Why are some times running on the spot? Granted, we were away from the weekend, staying with our friend Dan in his olive grove, and came away with jars of olives, strong roots of mint and oregano and a lot of good talking, food and wine under our belts. Even though it is hot and dry up there Dan has unlimited water, so I loved walking through his orchards and vegetable gardens, pulling up the odd thistle, checking the newly planted trees and enthusing about the merits of biochar.
One day back (that was yesterday), and now we drive down the coast to Esalen for a few days. It is a magical place, no computer access, no phone reception, which makes me nervous and thrilled at the same time, since I have at last negotiated the test run of double-width pure natural linen fabric which is being woven to my specification. A minimum order is 1000 metres, so it is exceptionally good for them to set up the loom for just enough for me to play with, 100 metres – thank you Michael! It is close to what I am using now, but slightly higher density and a wonderfully soft, tactile handle. I am excited – it’s like almost hearing and feeling a big, distant engine, being on a ship as it gets under way. Remember to Breathe!
Did I say some of my stuff is now at Artefact Design & Salvage? I am thrilled beyond measure since I just love their vast, echoing warehouse of treasures, at Cornerstone. If you are anywhere near Sonoma it is a must-see – just look for the twisting white fence and the two giant blue Adirondack chairs. My fourth shop: where is this heading?
A few posts ago I mentioned the giant red lobster, the digger anchored in one of the marina ponds. It has gone, as quietly as it came.