California Poppy

California Poppy by Nada Ferris

Back of California Poppy by Nada Ferris

I couldn’t resist posting Nada’s California Poppy postcard. We are already seeing poppies in our yard and along the freeway. The hills will be dotted with orange before too long.

The ubiquitous CA poppy, for me, exemplifies my first vision of visiting CA in the mid-1970’s. It was spring and my husband & I took a cross-country driving trip from MI to CA. One if the first sights coming from Auburn was a blanket of orange poppies growing along the freeway seen from our convertible VW bug. They seemed to be growing everywhere there was open ground. When we were stopped at a road rest later that day and bent over to look at them closer a young boy came up to us to say they were the CA state flower and were not to be picked!


Traveling Show

I’m lining up places to take the postcards and will be posting dates and times as they are confirmed.

March 2012

March 15, 2012

Peninsula Rugmakers Guild
San Jose Rose Garden Library
San Jose
11:00 am

June 2012

Week of June 3-8, 2012

Cambria Pines Rug Camp
Cambria, CA

June 28, 2012

Wester McGown Teacher’s Workshop
Riley Hall
University of Oregon
650 E 11 Ave
Eugene, OR
12-5 pm

July 2012

Hooker Hill Rug Retreat
Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst
Oakhurst, CA

Sailing Away

Sailing Away by Val Flannigan

Val Flannigan from British Columbia, Canada, was inspired by a souvenir T-shirt from California to hook Sailing Away. Sailing Away captures the bright free spirit of California. Thank you, Val.

Monterey Fiber Jam

Postcard Displays

CA Postcards on Display at the Monterey Fiber Jam

SF Bay Area Postcards on Display

The Monterey Fiber Jam 2012 is over and it was a huge success. The “Jam” kicked off with the CA Postcard Display. See Laura Pierce’s blog for more posts on the “Jam.”

Postcards displayed at Asilomar: 50
Two more postcards have been posted from Australia and should be received any day now and I expect to receive a few more within the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for more posts of the postcards and a calendar of events for the Postcards from California.

Willets on the shore at Asilomar State Beach

Another possible CA Postcard scene.

Golden Gate Bridge: California Roll

This next postcard comes to us from Gigi Taylor in Livingston, Texas. Gigi has many wonderful memories of living in California and this is just one of them.

When my husband and I met, we both worked in San Francisco. Our home was a sailboat in Alameda. We regularly sailed San Francisco Bay and through the “Gate” to offshore waters. When not sailing, we especially liked to stroll San Francisco’s waterfront, from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. Marina Green was a fine place to watch boats on the Bay. We left San Francisco in 1989, but for us it will always be a special place!

Thanks for the opportunity to send a “Postcard from California”!
Gigi Taylor

Golden Gate Bridge: California Roll by Gigi Taylor

Grapes & Raisins

Grapes & Raisins by Cai King

A conversation about California without a reference to grapes would be, for me, like a sentence without punctuation. And so it is for my sister, Kirsten. When I told her about the postcard challenge and asked her what evoked a California state of mind for her she said the strongest images were raisins drying and driving past rows and rows of grapevines Since she left the San Joaquin Valley 21 years ago she no longer sees the raisins drying unless she’s in Fresno to visit but there are plenty of wine grapes growing near her home in Temecula. And that’s the thing about grapes—California grows ‘em from head to toe; from Napa to Lodi to Madera to Coachella you’re going to find wine grapes, table grapes, or raisin grapes growing. As a kid growing up in Madera, we had many family friends who were ranchers and farmers so the summer brought TONS of gifted produce. All varieties of grapes found their place at the family dinner table. How fast can you peel one with your teeth? Remember getting fancy and freezing grapes for pizzazz-y ice cubes? And memories would be incomplete without a mention of the peculiar putrid smell that engulfs Madera and overwhelms nostrils during “crush”—a late summer agricultural ritual when grapes are squished within an inch of their lives and the wine fermentation begins. Ching, ching!
Cai King

And so it is with grapes and California……
Note: Wine production in California has been in a boom for the last 30 years.
1975–California was home to 330 wineries
2006–California had nearly 2,500 wineries
Since 2000 California has opened 175 new wineries each year
Reference: California Agriculture, Vol 64, no. 1 (Jan/Mar 2010).