A day around town

We weren’t able to spend time with Eric’s mother on Mothers’ Day because of the Tour of California event. So we postponed it until this last weekend.

We started out with a brunch at Dierk’s Parkside Cafe in Santa Rosa, where we had delicious pull-aparts, and other breakfast-y foods. I wish I’d taken a photo, but I wasn’t thinking about blogging at the moment, so you’ll have to imagine a delicious bacon, mushroom and avocado omelet and hashbrowns.

Cardoon makes such beautiful flowers, and the bees love them!

After brunch, we walked over to the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, and took a stroll around. Eric and I have been here a couple of times, but Loretta and Tom hadn’t, so it was nice to introduce them to our local historical figure and his works.

I wish I remember the name of this rose in the Luther Burbank garden.

After we finished up there, we headed over to the Sonoma County Museum, where we saw some really interesting paintings and an exhibit about Santa Rosa’s Chinatown.

A redwood tree that has been carved out.

Outside the museum, they have a small sculpture garden. My favorite piece was the carved redwood tree.

Having fun!

They’re planning on moving the art portion of the museum to the new building downtown, if when it gets completed. Then they’ll keep this older building for strictly history exhibits. Which is really kind of exciting.

I also didn’t make a note of what this is called. I’ve been calling it the “keyhole” sculpture.

All in all, it was a nice day. We have been meaning to spend some time doing touristy things around town. And it was nice to spent a couple of hours with Eric’s mom and Tom. We don’t get to see them very often, and try to make it “count” when we do.


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