The start of another week... Hope everyone had a great weekend !

My husband James and I spent the weekend hauling compost and wheelbarrowing and shoveling it onto our garden. We made two trips, filling our little tiny old 1980 nissan from the Community compost that is all used clipping and yard waste from the county all made into gorgeous black rich goodness.
The fun part was last night, being able to put the tomatoes ... ( Cherokee purple , yellow brandy-wine , Burbank slicing , Oregon Spring ) , Armenian cucumber , onions and chives starts into the beds. I just planted out peas and beans the other day too :)

Sunday afternoon we managed to break away for an hour to go juggling with the regular meet up group in Santa Rosa .

Also there is only 4 more days left to my 'Buy One Get One Free' sale in my photography shop.
The sale has been going really well, Thank you to all my wonderful customers!!
So today I will be packaging up lots of orders :)

my new mini photo 'thank you' notes


Sleeping In The Forest

Sleeping In The Forest

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

from Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver
© Mary Oliver

One of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver , I find alot of comfort in her writing. If you are a lover of nature , plants and animals and just observing our magical world you will too :)

This poem reminds me of the summer nights I used to sleep outside just for fun , no tent , just under the stars... it's alot different than camping in a tent with the shell around you.

That was when I lived on a little Island in the Pacific N.W. for 15 years. The Island is Lopez Island and it is a very sweet place , at it's longest it is only appx. 14 miles long , population about 1,500 . I miss all my friends and community there, and the freedom to sleep under the stars.
We are living in California now and I am not really ready for sleeping outside here quite yet.. since there are skunks , rattlesnakes and poison oak here ... none of those are on Lopez ...
it's enough to put me off sleeping out here for now...

Today is a good day , and any day really to lay belly flat on the Earth and give her a great big hug. She is the mother of us all :)

Ten things we can do to help save this lovely planet .. and ourselves :)


apple orchard - photo of the day

a moment between the rains ...... before the blossoms got washed away...

and check out the new pendants with my photography in them, made so beautifully by Thecharmlady.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ......
I see beaches and bakeries in the near future..what are your weekend plans ?


A walk along the green and flowery cliffs

Our recent trip to the ocean , a walk along the green and flowery cliffs about 20 miles from where we live. The day was bright and the light was diffused , my favorite kind . No wind either which is rare here for the coast :)


shadows and light - photo of the day

This was taken at the flea market not far from where we live.

Been on the go for days...... needing to land , will be back this week with some pics of our recent adventures :)