Grateful today for this fun filled road trip with a couple of THE S4 Gals to Orangevale, CA (If you don't know who they are, check out this blogpost The Disappearance of Mama C). I have been conflicted over the past ten days here in Sacramento whether or not I should be traipsing around seeing all the sites or making a concerted effort to just soak up the sun and relax. So far, it's been a bit of both. I feel like I'm stealing a bit more of the summer that we covet and so sorely long for in Manitoba as it comes and goes all to fast. The temperatures since leaving home have been cool, so when they tell me it's 7 degrees at home, I go sit on this beautiful deck here in Sacramento and soak up as much Vitamin D filled sunshine that I can. That's what the real gold is out here, the priceless ball of warmth up in the sky.
I scoured for events in several different places and found this gem on one of the sites I usually peruse. I loved the sound of it because it was a more intimate experience and I could enjoy not only the scenery and surroundings, but the company of The S4 gals. The weather was outstanding as it was hitting the dream time hour, the sun was setting at the perfect time, picture opportunities were everywhere but then ... I just wanted to experience the day.
Heirloom Acres offers a unique paint nite and wildflower picking extravaganza. Settled under the enormous sycamore tree, picnic tables were laid out with the painting supplies we needed for the evening. A classic VW truck, strewn with apple spice cupcakes made by Megan's daughter, cookies, sparkling pop and artichoke dip were for the tasting and it looked as pretty as it was delicious.
Megan Squires, pictured above and her husband Brad own this picturesque parcel of land, and are avid supporters of helping to save small farming in their area. Their history of how they started and where they came from is as adorable as their property. They run the wildflower farm as a u-pick and charge a set fee per bucket, which I LOVED. I might move here for this reason alone, lol, if I lived here, I would be a weekly customer, and their favourite customer, obviously. They offer different types of events, with a new one coming up at the end of September for Pumpkin season. There is also an AirBnB that sleeps ten, is snuggled up in the trees at the top of the hill overseeing everything on the property. (can you imagine waking up in a field of wildflowers, with the Highlander cows bellowing in the distance?) It's out of a movie really. My kind of movie anyhow, probably a love story, maybe a comedic love story ... and the starlet (me of course) runs off with hmmmm ... I think maybe Josh Lucas fits the bill on this one (you know from Sweet Home Alabama fame) ... and ... and ... and
So Josh and I are sitting under our tree with our names carved in the bark along side our six kids, our cooler of lemonade and our collection of gourds ... very proud of those gourds. Ha! Kidding. Again, this place kinda lends itself to that kind of vibe, seriously one you want a piece of, to any movie location scouts, check it out and thank me later. (thank you payment: a date with Josh Lucas thank you very much)
For a set price of sixty-five dollars, it included your stained sign board, all of the stencils, paint and tools for your sign project. It also included all of the sparkly drinks and goodies AND a bucket full of wildflowers, as many as you can possibly stuff in that bucket. Half the fun was wondering through the wildflower field and cutting the flowers yourself. I was lucky enough to have a buddy along for my wildflower experience, a lovely little girl named Bliss (her mama was painting instructor). She helped me cut flowers and followed me around while we each filled our buckets, we chatted about each of the different kinds of flowers, and who she wanted to give hers too. It was the sweetest and I was able to enjoy some little kid time while missing my own grandbabies, the joy that children bring, priceless.
The fruits of our labour, ever so grateful for the beautiful painted signs, our armfuls of outstanding wildflowers, the experience, the laughs and of course the company. Thanks to everyone that I coerced into taking a few pictures, it was so appreciated.
If you would like to check out more, click on the links for about Heirloom Acres here are a click on these links to their websites and this link to find their AirBnB. Input 10 Acres Farmcation Experience in Orangevale, and get yourself booked in. Please, tell them I sent you on over, and pick me a bouquet of flowers. Heirloom Acres is worth the trip.
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