Tuesday, April 5, 2016


It's a small world
After all...
It's a small world
After all..."

"Small World" theme
Anaheim, California

I still find myself 
humming that tune 
every once in awhile.

 It was our first visit 
to Disneyland
 and even though 
I was a mother of two,
 I felt like a child myself.

 It is a glorious memory.

Other memories
 that are dear to my heart
 have been wrapped up 
in the pages of Victoria magazine.

 I have been a faithful reader
since its inception 
and I have kept a good number of issues
 over the years.

 When we moved from Santa Cruz
 to the Cottage,
 I had to give up a few.

 Now, whenever I have a chance
 to see an older issue
 at a garage sale or thrift shop, 
that was one of the ones
 I left behind,
 I will buy it.

 It doesn't happen often
 but every once in awhile
 I get lucky.

I did get lucky 
this past weekend
 when we stopped at a road side sale. 
 After a short time, 
I realized they had nothing
 I wanted 
but I did spot a pile 
of old magazines 
and in between 
the National Geographics 
and the Family Circles,
 I found my treasure.

 there is an article 
about a family owned 
lavender farm in Bonny Doon,
 a tiny hamlet 
in the Santa Cruz mountains,
 not far from where I grew up.

 If it snowed at all 
in the mountains around Santa Cruz,
 Bonny Doon would get a light dusting,
 and it was always an adventure
 to meet our friends there 
for a snow ball fight.

A very rare scene on the streets of Santa Cruz. A snow fall in the mid-1950's.

When I was younger,
 my home town was the extent of my world 
and I thought myself
 and my friends who lived there 
were the only people in this world
 who knew about it.

 To this day,
 I still get that
 excited feeling of wonderment
when I see anything in print
 about that time and place 
that was so special 
to me.

 our daughter, Tami, and her family
 still live in that town 
where both the Captain and myself
 grew up,
 and she is helping
 a friend wrap the soap
that is made at that lavender farm 
in Bonny Doon.

As it turns out...

it is a small world after all.


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  1. Your Disney characters are so cute! Well, isn't it lovely that your daughter lives there now! You will have many visits back there because of it, I'm sure. When I was growing up we moved around a lot so my world didn't seem so small. I often wished I could have grown up in one place because my hubby did and he has all these wonderful memories of spending time with his friends. I didn't make any close friends until I got married and it does make a difference in one's life to be close to a few friends. I enjoyed your post Judy and thank you for sharing with us. Happy April!


  2. Oh Judy what a sweet post. I feel the same way about the little town where I grew up. So many wonderful memories of my childhood are there. I don't blame you a bit for indulging yourself in such precious thoughts and memories of such a special time in your life. Wishing you a wonderful week!
    XO Barbara

  3. It's pretty special that your daughter is helping out in the soap business, Judy! I can imagine the smell...lemon verbena and lavender. Wonderful memories for you, too. Memory lane is always a good place to go. ;) xoxo, T.

  4. How lovely to have roots that run deep in a place and to know that your children know and love the spots that area dear to you.

  5. I love that song Judy and of course Disneyland. I grew up in Anaheim, so I got visit there, Knott's Berry Farm and the as museum quite often. Most of the places were free to just walk in, except Disneyland. Sharing the town you grew up in is sweet. So many memories. thanks again for sharing at DI&DI. Have a great week. xo

  6. It is a small world! I've never been to Disney anywhere. :)

  7. Judy, this post makes my heart sing. I've been a faithful fan of Victoria Magazine since it's beginnings too. I have saved many issues, but like you just can't hold on to all of them. I revisit them on occasion. I never tire of reading the beautiful articles. I no longer subscribe, but will on occasion pick up one of the new issues. I find I don't purchase magazines much anymore. They have become so pricey!
    Love the Disney figures. Are these yours? Yes, it is a small, small world! The lavender soap must be wonderful!

  8. Oh what a lovely post Judy. I save Southern Lady and Romantic Homes. My friend has every Victoria Magazine that was published. I thought she was going to have a stroke when they stopped for a while.

    I do love lavender and have 8 bushes. I love to cut them and save them for my chests of drawers. I was fortunate enough to find a cooking Lavender.

    I love my old home in Virginia also. They always bring back so many wonderful memories.

    Have a great week.


  9. I look forward to your posts, Judy. You have delightful memories about your home town.
    I would like to plant some lavender, for the first time, in my garden.
    I enjoy the Victoria magazines, especially at Christmas time.
    Have a lovely week.
    Charlotte in Va.

  10. I live in a small town and aside from the few years when I went away to college, I always have. I love it here and wouldn't have it any other way! :)

  11. Judy, I love this post. I too always loved the Victoria magazine. I will still look at magazine...no matter how old they are...it's fun. That is so amazing about your daughter living in your old town and wrapping the soap. Wonderful. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo,Susie

  12. What an amazing, incredible story and what a lovely post you put together with so much love and passion, my wonderful Judy !

    With so much gratitude I wish you all my best for the remainder of your week, dearest friend of mine,
    sendinding blessings of joy to you


  13. I have a lot of my old Victoria's too, somehow they are better. I love your last picture of the bee on the lavender. Very, very pretty.

  14. I loved the early days of Victoria magazine, too, and subscribed the first couple of years it was published. As a young mother, I looked forward to my free time when I could sit and read. I want to say it was in the 1990's when I stopped getting it, and I've subscribed off and on since then. Still think the old ones were the best, and I've bought some of those early issues on Ebay to enjoy and reminisce once again.

  15. I have a lot of old magazines too! I love the Disney figures! I went to Disneyland a long time ago for a conference from work... That was when hospitals had money to spend on education for their employees....
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  16. It is a magical place! The photograph of the hat along with the vintage issues of Victoria is perfection, so beautiful!

  17. Dear Judy;
    Yes, I kept all my old issues of Victoria - the ones that take us away to another softer world. I loved the photography used in the early issues. I really enjoyed your post and am so glad you shared and linked.

  18. What a charming post - as always. The memories of a lifetime are so wonderful - your photos bring memories back for me too. Our first trip to Disneyland was in 1976 - when our kids were in early grade school - perfect time to visit. I made us all matching outfits red bandana fabric with white trimmings, and we had a blast - sometimes people asked to take our picture - thinking we were an act at Disneyland - our kids got a big kick out of that. I still sing that song - we went on the Small World ride 3 times - and that was back when you had to buy separate tickets for each ride - 5D tickets each time around - but I'd never trade those memories. How wonderful that your daughter is involved in the lavender soap endeavor. I know you are enjoying your magazines.

  19. Hi Judy well that is a very good smelling post you made : ) I love the smell of lavender ,never been on a lavender farm ,great memories you shared ,love to the little birdie I buyed myself a little birdie in the store ,later I will make a photo of it ,enjoy a happy weekend

  20. What a lovely post - poignant and sweet! By the way, I adore your header - beautiful!

  21. It is a small world for sure! That soap I bet smells wonderful! Love that Mickey and Minnie, always got a laugh at her skinny legs with those big shoes.
    Wonderful post.

  22. So sweet. I need to find my Minnie and Mickey.

  23. It is a small world after all. I learn that every day


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