I may just possibly have fallen in love with New Mexico and some of its people.
The flight in was magical.
Our first resting place was Casa del Sol,
located within skipping distance of Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch house.
We were able to cook our dye pots over a fragrant open fire.
We wrote poetry and drew in our journals,
adding local colour by literally rubbing the earth into the pages.
We took an excursion to the Chama River, in a region where the scent of Piñon was intoxicating
After unwinding ourselves at (or possibly from) Casa del Sol we moved on to Taos.
Here Carpio Bernal Watercrow graciously shared his story and created a special ceremonial circle for us, as the Taos Pueblo was closed for initiations and we were not able to visit.
A smoking juniper branch was passed among us.
There was drumming and singing and storytelling.
Later his partner Rose joined us and sang several of her original compositions
after which she handed her guitar to the man who had been shepherding our flock around the countryside (but is also a writer and musician who can build things)
and there was more singing and music
(pictured below, minus guitar)
we had some splendid studio times, including a little "cheating",
using eucalyptus from a local florist (who was frankly delighted to make some
sales before closing for Easter)
...we also dyed with a local weed, Chamisa
some of the colour was rather interesting
not what i would expect at home.
then we dyed eggs
one lunchtime i wandered up to the Mabel Dodge Luhan house
and fell in love some more.
i could quite happily live there.
the tour concluded in Santa Fe
where i was permitted to cook dinner for us all
which made me very happy
in the night
which made me even happier,
even if i do look like a Babushka setting out to gather recyclables in St Petersburg.
The group bonded like true sisters and
working with Sharon Blomgren of Arts + Cultural Travel was a dream
so i'm delighted that we will be visiting New Mexico together again,
twice next year....for a start!