Saturday, August 3, 2013

Ardenwood Farm

Last weekend my family and our good friends enjoyed a magical day at Ardenwood Farm in Fremont, California to celebrate their little boy's third birthday.
This is an historic working farm, built in the late 19th century, now open to the public for picnics and tours.  We ate deli sandwiches and gourmet cupcakes (I'm talking flavours like jalapeno cornbread, French onion soup and strawberry daiquiri!) at this idyllic spot.
My niece Tilly hadn't had her nap, so she wasn't too impressed with the festivities,
but the birthday boy had a blast opening his toy garbage truck!
We saw roosters...
and peacocks!
On the lawn of the property's Victorian mansion where the founding family lived is this gazebo, another perfect place to while away a summer afternoon.
Just look at these pretty ladies dressed all in white!  My mother and I walked over and learned that they are all former docents of the mansion's tour and now get together on weekends to drink tea and play croquet!
They were so friendly and invited me to join them for a photo.  (Hint:  I'm the one not wearing white!)
The mansion's exterior...
Once inside, guests are treated to a 45-minute tour of the interior, which boasts most of its original furnishings, right down to the 1889 toile wallpaper.
Here our docent is show us a bustle!  (Looks like a beehive to me!)
This is my mom in her favourite part of any house - the kitchen!
I loved this grand parlour...
Dad even enjoyed the tour!
The whole bunch of us under the gazebo!
We then walked around the grounds some more and saw goats,
farmers doing something with hay,
an exotic bird house,
and giant sunflowers!
Refreshed from our day at the farm, I was busy in the studio this week and whipped up a few more pieces for my Etsy shoppe.
Thank you for visiting Ardenwood Farm with me!  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer weekend!  x o Robyn


  1. Sounds and looks like an enjoyable day - thanks for sharing it with us. Tilly is such a big girl now.
    Beautiful creations. My jewelry supplies have not seen the light of day in some time now. :(
    Have a good week.

  2. What a beautiful place to spend a day! And it looks like you were quite inspired - that's an impressive array of jewelry you made. I love the earrings with the floral porcelain pieces at the top. I also love the necklace with the flying bird! Enjoy your week!