Have you ever seen something that moved you so deeply that you couldn't bear the separation?
I found this brooch of Athena on my last visit to Petaluma, but given its incredible craftsmanship, diamond and 18k gold structure and enviable enamel-on-gold painting
I had kissed the thought of it goodbye.
The price was crazy.
I spent the last few weeks thinking of her on more occasions than I would wish to say: 'things' don't normally get into my heart this way on a regular basis.
She is tiny.
She was born in 1870.
She is perfection.
I walked away from the shop, confused as to why Anthony needed to find a bathroom there when Petaluma is rife with bathrooms and he knew his way around:
"I'll meet you at Copperfield's," he said.
And then a few hours later as I searched for well-worn glass at Wright's Beach he presented me with a gold box and said he had found the most wonderful beach stone of all....
Oh, my husband.
Thank you is a pale ghost of my feelings right now.
There are no words for being so well-treated. Athena is clutched in her golden box in my studio, tucked away until tomorrow morning when I go to look at her, fresh as Christmas morning.
Wright's Beach says 'hello' and bids you all come visit when you need a refresh from the everyday!
Quoth the raven, "Katherine, we miss you!!!"
My veritable rainbow of beach stones!!!! Can you believe it????
My Annie, at the Pacific for the first time in her beautiful life.... what a homecoming!
Ice plants in bloom
Complex rock formations abound on this coast....
after a fantastic dinner at Central Market and the long drive home, we are here and ready for sleep.
Convos and gorgeous emails have gone unanswered for a whole day and a half, and they are piling: I promise I will resume normal operations on Tuesday: in the meantime, I love you for being patient :)
I truly do wish you were here.
I'd offer you a beer and sit on my slab porch with you, catching up on what's new.
Then I'd tuck you into the guest bed and clamber onto my creaky springs, off to greet the sandman once again!
Until then, goodnight.