I took a long weekend to get away and spend some time with a dear friend who moved from the city to Florida to fulfill her dream of learning how to farm. The plan was to spend a few days in St. Petersburg at her mother's home and relax. We both needed some downtime to escape our day to day grind, mine from city living and hers from the hard labor of farm living. Can I just say that it was one of the best weekends of this year to date? Her mother's home is a beautiful craftsman house - a true oasis complete with lots of greenery, a darling dog and sweet black cat.
We spent some time on Treasure Island Beach lounging in a rented cabana (CABANA! Best invention ever), enjoying the pristine sands, beautiful blue hued water, and a big beautiful sky.
We also spent some time sight seeing, shopping at the *best* vintage shop and in the Salvador Dali Museum that happened to have a special Andy Warhol exhibition.
My last night we said our goodbyes to my friend's mother and headed out to the urban organic farm where my friend is apprenticing. We got there right when the sun was setting, lending a surreal glow to an already surreal and gorgeous environment.
The next day we woke up right when the rooster was crowing to start on the day's work of harvesting and cleaning produce for the weekly farmers market. It was satisfying and enjoyable work. Our hands were on each piece of produce and we all participated in every step, from the harvesting to the cleaning and the prepping. I also got to pick and eat loquats straight from the trees growing by one of the fields. I had never heard of this fruit until I got to the farm. The fruit was delicious and the experience was a happy and exciting one.
After the farmers market it was time for me to head back to New York. It was amazing to get away from the city for a few days, but even better to have some much needed time with my friend. She is pursuing her dreams and is thriving in this new environment. It was a privilege to witness it in person.