I am an overly romantic white wicker kind of woman and have pieces in my patio like these I photographed with my loaner camera at the fund-raiser I attended today.
It was one of those drop-dead gorgeous days in the South Bay of Los Angeles and I went with two of my young friends to Las Candalistas "Walk on the Wild Side," an annual fund-raising event for children's charities. For 35 years this group has staged this event on the PV hills above the Pacific Ocean. The theme this year was "Palos Verdes Spring Enchantment--The Early Years." In addition to a fair and boutique, there were canyon walks where you stop periodically and the storytellers in costume reenact scenes from the theme. Afterwards there is a lovely catered lunch. Because I am the archivist of an Palos Verdes school founded when the Peninsula was just beginning to be developed, it was of particular interest to me.
I don't recall the name of this purple flower--actually a weed of sorts since it grows wild all over Palos Verdes, along with nasturtiums and a variety of other flowers and plants. I was taken with this arrangement because even I could have arranged it in an old bassinet and interspersed it with garden roses.
Tonight I went to the retirement party for my friend who lives with me and also works at my school. It was a warm, fuzzy evening in El Segundo with the boom of the big planes taking off at LAX nearby. I was born and raised the first six years of my life in this area and then returned to live here permanently in 1959. I personally believe that the South Bay area of Los Angeles is one of the most gorgeous areas in the state of California.