Sunshine and springtime chicks

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Finally, the weather has been consistent for the last few days and the weekend was just amazing! These roses are in a garden in the Los Altos Hills where the kids go swimming – the colours are breathtaking.

It is the best time of year to go bike riding as the wildlife and the flowers after the rain are super and there is also a super bloom that you can see from space. Now that the flowers are settled so is my allergies, so it was the perfect day to go riding on Sunday on the path where there were hardly any people and enjoy the peace of the bay. Check out that trail – there is no one there! This is off the main trail heading out to the Bay, but I allowed myself a short ride so I could get back home to clean out the garden and do some sewing and study.

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Missy’s Bantam Silkie chick – fingers crossed it is a girl

 

 

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A Bantam Polish chick
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My fave cute Bantam chick
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Another cute chick
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Cleaning chick feet
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The world’s smallest chicken – a Serama

 

Friday we picked up some Bantam chicks that have just hatched from an egg project from a homeschool family. The eggs were from a very special place in Sonoma where rare breeds of chickens are raised in an organic environment – they are closed to the public due to their breeding programs and having to keep the farm safe from any biohazards. Their collection of chicks and images on their site is so inspiring and make me want to move to the country to a yurt and raise chickens – it is always nice to dream! Still, we are fostering these chicks for the 4H poultry project where the kids will take care of them at home until they are ready to go into the coop with the other 2 bantam chicks. This time we are raising quite a few bantams, and it will be so exciting to watch them grow, they are quite small chickens but oh so cute! I love how the kids are so mesmerised by the chicks and how gentle they are taking care of them every day, 4H really is an incredible program for kids. The chicks sleep a lot of the time flat out on their bellies with their heads in front of them – I had no idea how chicks slept, and they are just gorgeous to watch and such a distraction.

 

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Miss Bella

 

Bella has been sad for the last month or so and has been hanging out with us more as she is really missing her brother Mack – they were the best of friends. She is such a loving cat when she wants to be and is sleeping on our bed a lot at night which we love! I am still missing my best cat friend though as each day passes, I think of all the good times we had together.

A piece a Week – Spring Forward in a Japanese Silk Shift Dress

I am off to Portland this weekend to visit my friends and to go to visit an art exhibit at the Portland Art Museum – Italian Style, Fashion since 1945. And as it is just me going on a weekend away, this week has been so busy with lots of happenings, maybe just too much! Mama has to work hard for some time off with friends and cocktails 🙂
The clocks went forward on Saturday night and it sucked getting up early on Monday at 6am as it is dark and cold. I was just enjoying getting up early and watching the sun rise but now no dice 😦 So with an early morning and a busy Monday – Exercise, Creative Advice Meeting with a friend at the library, Lunch at Chef Chu’s with the exercise ladies and errands I was beat. On top of all that my husband and son were off on a school field trip to Sacramento by train. With the inspiration of a lunch date I wanted to make a new dress (as you can never have enough dresses in your closet!!) I found this Japanese silk fabric I had been saving forever, I cannot even remember where it came from but I dearly love it. I found a dress pattern with pockets in the front that I enjoy making and is very versatile so I used that and came up with this cute, short shift dress. I wore a lemon vintage cardi as it was chilly and ombre tights with mary jane heels. It is always fun to get dressed up especially for a 3 hour weekday lunch with vino!
Japanese silk shift with beads from Prague
At Chef Chu’s – the outfit after a couple of glasses of wine
Lunch was pretty amazing and presented beautifully! We somehow manage to always visit Chef Chu around Chinese New Year and it is such a pleasure to enjoy the food, tea, wine and friends. Chatting to someone new each year and sharing common interests is fun in a class of around 40 plus ladies. 
The appetizer – shrimp with a lotus root chip in a martini glass!

Deep fried Rock Cod

I loved my fortune from dessert
This one thing I love about spring and that is the smell of flowers – imagine the scent of jasmine in this picture, ahhhh!
Going back to Sunday we celebrated Holi with some friends of ours – unfortunately we got there late and caught the tail end but lucky there was still color ready to be cover everything! I loved the effect of all the colors mingling together, what a beautiful way to celebrate spring!

Hey who did that?? There is pink all over my face!!
So with the boys out of town we had another field trip with the younger grades to Deer Hollow Farm – this has to be my favorite field trip for 1st grade! This trip focuses on animals and products. The meat side of things is something I do not really appreciate but the fibre and textile arts is my cup of tea! See this little lamb named Pepper she just made my day!! 
Baaa – what a cutie you are Pepper!!

Weaving strips of fabric after my knitting and crochet demonstration

And to top the day off I was not cooking for two we went out to sushi and dessert at Alexanders Patisserie. Any excuse to go to Alexanders, it has to be my favorite luxurious outing downtown. To sit and enjoy a cup of tea and an impeccable dessert is just heaven.

New to the line up – bon bons with a chocolate ganache inside (kind of like a Lindt ball)

White chocolate Mousse with a vanilla pod, heavenly