Shopping at Trina Turk in Palm Springs

I visited the Trina Turk
 retail boutique in Palm Springs.
Her store was oozing with the most amazing
women's and men's clothing,
accessories and home decor.
I felt like I had stepped back into the 1970's.


I love the way she incorporates some vintage apparel with her very modern and graphic pieces.

I hope you have a chance to visit this store!

A visit to the 24 hour Church of Elvis

One Beautiful, Fall, Saturday Morning
while visiting Portland, Oregon USA we set out on a long, brisk walk around the city to find the
~ The 24 hour Church of Elvis ~ 

You may ask yourself;
What is this curious and wonderous creation?
Well,  It's a 24 hour exhibit at a museum and gallery called "Where's the Art?"
It was created by Stephanie "Stevie" G. Pierce in 1985.
It has been moved around the city a few times but it is now located on
408 N.W. Couch Portland, Oregon USA...

One  Beautiful, Fall, Saturday Morning
on a side street in Portland, Oregon USA
 we finally found it!
~ The 24 hour Church of Elvis ~

It's Springtime Around Here "2011"

The "House of Yates" has been pulling weeds, planting plants, building fences, stacking stones and making plans for little out-buildings all because it's Springtime ...

It's just not Springtime around here unless there are Hanging Baskets hanging
The Cottage Garden is just starting to Bloom and Grow

These teenie, tiny flowers amaze me every year
1 ,2, 3 ,4 ,5 ,6 ,7  little Boxwoods planted all in a row

and someone has been very busy
 stacking stones around this place
I'm planning to plant an Evergreen Clematis here real soon.
These Patient Peonies are waiting for Mr. Sun
This is our first attempt at a Veggie Garden here at
 "The House of Yates"
So that's what we've been up to around here at
 "The House of Yates"

and this is just a good place to let my gloves dry...

My Potato Soup Recipe

I had some potatoes that I needed to use up today so I thought
I would whip ~ up a yummy batch of my Potato Soup.
 Here's my recipe...

Saute'  5 cups of chopped onions in 4 T. butter and 2 T. olive oil untill translucent
Add ~ 32oz. of chicken broth
           2 chopped garlic cloves
           3 bay leaves
           1 t. celery salt
           1 t. salt (more if like it saltier)
           1 t. pepper
           1/2 t. lemon pepper
           1/8 cup chopped chives
           4 cooked/crumbled slices of bacon
Add ~ 9 cups of cubed raw potatoes, boil on med/hi flame untill tender

Then remove the pot from the burner and mash the potatoes with a potato masher to your liking.
Smooth to chunky it's up to you!
Add ~ 1 pint half & half
           2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
           1/8 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Continue cooking on low until cheese is melted. Let it cool slightly before serving.
It is even tastier if you refrigerate it over night and serve it the next day after the flavors have blended.
*Bon Appetit !

For Pet Lovers Only!

It's the whole gang.....
On the back of the sofa;  Jazmine,  Fifi,  Ebony
On the sofa; Cooper,  Daisy,  Samantha and  Poppy
"This was our 2008 Christmas Card Photo"
Everywhere I look I see cuteness!

This will be our first Holiday Season without our little Fifi.
We will miss her!

An Afternoon Stroll Around
Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens is a National Historic site of Canada.
The Butchart family established their home on Vancouver Island in 1904.
It is located near Victoria, British Columbia.
My first visit to Butchart Gardens was in 1972 when I was just 8 years old.
I have fond memories of strolling the grounds with my Parents and Grandparents.
Even as a child, I knew it was a special place!
I viewed it as "Disneyland for Gardeners".
Thirty five years later, I view it as a "Botanical Masterpiece."
My husband and I have visited the gardens twice, together.
We were so inspired by the architecture and grounds that we have incorporated some of the design elements in or own home and landscape.
These flowered arches are one of my favorite features.

Yet another spectacular hedge defining an outdoor room.

Afternoon English Tea at Butchart Gardens is a Must...
and yes, Devon Shire Cream was served!
For me, it was a visual treat to be surrounded by such stately woodwork and details.

There are many different styles of water features scattered throughout the entire property.

Early Spring in the garden....

In 1921 the enterprising, Jennie Butchart completed the famous
"Sunken Garden".
Can you believe this was once a limestone quarry?

I just loved this quaint little garden cottage.
It is nested perfectly on top of the hill for viewing the"Sunken Garden"below.

The home was known as a comfortable and luxurious showplace.
It housed an indoor salt water swimming pool,
bowling alley, paneled billiard room and a self playing pipe organ.

The Butchart's named their home
"Benvenuto" meaning, (welcome) in Italian.

By the 1920's more than 50 thousand people visited the gardens per year!

In 1929 they replaced their kitchen vegetable patch with a large Rose Garden.

This is the Victorian style "wishing well" in the Rose Garden.

The gardens are presently managed and directed by the
Butchart's great granddaughter, Robin Lee Clarke.

What a lovely and memorable way to spend an afternoon,
just strolling through Butchart Gardens.

Visit the Gardens !