1. The Cabin

Just before my horse-related head injury back in early February, I was working on a submission for an artist’s residency at Playa, which is beside Summer Lake in the northernmost part of South Central Oregon. Somehow, I finished the submission and sent it off soon after the accident. I received a call to attend for two weeks in mid-August. Lucky me, since it was during those two weeks that the 2017 solar eclipse was happening.

The work I wanted to do has been waiting for me to get to it for quite a while: to organize, edit, and revise the poems that were in my computer(s), and to write a few new poems, too. When I returned from the residency, there were 397 poems that I had at least looked at and organized. Some were edited slightly. Many others went through a rigorous revision process. A few needed to be typed out from handwritten notes. I put many hours into this project. And now, picking which poems will go into two or three manuscripts will be much, much simpler.

During the fourteen days of my residency, I took-in several different landscapes from this area: the lake, the hill to the west, the bird sanctuary fifteen minutes north of Playa, as well as the cabin I stayed in, and the solar eclipse. There was so much to see in each of these places, that I decided to make one post per place. This, Post #1, is about the housing.

I loved the cabin I stayed in, #6, which was spacious and well-outfitted—a very comfortable place to stay and to work. Okay, at first, there was an operatic toilet that sang arias in soprano at odd hours, and the distinct tapping and scratching of tiny rodents during the night, but after just a few days, those things were taken care of by Michael, who is the groundskeeper. Then the silence of the place permeated everything.

The Dining Room is just inside the front door, with the kitchen to the left. There was a view of the high foothills to the west of Playa from both windows.

The Kitchen was clean and fully functional. I brought along my espresso machine, because I like to spoil myself when I’m working very hard. I also brought along a chocolate bar that was sent to me from the dentist who will be putting posts in my mouth so I can continue healing from that injury.

The Living Room had a comfy chair on one side and a great view of the landscape of the lake.

The Living Room is large. I worked many hours at that table in front of the window.

The view from the Bedroom is also of the Summer Lake landscape (and there’s a hot tub in the little room beside the bedroom).

A horse shoe coat rack hung from the wall of the kitchen, reminds me always of my love for horses.

The view to the east of the cabin is full of foothills—the habitat of many insects, reptiles, mammals, and flora. A fabulous stick-fence in front of Playa runs between the quiet highway and tall shade trees.

Sunrise view from Cabin #6 is quiet and calm. I’d wake in the early morning just to see the light unfold.

The fence along the front of Playa is terribly beautiful.

This close-up shows details of its construction, with the use of bolts and philips-head screws, and railings, pickets, and posts from the limbs of the tree with the bark still intact.

This is Cabin #6 on the last evening I was there. The wind was blustering, and the night quite dark, which made the cabin seem even cozier.

As you can see, Playa has excellent lodging. It’s too bad I didn’t take photos of the other cabins, studios, or the Commons, which has a great kitchen and dining area, and a library, meeting room, an office, and a few other helpful accommodations, such as mail, trash collection, cabin supplies, piano, wi-fi, etc.). The second installment about the Playa residency should be ready for posting sometime in the next week or so.

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