"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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

To Burbank and Back on WIP Wednesday

My oldest sister, Carolyn lives in CA's  northern San Francisco Bay area. My older sister, Margaret, now lives in Burbank, CA, one of the hubs for media production work.  Margaret's oldest daughter, Heather, and her husband are both employed in recording sound for TV productions.

Carolyn and I drove from Sonoma south to Burbank last Thursday to vist Margaret and her family over the weekend. While we were there Heather took us to the recording studio where she works.  It was fascinating to watch her match sounds with actions through various computers! [My blog-techie skills pale in comparison :-)]

The drive from Sonoma to Burbank on Thursday,  and back on Monday, took us through dry land that is enlivened through an irrigation system that is embattled in arguments over who gets water rights.  We saw some orchards that were like eerie waves of dried driftwood.  But mostly we saw mile after mile of green vineyards, and thriving orchards of pistachios, mandarins, and more.

We saw the windmill farms in Altamont Pass, and a mothball fleet of retired ships from WWII in Suisun Bay, before we made it back to Sonoma where we are resting, and I have crocheted more rows on my shawl and started knitting another dishcloth.

Maybe I will get some more stitching done while I am here with Carolyn for two more weeks, then we plan to drive back to OR and Carolyn will stay with me for another two weeks.  Woohoo!!!

What's new with you ?

Gracie :-)


  1. Hi Gracie. I hope you and your sisters are having a wonderful time together. You have covered some miles!!!! Enjoy!!
    xo Kris

  2. How lovely to spend time with your sisters - and thanks for sharing these pics, they're lovely. Great shawl too, I love the colours you're using. Have fun & happy travels

  3. Have lots of fun, and take lots of photos.

  4. Oh that shawl looks already stunning, Gracie!! Really beautiful ♥
    Have a wonderful day!!
    xxx Nata

  5. Hi Gracie, It's nice to hear you spent some time with your sisters, catching up on good times I am sure! Your shawl is so pretty, as is all your work. Be safe in your travels ")
    Hugs, Shari

  6. Wow, what a wonderful post with very lovely photos. From Very green to very dry looking. I love Bing Cherries. They are my very favorite and we rarely get them here in Michigan. I wish you a lovely holiday with your family and safe travels home. Hugs Judy

  7. Hello Gracie, I forgot to mention I think your WIP shawl is very pretty and I love the colors.. You also ask your blogging friends what we are up too, Well I just finished a crochet bowl for a friend who came to visit from far away and I am working on my first Mandala... Hugs Judy

  8. Oh my Gracie! You are a busy lady. Such fun to spend precious time with your sisters. The memories that you're making will be with you for a long time. An then to have Carolyn home with you for two weeks. Maybe I'll have to travel to Portland to see you and meet her. I would love to know if there could possible two women on this earth as sweet as you!!!
    Your pictures show a beautiful story of your travels and your shawl is coming along beautifully.

    Blessings to you and safety as you travel my friend,

  9. Wow, you "get around" Gracie! Those photos bring back many memories of trips to the Bay Area where my uncle had an almond orchard. I always felt that California was a different planet compared to Oregon. I hope you have a great time with your sisters.

    Funnily enough we were just munching on some dried Bing cherries sent from the NW. I read somewhere that the Bing cherry was discovered by a Chinese man named Bing.

    Our news, as you asked, is that our daughter is recovering from a horrendous dip in already bad ME - we discovered she is severely anemic. We were able to travel to Glasgow to visit her school-to-be. 7 more weeks until we move there! The landscape is not so dramatically different from Aberdeen, though.

  10. Gracie, I am so glad you are having fun with your sister. Nothing like a sister to make you laugh. I adore mine. Love your pictures and your shawl is turning out great.
    Hugs to you and your sister.

  11. Sisters are the best, aren't they? I'm so glad you're getting to spend time with yours!! We miss you back here in Oregon, though.. I'm glad you're bringing your one sister home with you to show her our glorious and ridiculously GREEN Oregon. LOL! Thanks for sharing your travels with us. I am down 20 lbs. now.. but man am I missing yummy food. Drive safe and have fun.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. Love to you and your sisters, I know how precious they are, love mine.

  13. It was fun seeing your pictures of California--it has been SO long since I've been there, but we spent lots of time there when I was younger! Enjoy your time with family and safe travels home when the time comes:)
    PS: Great colors on your shawl WIP!

  14. Lovely photos Gracie and a post full of interest.Your shawl is looking good and I love the blue of the dishcloth. How wonderful to be having wonderful times with your sisters. Thank you for visiting me and for your good wishes. Anne x

  15. How lovely that your are visiting with your sisters - hope you all have an amazing time together!


  16. It's so interesting seeing your photos of America. All that fruit growing and the ships moth- balled. We don't tend to keep any of our large ships they are either sold to another coubtry or sold for scrap metal!
    Sarah x

  17. I love seeing your photos. We went to California many years ago and it brought back memories of stopping the RV to buy road side fruit from farms. That shawl is fantastic can't wait to see you model it. Thanks for your lovely comments, I really appreciate the time it takes - I am just happy if you stop by! Jo x


  18. Hello Gracie - further to my reply to you at my place - you have soooo much here on your lovely blog but I am pushed for time right now, so will have a good browse soon and get back to you! Must add that I did see your lovely bunny a couple of posts back - she's gorgeous!
    Joy x

  19. This sounds like such a wonderful trip, Gracie. Lovely to spend so much time with your sister, and to travel together to see your oldest sister and family. The photos are fascinating....I love to hear about different parts of your country in this way. Your new shawl and knitted dish cloth are looking lovely....and it's so good to have some time to relax after all the driving. Wishing you a happy week!
    Helen x

  20. It's lovely to hear that you are having a great time! The photos are great - as usual - and really make me feel as though I am there with you. Hope you continue to have a great break x x

  21. Gracie

    What wonderful images. When we drove in Cali last year on our anniversary trip we saw all those windmills.!! ! We stopped at a little fruit stand like the one youve shown too. Great memories. Have fun with your sister..how wonderful for you all

  22. Your photos make me just a tiny bit homesick for California ... but only a tiny bit. :) I recognise so many of those places. Water rights - what a tangled subject!

    That shawl is so pretty - a perfect project for that yarn. I had a skein of the same colourway and had the hardest time coming up with a project that would do justice to the beautiful long colour changes.

    Hope you enjoy (enjoyed) your travels and visiting time! Do you miss Mt. Hood when you're away from home?

  23. Fascinating pics in this post ... I love seeing other people's worlds through their blogs. Hope you are still having a great time together :)


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