It’s been four years since we moved here to Oakland and our community continues to grow. ️ Raising a little one and having others around that are cheering them on is the best feeling.
It is the time of year that the Oakland Municipal Band plays in the park. The band stand is in a nice spot in Lakeside park between Children’s Fairyland and the Gardens. Today we set up our picnic near the band and stayed long after they were through. It was a lovely afternoon listening to music and Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, enjoying our cantaloupe and avocado, sweets and tea, and resting in the grass on a warm sunny afternoon.
We visited the new Flax Art store in Oakland. It is not far from another new (to Oakland) establishment that we also love, Paris Baguette. They are located a few blocks from Broadway and the Oakland city center and both very worth the little walk to visit. The new Flax location is in a spacious warehouse building, just as vast as their last location in San Francisco. It brings me great joy to walk around and see and touch all of the art supplies. Clover and I love to look at the handmade papers and we bought sheet that was covered in magnolias. We also got her a pack of new markers and glue sticks. I am certain we will find an excuse to return again soon. ^_^
Last year we gave Clover (age 3 at the time) a Sony digital camera to take pictures with. Every once in a while we upload them and see how she how the world looks from her perspective.