Monday, October 12, 2015

T stands for Going Backwards......

Yep, this week I and going to take you through the weekend happenings.....backwards!!
Sunday Hannah, G-ma Carol and I went to the Antique and Peddler's show.  It was held outside at Pioneer Village, a museum of OLD Kern County buildings.   It was a HOT day, but we weathered through it.....*grin*  There were some very pretty tea set for sale, but we just admired them, then, to be silly, we all plopped on a hat and took a selfie!!!  I think Hannah was having a lot of fun having both her G-mas all to herself for the afternoon.
We were about to walk by this tree, when Hannah pointed it out how different it was, so we took pictures, and I know Carol and I have been here many time and have never noticed it before.  We have seen many Sycamores, but none that have bark quite like this one, and even looked them up on the internet.............. guess what I found out????
Platanus racemosa

California Sycamore.

"A fast 75' deciduous tree. It will grow to 15-20 ft. in 5-10 years. It is along creeks in the foothills and coast ranges of Calif.. It takes  wind, heat, but not drought tolerant until established. (Then it will be drought tolerant only where there is a high water table or along the coast.) It likes sun and moderate water. Chips of bark from trunk and roots can be boiled for coffee.   This is a very important wildlife plant. Hummingbirds and butterflies use extensively. It is a food plant for the Western Tiger Swallowtail. It has some fall color. The white bark with the chips of brown spotted here and there make for an attractive formal trunk. We use wood chips to mulch.        
Platanus racemosa tolerates sand, clay and seasonal flooding.
Platanus racemosa is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Platanus racemosa's foliage turns a different color in the fall, color is lt-green, type is deciduous and is edible."

Now back to earlier Sunday...........  Miss Hannah had spent the night and we were up early enough to do a little crafting.  Using paint stirring sticks, we each made a scarecrow to hand on our front doors.  Hannah made her's a girl scarecrow..............

Mine just looks a little ???????
The leaves are silk, a package I picked up at the $$$ store.  They were all bright yellow and red.  We thought the looked too bright, so we did a little ink dyeing, and had so much fun making them darker and richer in color, that we almost did them all........LOL
Going BACKWARDS to Saturday night.........  We took Hannah and her sister, Megan to a hockey game. 
Papa Bobby and "his" girls

Who wouldn't want to take these beauties???  Oh yes, we all have jerseys.....that's Papa there in the gray hat.  Hannah had decided she wanted a sleep over, but Megan wanted to go home........and that is how Hannah happened to be here for crafts and antiquing.  Although she just liked looking at the "old people's jewelry" ( her words, not mine....LOL)
Hope you have time to join the T-gang for refreshments.  Click on the image on the side bar and pop right over there.
Inky Hugs


  1. Well, backwards or forwards, you had a good week with your lovely family. Happy T Day and hope the coming week will be great, too. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Oh its so important to have some one on one time with grandma and grandpa... or even mom and dad..... a time when then don't have to share them with their sibling... I don't think alot of people realize that... So glad you had a wonderful time. Love those scarecrows!!! Happy early Tday!! Hugs! deb

  3. wow-so many fun and wonderful activities and info-coffee from bark? If I ever have the opportunity to be a grandmother I will be inspired by the joy and time you share with your grandchildren. Happy T day!

  4. wow-so many fun and wonderful activities and info-coffee from bark? If I ever have the opportunity to be a grandmother I will be inspired by the joy and time you share with your grandchildren. Happy T day!

  5. Looks like you had a great weekend ♥ I love Sycamore Trees ... There is a creek that runs along side of our subdivision and it has several of them but one is so huge and it has this on limb that twist every which way and is so pretty in the winter when everything else is grey and dead looking and it's all white. Of course the hubs thinks I'm nuts when I say I love that tree as we drive by LOL!

  6. I'd like to know where you get all your paint stirrer sticks. They don't give them out at Lowes, Sears, or Home Depot, which are the only places in town that sells paint (unless there's a paint store somewhere I don't know about). You get ONE with a gallon of paint, but they frown if you ask for two. So, dearie. Fess up. What's your secret?

    That's a beautiful tree. Not sure I've ever seen a sycamore, much less one I could grow to make coffee. And it would pay for itself in water because the coffee I buy is EXPENSIVE.

    Loved the looks of the tea services and you gals seemed to have lots of fun. Of course, I think the grandees looked awesome at the hockey game, too.

    Thanks for sharing your week with us, backwards OR forwards, and the darling tea services, too for T this week.

  7. What fun - a grandma-day! They had some really cute tea services at that store. Happy T Day!

  8. I always enjoy your stories of time spend with your grandchildren. What fun those scarecrows are.

  9. Lovely tea sets and tea sippers!!!
    Fun post enjoying the season.
    My parents had a huge Sycamore tree in their yard...the leaves were massive. My Mom would have enjoyed the bark as coffee tidbit.
    Happy T Day
    Thanks for sharing some of your time with your darling grands with us.

  10. What a fun outing! You know how to get the most out of a day :)

  11. a delightful tuesday post, krisha! the sycamore tree really has a great bark and your sweeties are just adorable!

  12. Fabulous post Krisha! So good to spend time with the family!
    Happy T-Day !

  13. What a great post! Lots of lovely ladies (great and small). Looks like you had a really good time.
    I love the scarecrows.
    Thanks for visiting earlier.
    Have a good week,

  14. Y'all always have so much fun! Another great family outing there --- wonderful!

  15. That looks like a great weekend! I never knew any of that info about sycamores. I wonder whether their bark really does taste like coffee.

    Hope your week will be as fun as your weekend. Happy T Day!

  16. It is so good to spend time with grandchildren isn't it? Looks as though you managed to fit a lot in! The Californian Sycamore looks lovely -interesting tree! Happy T day! Chrisx

  17. What a fun post and what a fun time you had crafting, antiquing and going to the hockey game! I can't wait till I have some free time to peak back at what everyone has been doing. Gotta get out from under the laundry and ironing first!

    Thanks for your kind comments on my post--I was really excited as you can probably tell!

  18. You have had a lovely time with your granddaughter. That tree trunk looks like a painting, so beautiful!
    Happy Tuesday

  19. I noticed that tree bark immediately and wondered if it was real or artwork. So glad you explained it. What a fascinating tree!! You guys really had a fun weekend--both Saturday and Sunday. :)
    Happy T-Day! :)

  20. oh thanks for taking us along on your backwards journey! Adorable granddaughters, and the scarecrows turned out really cute! not sure I'd be brave enough to try coffee made from tree bark, though....hmmmm. happy T day!