Saturday, June 28, 2008
A day at Sally's
On Wednesday my friend Sally, who I've known since 1970, gathered a group of women to her wonderful home on an avocado ranch for lunch and to catch up on each others lives. We all lived together in the 1970's on farms and ranches in an ecological-spiritual-organic community and many of us still live in the Santa Barbara area. With everyone's busy lives it's hard to get to see each other often enough, so it's a special time to catch up, share a delightful meal, a walk around the farm and just enjoy each others company for a bit. There is so much to see on the farm...goats, bees, dogs, cats, beautiful old roses and flower beds, one of the largest live oak trees in California shades a barn and farm house, and the jacarandas are in bloom. It's so nice to be together, laugh and talk and share each others lives as if time stood still. When the community we lived in was in its prime we had a bakery, natural food stores, dairies with cows and goats, horses, herd dogs,chickens,carrier pigeons, a juice factory, restaurants, a craft gallery, an apple orchard, farms and ranches, domes, teepees, yurts, and adobe houses. We grew most of our own food organically, made our own clothes, shoes, quilts, and gifts for one another. We had meditation time in the morning and every evening with lots of music. We composted, gave up our individual cars and cared for one another. We had our own clinic and dentist and Calif. approved private schools. We ate communally in our big dining halls with fresh food picked from our gardens and prepared with love.We lived a clean natural life without drugs or alcohol. Still somehow things got off course and many of us had to leave our ideal lifestyle. Luckily the bonds of friendship remain and we are close as ever and even more fun to be with. We all brought dishes to share for lunch and I made another Lemon tart, this time with strawberries on top...a tiny bit overcooked...I think I got distracted looking at blogs while it was cooking...everything was delicious...and Sally made homemade goat cheese for us in 3 different flavors...the best you ever tasted! What a fun day and over too soon.