greetings from the road gentle readers. i am here in northern california where it is 58 degrees. expected high of 66. in other words, my perfect climate zone. beams of sunlight and long sheets of blowy fog. there are massive blue hydrangeas everywhere, and roses, sea stars, anemone. glossy ribbons of kelp, rocks encrusted with all manner of sea life.
my glovebox sketchbook is serving me well. stopping to draw or paint is meditative. time well spent looking and listening to the world. the other day i stopped on a small road next to a vineyard. while i drew the little scene in front of me, a half-dozen laborers spread out through the grapevines on the other side of the road, doing who knows what. while they worked they talked and laughed. one of them had a musical sort of laugh that rolled over the vines in waves all the way to my ears. each time i heard it, i smiled.
i drove into oregon to see what brookings was like. property is inexpensive here but i soon realized that it was just too small of a place for me to settle. i’d eventually like to relocate somewhere outside of the sprawling LA metropolis, maybe arcata would be a better fit.
so far it’s my favorite small town i’ve experienced in humboldt county. seems progressive. good cafes, bookstores, outstanding grocery stores (!), pretty beaches nearby, and of course all the redwoods. i liked the college-town vibe. renting a place here after retirement seems like a good option. too bad there’s no international airport, but the town itself is a charmer.
while i’m here i’m watching 1 episode/night of anne with an e season 2, and have begun reading an actual book. well not an actual book, it’s on my kindle. one of my DFLA readers from canada insisted some time ago that i read the entire series of books so i am!
i had started elizabeth jane howard’s long view which was just tedious and not at all enjoyable like the dear cazalet chronicles so i quit.
do keep me posted of the goings on in your worlds. i’ll just be here soaking in the sea, sun, and fog of california’s north coast. see you soon!