Monday, January 10, 2011

A River of Stones
January 10th, 2011

River Stone #10

A little whimsy
as we ancients discuss
a picnic to pan for gold

at $200.00 per ounce

Well, why not!.  Our adventures these days are small scale, but when the first tender green grasses appear on the mountain side and the yellow bells and mariposa lilies lend a sweet grace to the rocky crevices we consider a few hard boiled eggs, some homemade bread, a little wine, and a trip up the mountainside to McIntyre Creek, where memories of panning for gold await Charles, at least.  For me a new experience.

Please, do not hold your breath while you wait for him to recount the trips he made with his father into the hills behind Oliver, but I will tell you when his posting finally shows up on From the Back Pasture.

In the meantime, suffice it to say he still has vivid memories of  travels on the sloping hillsides in a 1928 Chevrolet, and the excitement of prospecting for mica, gold and silver in the creek with his father and brothers.  I will let him tell you the stories as he has told them to me, and it will be an inspiration for him to once again follow and record these childhood memories.

Be patient!!!!

4 comments:

Titania said...

Memories are precious; we used to search for gold on our property, all we found was "fools gold"; perhaps we should have dug deeper. The children had fun and went back many times to try again, we found stone tools from the Aboriginal people who lived there aeons ago.

Barb said...

Oh, Hildred, I had to smile at your term, "ancients" - you and Charles are so young at heart. Anyway - thoughts of a picnic while winter still wraps tight around you is just the thing to look forward to.

Hildred and Charles said...

Well Barb, ancient sounds a lot more romantic than old, or elderly!!!!!

and Titania, stone tools from the Aboriginal people sound much more precious than gold.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Catching up! First of all, your header painting is lovely.

You two have a wonderful ability to make the most of today while still appreciating your memories. And I agree with Barb, you are younger in spirit than many people much younger than you in years. I hope we share at least some of your spirit!