No room at the inn and, No Parking for the Schooled by Jesus Bus. . .
Schooled by Jesus
Castro Christmas tree
Christmas cat spotted, just outside Peets in the Castro
Bernal Heights is a such a cool neighborhood. Slightly squished between the Mission, Potrero Hill and Alemaney Blvd, Bernal is a sweet spot that’s a little less traveled, and a little less known. It is sort of a frontier outpost of the City, and a lot laid-back. A week before my birthday, I thought I’d treat myself to a trip here. My itinerary included most of my favorite things: scooter exploring, a nature walk, a bakery (ok, two), succulents and a farmer’s market. Here are some of the sights:
the view from home before leaving for Bernal
Succulence, a great indoor/outdoor plant shop in Bernal Heights
early birthday gift to myself, a succulent from the plant store, Succulence (crassulaceae diagremontiana)
the designer installing new benches at Sandbox; gorgeous work!
pastries at Sandbox Bakery, bBernal Heights
I went with the chocolate, hazelnut, almond cream and sea salt bun. It was really good.
Exploring Bernal Heights Park, San Francisco
You can see both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge from the top of Bernal Heights park
shopping at the Bernal Heights Co-op, where 6 retailers share one business storefront space
A woman after my own heart, the super-friendly and beautiful owner of Wholesome Bakery is also a motorcycle rider, -heart!! The goods here are wheat, dairy and egg free.
why yes, I'll have a snickerdoodle sandwich to go with my chai, thank you!
if you're in Bernal Heights on a Saturday morning, check out the Alemaney Farmer's Market!
persimmons and pomegranates in season at Alemaney Farmer's Market
With nearly 10 hours of gardening in the back yard, my muscles are tired but happy from moving rocks, pots and plants much of the weekend. My reward was seeing the view Sunday, late afternoon; while I was down in the garden with friends Dick and Matte Gray, shafts of light illuminated the newly-planted plants, turning them a shimmering gold. It was so beautiful!
The weekend included visits from not only Matte Gray, whom I want to thank for the beautiful aloe, but also visits from the Bamboo Whisperer, Bob & Andy. I had TONS of help from, and quality time with, my superstar upstairs neighbor, Dick. Thanks Dick! and thanks to all for coming to check out the garden, and for the wonderful contributions! The garden reflects the love everyone has brought to it!
The weekend also included a great meals at B&A’s house on Saturday and on Sunday, at Heart Restaurant for their “Spaghetti Sundays” – house-made pasta & meatballs, a wonderfully fresh salad & garlic bread, all incredibly well prepared– this restaurant certainly deserves all the praise it gets from the foodie community.
This was a mighty fine weekend, indeed!
Friday night movie at the Castro Theater, newly restored version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Organist still plays the Wurlitzer prior to the start of the film at the Castro Theater
newly planted bamboo in the back yard; I spent about 10 hours there this weekend!
a beautiful evening in SF; san francisco skyline as seen from home
oh no, a house fire near 17th and Mission Streets, on Rondel! Foul play is suspected and 20 people were displaced as a result. Sad.
late afternoon light on the succulents in my garden
one of my favorite succulents, Echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy‘
"Spaghetti Sundays" night at Heart Wine Bar and Restaurant on Valencia St, SF
delicious & simple: romaine salad with anchovie/olive oil dressing, radishes at Heart Restaurant, SF
among the best I've ever had; spaghetti and meatballs at Heart Restaurant
beautiful scooter ride home to Hancock Street, the sunset a brilliant orange and pink
the view from home on a chilly morning in July. . . San Francisco, CA
attached, the weather forecast. . . my friend the meteorologist told me that in all of July, SF managed to creep above 69F one time; meanwhile, the East Coast experienced record highs all month!
weather forecast for San Francisco, July 2010
cappucino at Grand Coffee in the Mission
street life, the Mission, SF
bougainvillea and Edwardians of Noe Valley
call the SPCA, the cutest kittens in the world need a home
heirlooms at 24th Street Farmers' Market
fog over twin peaks, as seen from the Castro
hula hoops and trance music at Dolores Park
picnic in Dolores Park, sandwiches by Ike's Place
herbed-chocolate truffle seller at Dolores Park
Lloyd at Dolores Park
ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery on 18th Street
dappled afternoon light in the garden
fog of Twin Peaks as seen from Dolores Park