Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fire and Flea Market!

So as you all know from watching the news today, Southern California is on fire!
I woke up at 4:00 this morning, because the hurricane force winds were so loud. Next thing I knew our power went out. Then we saw a red glow through the draped window. The hill across the street was on fire. Wind, debris and embers were flying. The fire department came and got the fire pretty much out. We ran around trying to make sure there were no embers to catch anything on fire. At first I thought I better grab my daughter's wedding dress, and my dress and get out of Dodge. Things died down, but still with no power my husband said we should go and get coffee, then go to the flea market as planned.
So we did just that. The flea market is near the ocean, so the air was fresh and clean. Not too much wind either. Later though the wind started up an blew the vendors stuff around. When we got home another fire had started nearby. We weren't in danger of flames or embers, but the smoke, wind, and ash was horrible.

This picture was taken at 3:00 in the afternoon if you can believe it. It is looking across the street from my house. It started to get so dark, that I had to turn lamps on. (Oh yeah, by that time our power was restored)

It is still very windy and smokey here, but it is OK for now. The wind should be better in time for the wedding on Friday. I'm sure you have seen pictures from Malibu. It is was pretty bad.

Here are some more of the flea market pictures that I had promised.

The only thing I bought today was a really great antique wood birdcage. I will show it to you soon.
I guess we will have stories to tell about the last few days before the wedding.
So we are all OK, as are the dresses, and the Bride and Groom.
Have a great start to the new week.

32 comments:

tongue in cheek said...

I just bought a cast iron tub like the one in your photo!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

I'm glad you're ok over there-I thought of you as soon as I heard it on the news!
I'll probably still be away when you post the wedding photos-but have a wonderful, wonderful day and give my love to the bride and groom!! Can't wait to see the photos xx

Deb said...

Hello Rosemary
I hadn't heard the news - I spent my weekend volunteering at a flower show - so haven't watched tv in a few days. Happy to hear that you are all ok! This will be an exciting week for you as the wedding date nears :-}

PAT said...

It's good to hear you all are ok, Rosemary!

The fleamarket looks like fun! I enjoyed seeing all those cabinets in the first photo.

The afternoon photo of the fire, is amazing!

Pat

the feathered nest said...

Yes, the whole thing is so scary looking. I saw on one of the morning shows today that there's a jell you can buy that you can spray on your house that protects it from fire for a week or two I think he said. Versus the foam which only protects for 15 min. He said it was $300 for a whole house and available on the internet. I think it well worth the money if you're in one of those danger area.

I hope you continue to be o.k. and I can't wait to see pictures from what I'm sure will be THE most lovely wedding!

Manuela

Bren said...

That was a close call. I am so glad your family is ok.
:) Bren

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ShabbyInTheCity said...

How scary...I can't imagine!!!
And you still got to go to the flea market :) Alls well that ends well? I hope!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my goodness Rosemarie, I am soo glad you are okay. Clarice

Jill said...

I was thinking of you over there to the west, and wondering if the fire was near you. I guess so! I'm hoping I can get home to where I live today, as I've been at the beach this weekend. There are fires everywhere! Scary.

Jerusalem said...

wow! that is crazy! I have never seen anything like it and I have seen plenty : ) I love the last flea market picture, I want everything in it! Also, I always wonder how much that stuff is - like the white shelf towards the front... I wonder about CA flea market prices vs. AR flea market prices...

Robolady said...

stay safe. that is an amazing pictures of the red sky. too close for comfort.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I hope you and your family stay safe. Everytime I go outside the smell of smoke is SO bad, but so far nothing real close.I live in Corona so nothing too close.
Ginger

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Thank you for sharing about the fires. I don't think that those of us who aren't there can even come close to imagining what it's like.
Thinking of you as *The Big Day* approaches; I know it will be beautiful, and I look forward to seeing/hearing all about it!
Stay safe!
:)

Liz said...

Glad to know ya'll are doing ok. Thanks for the flea market pics, I always want to shop after looking at them!

Inspired Tokens said...

Well, the flea market looks fun...but, the fire. YIKES! I talked with my daughter today and she couldn't even get to work because of the fires burning. Stay safe, I know how scary Southern CA fires can be.

The French Nest said...

Hi Rosemary!

I'm glad to hear you are all safe and sound! Thank goodness the flea market wasn't cancelled! ha

Kate

Nunnie's Attic said...

Whew! That was close. Just to be sure, I would keep the dresses very very handy.

Glad you're safe and progressing as planned. Will say a prayer for you though!

Love,
Julie

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I thought about all my Southern California blogging friends when I heard about those fires. I'm glad to hear you are okay!

Linda said...

Thank goodness you all are safe. What I'm seeing and hearing on tv is frightening, take care. Now to the flea market it looks great, lots and lots of neat stuff. Someday I'm going to get there. Linda

Brenda said...

Wow im so sorry. I haven't had the TV on. Glad all of you are safe.

Brenda said...

Wow im so sorry. I haven't had the TV on. Glad all of you are safe.

Maria said...

Wow im so glad you and your hubby are safe. I cant believe that is what the sky looked liek at 3pm. We go tsome bad winds over here but nothing like that.

Susie Q said...

Rosemary, I had been worried so I was just checking to see if you had posted. We have friends North of San Diego who sent out emails saying they were being evacuated. It is horrible...we lived in So. Cal for over 2 years and I well remember the fires and the air being so think and dark.
Please stay safe and know that I am thinking about you all. I want this to be a wonderful week for you all...and may nothing cause your wedding sweetness to be anything bu glorious!

Hugs,
Sue

Robyn said...

HOw scary for you all! Prayers going your way! And hope the wedding is a BIG success and all goes well! Hugs to you! And great pics, thanks for sharing!

KARA said...

oh my god, its unreal, I mean my mom used to tell us stories of when she grew up in California and what it was like with fires earthquakes etc. but when you live your whole life in a little place in England its hard to realise.
Looks like the flea market was way to much fun though.
Hope everything is on plan for wedding
Kara
xx

Felicia said...

That looks like awesome fun!

Dolly said...

Oh my goodness Rosemary.... you and your family are in our prayers!
Thats a little too close for me... I'd be a nervous wreck!

Loved the flea market photos...I want to come shopping with you!
Looks like fun!

Be safe!
Hugz, Dolly

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

I hope all is well with you! We keep hearing about the fires on TV and radio. Wishing you lots of love and safety!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Rosemary,

Is this crazy or what? I hope the winds die down today. I knew you were out here with me so I wanted to check in. I'm glad that you are safe.

Hugs,
Dena

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Rosemary, I am praying that you are safe and will be protected from the fires. So scary! Looks like a great flea market!!!!! Be safe, xo, Becky

cammyk said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers Rosemary. Stay safe and hugs to you.
Cammy

Sheryl said...

I am glad to hear you are OK. I am hoping things calm down today for all of you. Where are you & where was the Fleamarket? Jamestown Village Flea is this Sunday. I know you are busy but.....