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Almanac Archive 2003
Dateline: Tuesday, November 4, 2003,
reporting in for this week
Somehow we have gone directly from summer to winter with no transition.
I have been traveling for 2 weeks, when I left it was 100 degrees and
very hot, now when I return, it is getting only up to 60 degrees and it
is nippy. It feels very good and we have had some much needed rain.
I love the smell of the ground after our first rain in 5 months. The earth
becomes sweet and moist, all the garden inhabitants become greener and
taller. There is a kind of hidden hope in the earth now, a reminder that
Spring will be coming again. I usually say that Spring is the best time
to come here, although it is the time when I have the least amount of
reservations. And Spring still is the very best time to come for the months
of March, April and early May when you will see wildflowers in the meadow
in front of the cottage.
But it is Winter that is truly the most magical. This is when all the
power potential of Spring is gathering under the earth. The ground becomes
the magnetic potentate of the Sky giving orders to the rain clouds to
surrender their life giving waters in a command performance. I love to
watch for the first green snippets of future wildflowers peaking out their
tiny newborn heads from the earth.
The cottage is still open for Christmas, but the other two holidays are
booked. Think about coming for a week-long Winter retreat. Sometimes there
is snow in Sequoia and you can cross-country ski. It is best to contact
the Park for the latest snow levels. It is not easy to predict anymore.
It rarely snows here as we are at 1200 ft elevation, but we can see it
on the mountaintops.
(On a mundane note, please make sure you put Cort Cottage or reservations
in the subject line if you try to email. Too many garbage emails are arriving
these days and I cannot use filters due to the fact that my future guests
are obviously not in my address book yet.)
All for now........................................................................
Dateline: Monday, September 1, 2003,
reporting in for this week
Summer is trying to head out, I can feel it in the air even though it
is still warm enough for the evaporative cooler. As the lazy days of summer
leave so do the back-to-back bookings of the cottage and the larger crowds
up in the Park. Now is the time to come and stay for a week of living
with a slower pace.
I have changed the rates for the cottage to reflect my encouragement for
guests to plan longer stays. It makes more sense to me, the cottage is
a home, not just a bed and breakfast. And in order to really experience
it as your home you need to come and stay a while. Weekend stays are still
available but at a slightly higher rate.
Just a note on the night time sky, we have had Mars in full force out
our windows for much of the summer. I will miss it when it changes time
and course in the sky. I do love living where I can actually see the Milky
Way in the sky. It offers a broader perspective on almost everything.
Come tell me how you experience the Universe here.
All for now..................................................................
Dateline: Sunday, June 29, 2003,
in for this week
Summer is here, bringing for me mixed emotions. It is hot during the day
when the sun is high in the sky, but the night brings the scent of my
childhood when I used to come to Three Rivers to visits cousins and aunts
and uncles and stars. We would go up to "the Cabin" in Grouse
Valley and stay for weeks. I remember July 4th's up there with sparklers
but no fireworks because it was too dangerous for fires. The cabin is
in a valley at about 4000 feet, this little cottage is at 1200 feet. I
wonder if people who come here in these days are birthing memories of
summer lazy days and cricket chorus symphonies resonating in the night
I was up in the Park this past weekend visiting old friends for a meeting.
The wildflowers are in full force at that higher elevation. Brilliant
red Indian paintbrush and even blossoms still sitting sweetly on dogwood
boughs...........and a cool breeze wafting across my brow as I watched
two yearlings and a doe graze peacefully--appearing oblivious, but mostly
just graciously patient, to the humans who stood quietly remembering times
when we all knew animals eye to eye and face to face in our daily lives.
Now we find it rare and "awesome" when gentle creatures cross
our paths only to show us how to walk where there are no paths amidst
the graceful meanderings of bush, tree, flower and earth.
Take time and courage to walk off the beaten path for a while and even
to sit still and serene. Summer is waiting for you to slow down and maybe
to let slowing-down be the new pattern flow of the century.
I like naps myself.
All for now.............................................................................
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