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Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Very Hot Saturday...

It was so hot today!  But that didn’t stop my friend “J” and I from doing a little
antiquing/junking.  When we left my house early this morning we didn’t know
we would be driving into such high heat...106 degrees to be precise.

We had been planning to take this Saturday and just relax and check out a few
places, both old and new to us.  We drove down to Escondido, Ca to the grand
opening of La Maison Rustique Urban Barn.  They have just moved into their
new location which is about 8,000 square feet of vintage pieces.  This was an indoor
and outdoor event today.  They had over 20 vendors and all kinds of festivities for
the opening of the new location.  Did I mention it was 106 degrees!?!   My hat is
off to all the vendors set up outside in the parking lot in the hot sunshine.  I'm sure
you can feel how hot it was just by looking at the pictures. 

Among the vendors was Rita Reade with her Mammabellarte art signs.  Rita is
absolutely the nicest person and everyone loves her work...

More to see...
 Can't you just feel the hot sun and heat on the pavement!

Going inside now...

Let's take another look outside again... Here is Retreat Style...

Some of artist Denise Adams Chafin's handpainted work...

We had a grand time and found a few special things (don’t we always???) and then
realized it was time to grab an ice tea and drive on to our next stop.

We headed out to one of our favorite places which is Matilda’s Mouse on the old
Betty Crocker Estate in Valley Center, Ca.  “J” and I always spend lots of time
when we visit this location.  Matilda’s Mouse is named after a Wire Hair Fox Terrier
who is always the hostess for the day, but it was just too hot for her to be outside in
this heat.  The location is fabulous.  It’s an old huge barn on what is known as the
“Betty Crocker Estate”.  Betty Crocker was/is a fictitious person but the woman
who lived here was actress Agnes White who created “Betty Crocker” and
developed and tested recipes in the kitchen here.  She had turned it into a commercial
kitchen which has now been restored to a kitchen with beautiful copper countertops.
The barn is the place for antiques!   Everyone who works here is fabulous and helpful
and fun.  We walked in looking hot and sweaty and right away they offered us ice water
to help refresh our spirits.  Many thanks!

I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves.  But to be honest, my camera was
really beginning to feel the heat.  Even inside the barn you can see the much too bright sun
streaming in through the upper windows.  Did I mention it was 106 degrees!?!

Yikes, it just too bright today! The heat and humidity are wrecking havoc with my camera.

Matilda is so famous that she has her picture painted on the barn.  However,
I understand she doesn't like to sign autographs...

Let's go inside...but please remember that it's hot and my camera is really not enjoying
the heat...

I think I'll sit in this big wicker chair while you look around...

Of course we found several special things (don’t we always???) because this is one
of our favorite places to visit and you can find Matilda's Mouse  HERE.

Well, it was time to head out and find a cold ice cream.  We made a few other stops
along this Saturday's antiquing/junking adventure and naturally found a few other
treasures (don’t we always!?!)!

It was a 12 hour hot, hot day of fun and we were so tired and now glad to each be
heading to our own homes...exhausted, hot and having had a fun day.
Thanks for coming along with us.

I also want to thank A New England Life for the guidance she gave me in enlarging
my pictures.  Her blog is beautiful and I get homesick each and every time I view and
enjoy her posts. Take a look  HERE.


Pondside said...

Such a lot in this post!
First of all, I can't even imagine 106 anymore. Up here on the island we need a duvet every night, and the temp rarely goes above 30C.
Now, how lucky are you to have such interesting places to visit!? There's nothing at all similar up here. It sounds like you had a grand day, even with the heat. I'll have to get my map out and find Escondido.

chateau de fleurs said...

I must of just missed you at Matilda's Mouse. I love that place! Glad you had a fun day even in the heat, Christie

la Brocanteuse said...

I wish, I wish I could have been there..not for the heat, but the STUFF! I do love the the " love lies bleeding" in the flower arrangement (inside)kind regards Colette x

Stephanie Lloyd said...

You and your camera did a very nice job! When I looked at the outdoor photos, I could see (almost feel) the heat undulating.
What a striking difference in the look of the air in the interior shots. What great places you have to poke around in out there. There's no Betty Crocker?

Privet and Holly said...

THIS is a day after
my own heart!!!
SO glad that you got
your Blogger pixies
to hit the road and
you are back in {blogging}
business! Okay, I'll take
the portrait of the lady
on top of the blue armoir
and the framed Union Jack,
please! So many gorgeous
things....Thanks for taking
me along for the ride and
that I got to do so from
the chill of the public
library {which is where
I am, at the moment}!
xx Suzanne

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Those places look like wonderful places to explore. I would love to spend some time there!

pretty pink tulips said...

Well, hello there! So glad you stopped by so I could find you. From one flower to another, welcome to blogging!!! There are some wonderful finds in this post. And I just love the story on the alpacas!!
xo Elizabeth

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love these places you took us to. I wish we had places close by like this to shop at. I would love to look through an old barn like that. I saw lots of neat stuff that would come home with me.

Jacqueline said...

There is just so much. It's overwhelming. I would have had to of bought everything !!
Thanks for coming over and commenting and following me. You are so kind. XXXX

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

What a great post! I will definitely be poking around here some more. It looks like you had a great day - hot, but great. I am so glad you stopped by - it's always nice to "meet" new people!

Kathysue said...

Hi!! what a fun day, I would have even suffered in the heat for a day like this one, how fun and to do it with a friend that is the best. Thank you so much for following my blog and for the nice compliment. Your blog looks great! I am going to take a look around!!! Kathysue

cityfarmer said...

can you hear me gasp-ing?
I can hardly take in another photo ... sure looks to me like the camera was working juuuuust fine!

oh me oh my ...

A New England Life said...

I love Rita Reade's items. So romantic looking. I just know I would have found something to call my own!

Hopefully it was at least a dry heat! My body couldn't take it.

You are very welcome : )

Rene said...

Even though it is hot those images with the cool blues and whites makes it looks so inviting. What a great day. So much to take in. I must go have another look.


Mélanie A. said...

I love the atmosphere in these shops , every detail is so lovely. I wish I could have been there but without the heat

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! what incredible stuff!

Love of the Sea said...

Just saw this posting at the end of your post today on the kite surfers. This is an awesome place. I would love to visit it on one of my next trips! Wow.