540 Miles

I’ve not posted any new content as I’ve been gone on a short trip.  On Wednesday, 29 July, Himself and I drove to Corvallis to visit friends. After settling in, we were invited for a ride in their friend’s Tesla.  Wow.  The engineering and design in that car is top notch. Me: “How long is the warranty?”  He:  “As long as you own the car.  This is the last car you’ll ever own”.  On the back roads… 0 to 60 in 4 seconds.  I was ready to go out and buy one.  Then I remembered the cost!

The weather was amazingly hot.  It was up to about 105 degrees.  It was too hot to be outside to sketch around my friends’ farm.  I sketched this view of one of their windows.

Our friends lease out their farm land.  One such renter has a greenhouse.  In the greenhouse is a lovely garden room.  It was very nice there after dark but too hot during the day!

On both Thursday and Friday we went to Mount Angel Abbey for their Abbey Bach Festival.  We got there about mid-afternoon to secure both close in parking and a spot for our chairs and table in the shade.  Though it was 105 degrees, there was plenty of deep shade from very large trees.  We survived.

On Thursday, I did a sketch of the Abbey Church and Bell Tower from our seats in the shade.

Vespers started at 1720, followed by the first concert.  On Thursday, it was an organ concert.  The majority was disappointingly modern music of which one piece was so dissonant that it was physically painful to my ears! On Friday it was the wonderfully Early Music of the all woman In Mulieribus.  This was followed by a picnic on the lawn provided by the Abbey.  Then we moved to a mercifully air conditioned hall for the main concert.  On Thursday this was David Jalbert performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  It was virtuoso both in musicality and in memory!  On Friday, the main concert was The Boulder Brass performing their arrangements for brass of a good deal of Bach plus some other composers.  Except for the heat, it was a wonderful experience.

Vespers, as a performance, was uninspired.  We had nothing with which to follow along.  So on the second evening, I occupied myself with a pen sketch of the scene.

On Saturday morning, we drove to another town to visit more friends.  Steve and Sue also have a farm but theirs is smaller and they work it themselves.  Again, it was still too hot to do any sketching outside around the property during the day.

For Sunday dinner, they prepared a wondrous celebratory feast.  Our friends from Corvallis were also invited, so we had a very happy evening of friendship and good food.  They are marvelous cooks and like to make multi-course meals.

Earlier in the day, I sketched a portion of the table.  They always have a wide selection of salts and peppers.

We left for home Monday morning and arrived about 1600.  All in all, it was 540 miles.  During both the drive down and back home, we listened to hours of Science Friday radio shows via podcast.  It made the drive seem shorter and we learned some things.

All photos are here.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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5 Responses to 540 Miles

  1. Fabio says:

    A wonderful post – text, photos, and the marvelous sketches! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Always something to do when one has one’s sketchbook on hand. Thanks for taking us along.

  3. joantav says:

    Looks like you had a nice time despite the heat. Being the true urban sketcher you found a way to capture your surroundings. Nice!

  4. Wow! I love your sketches of Mount Angel Abbey. Are you selling them by chance?

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