Spring Is Here!

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  Today really feels like spring! 11 baby ducklings!

Just in time for the Piedmont Garden Club!!

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The proud Mommy!  It’s the most we have ever had!

The duck house in the rear (from LWB Creations in Georgia) is where she sleeps to keep the ducklings safe!

She laid her eggs and hatched them in the one in the front!

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  The ivy is growing new leaves!

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I was asked by the Piedmont, California Garden Club to show them our garden and house.

I was so pleased and flattered;  I asked them to have  a picnic lunch in the garden at the long table!

They are coming on Tuesday!

 

25 thoughts on “Spring Is Here!

  1. Lynn @thevintagenest
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    Wished I belonged to that garden club so I could dine al fresco. 🙂 Beautiful scene and I love the umbrella. Unfortunately, I am way over on the other side of the country. I live on the water and there is a pair of geese that have a nest nearby under the overhanging low trees in the brush on the edge of the shore. The pair take a break and come in my back yard. They are so sweet. He stands and watches and guards her while she eats, then he takes her back to the nest. I imagine soon, they will appear with some little babies. Enjoy reading your blog so much

  2. Lynn @thevintagenest
    Reply

    Wished I belonged to that garden club so I could dine al fresco. 🙂 Beautiful scene and I love the umbrella. Unfortunately, I am way over on the other side of the country. I live on the water and there is a pair of geese that have a nest nearby under the overhanging low trees in the brush on the edge of the shore. The pair take a break and come in my back yard. They are so sweet. He stands and watches and guards her while she eats, then he takes her back to the nest. I imagine soon, they will appear with some little babies. Enjoy reading your blog so much

  3. My Dog-Eared Pages
    Reply

    Just beautiful Penelope! Welcome darling ducklings!!

  4. My Dog-Eared Pages
    Reply

    Just beautiful Penelope! Welcome darling ducklings!!

  5. Design Chic
    Reply

    What could add more charm to your garden party than ducklings – so hope you take pictures!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      I will!!

  6. Design Chic
    Reply

    What could add more charm to your garden party than ducklings – so hope you take pictures!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      I will!!

  7. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    I LIVE RIGHT BEHIND THE HILL FROM PIEDMONT!TELL THEM TO POP OVER TO LAFAYETTE AND VISIT ME AT THE HEN HOUSE WITH PHOTOS OF THE GARDEN AND DUCKLINGS!WISH I WAS ONE OF THOSE GRAND DAMES EATING ON THAT DIVINE TABLE IN YOUR GARDEN!!!

  8. LA CONTESSA
    Reply

    I LIVE RIGHT BEHIND THE HILL FROM PIEDMONT!TELL THEM TO POP OVER TO LAFAYETTE AND VISIT ME AT THE HEN HOUSE WITH PHOTOS OF THE GARDEN AND DUCKLINGS!WISH I WAS ONE OF THOSE GRAND DAMES EATING ON THAT DIVINE TABLE IN YOUR GARDEN!!!

  9. home before dark
    Reply

    Excuse me, but your generous, lovely heart is showing!

  10. home before dark
    Reply

    Excuse me, but your generous, lovely heart is showing!

  11. Penelope Bianchi
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    Received via email!

    Penny,
    Just bought a lot to build new house on. Thank you, thank you….your house has been a huge inspiration to me. YOU are an inspiration to me!!! Wish I was closer to Santa Barbara…I’d be looking you up with my camera and tape measure in hand!!!!
    Thanks again dear lady.
    Marilyn Cataldie/Baton Rouge/New Orleans

    What a lovely comment! ALL of them are lovely! I cannot tell you how much they mean to me!!

  12. Penelope Bianchi
    Reply

    Received via email!

    Penny,
    Just bought a lot to build new house on. Thank you, thank you….your house has been a huge inspiration to me. YOU are an inspiration to me!!! Wish I was closer to Santa Barbara…I’d be looking you up with my camera and tape measure in hand!!!!
    Thanks again dear lady.
    Marilyn Cataldie/Baton Rouge/New Orleans

    What a lovely comment! ALL of them are lovely! I cannot tell you how much they mean to me!!

  13. Poppy
    Reply

    Hi Penelope,

    Your garden is gorgeous, but I’m sure you’ve heard it all before! Anyway, as I have said in the past, your house has been an inspiration for me from way back when. Beautiful!

    Poppy

    PS: I live on the island of Crete, not Corsica. Don’t know if you are confusing me with someone else.

  14. Poppy
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    Hi Penelope,

    Your garden is gorgeous, but I’m sure you’ve heard it all before! Anyway, as I have said in the past, your house has been an inspiration for me from way back when. Beautiful!

    Poppy

    PS: I live on the island of Crete, not Corsica. Don’t know if you are confusing me with someone else.

  15. Emily
    Reply

    I love you house and guest house and the grounds, too! Have you ever considered getting the rights from your architect to sell your plans of your house? Penelope’s House Plans? I think they would sell like hot cakes! I would be your first customer. We are looking to buy a piece of land and I would love to build a house like yours on the property. Thanks for the post!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      What a great idea!! I am going to look into this!

      I do; by the way, do decorating over the internet. Thirty years ago I did an entire house being built in North Carolina (by a long-time client in Pasadena, Ca. Before faxes, emails, digital photos! It turned out beautifully; and she was delighted! I only saw lots of pictures!!

      It is certainly much easier now!! (no mailings of samples and wallpaper!)

      Penelope

  16. Emily
    Reply

    I love you house and guest house and the grounds, too! Have you ever considered getting the rights from your architect to sell your plans of your house? Penelope’s House Plans? I think they would sell like hot cakes! I would be your first customer. We are looking to buy a piece of land and I would love to build a house like yours on the property. Thanks for the post!

    1. Penelope Bianchi
      Reply

      What a great idea!! I am going to look into this!

      I do; by the way, do decorating over the internet. Thirty years ago I did an entire house being built in North Carolina (by a long-time client in Pasadena, Ca. Before faxes, emails, digital photos! It turned out beautifully; and she was delighted! I only saw lots of pictures!!

      It is certainly much easier now!! (no mailings of samples and wallpaper!)

      Penelope

  17. Marilyn
    Reply

    Penny,

    Thank you for email! You are such an “angel girl”! So generous of spirit and enthusiastic….I love that. I hear such encouragement and excitement in your voice when you communicate with us. Thank you again….I hate people who won’t share a recipe or paint color…really??? Going to take my time with this next house…I’ve built before but this is different…..probably last one. Thank you again for all the inspiration I’ve gotten from your home and gardens. If I’m ever that direction you may find me on your doorstep one morning with with biscuits and coffee!

    Love from Louisiana,
    Marilyn

    PS. I agree with Emily…I would love to see a floor plan…even rough sketch. And, I wanted to tell you….I clearly see the inspiration from your home in Patina Farm! Beautiful!

  18. Marilyn
    Reply

    Penny,

    Thank you for email! You are such an “angel girl”! So generous of spirit and enthusiastic….I love that. I hear such encouragement and excitement in your voice when you communicate with us. Thank you again….I hate people who won’t share a recipe or paint color…really??? Going to take my time with this next house…I’ve built before but this is different…..probably last one. Thank you again for all the inspiration I’ve gotten from your home and gardens. If I’m ever that direction you may find me on your doorstep one morning with with biscuits and coffee!

    Love from Louisiana,
    Marilyn

    PS. I agree with Emily…I would love to see a floor plan…even rough sketch. And, I wanted to tell you….I clearly see the inspiration from your home in Patina Farm! Beautiful!

  19. Heather in Arles
    Reply

    Oh hooray!! It is duckling time again!! 🙂 And no wonder the proud Momma out did herself, she has not one but TWO houses–now, that is luxury!

    It is gray and rainy here today so I wish so much that I could sit on the chaise under the wonderful parasol (I am still kicking myself for not bringing one back from Bali) and take a nice long nap…zzz…

  20. Heather in Arles
    Reply

    Oh hooray!! It is duckling time again!! 🙂 And no wonder the proud Momma out did herself, she has not one but TWO houses–now, that is luxury!

    It is gray and rainy here today so I wish so much that I could sit on the chaise under the wonderful parasol (I am still kicking myself for not bringing one back from Bali) and take a nice long nap…zzz…

  21. Delores
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    Hi Penelope!
    I am so jealous of my friends who are visiting you tomorrow. Nancy Cecconi is my husband’s partner’s wife and Lisa Dell Osso is a very good friend and an amazing designer. Since I live across the Bay, I cannot belong to the Piedmont Garden Club, unfortunately. I will just have to hear their stories about how lovely your garden and home is.
    You are so generous to invite them for a picnic. They will think they’ve died and gone to heaven.
    I told Lisa to say hi to you from me!
    xo Delores

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