Vermont is another place over-represented in my online world, with a prolific and always entertaining FB poster from Montpelier (a woman I last saw at the airport in Bangkok in 1981 as we ended our AFS experience), Indigo Bunting – the master of the one sentence post – and Lali, another of the original x365 bloggers (and friend of IB). Until recently, Lali was what we Kiwis might call a “lifestyler,” with a bucolic life in Vermont with her husband, and their dogs, wildlife, and gardens. Her writing is as rich and abundant as her gardens, as beautifully tended, as exquisite, as inviting, and her writing is as entertaining and lively and lovable as her dogs over the years.
In late summer/autumn (fall), her posts relating her harvesting endeavours exhausted me, as they no doubt exhausted her so much more. My brief visits to her world changed with the seasons – from the languid heat of summer to a frenetic and exhausting harvest season, through to the quiet, cold, white stillness of a Vermont winter. As if this wasn’t enough, she would every so often give us snippets of her life growing up in Spain and South America, peeks into a rich and fascinating life, so artfully presented on her blog. Speaking of art, did I mention she’s an artist, and occasionally we get a special treat when she adds an illustration to complement her posts?
She’s currently taking a blogging break, working on another project, and as much as I look forward to that, I also hopes she hurries back soon.