I see the matching Bacchus sculptures at the edge of the garden, with the classic column wall between, as I descend the steps. The harbour glitters.
This is the garden at ‘Casa Mia’, a Spanish Mission style mansion about to be demolished. The lawns, shrubs, and flower beds would once have been much more in keeping with the style of the house. However what is still there is enough to give a hint of what used to be.
Once the house sketch is done, I turn to look out across the water and enjoy the view as family and friends of this waterside home would have done. The warm sun gives me a little shiver. The shadows are cool. But I am miles away. Thinking of former days. In fact this reminds me of a home we had on the water a few years ago ourselves, where good friends will remember some wonderful times in the garden. I am transported. But snap to it, a drawing needs to be done.
I leave, heading back up the steps, looking back a couple of times, and then back to reality. I’ve enjoyed my morning in days gone by, with a couple of drawings to remember ‘Casa Mia.’