Last weekend we drove down to Menlo Park to the Sunset Celebration Weekend, as we did last year. (That’s Sunset as in Sunset Magazine, and Celebration as in the open house they host at their headquarters every year, and Weekend as in… well, you know.) No sunburns for us this time, though. The steady drizzle made navigating the crowds like a being inside a giant 3-dimensional puzzle where you have to tilt and turn your own umbrella to get it above and below and around the sea of other umbrellas without poking a stranger in the eye or dumping water on yourself.
We enjoyed watching the vats of paella cooking, the fun demonstrations, and lots of free food samples.
There were also some inspiring uses of succulents —above left, see the planted succulent balls (hey, didn’t I see something like that in the Anthropologie windows last month?). Above right, see a small section of a whole building covered with planted exterior walls. The variation in color and texture was beautiful, and looked like a huge mural.