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"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." -- Anne Frank

395--California: Rancho Santa Fe Garden Sanctuary
@ CherieSpotting     Aug 16 2007 - 09:32 PST
cherie writes: When I went to Denmark to visit my Danish relatives, my cousin Liz asked me to show her some photos of my friend’s gardens in the United States. I take pictures of everything and anything, so why couldn’t I find any garden pictures? I don’t know why I’ve never photographed my friend’s gardens. It just seemed like a strange thing to do.

Then last week, my friends Tom and Kathy asked Greg and I to water their plants while they were away on vacation. Apparently my plant-watering skills are in greater demand than my photography skills these days.

Greg and I spent a week in Rancho Santa Fe, California lounging in the pool, running after chickens and picking fresh herbs and vegetables for the garden. The plants were well watered and Greg and I were well fed. When Tom came home I asked him: “Tom, have you ever had to evict a guest?” Enjoy these photos of Tom & Kathy’s garden sanctuary.

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Cherie in Tom & Kathy's garden.  When your friends ask you to water their plants while they are away on vacation, you say yes!

Cherie in Tom & Kathy's garden. When your friends ask you to water their plants while they are away on vacation, you say yes!

The beach balls look like marbles floating across the pool.

The beach balls look like marbles floating across the pool.

A train runs through the succulent garden.

A train runs through the succulent garden.

A peek at the rosemary garden from the balcony.

A peek at the rosemary garden from the balcony.

Ready for a dip in the refreshing pool?

Ready for a dip in the refreshing pool?

My, what a succulent little church.

My, what a succulent little church.

Kathy's mosaic donkey (which I named Quijote after Don Quijote) watches over the pond.

Kathy's mosaic donkey (which I named Quijote after Don Quijote) watches over the pond.

Kathy & Tom's mission-style home.

Kathy & Tom's mission-style home.

The guest house has its own movie theater.

The guest house has its own movie theater.

Kathy's mosaic of snickers, the family cat.

Kathy's mosaic of snickers, the family cat.

Snickers strikes a pose.

Snickers strikes a pose.

Cherie and Greg in under a canopy of roses.

Cherie and Greg in under a canopy of roses.

Don't you wish all garages looked this pretty?

Don't you wish all garages looked this pretty?

Go ahead, make a wish!

Go ahead, make a wish!

A white rose.

A white rose.

The "main" house. (When does a house become a mansion?)

The "main" house. (When does a house become a mansion?)

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.  ~Hanna Rion

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

The cabana; the hottest spot north of Havana.

The cabana; the hottest spot north of Havana.

Lillypads on the pond.

Lillypads on the pond.

A water lily.

A water lily.

Kathy's mosaic chicken.

Kathy's mosaic chicken.

One of the five real chickens that lay fresh eggs (when they're in the mood.)

One of the five real chickens that lay fresh eggs (when they're in the mood.)

Surreal birdhouses.

Surreal birdhouses.

What a glorious morning!

What a glorious morning!

Even the bench is art.

Even the bench is art.

Rosemary swirls.

Rosemary swirls.

If you're feeling crafty, head to the craft-room.

If you're feeling crafty, head to the craft-room.

A view through the vines.

A view through the vines.

The plants relax and bathe in the light.

The plants relax and bathe in the light.

One of these two should scare the crows away.

One of these two should scare the crows away.

Friendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness.--William Arthur Ward

Friendship flourishes at the fountain of forgiveness.--William Arthur Ward

A wave from Greg.

A wave from Greg.

The chicken coop.

The chicken coop.

Snickers, the cat.

Snickers, the cat.

Greg, Scott, Grace and Tom in the garden.

Greg, Scott, Grace and Tom in the garden.

Friends in the garden.

Friends in the garden.

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

If you pass by the color purple in a field and 
don't notice it, God gets real pissed off. -Alice Walker

If you pass by the color purple in a field and don't notice it, God gets real pissed off. -Alice Walker

Follow me up the stairs.

Follow me up the stairs.

Kathy's mosaic scarecrow.

Kathy's mosaic scarecrow.

When the birds have to head back to the farm.

When the birds have to head back to the farm.

You go to church a little bit, or you go to a little church?

You go to church a little bit, or you go to a little church?

Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

Green and red.

Green and red.

Have a seat!

Have a seat!

Where flowers bloom so does hope. -Lady Bird Johnson

Where flowers bloom so does hope. -Lady Bird Johnson

There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love. -Sophia Loren

There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love. -Sophia Loren

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~Jane Austen

I think Tom & Kathy's place has more churches per square foot than anywhere else on earth.

I think Tom & Kathy's place has more churches per square foot than anywhere else on earth.

The chicken coop.

The chicken coop.

Snickers.

Snickers.

The train is only a few steps away from the house.

The train is only a few steps away from the house.

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.  ~George Washington

I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world. ~George Washington

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.- Heinrich Heine

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.- Heinrich Heine

One's home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening. ~Lemony Snicket

One's home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening. ~Lemony Snicket

Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway.

Home is where you can say anything you like cause nobody listens to you anyway.

Each flower is a soul opening out to nature. -Gerald De Nerval

Each flower is a soul opening out to nature. -Gerald De Nerval

Cool off here.

Cool off here.

Or take a sip when you're thirsty.

Or take a sip when you're thirsty.

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.

Flowers are love's truest language. -Park Benjamin

Flowers are love's truest language. -Park Benjamin

Take a peek through the trees.

Take a peek through the trees.

Greg and I stayed at Tom & Kathy's guest house for a week while they went on vacation.

Greg and I stayed at Tom & Kathy's guest house for a week while they went on vacation.

The Earth Laughs in Flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Earth Laughs in Flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

It's tough to be a cat living the life of leisure.

It's tough to be a cat living the life of leisure.

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.-Claude Monet

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.-Claude Monet