Still, cold, snowless and grey can be a little hard on a girl from the North Country, so I was happy for this last little snowfall. I love the fresh smell, the light it casts off.
Exploring the full potential of the creative freedom afforded by my vintage tripod has been fun, it certainly makes the daily outfit-shot more inspiring, even in this cold weather, when it can be a bit of challenge to peel off those protective layers.
Not today though. Frankly, wouldn't care if it there was thunder, a snowstorm, gale force winds, hale or rained frogs, cats, dogs or unicorns. Wondering why I look so mischievous? Well...
Ever since we got our new calendar (by the amazing artist Susan Seddon Boulet), there's been a rather special event marked on it.
That's right! We're going to California! Cali-forn-i-a! (Hey, at least I kept myself from quoting the O.C theme song this time, Amber!) No wonder then that I had to do a little "California Twirl" for this one. It's actually just a regular-old-twirl-your-partner-under-your-arm-and-back-move, one which we learned at the last Saturday's contra dance, but a very appropriate title.
This journey has been a long time in the making, at least since this time last year when Missa, Amber and I were swapping birthday gifts and dreaming of a big shindig. Really it has existed as long as Missa and I have known each other (coming up on 3 years!!!), but before it's always been on that hypothetical plane "if and when and someday". In the last year it has become a lot more concrete, with everyone asking about if we ever thought about coming to California. Things really came to a head though when I was exchanging emails with Heather in the last few months. I suddenly felt very strongly and concretely that this had to happen. So it's going to!
Oh the adventures we have planned! I'm gathering gifts left and right, making lists of supplies, marking maps and laying out camping gear along with my best frocks.
I just had to include this picture, because certain people's husbands seem to think that W_R where it all started for us, is just a Support Group For Pigeon-Toed Girls.
Until then though, I'll be loving my little Island even more, knowing that I'll always be happy to return here, to these woods and hills and coves. Having survived the beginning of this year with its considerable obstacles, worries, people behaving weird and passive aggressive, uncertainty, mounds of paperwork, I feel all the better that I'm heading out to meet some of my best girls; sadly and gladly spread over the globe. Let the Moon Dance and Magic happen!
Lots of love, peace, blessings and good intentions to all of you!