking in the sun.

A giant Redwood.

Stealing the show.

I love Lilac!! Looking at this bloom, I can almost smell it.

I've never met a gift shop I didn't like. And the one at Descanso Gardens is wonderful!!

I love sitting next to a giant Redwood. It makes me feel so svelte.

California Poppies. I love them so much, I painted them on a silk scarf.

As we left Descanso Gardens, we made a wrong turn, so we drove around looking at some of the homes. Be still my heart!!

We finally found the freeway and off we went.

Nice scenery.

I spoke too soon!!

The freeway cleared and we were almost there.

Linda dropped me off at my van, gave me a big hug -

And off she went!! :(
Goodbye for now, my friend. See you the next time you're in town!!

UPDATE: Today, 9/26/14, the laughter stopped, for my beloved friend, Linda Walker. She fought valiantly, but lost her fight with cancer. She was a beautiful, beautiful person and a wonderful, talented artist. She will be missed by so very many. My deepest condolences to her husband, family and friends. Always and forever in my heart, Linda. 
This is how I will remember you... laughing with me and having fun!! I love you, sweet girl. Until we meet again. ~ 

" A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday."
- Erma Bombeck

"A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend - and he's a priest."
- Erma Bombeck

"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved-off the dessert cart."
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Signing off for now,


  1. What a day you had; love your picturama; made me feel like I was there. Now I yearn for green green grass, leaves, flowers and that shot of the cayote. Perfect spot for your lunch...Thank you for making me dream a little.

  2. i love your posts - i feel like i'm there along with you on your trips.=)

    seems like you two were meant to spend a beautiful day like that in a garden. pretty flowers and cool coyote shot!


  3. Hi,

    how many photos!!! I'm so impressed by the size of that cheesecake :D and that kitchen, oh....i want that exact one :)) Looks you had a great time spend with your friend :)


    Just cake Girl :)

  4. I'm living a wonderful life vicariously through your photos. I want to live in that Japanese Tea Garden, or maybe the Gardens Gift Shop.

    I have a laptop---small screen, so I spent quite a while puzzling over the photo of the oil done by your friend. I thought at first it was one of those pieces of art (and I'm not being facetious) that you might see at a Sci-fi/Fantasy Convention. I only got it when I read "nature" further down the post.

    I have a few friends I can fall back into ease with after a long gap---it's a comforting thing.

  5. looks like fun!! the lilacs are blooming here too! love them..i want what linda ordered..the blueberry cheese/cream crepe!!! xxx

  6. Love those desserts! The gardens are beautiful. Great that you were able to spend such a special time with your friend.

  7. Looks like a beautiful day for two beautiful friends. Lovely flowers, awesome sites, and yummy food! Yay for a great day!

  8. Loved this post!! I too have a friend like this...I get to see her maybe once every two years but when we do meet up it's like no time had passed! Loved the gardens...especially the Japanese tea house!

  9. One of the things I so love about you is the way you can have the most magnificent day just rambling from one experience to the next. You're are so open to all of it. It's a gift for us to see.

    love to you, my dear friend.

  10. Wow, what a great post. just I dont know....happy :)

    your friendship comes through and yes, that painting is crazy amazing. It's so hard for me to look at those sometimes I want to have that talent so bad :)


  11. It looks like you had a great time! Those desserts look fabulous.