Sebastopol days of writing, chillin' and eating great food...
Well, between fixing MPJ's basophobia
and fixing our poor beleaguered Bartholomew Cubbins,
what started out as a few days to visit with Ruth
turned in 2 weeks of groovin' on the Sebastopol Vibe.
MPJ loves to write in coffee shops, so we ended up between our 2 faves,
the Retrograde and Taylor Maid.
Unlucky for me, both spaces required the snoozer.
Lucky for me, I managed to catch up on A LOT of nap-time.
Thank you Danielle (pictured),
for delicious coffees and wonderful vegan snacks,
and great cuddles!
You and Casey have created a great space at Retrograde Roasters;
for working, for visiting, and for just hanging out.
We'll see you on the way back!
And an equal shout out to Taylor Maid Farms, at The Barlow,
your combination of quality and happy helpful staff
made coming here sheer pleasure.
(Not to mention the superb rhubarb and strawberry galette)
What a great place to work on these hot summer days, especially sitting
in that big open window (3rd image) and catching the breeze,
whilst MPJ typed up a storm
and I caught all those extra Zzzz's.
The Barlow is such a cool place.
Full of history.
These modern buildings are modelled on the original cannery,
and the vibe stays just the right side of hipster, borderline too trendy,
but definitely not pretentious.
It's genuine and it's unique.
The Barlow has something for the whole spectrum of Sebastopol's
widely ranging society. It's inclusiveness nullifies any true hipsterdom.
Which makes The Barlow way cool.
It has a lovely community flow, and we spent many happy hours discovering the eateries, the wine bars and local breweries,
the fantastic community supermarket,
(it's a Not-For Profit business! - we tried to buy all our groceries there)
and of course we spent a lot of writing time in our 2nd home,
Taylor Maid Organic Coffee.
(yes, we do acknowledge MPJ's addiction to delicious iced lattes)
(strictly limited to 2 per day, max)
(everything in moderation, blah blah blah)
This was a completely Brilliant and totally Bonkers experience!
You could not make this up.
What a genius idea, to fill a room with people and then put them through a series of laughing exercises. It is a real thing, and we completely advocate this marvellous way to switch off the sympathetic stress hormones and turn on the parasympathetic good-for-you hormones. We came out of there feeling lighter than air.
If we lived in Sebastopol I would make MPJ take us there every week.
Bonkers Brilliant Fun.
Fresh eggs for breakfast!
Goats milk and cheese straight from the goats!
Staying at Ruth & Ross's was a culinary feast of fresh food.
I got to spend loads of time chillin out with my mates
Bodie (white) and Humu (black).
It was a perfect hiatus of rest, good food, a gentle work pace and lots and lots of time spent just hanging out.
Just the antidote to all that driving and all those precipitous cliff-sides.
And no mention of Sebastopol would be complete without mentioning...
the wonderful 'Junk Art' of
All over town,
these wonderful quirky silly and delightful sculptures,
adorn shopfronts and front yards and entrance ways.
Sebastopol is a better place for the smile-enducing fun of these crazy creations.
We sure do Love this town.