Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday, November 17, Saying Good-bye to Grandma's Neighborhood

While we were in California for the funeral and memorial service of my mother-in-law, my son and I took a long walk in her beautiful neighborhood in the Encino hills of Los Angeles. With Mother now gone, the house will be sold and so this was our chance have a last walk and take some pictures.

I've decided not to share the front of house for privacy, security reasons. However, below are some of Mother's roses.
I followed my son through the lush vegetation along the sidewalk.

What I love most about the neighborhood is all the lovely gardens.
My camera can't really do the flowers justice.
Mother lives up the street and over one from the Jackson compound (as in Michael Jackson). In fact, my younger sister-in-law went to school with Janet Jackson.
Here is one of my favorite houses...
It looks so cozy.
There are so many different types of roses in the neighborhood.
Aren't these lovely?
Another handsome home.

The view from Mom and Dad's back deck is very lovely.
Here are my two nieces and a nephew-in-law following the memorial service.
A look over into the backyard of Mother's next door neighbor.

I hope you have enjoyed a look at this Encino neighborhood. It is full of memories for all of us, but especially my sweet sister-in-law, who grew up here. We'd all love to keep the house, but it isn't practical. So, I'm glad my family had a chance to enjoy it all again..and to remember...

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Have a great one!


Myrnie said...

Wait....are these RECENT pictures? Roses? Greenery? Outdoor-by-the-pool parties?? I'll trade you...just for a little while :) Maybe in February, when we've run out of holidays, and it's still 2 months until we'll see the sun?

Donnie said...

Such a poignant post. So sorry for your loss.

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Elizabeth, I'm so very sorry for the passing of your Mother-in-law...your family is in my thoughts and prayers dear friend. What a gorgeous neighborhood she lived in ~ sending you hugs and love across the miles, Dawn

Sybil said...

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing these lovely phptographs. It is so sad when one gets to the end of an era and all things have to change. As Myrnie says it is amazing that the roses etc are still blooming so beautifully.
Lve and God Bless, Sybil

Alexandra said...

Beautiful! It's such a shame you can't keep it in the family. What a great get-away place! I suppose the property taxes and upkeep are pretty high. I know she enjoyed her time there. Her roses are lovely.