A Look Back, A Look Around

door detail

The county of Mendocino lies 100 miles north of San Francisco, and stretches out to the Pacific Ocean. Topographically it is very rugged and is traversed through various terrains on two lane roads, some of which run through the oldest redwood forests on Earth. Those who have visited or read about this county are most likely aware that much of the mid-19th century architecture has landmark status and that the entire town of Mendocino is on the National Register of Historic Places. Thus in all the literature about Mendocino County there is much illumination about the architecture. Because the beauty of this architecture is in large part one of the attractions I have to this county I spent the morning capturing a bit of its charm which I here share with you. I hope to compliment the normal focus on gardens and plants specifically, and add more context to that which offers structure and beauty to our gardens here in Mendocino County, giving you more a feel for life in Northern California. Enjoy.



Victorian home

lovely garden gate in early morning sun

former garret

rounded porch

framed stained glass window


sculpted roof


decorative porch facing

stained glass framed window

more decorative facing


I hope you have treasured the mini-tour of Mendocino County architecture!

Love and spring blessings,
Kathryn xoxo

Book News: Lovely news! Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is now available in Paris’s internationally renowned bookstore Shakespeare and Company, founded by George Whitman, who, sadly, died in December at age 98. His legacy lives on and I am humbled.

An excerpt from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is now appearing in Edge Magazine in Minneapolis; in March an excerpt will appear in Ode Magazine and another will be published in Western North Carolina Woman in April. Thank you to those editors!

If you have not seen the trailer for Plant Whatever Brings You Joy, please visit on YouTube here.

8 Responses to “A Look Back, A Look Around”

  1. Yes, I enjoyed the mini-tour very much.
    Such beautiful details in brick and stone, glass and wood.
    Lea’s Menagerie

  2. This is a part of your country that I’m looking forward to visiting. It’s quite do-able by car from here. I’ve heard that the architecture and history have links to Victoria.
    A lovely post.
    Now I’m off to look at the trailer on You Tube.

  3. Good morning, Lea! Thank you for the visit! I’m glad you enjoyed! Kathryn xoxo

  4. Hi, Pondside, and welcome! Yes, it’s true. We have an abundance of Victorian architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area! Lots of craftsman style homes, too. Come see! And thanks for the trailer visit! Hope you enjoyed.
    Kathryn xoxo

  5. I Love this creative tour. We are very fortunate to have such an architectural feast for the eyes in our beautiful bay area! Great pics, mom!

    Love you,

  6. Hi, Antonia! Thank you! Yes, we are fortunate, indeed. Glad we share.
    Love, Mom xoxo

  7. Love those periods of construction. We see them in the mid-west as well. All the wonderful river homes along the Mississippi River from the 1800s to the early 1900s, including the “painted ladies”. We also see them in rural Ohio and in the small towns where they have not been torn down and replaced. There are blocks & blocks of these building styles in Marrietta, Ohio. Lots of riverboat money early and then not much change since then. Can’t imagine a whole town on the Historic Record. Celebrate your spring weather for the rest of us (68 degrees today but snow again by the weekend). Love & Hugs, Julie

  8. Hi, Julie! River homes along the Mississippi sounds really inviting! You are having better weather than we today, Julie. The cold crisp air is reminding me of mountains in Colorado today! And it’s been raining on and off since last night. 🙂 No snow, however! 🙂 Love, Kathryn xoxo

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