"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

White Salmon Scrapbook Retreat

The air definitely has enough snap in it to encourage us to bundle up a bit, as my oldest grand girl and her mom did last week ,before going out to rake leaves.

My oldest and youngest daughters enjoyed building crunchy piles of leaves in our back yard.

While  soon after taking their pictures, I enjoyed driving east out of Portland, OR, on I-84, and crossing the mighty Columbia River to White Salmon, WA,

to a lovely cabin hidden in the woods,

along the rapidly running White Salmon River

to join a good group of friends to focus on our various scrapbook projects.  While it may look like we were suffering in some horrible kind of sweat shop, from this picture,  we in fact had a wonderful time putting together well over 100 pages amongst all of us in our albums over the weekend.  And we were comfortable most of the time...

but when we arrived at the cabin on Friday it was 43 degrees outside and inside the cabin.  The woodstove helped us get cosy after awhile and we all took breaks throughout the day to explore the land around us outside.  We were pretty excited to receive a dusting of snow on Saturday morning, and two of the gals actually braved the cold on Saturday night to enjoy soaking in the hot tub.

We headed home on Sunday, enjoying the autumn shades of color along the way, and now over a week later I took this picture of the man- made pond on our property, that is fed from the runoff of a creek.  During the summer the pond becomes a bog, but since we have had showers all week the water level is rising.  I startled a blue heron when I went out for the mail the other day and I have seen some ducks swimming on the far end of the pond, but no one showed up to have me take their picture today.  I think it is pretty funny that we have a politically correct environment that favors both of the mascots of the rival Oregon college football teams, the Ducks and the Beavers.  I will try to get pictures of both our ducks and beavers to share with you.

 What is happening in your neck of the woods?


  1. Aaah...your trip to the cabin with friends reminds me of the women's retreats at Camp Spofford. Looking at your pics makes me want to plan a trip to visit you! I have always wanted to get to the west coast and Oregon and Washington have been on my bucket list. Maybe when my frequent flyer miles build up it will be a destination!


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