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We have clouds and cooler temperatures. Looks like the heat wave has broken.

It’s amazing how different the midsummer days feel here in Oregon, at the same latitude as southern Maine. The sun takes a whole different path through the sky, both lower and longer. It rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest. Nights are short and days are long.

Of course in the winter it will be the opposite, with just a modest slice of daylight, by comparison to the Bay Area.

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We are staying in a cozy house with a productive back yard featuring raised beds and two happy hens named Pepper and Blondie. They lay big, beautiful eggs, each one producing almost one every day. We are greatly enjoying their output, and making friends with them too.

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The stalwart traveling kitty, Stella, looks on from the window.

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It is wonderful to see clouds in the sky again.

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Here is an update on my journey to a new life. We are temporarily renting a cute little house in south Eugene while we finalize the purchase of a property just north of Corvallis.

Who is “we”? It’s me, plus my sweet kitty Stella, plus two close and dear human friends, Carol and Kent, and their ever-so loving golden doodle dog, Aspen. Without any one of the three humans, this whole adventure would be impossible. My gratitude is profound!

We left in a three-vehicle caravan from Menlo Park very early on June 21, solstice day. When the solstice happened at 9:38 AM we were already well up the Sacramento valley, surrounded by endless fields of rice, corn, sunflowers, and grass.

By midday we were in the mountains, and several hours later we passed a certain landmark, a picture of which everyone seems to have been asking for. So here it is, proud and tall, viewed across the tarmac of the airport at Weed, CA:

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Since we were intent on driving the whole distance from Menlo Park to Eugene in one day, there was not time for many pictures, but I could not escape the obligatory Shasta snap!

Since arriving in Eugene we have visited Corvallis twice, each time learning more about the town. We have been back to our favorite property, where we soaked up the quiet and enjoyed its beauty. Unfortunately, I can’t share any pictures just yet because it is private property not visible from the public road. If / when we do settle there I’ll publish many, many pictures.

Oregon is full of beauty, and Eugene is no exception. Our little rental is in a sweet neighborhood of unique homes, and there are plenty of lovely gardens. Here I share a few from a four-block walk.

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This one (above) is right across the street. Mostly unwatered, and only slightly pruned, it is a riot of lushness.

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There are green lawns here, even in the middle of the current heat wave. This one features some white clover.

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An untended driveway strip must have looked amazing a month ago, before the summer dry spell.

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A very deep nature-ish garden graces a rounded corner lot.

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A back path flanked by lush semi-wild vegetation.

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At the side of the path, comfrey blooms.

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A glorious and edible day lily.

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They do know how to grow onions up here.

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Backed by a rough stone wall, a not-recently-mowed lawn has turned into a happy meadow with bindweed, Queen Anne’s lace, and a dandelion-like composite flower.

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In Eugene, you can water your garden and people don’t look at you funny. It is hot and dry right now, but the rivers and creeks are still running. I am so glad to be here.

Stay tuned for more updates as this adventure continues!