We were given 24 hours off of work... whats the best way to spend it? Well in our case the best thing we found was camping and spending the day along the river. Given our mismatching work schedule we need to take advantage of all the time off we get. We went up along highway 299 and camped about an hour and a half from Arcata along the Trinity River. What a beautiful spot. In the morning we visited this coffee house built out of straw and adobe and had some espresso and a relaxing visit in the sun next to the river. This little coffee shop is in the perfect spot. Completely isolated from any big town it is the only thing around for miles and it is the perfect rest area when out in the woods. Well after that we found this secret little spot where the river makes a huge 180 degree turn around a sharp bend. Was about a ten minute walk from the road and was completely isolated until just before we left. I wont tell anyone where it is because you have to find it for yourself! All that within 24 hours and home before work started at 6. Man oh man was I tired and not wanting to get into the mindset of having to work. I probably moved as slow as a snail. Oh well I only get paid minimum wage.
This little plot of dirt surrounded by cinder blocks basking in the sun has taught me a valuable lesson regarding life and food. I shall no longer take for granted the overly simple act of grocery shopping for I have now planted my own food. I can see all the hard work it takes to bring 1 strawberry to the store and how that 1 strawberry should be cherished and not wasted uselessly. This garden was by no means easy or more cost effective than buying all our own organic veggies. We have spent a good deal of money buying supplies and dirt and even waged outright war on the invading snails who want to eat our rewards! The effort and money has been put in, now time to wait for the sweet benefits of our little plot of land. This garden has given us a starting point to further learn how to support ourselves. Now a 6 foot by 4 foot garden is not nearly enough space to grow all we need but we are learning the tools to one day grow all our own crops and have no more worries about chemicals in our foods, where our food came from or how much energy was input to grow what we are eating. All the energy we want to rely on is our backs, brains and the sun! Heres to hoping everyone has the chance to have a backyard garden and learn a thing or two about plants, food and life.
The Garden Retreat Cottage (Home)
Our home is not just where we sleep, eat and spend the down time of our day. It is a retreat from life and worries, a base camp for our explorations of Arcata and greater Humboldt County. A comfortable nook nestled in a beautiful garden to stage our lives as we see fit, free from the constraints of neighbors and lousy room mates. Free from the sound of passing vehicles and honking horns. Free from mean landlords and ugly parking lots. From our garden retreat we cannot see nor hear the road and are thus slightly removed from life outside, even if for just the moment. We are completely content in our 300 square foot castle, not cramped, not looking for anything better and not looking to move away for the time being. I love this cottage because it is the first place I have felt like was a home to me and not just simply a house in a long time. I live with a beautiful woman I call shmoo who is clean, thinks like me and likes my cooking. What more could I ask for?