there’s an ever so pleasant chill in the air as i sit down to tap out today’s dispatch. it’s eveningtime in los angeles and a delicious 63 degrees, which may not sound cool to you, but with our dry air it can require a light cotton sweater. which…i am wearing! it’s been like one long hot summer since july, so these seasonal temps are making los angelenos sigh with pleasure.
i believe i mentioned feeling bereft after finishing the susan branch trilogy. i just love reading handwritten & illustrated journals about ordinary things. well, i was determined to find more. and i did! 2 vintage nature journals which i’ll share with you once they arrive. in the meantime i visited my own bookcases and went through my piles searching for a suitable replacement for susan’s tales from martha’s vineyard.
i found dear dan price’s moonlight chronicles. remember those from a decade ago?
i unearthed edith holden’s country diary. this has been in my library for 15 years or so and i never get tired of going through it. this may be the first time though that i read the book jacket which tells of her drowning while collecting chestnut blossoms on the bank of the thames when she was 49 years old. oh edith!
i am going to have to take it upon myself to retrace her footsteps one day. clamber over hill and dale in search of flora, fauna, and fungi to paint into my sketchbook. i will do my best not to die in the process, but as my dear sister knows i do love to sample various berries and fruit i find while on walkabouts.
i will certainly not bite into any red mushrooms. you can be sure of that!
oh just look at the pages in this diary!
to think this sketchbook was found after 70 years and only published as a facsimile in 1977.
not only did i find edith’s journal on my shelves, but also a sketchbook of birds that belonged to charles tunnicliffe
the work inside spans nearly 30 years and was taken from dozens of his 1934 – 1962 sketchbooks. it is an absolute treasure. you can pick up a copy easily & inexpensively on amazon’s used lists.
i still haven’t found the time to take photos of the second magnificent sketchbook belonging to harriet hunter that i procured on etsy earlier this year. it’s also vintage and i’ve been meaning to share it with you. i wrote about the first one here. and HERE. i do solemnly vow to get my tuchus into motion photographing that second sketchbook of harriet’s sooner rather than later.
it’s Divine with a capital “D”.
here are a few of my own nature studies from a few years ago. as i often do when i look back into my old sketchbooks, i wonder why i’m not doing thus and such anymore.
i’m headed up north to spend a week by the ocean with my sister dottie on saturday.
7 days of sunrise/sunset walks.
and of course plenty of time to record all findings into my sketchbook. i look forward to my weeks by the shore so much. autumn & winter on the california coast with its crystalline, blazing skies, and navy water is sublime.
thankfully, the cat posse will be looked after the entire time by a live-in cat sitter. getting daily emails & photos of their shenanigans makes me worry much less while i’m away.
hope you’re good… dreaming up recipes for thanksgiving dinner, going for sleigh rides, tapping maple trees, and settling in each evening by a warm fire with a cat.
you’ll let me know.