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October 6, 2011 / Linda Hartong

CARMEL’S SECRET COURTYARDS AND PASSAGEWAYS – BELL TOWER COURT

On my way home from running errands, I decide to swing through another of Carmel’s Hidden Courts and Passageways. As I come up 7th, I turn into Tiger Lilly Florist.

I love what they do with their outdoor space.

All sorts of beady little eyes watch my progress. Teddy looks down from his swing.

Rudolph and his twin (twin?)

anxiously regard me.

Cats,dogs and bunnies

regard me suspiciously.

But I advance anyway. Wonderful wreaths both dried and living hang from the walls.

In the window I see a little home fit for a hobbit.

I love the dutch door

with its stained glass.

Today the shop is open so I go in. Skylights provide magical light for the orchids this shop is noted for.

 Dried flowers hang from the ceiling.  

Tiger Lily Florist & Gifts

 I leave my calling card with the owner and exit through the narrow opening into the main courtyard.

Looking up, I finally get a good shot of the bell tower for which this court is named.

 A shop new to me has taken its place at the end. Heart to Heart has a new location in the court.

Borromeo Forge

has opened .

They are taking pride in their new location and have added potted plants and the ever-present dog bowl of fresh water.

 Take time to check out their website.

Finding Borroméo Forge Artisan Metalwork Gallery in Carmel-by-the …

Alan Drew forges the metal work at a forge in Marina. Lisa Guthrie sells in the Carmel shop. Their work is amazing .

Next , I peek in the open dutch door

of Heart 2 Heart boutique. 

www.heart2heartcarmel.com

They have a great choice of clothing and accessories.

I pass the bench with the colorful mosaic work

and think that this court has never looked better. 

It it on the corner of 7th and San Carlos.


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  1. Nita@ModVintageLife / Oct 6 2011 5:21 am

    What wonderful shopping. That first store with the topiaries was so fabulous. I wish I was there to leisurely browse. Next best thing is your photos.

  2. Annie Westlake / Oct 6 2011 6:49 pm

    Two weeks from today I’ll be there celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first time I rolled into Carmel in my 1956 Mercury convertible. Oh happy shopping! I wish I still had the car, and I wish I had bought a little cottage “back in the days.” I’ll have a lot of new places to visit thanks to your fabulous website. Thanks.

  3. Sheila / Oct 6 2011 9:45 pm

    Linda, I love image 2421 (three potted plants and dog bowl) because of the vivid colors in a natural setting!

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