yes my lawn is really sandy brown. only the trees and garden get water. but this sandy brown becomes velvety green once the rain starts. it's a combination of weeds & grass that instantly springs to life with a steady water supply.
that's moss cottage tucked way back there among the trees. i love having a house that sits twice as far back as everyone elses.
did i ever tell you that dalton trumbo used this as his library slash writing studio? this according to my neighbor whose house/estate the trumbo family resided in after returning from exile in mexico in the 1950's. they are behind me in an old walled estate.
neighbor in front of me was born in her house in the 1930's. neighbors on side used to rumble their boxcars down the lane beside my house in the 60's
september 11 is the anniversary of my arrival in los angeles, so i have different associations with it than most people. it's also the birthday of an old friend.
1989. i remember rumbling down kellog hill into the LA basin during the heart of rush hour. the smog was thick and hazy. i was in an old jalopy with kansas plates. all of my possessions packed around me. a little 26 year old, moving out to california to start a new life. moss cottage was a distant dream not even on my horizon yet. i hadn't a clue that 13 years later i'd have a nest of my very own in the hills of northeast los angeles. that thought hadn't even been born yet.
but here i am.
25 years later. sending my rambly smoke signals out into the almost autumn night. can you see them?