19 June 2013
My aunt and uncle are visiting from San Francisco – they just arrived today. I cooked us a risotto verde for dinner. The internet is amazing. This recipe was supposed to be stuck in a vegetarian cookbook at my mother’s house in Pennsylvania. But I remembered some things about it, searched for it, and it was the 5th hit on google. I am amazed.
We took a walk after dinner down the Water of Leith. I’ve already showed you pictures from that walk when Andrew and I took it, but I loved Uncle Peter naming all of the flowers along the way, even the ones climbing up the bridge face in Dean Village.
Sara and Peter brought us a beautiful printed tea towel as a housewarming gift, which looks like an abstract impressionist scene from our own kitchen. Sara also gave me Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit, author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost, which you would love, and which apparently she and I have both read. What a small literary world. Have I told you about the Field Guide? Or sent you any quotes from it? I will, if I haven’t. I probably still will, even if I have.
14. Who Am I Where?
The title of this map is an interrogation — or an invitation to consider your own geographic identity — and a reminder that identity fluctuates on the scale of neighborhoods and individual institutions, not just on the scale of nations and regions. This is also a map of friendships and personal histories, origins and transformations.
– Infinite City, Rebecca Solnit
More tomorrow. Bed now for a busy day ahead tomorrow. I’m so glad we have this. I love waking up and reading your letters in bed. When do you check for mine?