Ruth Bancroft Garden: a paradise for cacti & succulent lovers!

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Hi there folks…..

Are there still any of you out there?! It’s been a year and a half since I posted here…sheesh!

This past Tuesday, Derek & I visited the beautiful Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, Ca. As huge lovers of desert plants, we were thrilled to find this garden right here in Northern California..where you’d least expect a succulent & cacti paradise!

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Mrs. Ruth Bancroft begun planting this expansive garden in 1972, when she was in her sixties, on her husband’s family farm. The land was previously a 400 acre walnut orchard and pear farm dating back to the 1880’s. By the time Ruth moved to the farm, after marrying Mr. Bancroft, it was the late 1930s and the farm was still thriving. She gardened as a hobby and became interested in succulents in the 1950s.

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lovely photo of Ruth Bancroft in her element, from the Garden’s website

In the early 1970’s the last walnut orchard was cut down and the land had been sold to developers who where building the town of Walnut Creek. However, Mrs. Bancroft was given 3.5 acres for a new garden. She turned her large collection of potted succulents and other plants into a permanent garden. It has been open to the public since 1992 & I am thrilled that it is!

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Tina in the Ruth Bancroft garden

Ruth’s collection has matured into such a gorgeous and awe-inspiring garden!

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Herby and Derek rest in the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Derek & Herby took a seat to take in the view! I really love that they have benches and tables set up throughout the garden, it’s so welcoming. They even encourage you to bring a lunch and your canine pals!

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Derek & Herby at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Tina as Cacti Bikini Gal

HOW COULD I RESIST THIS?!? I couldn’t wait to become the vintage cacti bikini babe! Such a cute idea!

Overall, I couldn’t recommend The Ruth Bancroft Garden more, it’s such a charming place. Check out their website for more details and history!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

 

 

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My visit to a real ghost town!

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Bodie, California is a truly amazing place.

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In the 1880’s this town was booming! Once gold was discovered in 1859 by Waterman S. Body, word spread and people came to settle and strike it rich. By 1879 the population had climbed from about 20 to 10,000!

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The Standard Mine yielded nearly $15 million over 25 years. However, once the mine closed in 1941, residents  moved on to greener pastures.

For unexplained reasons, most of the buildings remain completely furnished with the belongings of their previous residents. It is as if everyone just walked away. It is haunting, but also quite beautiful.

inside of the general store, still stocked with goods!

a peek inside of the general store, still stocked with goods!

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wow!

the pool hall

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Herby had a good time too!

Herby had a good time too! (although she has the classic Boxer “sad face”)

Bodie is now a California State Historic Park and remains untouched. Nothing may be touched or removed from the park. Even the smallest pieces of old glass and rusted tin cans remain in the dirt from generations past. All of the photos I took of interiors were taken through old window panes, as entrance to the buildings is prohibited.

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an amazing discovery inside of the old bank building!

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the lay of the land

‘ the lay of the land

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I highly suggest a visit to Bodie. It was such a great adventure! The natural landscape is truly breathtaking and the town itself is amazing.

I really loved the casual nature of the park as well. Once you pay to enter ($7) you’re basically on your own. There are no guides or paths. You are free to wander and explore as you wish.

Hope you all are out there enjoying the summer and having adventures of your own!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

Rose Garden Gals

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The ever lovely Mary Van Note & I had a wonderful day picnicking in the springtime sun and taking in the sights of the Berkeley Rose Garden!

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The Berkeley Rose Garden is a gorgeous garden in the Berkeley Hills that features 3,000 rose bushes and 250 varieties of roses! It was completed in 1937 and was one of the first Civil Works Progress Projects built under the WPA.

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Mary wore a gorgeous lavender 1940’s floral day dress with off-the-shoulder ruffles and a button back,  white espadrilles, adorable wicker purse shaped like an umbrella, cute vintage sunglasses and an AMAZING magenta felt hat!

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I wore a lovely 1950’s floral day dress that I bought years ago at a little vintage shop in Hawaii; 1940’s navy peep toe shoes, my 1920’s/1930’s sunglasses and a white wicker purse that was a birthday gift from my mom.

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peek-a-boo! Mary’s hat helps her to blend into the floral surroundings…

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I had such a great time frolicking around with Mary, wearing our pretty dresses and smelling roses! I can’t think of many better ways to spend a beautiful spring day!

xoxo,
Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

(Thanks to Mary Van Note for these photos!)

Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor & other western adventures

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It sure seems like this blog is more about my travels than “vintage things”, but my outings tend to involve historic places and things, so I hope you’re all still interested!

This weekend I visited Nevada’s oldest town, Genoa. The town was founded in 1851 when explorers set up a trading post that attracted fellow travelers and trappers to visit and eventually settle in the area.

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In Nevada’s oldest town is Nevada’s oldest bar…who would have guessed?! It is called the Genoa Bar and is awesome.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

The Genoa Bar is quite the hot spot in these parts.

genoa bar plaqueThey claim to have never dusted the bar and I believe them. It is an amazing little building packed to the brim with “stuff”, some really old and some not so much.

a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

a peek inside the Genoa Bar..

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We got a few drinks with my boyfriend’s family  (who live nearby) and sat in the sun, enjoying the scenery.

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On our way home from Nevada to California, Derek & I stumbled across this roadside stop that had a photo area too good to pass up!

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I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

I enjoyed my stint as an old west showgirl.

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

Meanwhile, Derek got locked up!

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Inside the souvenir shop, I tried on a few hats & drooled over children’s western costumes.

I had to try on this kid's cowboy hat.

I had to try on this kid’s cowboy hat.

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coonskin caps!

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I couldn’t resist..and I think I love it.

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Why is this not in an adult size?!

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Kids get all the cool stuff…….

Once I was through “horsing around” at the souvenir shop, Derek & I headed on to the next town. That town was Placerville, Ca and it was lovely. Here are a few shots of the downtown area.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed these adventures!

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

 

A stroll through the historic Mountain View Cemetery

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Founded in 1863, the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland is a historic and gorgeous landmark of the area. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve been to and I was happy to stroll through the lovely grounds on this sunny day.

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Most of the grave sites here are quite old and feature some great design from the turn of the century through the forties. My favorites were those that have an Egyptian theme. I’ve always had a fascination with Ancient Egypt & really love the imagery that came back into fashion in the 20’s, when King Tut’s tomb was uncovered.

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I love this amazingly elaborate memorial.

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The cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

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spectacular detail.

spectacular detail.

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This was my favorite sighting of the day. I wonder who this person was & how they came to rest in this elaborate pyramid.

This was my favorite sighting of the day. I wonder who this person was & how they came to rest in this elaborate pyramid.

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mountain view cemetery

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this simple little headstone with roses was a beautiful memorial.

this simple little headstone with roses was a beautiful memorial.

this is the final resting place of Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia.

this is the final resting place of Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia.

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I highly recommend taking a walk or drive through the gorgeous grounds of the Mountain View Cemetery if you find yourself in Oakland, It’s worth the trip.

xoxo,

Tina

Vintage Lovin’ Gal

sights of the Alameda Antique Faire!

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Today Derek & I spent an astounding 6 hours wandering the monthly Alameda Antique Faire! It was amazing, as usual! I snapped photos of the sights…..Enjoy!

(the treasures we bought are in the post just before this one!)

xoxo,

tina

vintage lovin’ gal