Today Bev and I left McCall after a five day retreat and a Writing Project Rural Sites Networking Meeting. The weather turned very hot today. When we stopped for a break at White Bird, Idaho it was 95 degrees. As we traveled through the Clearwater Valley toward Lewiston the car thermometer hit 105 degrees. When we saw the sign welcoming us to Uniontown, Washington we decided to stop for a break. When you leave Uniontown and head north toward Pullman, Washington it is easy to notice The Barn. The fence around this old dairy barn is the first thing that catches the eye. The Dahmen Barn is a dairy barn which was built in 1935 by Jack Dahmen. In 1952 Steve and Junette Dahmen bought it. She was an artist and he decided to create the fence. As he began building this border of wheels people began contributing more and more unique wheels. The fence goes around the entire property. The dairy barn has been renovated and it now called Artisans at the Dahmen Barn. The restored barn contains three floors of booths and displays of a variety of artisans. This week on the second floor is an amazing display of photographs of the wheels outside. When people stopped to take pictures of the wheel fence the owner would go out and ask them to send her a copy of their best photo image. She chose her favorites and asked these photographers to frame and display theirs for this show. The collection ranges from black and white photos of the wheel fence in winter to photos of the wheels framing the landscape of the Palouse hills around the barn. Bev found a small surprise on the first floor as we meandered through the rooms of art. On a bulletin board was the ad for the retreat we just coordinated in McCall. It was nice to see our poster among such beautiful works. We did decide to take it down since our retreat was over. Driving south of Pullman, Washington toward Uniontown is where you find The Barn. It is a perfect resting place on a hot journey. You can find out more about it here.
Our writing retreat ended this morning. After open mic last night and this morning I am convinced the participants will continue writing wondrous words long after they drive off today.Our visiting writer and my brother Raymond Pert inspired people to "let it rip" and they felt safe and supported doing just that.
HT said good-bye to the lake with our group mascot Dexter playfully following close by.
It was a good week. To keep wondrous words flowing our writers had a quiet setting, time, an inspirational visiting writer, support, campfire smoke, great camp food, tears, laughs, examples of good literature, songs sung by LR, reader's theater,hikes, fresh air, s'mores, camp dogs, and gorgeous sunsets.
I love the combination of textures in this photo.
The lake here is a deep blue, but here the beach along the shore creates quiet beauty.
I love how simple things like steps up from the beach can be an incredible creation of light and shadows. I will close with this postcard-like picture and let the beauty speak for itself.
photo collection by Thea Carter, June 2008
A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in,
A minute to smile and an hour to weep in,
A pint of joy to a peck of trouble,
And never a laugh but the moans come double.
And this is life!
A crust and a corner that love makes precious,
With a smile to warm and tears to refresh us,
And joy seems sweeter when cries come after,
And that is life!
Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Our classroom is a yurt. We have lots of natural light and a view of the lake. It doesn't get much better than this!
Filling the Vase
Writing is wandering through the
garden path harvesting morning flowers.
Gathering leaves, finding fillers,
snipping blossoms as they begin to open.
Pausing to reflect and even observe
while paying attention to the smells.
Gold, chartreuse, and deep purple become the wondrous words,
thorny stems phrases cut too deep.
The combination of textures sort the sentence variety
over powered by the sweet scent of similes.
The violet vase is the vessel of form
Aligning the sentences, arranging the words,
Taming texture with attention to audience.
Place the bouquet on the farmhouse table,
or away for a spell to let the contents settle.
inland empire girl June 24, 2008
People had some time to get acquainted and enjoy some relaxation before we begin our writing sessions tomorrow.
Our visiting writer is my brother Raymond Pert. He participates in the weekly sibling assignments and his blog can be found here. His car broke down this morning after he was halfway here. Finally he found a rental truck and was able to arrive in time to meet the group at the campfire. I look forward to a full day of writing and discussion tomorrow.
BW and I opted to come a day early this year so we could have some time for setting up and relaxing before the other participants arrive tomorrow. We built a campfire and enjoyed a peaceful evening with the whole place to ourselves. I look forward to a good week of writing, reading, and relaxing.
Okay... I am back.... IPA... India Pale Ale. It is coming back to me now.
This late blooming iris was hidden in the shade. We definitely need to move it out where we can see it better next year.
Unforgettable, Livin' Easy,and Honey Perfume. I will miss the sweet fragrance of this gorgeous rose.
Isabelle walked the tour with me, but now is trying to convince me I need to stay home with her by giving me this look of distress. I am eager to spend a week on Payette Lake with other teachers and writers, but I will miss home and our gardens.
What songs take you back to a summer growing up? Share the song and the memories that are attached to it. You will find Raymond Pert's here and Silver Valley Girl's here soon.
Growing up in Kellogg songs tended to be popular for two reasons. They were played over and over again on KWAL in Osburn at night, or were played on the jukeboxes in different restaurants and cafes around town. When I think of the early seventies many songs that hold memories blend together into jukebox songs. These were the songs people could call out the number by heart and everyone would yell "Yeahhhhhh" and play that song. In high school the jukeboxes I loved were at Sunshine Inn or The Boat where we would go hang out and have fries on a summer week-end. As we moved to college, jukeboxes were also a big part of our favorite hangouts in Moscow when we returned early before classes began.
Green always sets off red, especially with these Olympiad roses.
Yellow and yellow work nicely with the Golden Showers climbing rose.
Take white, a bit of pink with a deep green background and it creates a lovely combination with this peony. Any color of rose goes well with McDuff, especially these early blossoms on the First Prize rose.