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Portola Road || Sunday, 4.32pm

Raspberry, Mt. Barnabe farm, Lagunitas, California Hey, kids! Feels like forever, doesn’t it?

I’m writing to you from high atop Mount Barnabe, one of Marin County’s more manageable peaks. Just below it is a raspberry farm where I’ve been living for the past month, earning my keep by WWOOFing.

It’s a wonderful place to be, surrounded by redwoods and violets, eating artichokes out of the garden and eggs right from the chicken’s butt (as it were), and it’s cleared my head from a lot of the hectic last few months that have kept me from getting my interviews into story form and posting them for you to read.

Bella, Smiley's Schooner Saloon, Bolinas, California

 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping interested while this blog was sort of underground. It meant a lot to me to have you checking in on Instagram and Facebook, writing comments on posts and sharing them with your friends.

I’m working hard on a bunch of new interviews to post in the coming months.

I’m also working on a scheme or two that will help this operation run more efficiently…maybe even make a few bucks off it, so that I can spend more time on it without feeling guilty.

…and now on to what I really want to talk about.

This gentleman here.

Planting lettuce

I cannot tell a lie—much of what has been distracting me from this blog lies within this 6’2” rangy built Irish guy from Jackson, Wy. (by way of Saginaw, Mi.).

One of my upcoming posts is an interview with him, so you can see just how easily it is to be distracted by him. But he also deserves a shout-out for hanging on to this insane ride for the past four months.

You know how they say you shouldn’t combine major life changes? Like, for example, get in a new relationship at the same time you’re starting a new job, or moving to a new location? Well, this gentleman did all those things over the last few months, along with a few other minor shifts in lifestyle…like, for example, joining me as a nomad. I, meanwhile, made it about as hard for him as I could, with emotional hangups and what have you.

Bryan, French Ranch nature trail, Lagunitas, California

 

This gentleman displays preternatural equanimity in the emotional log-rolling contest that is life on the road with me.

He’s also really good at editing. Which I wanted to let you know because going forward, these stories will reflect his work as much as mine. (If you could have seen this one before he went through it…)

(Also if you have editing needs for print or web, you should hire him. Unlike me, he actually has a degree in this stuff.)

Sunset, French Ranch Nature Trail, Lagunitas, California

So…to recap:

Coastal Marin County is my new #ATF.

My boyfriend is a champion.

New stories coming soon.

Love and kisses to you all.

WWOOF is a fantastic program that everybody should do, if only once in their life. Learn about it here.

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