Monday, 16 September 2013

Lopez Island

i have loved the idea of islands
ever since i was a small child devouring Arthur Ransome's stories
about the Swallows and Amazons who
sailed to Wildcat Island
and waged war against pirates

i think Lopez Island might be a grown-up version
of that childhood dream





 
 

and at the end of the working day
a small and secret cove beckons
where
i can imagine the two-masted red-sailed schooner
[that i once saw pass under the Golden Gate Bridge]
might anchor at sunset...

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27 comments:

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    1. Locally grown carrots making magic...

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  2. Pinks and purples are fascinating. . . please do share, although it may be a local thing. .

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  3. I so wish I was there - it looks fabulous.

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  4. Ooohhhhhh - madrones + plus extraordinary bundles ... heaven

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  5. Only a bunch of islands south of my island, so near yet so many ferries away....would have loved to be there....don't you love those arbutus, the burls give a wonderful burgandy dye after a weekor two, may e you can carve a wee burl and smuggle it home for the dye pot lol

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    1. No Sir Ma'am....no transporting of bio-hazards no matter how beautiful....google 'tree diseases ' and you'll soon see why.

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    2. What was I thinking!!!! All that colour must have "gone to my head" I plead temporary insanity!!!!:))) she said...

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  6. Lopez Isalnd IS magical! I don't have to tell you to enjoy yourself as I can see you've already done that. xo

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  7. What a treat for the soul on this overcast New England day. Great work, great magic!

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  8. Beautiful, magical island. I bet anything is possible there...

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  9. how beautiful.........makes me dream!

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  10. Am trying to get my own blog post up about you being here - this one's lovely. May have to wait till I get over being stunned. Haven't read about those adventures on Wildcat Island, but I know for a fact that one of my own grown-up dreams just came true.

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  11. Very lovely pictures from the workshop, India! Also really like your Madrona bark and cove pictures. Maybe if we had realized we both read and loved the Swallows and Amazons stories as kids, we would have made a better connection. I still have all the books, tattered from five kids reading and rereading them. Enjoy the next two days.

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    1. thank you Robin for taking care of all those lunch runs and pot-fillings, i'm truly grateful - maybe there'll be another time for story swapping?

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  12. How beautiful, India....I just adore the colours! *drools*

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  13. Sitting here while you were there.... Not surprised at all with the beautiful color that emerged from Sweatpea's garden....sending love to all from Whidbey Island....

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  14. These bundles do look good - if this amazing colour is cooked out of carrots - I'll never have them for dinner again - just for dyeing!
    Really? Carrots????
    Best wishes from a very puzzled
    eva

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  15. Thank you for a splendid workshop, India!

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  16. Beautiful looking place, I can FEEL stone and water singing.

    I have quite a thing for islands, having spent much of my youth sailing around Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and Cape Cod, and then living on Samos, Greece for a time. Small moutnain village on small island is something, too. I still think of myself as an ocean person - an ocean person now living in a forest. And I'll be a forest person living by the ocean if I go back there ever. And islands- there is something about them.

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  17. Though I couldn't be there in person, I was in spirit...thinking of all of you together in that magical place making fairy-tale colors come to life on cloth. Perhaps another time...

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