Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sentimental Serendipity

Recently we visited a commercial farm in northwest Oregon; I enjoy writing in natural settings while my husband paints en pleine air. This is a favorite spot for families to visit in autumn to purchase their Halloween pumpkins. Inside the barn is a variety of farm animals - so cute!
(Unfortunately, they were difficult to photograph.)

The market, and the farm, are only open from June through October. Inside they sell a wide variety of produce, baskets, and fresh cut flowers. Visiting this setting was like stepping back in time; the farm is located on an agricultural island - they don't even sell gasoline locally.

My husband, Michael, got so excited when he saw this vintage truck. (He is hoping to paint another composition of the old vehicle in his studio.) It is full of miniature pumpkins that were loaded while we were there. Everywhere you turned nostalgia was there to greet you.

This is part of the bucolic scene we looked out onto for much of the day. As Michael painted, I was busy writing and reading. It is amazing how much beauty is only a day trip away from our home. As summer gives way to fall, it was good to spend a few hours in the warm sunshine before the rains of the Pacific Northwest arrive!

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