During the last couple of weeks while walking down the block toward my house I
noticed how the whole street was cast in autumn colors. Even the houses glowed
with warmth. -- Vivian Aldridge
"The Campanil is the 72-foot Spanish-style clock across from Mills Hall, designed by architect Julia Morgan in 1904. The reinforced concrete bell tower survived the 1906 earthquake and was the first of six Morgan designs constructed at Mills. Its bells—named Faith, Hope, Peace, and Joy—can be heard across campus each hour" - although a rather tinny sound. Flax plant behind the campanil below.
|Mills Hall (designed by S.C. Bugbee & Son) became the home of the college in 1871, when Mills moved from Benicia to Oakland. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.|
|Believed to be the first FREESTANDING bell tower on a US campus. Unscathed in the 1906 earthquake.|
|I also participated in the Hands Around Lake Merritt yesterday. Thousands came to hold hands around the 3.4 mile heart-shaped lake in Oakland. Folks sang protest songs from the 60's and more contemporary chants during the peaceful demonstration for equality, equity, diversity and peace. Please see the sketches from the others who were there.|
|Soaps with very creative names|
|GIRL meets DIRT at the Eastsound Farmer's Market|
One of the highlights of my annual visit to Orcas was meeting and visiting with the folks from GIRL meets DIRT. This small enterprise located in Eastsound, Orcas Island, Washington State supports local orchards and heirloom produce. The jams reflect the "taste of place". Thank you Audra Query Lawlor for the work that you, your staff and local growers do. And thank you for letting me sketch!
|The jam shop/tasting room/kitchen and crew on Enchanted Forest Road.|