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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vignettes from the New Dovely Estates, Part One

This is lunch. 
(plus a handful of the ugliest but sweetest strawberries that have ever existed - the kind you would describe as having a "great personality")
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And this is the view. 
(right now, as I type, I can hear the downy woodpecker bapping away just down the hillside.  I've been sighting him the last few days, quick flashes of a red crown and a bold white chest).
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The house is coming together, the pile of flattened boxes is nearly epic, finally yesterday, I hung the first painting.  
I like to feel out a house before slapping up decor.  I like to know which windows let in the morning breeze, where the richest puddles of afternoon sunlight fall, and which walls I will touch as I pass, every time.  In short I need to live in a place fully, deeply, in order to make it home.  I like to know the rhythm of steps it takes to travel from the bedroom to the fridge in the middle of the night.  I like to shift the house plants around until they settle in like brooding hens.  I like my paintings to tell me where they want to hang.
I'm working on it.
Steady.
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About a quarter mile down the street is a little market, the local corner type.  They may be small, but they cater to both the organic milk drinkers (when home, I am a staunch milk-with-my-coffee gal) and the "dinner out of the fry case which happens to be the thing my nightmares are made of" eaters, but best of all, they have a well stocked plant selection out front.  Two days ago I bought a new begonia along with my laundry detergent.  Today I'm trying to think of something, anything I might need just for the excuse to walk down there and buy another plant.  Maybe bananas.  Or dish soap, do I have enough dish soap? Probably not.
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This place is alive with humming birds.  Yesterday I stared into the blue sky until my eyes watered and cried as a brilliant blue fellow hovered just feet above my head.  The entire backyard is a wild playground, thick and tangled as the hill slopes down to the river.  One might call it an experiment in invasive plants gone terribly wrong, this quest for the jungle crown between bamboo, stinging nettle, ivy,  horse tail and blackberry (my neighbor is a shirtless man who swings a machete while wearing a Coors ball-cap.  We've only waved from a distance).  Along the fence the blackberries have won, but this serves me well: Every morning thus far I have trotted out my laundry room door, colander in hand, to pluck fat berries, two for me, four for the basket, one for Sancho.  We stand outside in the weak sunlight of early morning, mouths watering, a new ritual.
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I think it's time to go and buy that dish soap.
~ Umber ~

9 comments:

The Noisy Plume said...

Missed you, tootsie pop.
Glad you're settling (like a wee flake of gold in Sierra snowmelt).
x

Sierra Keylin Jewelry said...

thanks for this little slice of home, looks like a magical place...I hope you are soaking up every fabulous moment! Now for goodness sakes, go get yourself another plant!!!

UmberDove said...

Plume - mutual lady.

Sierra - DONE!

kerin rose said...

hummingbirds!!!!!!...no secret how i feel about them!.....
sounds like you and the new abode are most definitely finding your groove together......!
ha!
word verification: drooids....!

Cat said...

sounds lovely Dove.....
enjoy the nesting season!

love and light

Joyful said...

It looks like a perfect spoke you've picked for your new home. I love hummingbirds so I envy you :-)

lulu said...

now that's livin' right! and howdy, i dream about having an ol' general store to shop at...simply marvelous.

now lets see that studio!! ;)

xo

UmberDove said...

Kerin - It is NO coincidence that I read your comment, looked outside, and 30 feet from the windows a tiny little guy was sipping from the nettle blooms.

Cat - These days I feel like nesting is my middle name!

Joyful - Me too! They truly hold some special magic.

Lulu - HA! Well then yes mam'!

Snailentina said...

Welcome back, Dovely! Hummingbirds! I'm jealous a bit, I saw a few when in Washington and they reminded me of your blog, since I hold you responsible for making me fall in love with that state. Love little vignettes!