"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

such a fun day at Mt. Wilson

[my friend Marion, strolling through the autumn leaves at her sister's home in Mt.Wilson]
my friend Marion lives down the road a little from Inglewood. She is like a big sister to me. we share recipes, seeds and garden love.

I arrived at her home early in the morning and we drove the hour across to the other side of the mountain to visit her sister Ann. Marion had baked a cake.. her famous boiled fruit cake.

we arrived just in time for morning tea and Ann set up a tray of tea and cake and we went outside to sit on the patio amidst the autumn leaves and cool mountain air. [very good for those hot flushes that I kept experiencing throughout the day, tossing off my cardigan constantly - but they understood with knowing laughs]

[Wendy the artist friend]
after morning tea, we wandered up the lane. climbing over a barbwire fence, through a paddock of walnut trees [noting to selves to come back and gather the fallen walnuts] and went to visit Wendy. a very talented and zany woman

[Ann, watching Wendy as she finished off some knitted hats for a craft show on the weekend]
Wendy was a delight, a collector, a bower bird. She had old wares for sale too.. I bought an old door knocker for Villa Maria and two cushions for my Lloyd Loom chairs.

she had also gathered walnuts and had them drying in the sun.

like I said, Wendy is a bower bird. a collector of stuff. .. and she has shelves and cupboards overflowing with fabrics. her paintings hang around her home.

after a lovely visit, we wandered back home to have lunch. a simple feast. cheese, salami, avocado, crackers & Marion's home made hummus. washed down with a cup of my oat straw tea

after lunch a stroll through Ann's garden. five acres of pure bliss. absolutely brilliant autumn colour

and then

gathering walnuts
[here is Marion filling her bag with the fallen nuts]

mine are now on the floor in front of the fire.. drying out. then I will store them to make cakes, muesli or just eat them straight from the shell! It was such a fun day. 3 women. 3 menopausal women, sharing stories. and an artist who inspired me to be comfortable with who I am.


Diva Kreszl said...

what a wonderful day you all shared! women encouraging other women, delighting in each other's company...the world as it should be :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like THE BEST kind of day! And I love how you combined black-and-white and colour photography in the shot of Wendy -- very cool, that splash of bright colour in the corner!

Annie said...

Dear Robyn,

Your friends sound lovely; they are just the sort of neighbors I would love to have nearby.

We have walnut trees in our area. I wonder if any of the farmers invite people in to collect. I might be able find out by asking around at produce stands along the road. It seems like that might be a good way to find out.


A bird in the hand said...

What you describe is for me an ideal day! It makes me feel good just reading about it.


amelia said...

This looks just lovely!! I asked you on FB but you didn't say, is this the lady who's garden was featured in a TV programme that came on in our neck of the woods? We remarked at the time that it was very close to you.

Fire Byrd said...

What a wonderful sounding day. Just women being.

Pam said...

What a wonderful day Robyn.Your surroundings over there are so different to our dry, crackly trees and crunchy undergrowth here in South Australia.Looks beautiful! Such days are fun, there is always something to talk about and to share a few laughs...and the food...mmmmmmm.

Janet said...

That sounds perfect! What could be better than a day spent with friends (especially when they understand) and sharing food and tea and then gathering nuts. I'm a wee bit jealous!!

Winterwood said...

robyn... your blog is showing up as updated.. but the post does not show up! I am guessing...are you having a blog break? enjoy the long weekend!

Fire Byrd said...

If you've put up a new post about taking a break it hasn't appeared.
Been so busy but will email you over the weekend.

Cheryl@Gingerbread Crafts said...

Such a wonderful day for you, minus the flushes of course.

The mention of walnuts have taken me back to childhood, I am sitting my grandparents back room playing with a bucket of freshly collected walnuts even as I type.

Serena said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day...thoroughly enjoyed the pics too ~ :)