Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lazy Day at the Ranch

First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

Last week after dinner with Mr. Randolph Hearst, we finally found our bedrooms, and I hope that we all had a good night of sleep.  
After breakfast, we'll mosey out to the guest houses and decide how we're going to spend our day of leisure here on the ranch...Mr. Hearst appears to like ketchup with everything!

...I think that it's going to be another rotten day in paradise. 

I ate so much breakfast, I may rest a bit here in the living room of the guest house...

 ...or take a nap... 

...or a bubble bath. 

How would you like to wake up to this each morning?
 Another gorgeous lamp shade.

Not bad for a bunk room. 

No comment.

Let's go to the "pantry", which was built above the kitchen, for a snack...
The original Booth's Real Old Blue Willow was produced until 1942.  After that time, Royal Doulton began to produce their version of the pattern.

I love the faucets, and the back splashes were spectacular!

 The huge island is actually a warming table.

A large crowd at the ranch would have been around 50 people.  The kitchen is more than ample.
Tennis, anyone?

Or how about a swim in the Neptune Pool? 

The cabana is an authentic Greek temple, taken down, shipped to California, and reassembled.  Oh, my. And if you find it too hot to swim outside...

We can spend some time doing laps in the indoor Roman pool...

This might be the most magnificent spot on the entire property.  It blew me away!

 We can practice our dives from the diving tower.  The far room features a shallow water pool if we just want to soak.

I'll race you to the other end.  Oh, by the way, the tennis court is built on top of this building...just thought that you'd like to know.

Ho hum, I'm pretty exhausted.  Let's mosey on back to our guest houses and take another nap...

...and then we'll sit and visit until it's time to saunter up to the ranch house again for dinner with Mr. Hearst.  La. de. dah.  Now this it the definition of vacation.  No wonder Cary Grant managed to be invited here as a guest more than 40 times.  Our invitations are in the mail!

Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "TABLESCAPE THURSDAY."   Hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 10:00 AM on Thursdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of August, I think windows of opportunity to travel to new spots.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday evening is the twenty-sixth edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".   Excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun!

You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  KC has just released her 5th studio CD project, "The Tag Hollow Sessions".  The sold out CD release concert was this past weekend.  "The Tag Hollow Sessions" is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!  

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Entertaining Women

Hello, I'm Cherry Kay I was 40 before I realized that I am an artist. I love to paint, work in clay, rubber stamping, design tablescapes, entertain, and share ideas. I'm an interior designer wanna-be...no credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. Pretty amazing! Is there anything he didn't think of? Thanks for sharing more of your trip.

  2. Oh Wow! This is the first post I've seen and had to go back through them all. What a life! I love the Neptune pool. I would never leave. You see, I really should have been born a Greek goddess. LOL! This would be a wonderful home to visit and yes I can see how it would be quite an aerobic workout for sure. Thank you so much for taking on us on this trip with you. So cool how they laid out clothes for us everywhere too! I'll take the room with the gold slingback pumps because I'm a goddess you know. LOL! Love it!

  3. I loved the indoor pool too! It was almost magical, wasn't it? I love it when you share your travels with us. Great photos.. xo marlis

  4. FABULOUS, AWESOME, AMAZING PALACE!! Oh yeah, I can get very comfortable there too. I love, love every inch of this place. What a great trip you're enjoying dear friend and thank you for sharing it with us. I adore the faucets too, lol..

  5. I just can't even begin to imagine living in such splendor! Those ceilings in that bedroom...unbelievable!!! And that pool area outside! I am just blown away! I would NOT want to be the one to have to clean any of that!!! :-)

  6. You are so lucky to have been here, Cherry Kay. I will never tire looking at those pictures. It is really an amazing place....Christine

  7. Oh my, Cherry Kay, that kitchen and the outdoor and indoor pools are too much! Wow!!! That is some castle, I must say. I never imagined all that!!

  8. wow...Just amazing. I gasped at the first photo of the outdoor pool! I am emailing you info - answering a ques you sent Sarah!

  9. I have never seen anything like it-amazing! It must have been quite a visit.

  10. I have really enjoyed following you on this tour, Cherry Kay!

  11. I love the kitchens in the big old houses -- actually, they really are my favorite part! And that is a wonderful kitchen!

  12. I love seeing the kitchen and pantry too. I have fed a 100 for a buffet dinner out of our summer house kitchen, and believe me it was a basic kitchen, lol! It would have been a snap with all the equipment in the one you shared with us!

  13. Oh I wish I could pack my bags and stay there tonight. So beautiful, so amazing. Thanks for sharing these posts with us.

  14. Oh my what a place. That tile work in the pool room is absolutely amazing! That kitchen is unreal- absolutely huge! I am amazed at each thing in there...like the revolving rotisserie! I hope they had more than one sink in there!! Those tiles on the backsplash are fabulous too!
    Can you imagine having Cary Grant visiting your party! He'd be like having ornamentation added!!
    Ahh...the good ole' days!

  15. My fat fingers deleted the kind comment from Linda @ More Fun Less Laundry. Here it is: I can't even imagine living in a house like this! And the planning that went into every little detail of decor!!! Thanks for sharing this amazing place with us. Linda

  16. Wow! Just amazing and stunning. thank you for taking us along on this tour!

  17. Woweeeee! This is just incredible!

    I want a huuuuuge island that's also a warming table!!! So gorgeous!


  18. What an amazing place!Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


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