This weekend, while walking around Jacksonville, OR, I had the pleasure of meeting a very friendly 73 year old woman, named Bonnie. She saw me looking at her garden art, and her restored trailers, so she invited me to take a look inside them.
I could tell right away that she was an interior designer at some point. Everything was perfect, from the color palette, to the placement of things. It created such a welcoming, friendly, and fun, environment. And she was so proud to share it.
One of the cooler things, to me, was this old car that she had turned into a planter.
I was a little embarrassed to be taking photos of her treasures, so I was a bit hurried with all of these shots. I kind of felt like I was invading her privacy, by doing so. She did tell me to come back anytime to take photos and interview her for an article. I will definitely be going back, because she is in the process of turning an old fishing boat into a play-space for her grandkids. I have no doubt its going to look amazing, when its finished.
The whole experience of meeting a stranger and talking for around 45 minutes was new to me. That sort of thing just doesn’t happen in California. When I finally did leave, she gave me a hug goodbye and made me feel like I was family. It was really great.