Late Saturday morning, as I packed and prepped the bike for a ride into town, sub-freezing overnight temps were rising into the mid-40s. As I set out, a chill nipped my chin, but the sunshine and exercise kept me warm. After crossing Healdsburgâ€™s Memorial Bridge and cruising down Old Redwood Highway, a left turn found me on Limerick Lane, a gently sloping winery-lined road that opens onto rolling vineyards.
At half a mile or so, the county road ends, branching into two private roads leading in opposite directions. Two old barns frame the vineyard-covered hills awash in new autumn colors. Here I hopped off my bike and unfolded the portable stool to draw amidst the wild grasses. The scent of woodsmoke drifted on a gentle breeze, along with faint, but not unpleasant, barnyard smells. I pulled out my landscape sketchbook and began to block in the larger shapes of the landscape.
Midway through drawing, I heard a loud neigh just behind me. Spinning around, I found a beautiful cream and brown spotted horse a few feet away.
My new friend made excellent company as I put the finishing touches on the painting. Then I packed up my gear and rode back toward town. With the sun now low in the west I felt the evening chill once again filling the valley. I hoped to make it home before dark, but I had miles to go before I could rest.
9 thoughts on “Limerick Lane”
He was saying “nice sketch, person.” At least that’s what I think he was saying.
If the horse “said” anything it must have been Mr. Ed! Very nice sketch and evocative street name too!
What a beautiful story. You paint with your words as well as with your brush. What a delightful name for a road too!
Thank you Roxane! I loved painting on Limerick Lane and hope to go back and paint some more. Yes I agree, the name of the road is great too!
Mike, yes Mr. Ed for sure! LOL Thanks for the comment!
Aah, another magical day on Limerick Lane … with words and brushes you’ve taken us there. I can almost feel the horse’s warm breath as I sit contemplating which of the two old barns I prefer.
Lovely fall sketch. It looks like it would be so fun to go walking there.
Two good pictures Richard: the one painted with luscious pigments, the other with thoughtful words. Your post has brightened my evening, thank you.
Thank you Peter! I’ve been so busy with my book and the wine harvest I haven’t had time to say hello. Thanks for stopping by and I’m happy to have brightened your evening.
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