Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Trip to Oregon-2008
Well it feels good to be back in my own blob again. That is what Olive Riley called her blog. She was the world's oldest blobber with the help of her friend Mike Rubbo, who filmed a documentary on her. She passed away on July 13, at the age of 108. She was lucid until she fell ill with a chest infection and slipped away in her sleep. You can read all about Olive on her blog here:http://www.allaboutolive.com.au
I drove to Oregon for the second time, only this was a lot farther. I was going to go alone then my son asked if he could go at the last minute. This proved to be both a blessing and a curse.
We left at 6 am on Monday, July 7th (Happy BD Ringo!) and drove straight up to my Aunt's house in Talent Oregon. Talent is about 3 miles from the famous Ashland and only 8 miles from the border of California.
That is downtown Ashland. It is the home of the Shakespearian Fesitval that is held from March until October I believe.
My pictures were more of the park and the creek.
This is a really cool old fountain on the street corner. It didn't work.
I feel terrible because I actually didn't take any pictures of my Mom's house, or my Dad or my Aunt and Uncle. None, nada, zip. What a dork I am. I really only took about 15 pictures entirely and they were all of senery. I didn't even get one of Paula IN her own yard.
I did take pics of my aunt's yard however....
I wanted this for dinner but it was still in the yard when we arrived a week later..
Sue bee making lavender honey
gorgeous yellow rose of my aunt's and a salmon colored one-my favorite kind.
Some alien plant my Aunt is growing.. don't know what it is..
the first roses on my rose bush-of course when I got back they were dead. I left the day I took this.
I drove out to my freind Paula's house which is a few blocks from where my Mom's old house is.
She has the most incredible yard and garden I have ever seen. The inside of her house is amazing too but I dont' take pics of people private houses and post them online.
Her house gives me a feeling of never wanting to leave it. It's just that peaceful and cozy yet it's open and warm.
Here are a few shots of her garden. We usually pick BUCKETS of blueberries but I was there too early this year.
Lavender and plants.
Towards the 25 or so blueberry bushes
peaceful and cool
Side of the house
Same side closer
As I drove out of her place back to the hiway, I took some pics of the surrounding hills that are still covered with trees. Central Oregon is full of fields, hills and trees, but they are patchworked all over the place. These are the hills outside of Dallas, which is a small town you drive through and around to get to Paula's and Fall City.
Fields and trees
On the way home, we went up and over the pass. I have never been that way home because last November, Jemma and I drove up to Grant's Pass and down 199 to Humboldt and Arcata.
So here is what we saw when we headed up over the pass:
Sun breaking through the clouds. The clouds gave us a welcome respite from the 95+ weather. But we were heading back to very smokey California. Yuk.
Typical California landscape in the Valley
More pass pictures.
On the way into Shasta. There is NO snow on Shasta. That is unheard of-ever. It is scary and sad.
Because I was driving and we had a deadline, I couldn't stop to take pics of Shasta itself, so this is the best one I got out of my window on a drive by...
Here is my co-pilot that didn't do much. He slept- I guess that is doing something. Plus he caused a world of grief for me and my family in the short week we were there. I won't get into it but it involved him disappearing overnight and his so-called ex that had thrown him out right before we left. You guessed it, he was secretly calling and lying to her and on my relatives phone lines without permission!!! Grrrrrrrr
He is a scrounge here and looked this way most of the trip. Can you say.. ah.. never mind.
So that was my recent trip to Oregon. I got all of my Mom's photo albums and video tapes that she made over the years. I am going to make DVD's of them all and pass them out to family that wants them.
That's about it for now. I will be posting this at Vox and blogspot too, what a pain in the arse.
It's still good to be back. I sure wish I had my old turquoise css page still. I might have it somewhere on my pc.. so I will look for it. It's a good change for summer.
Ta for now all!