Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for ....

On our trip to California last September and our search for donkey art we stumbled upon Ojai. What a beautiful small city. Ojai is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. state of California. It is in the Ojai Valley, northwest of Los Angeles and southeast of Santa Barbara. The valley is about 10 miles (16 km) long by 3 miles (5 km) wide, surrounded by hills and mountains.
The town is known mostly for its hotels and services catering to tourism, recreation including strong hiking, and spiritual retreats, as well as for a strong farmers' market on Sundays and an abundance of local organic agriculture. It also has an abundance of small businesses specializing in local and ecologically friendly art, design, and home improvement—such as galleries and a solar power company—as chain stores (other than a few gas stations) are forbidden by Ojai city law to encourage local small business development and keep the town unique.
On the outskirts we found Larry Cannes, a local master potter, who even though was just about to close his business for the day, it was Sunday after 5 pm, invited us to tour his little studio.

I really enjoyed his work, it was fun and different. He showed us everything and  of course we noticed he had some horse sculptures and wondered about donkey sculptures. And after some talking with him he agreed to come up with something for the DSC. He made us the most unique and funkiest wine bottle stoppers. Unfortunately I can't afford them and yes who has left over wine anyway? He also made some planter pots for us, I purchased one of those and I love it.

What I remember most about the beauty of Ojai as we are leaving was the road we took with orange trees  fields and stone walls along the side in the sun set and mountains in the background. It was so peaceful.
Now I don't watch a lot of TV and not a lot of  movies, but the other day I was so excited when I watched the rolling end credits of " Easy A" and it shows exactly that road travelled. Just beautiful.

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