It is a cold, gray day here on the Monterey Peninsula. It works out because I am having a new fence built today. I think the old fence was original to the house. It was bowing badly and with all of the rain that is forecasted for California I have been really concerned about safety. So before the rains come, a new fence is going in, the gutters are being cleaned, and the trees are having to be trimmed so that nothing falls on the house. I hope we get the rains that are forecasted. We really need it in California.
So I have a few last things to share about my recent trip. Our route took us through the town of Petaluma. You may be familiar with Petaluma because much of it was the setting for the film "American Graffiti." It is a very cool and funky town. I would have liked to spend more time there. Unfortunately, the day we drove through there was a huge street fair/farmers market even going on so there was no parking. So I got ten minutes to run into this cool establishment while my sweet baboo and Liesl circled the block in the car.
This is the Seed Bank in Petaluma. It is actually in an old bank building, complete with all of the old marble inlay. It is magnificent. The Seed Bank specializes in heirloom seeds. We love anything heirloom in our garden. So I had to check it out.
I was actually too overwhelmed to buy anything. Plus I wanted to honor the ten minutes I told Bill I would take. The place is huge and carries row after row of amazing seeds. Here is a link that tells you more about them: http://www.rareseeds.com/get-to-know-baker-creek/petaluma-seed-bank/
The last couple of places I want to tell you about are in the Sea Ranch Gualala area. If you ever happen to be in the area, one place that you have to try is Two Fish Bakery. This place is amazing. Be warned that you must get there early in the morning, and you will have to wait in line. Once they run out, that's it for the day. We actually set our alarm to be there early. It was so worth it. I had the most amazing sticky bun. I don't even like sticky buns, but this was incredible. We also bought some chocolate dipped macaroons. They were the best I have ever had.
As I shared in a previous post, in this remote, out the way place is a little craft store called "The Loft." I did not know what to expect, but I was really pleasantly surprised. It is a small craft store, but well stocked with some of the loveliest items. It is a great little store and had the nicest people working there. It was definitely worth poking around in. I only bought a couple little fat quarters of quilt fabric, but then again, I had brought so much stuff with me.
So there were lots of cool little places in our travels...