Thursday, April 30, 2009

Brassies, Mashies and Niblicks

The weather calls for a relaxing day on the golf course..when he is finished you'll find Ian back behind the bar at the Streets of London Pub serving bangers & mash. Photo by Danny Luna.

Trivia: Mashie-Niblick is an obsolete golf club invented by Archibald Barrie used from 1903 up until about the 1940s. Upon the introduction of the standardized numbered iron set produced by the Spaulding Sporting Goods Company in the early 1930s, the Mashie-Niblick gradually gave way to numbered convention that used the numbers 1-9 to label the iron clubs.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Touchstone Lake Park

Touchstone Lake Park on Linden Avenue brings back special memories for me..that is where Tom and I tied the knot 15 years ago.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tower Cafe Gardens

We love walking through the gardens on the corner by Tower Cafe/Tower Theater.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Frosting on the Cake!

Jack's job was to frost the cake last weekend...and as you can see, he takes his job very seriously!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Big Boy Toys

Comparing notes on their rides.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ripening on the vine and picked fresh daily!

We don't think anyone would dare to disagree with us about how wonderful our locally grown strawberries taste!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Strawberry Time

The Strawberry Patch located at the corner of Gregory and Jefferson Blvd features delicious strawberries each Spring.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pheasant Hollow Park

Pheasant Hollow Park is located Between Meadowlark Cr. and Pheasant Hollow Dr. The park is .05 acre and has a playground, small turf area and a picnic area.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Curious George

Sharon's Curious George collection --some items date back 40 years.

Trivia: The Curious George books were a true collaboration written by the wife-and-husband team of Margret and H.A. (Hans) Rey. Hans was usually in charge of the ideas and the illustrations, while Margret handled the plot and the writing.

In 1940, the Reys, who were German-born Jews living in Paris, fled on bikes as Hitler's army marched down the Champs-Elysees. They carried only a few items with them, including an early Curious George manuscript. Their refugee travels, which ultimately took them to New York by way of Spain, Portugal and Brazil, are recounted in the picture book "The Journey That Saved Curious George," by Louise Borden.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Red Box DVD Rentals

How it works: Choose your movie online at then pick up your DVD at the Red Box Kiosk -the price is $1.00 plus tax for one night rental. This Red Box is at the Tower Mart on Jefferson Boulevard.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sharon's Housewarming

We went to Sharon's house warming last weekend to celebrate her new home purchase in West Sacramento. Sharon, who has worked as a volunteer for non-profit agencies around the globe since graduating from college, always knew she would return to Sacramento to make her home, but we are so happy she chose to plant her roots in the best city in Northern California...that would be West Sacramento of course.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Child Safe Zone

The City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation rules and regulations for park usage in our city.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spring Fever

Beware of spring fever--even these garden fairies seem ready to succumb to the romantic notions that occur in the Spring.

Trivia: Anthropologists have suggested that spring fever may have developed over the course of human evolution. They point out that early humans often spent winter in a state of near-hibernation. Then, when spring arrived, they would enter an active period of intense hunting, gathering and procreating.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Recycling Container-Art at the Nugget

The recycling containers at the Nugget Market in West Sacramento are beautiful works of metal art.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Memories of Woodstock - 1969

Andy, a local mixologist, grew up in Long Island and shared his memories of attending the largest music concert in history-Woodstock Festival 1969. He said they drove into the festival grounds a week early and it took them "daze" to get out. Andy's says the most memorable performances for him were Santana and Jimi Hendrix.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Peter Witt Streetcar

This ex-Milan Peter Witt Streetcar carries the two-tone green color scheme.

Trivia: Peter Witt was a Cleveland Railway commissioner, who designed a model of streetcar, which is known by his name. Peter Witt cars were also built in Italy and used in several Italian cities, including Milan, where 200 Ventotto vehicles (introduced in 1928) are still in use. Eleven ex-Milan cars can be seen today on the streets of San Francisco, where they operate on the F Market & Wharves streetcar line.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Baby Barn Owl

Thank you Anneke for sending this photo of an orphaned baby barn owl being raised at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Anneke is a wildlife veterinarian from West Sacramento.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a non-profit organization that takes care of orphaned and injured native wildlife. Additionally, it has a live collection museum with presentations and other interactive exhibits that make it a great day trip destination. It is a wonderful place to learn about how to take good care of the wildlife in your backyard; they have an extensive program with something for everyone, from toddlers to avid birders. They do all this mainly with donations from the public that brings animals or visits the museum. Their website is full of information and fun stuff:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Giant Carpenter Bee

Easter Sunday was a beautiful day to enjoy the unexpected guest stopped by to enjoy a treat from the Lillies..

Trivia: There are some 500 species of carpenter bee in 31 subgenera.[1] Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers. Carpenter bees can be important pollinators on open-faced flowers

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Streets of London Golf Tournament

Danny and friends enjoyed liquid libations on the patio after playing in the first annual Streets of London Golf Tournament. Pub owners Ian and Andy took good care of their tournament particpants following the match.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Tree

Rosanna sends us this photo of a very unique tree blooming in her neighborhood. Looks like the kids will have to climb to find their Easter Egg Treats this year.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Antique Car Collection at The Elkhorn Station Roadside Bar and Grill

We had lunch at the The Elkhorn Station Roadside Bar and Grill last week and Pam checked out some of the antique cars they have displayed in their collection. Be sure to call or stop by and ask Jason about their anniversary celebration later this month. We heard there will be some great live music served-up on the recently remodeled patio/deck.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Under the rainbow

Tom Mezzanares took this great photo of the rainbow over the Art Building at the UC Davis Campus. I hope this is a sign of better budget times for our local university.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jump Shot

Pick up basketball at Summerfield Park.-

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Off Road Bikers

The Dirt Bikers enjoy the trails by the Port of Sacramento.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Our Giving Tree

Our Giving Tree and the children have become best friends. The tree always provides the children with what they want: branches to swing from, shade to sit under, leaves for the silkworms and small twigs to roast marshmallows.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Skateboard Artistry

Showing off for the camera on a lovely spring day! Debbie caught this great shot of rider in mid air with the basketball hoop behind him.

Trivia: The modern skateboard originated in California in the late 1950's. By the mid 1960's they were mass produced and sold throughout the United States. Some say that the skateboard was created directly from the adaptation of a single roller skate taken apart and nailed to a 2x4, and that it was often surfers looking to recreate the feel of surfing on the land when the surf was flat.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Horse Cow Artist Workshop

We stumbled on the unique artists collaborative workshop called Horse Cow in West Sacramento. The artists are having a spring open house on April 4th and the public is invited to stop by for a visit.

Horse Cow Update July 18, 2009. The City of West Sacramento has closed down the Horse Cow Gallery for safety code violations...they are now in the process of moving to a new location in the Sacramento area.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Faithful Partner Monument

On Tuesday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m. the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis Police Department and the Western States Police Canine Association held a public rededication of the Faithful Partner monument honoring the California police dogs that died in the line of duty between August 2002 and February 2009. More than 200 police officers from law enforcement agencies throughout the state attended, along with numerous dog and handler teams.

For more photos of the canine officers that were honored at this event visit Webshots.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Biz Johnson Trail-Lassen National Forest

Becky Munn May sends this first days of spring photo from Susanville. The Bizz Johnson trail traverses a beautiful remote area that’s inaccessible by roads, so there are no cars, no noise, and no crossings! It is named for U.S. Congressman Harold T. 'Bizz' Johnson, who pioneered the Rail/Trail legislation. This trail runs from the town of Susanville, west approximately 25 miles to the town of Westwood.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bridgeway Island Wild Mustard Field

The red-winged blackbirds were busy flying in and out of this patch of wild mustard in West Sacramento's Bridgeway Island area last weekend.