Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ladies at Large


Last Thursday my friend Jo and I spent a wonderful day just on our own. We left the kids with Jo's husband and took off. First we went to a huge thrift store of the Salvation Army where we rummaged through piles of stuff for  almost three hours. We tried on shoes and hats, looked at furniture, walked through rows of bookshelves, contemplated the purchase of a purple ladder as decoration for the garden (we didn't buy it) and just this and that - dishes, vases, purses, knickknack -; it was delightful.

Of course we were hungry after that. Since it was a gorgeous day we drove to the Jimtown Store in the beautiful Alexander Valley - this old red truck parks right next to the store and you can get a glimpse of the beautiful area in this picture.


We had just parked the car when we saw this barn overgrown with trumpet vine and all the other beautiful details:




The Jimtown Store houses a deli - the sandwiches are delicious. We shared a grilled cheese with eggplant, provolone, prosciutto, basil, arugula and olives - oh yummy! The homemade lemonade was flavored with lavender, what a treat.


Of course we also looked around the store after we were done with our sandwiches. It offers all kinds of stuff - picnic dishes and baskets,


and wonderful cookbooks.


I had to laugh about these tins - my maiden name is Schilling.


And here are the two lovely ladies at large:


At the thrift store I had bought a vase and this decorative head (how do you call those in English?). I cut some branches of my buddleia, I think they fit perfectly into the vase. The head probably will eventually find its home in the garden.


21 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

What a fun day you had. No demands, no schedule, just a good friend and some free time. I'm so happy for you. And the lovely photos are a bonus!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Maria Ontiveros said...

Sounds like you had a terrific time!
Rinda

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a fun day. Love all the photos but especially the one of the two of your ~ so cute!

Lynn said...

The head is called a "Bust" in English.
The red Shillings spices were ones my mom had in her kitchen in the 1950's when I was growing up!
Love all your photos per usual. three hours in one thrift store is wonderful. It must have been HUGE!
What fun and love the photo you took of the 2 of you! Sweet!

Adee said...

Oh what a lovely post to read as I'm about to go to bed!! I will take the happy feeling you shared with me to dream land! Lovely photos ! Gorgeous ladies!!
Thanks for sharing this lovely day!! xox

foxysue said...

What a delightful day of sharing the moments, glad you are up and about!

Sue x

Sally H said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Looking at your photos the Jimtown store looks like the sort of place I'd like to get lost in! They are stunning photos too.

Willkommen auf meiner Kreativseite. said...

Das hört sich nach einem wunderschönen Tag an! Wunderschöne Fotos sind da nebenbei noch entstanden.

LG
Renate

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh look there you are! What a great day - the perfect way to spend it if you ask me. We call the head 'a bust'..even though it's not. Don't ask!

Molly said...

What a wonderful time the two of you shared - and I love every one of the photos. You have captured every day life in such a beautiful way. I need to develop that eye for detail.

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely photos, looks like you girls had a fabby time rummaging (there isn't anything to beat a good rummage) and I love the bust and jug you got, great finds!!

Amanda said...

Wow that sounds like an amazing day! Wonderful pictures and so much relaxing fun. You caught the day so wonderfully, I felt like I was right there with you both. My sister and I just did a little night like that the two of us. It was so fun. Great post!

"MOI" Freubel said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and photo's Carola !! I'm just drooling watching all this !! What a fantastic area !!

lisa said...

Now that's my idea of a perfect day!
So glad you had such a wonderful time, and thank you for sharing your day here.

Have a great start to your week!

patty said...

How fun, Carola!! (You must be fully recovered from your surgery!), Thrifting has always been one of my favorite things to do. How special to go with a good friend and follow up with lunch. Thanks for taking us along!

Life-n-Reflection said...

lovely to meet you, beautiful rustic things!

Ginnie said...

Thrift stores and flea markets are so much fiun, Carola, aren't they! I can tell you had a great time.

Sadee Schilling said...

What a lovely day, Carola! I really miss thrift store shopping. And hooray for the Schilling spices! It has been so fun to meet you recently and to discover the things we have in common. Hope you have a wonderful week, and happy blogoversary!!!

see you there! said...

Looks like you had a perfect day. I love the Anderson Valley area.

Darla

cath c said...

look sfun and relaxing. decorative head works for me, especially with the confusion of the 'proper' english word 'bust' for a head statue. bust has far too many meanings from boobs to a broken situation, to break apart in pieces to a winning bet...

Orsolina said...

Hallo Carola, die beiden Foto von der Holztür mit Pflanzen und Faß finde ich total super.

LG Biggi