Yesterday Kari Chapin and I went out to Yamhill, OR to visit with artist Katherine Dunn at her lovely Apifera Farm.

There is something magical about Oregon. The big, beautiful trees, the mist, the fog, the moss.... I just love it here. Who would have known when we moved here almost 3 years ago that I would fall in love so completely?

I'm really enamored with the idea of one day living on the outskirts of Portland somewhere, with lots of space and animals and quiet.... but still close enough to the city for easy access. Katherine's place is so wonderful -- she's got a nice studio space on the side of her house, several barns, gardens, hills, goats, donkeys, a llama, dogs, chickens, geese, hairy pigs.... it's so dreamy! I know I'm probably romanticizing what it's actually like to live in a farm and all that comes with that kind of life, but it sure does seem soul-fulfilling. 

These are some photos I snapped yesterday before we left. This is Ernest, and Eleanor is in the background there:

There are 2 barn dogs named Benedetto and Marcella who are the sweetest pups ever. They just wanted love love and more love yesterday.

This is Paco:

I pet his nose through the fence, and he gave a little donkey hee-haw whinny -- I've never heard a donkey hee-haw up close and personal before! I loved it, obviously.


I've gotten quieter around here lately and have been blogging less... I typically put a lot of pressure on myself to do do do, more more more, blog every day, but lately I've been lightening up on myself a bit. It feels nice. Uncomfortable and new, but nice. Lots of changes are happening around here, of which I'll tell you about soon, but for now I'm just feeling sort-of quiet and in my own world. Do you know that feeling? I'm trying to just honor the cycles my life takes me through, rather than just charging ahead and ignoring cues from my body and intuition like I've so often done in the past. So: less blogging is what that's been looking like lately. 

Anyway, I hope you have a lovely weekend! We are headed to the Oregon coast this afternoon for a couple of days, and I am very much looking forward to that. I hope it's stormy and windy so we can make a fire and drink tea and get cozy! With a nice break at some point, though, so we can walk on the beach and take lots of photos. :)

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