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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday

Yesterday I did what you're supposed to do on a Saturday: something fun, with friends.

When you freelance, you tend to work 24/7. It's rare to do something just for fun. But yesterday was fun.

First we enjoyed a lecture about Pasadena's historic Busch Gardens (1904-1938), given by Michael Logan as a fundraiser for Pasadena Heritage. Later, as part of the event, we toured Busch Gardens sites in west Pasadena, some of which were on private property. I took lots of pictures (though not on private property, alas) and I'll share the best ones with you in the coming week.

Between lecture and tour, however, lunch on a beautiful terrace with my delightful friends was my favorite part of the day.

23 comments:

Virginia said...

Well now I"m jealous. I wish I'd been having lunch with you again!
V

Mister Earl said...

Wow, I have to get out more. Was this terrace at one of the homes on the Arroyo?

Bellis said...

What's not to like about Pasadena? It has everything - good company, sunny weather, ancient history (bits of Busch Gardens hidden under ivy), and a real French food shop just across the border.

Petrea said...

Virginia, that would have been nice!

Near the Arroyo, Mister Earl. It's the home of one of my friends who lived near the tour.

Bellis, being from Britain you're generous to call Pasadena's history ancient. And although we didn't study it yesterday there were the Tongva before there was Pasadena. I wonder what we'd find of theirs if we did the archaeology?

altadenahiker said...

I love the way we Denas take our history to heart.

Mister Earl said...

I love the way you captured the reflection on the glass.

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Latino Heritage said...

So glad you had fine day. The weather was super. Who knew a photo of a wineglass could leave one feeling calm.

Susan C said...

Yes, the food reflection is very cool. Must have been some good grub. I see empty plates.

Petrea said...

The grub (from Nicole's in South Pas) was truly fine, the company finer. I wish I'd noticed the shot before we ate everything.

TheChieftess said...

sounds like a very fun and interesting day!!!

Amy said...

Mmm, Nicole's.

I'm glad you had a day that was all fun.

Petrea said...

Thanks, guys. I so rarely take a day off. I really must do it more often, I think it enhances my work.

Petrea said...

At least that's what I'm going to tell the boss.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Your boss, BoZ, probably feels he's the one who needs the day off.

Greg Sweet said...

Bellis & Petrea, have you ever seen this bit of alleged British ancient history in the Tongva territory of Millard Canyon?... http://www.equinox-project.com/nyerges.htm

mark said...

I do like that photo. Nicely done. I trust the wine was made with California grapes. California wines are my favorites. Sounds like you had a fabulous day. Im happy for you.

Ms M said...

Lovely shot with the reflections in the wine glass. And it sounds like a wonderful day! Glad you took some time off. :)
There are Busch Gardens in St. Louis, MO, too, which are beautiful.

Petrea said...

Every day is a day off for Boz, Cafe.

I've never heard of that before, Greg. Have you seen it? What do you make of it?

Mark, I didn't notice where the grapes came from! I don't think anybody cared...

Ms. M., I learned yesterday that Pasadena's Busch gardens were the first, and they are (or were, as they no longer exist) related to the St. Louis gardens. Adolphus Busch, of Anheuser-Busch fame, established the first gardens here. It was originally the 38-acre back yard of his beautiful mansion on Orange Grove Blvd.

Chuck Pefley said...

Good for you. That glass of vino looks inviting and must have made a fine contribution to your fun -:)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and nice shot !!

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Natalie said...

LOVE this photo!!!!

Petrea said...

Thank you, everyone!