Here is one of the great things about living in California: wine. Lots of it. So much that when you go looking for a half barrel planter at your local hardware store, it’s a true half barrel.
This one came from Fetzer and had a variety of wines soaking in it for ten years before it got sawn in half and sent to a Home Depot in San Diego. Rather than some simulated plastic crapola, this half barrel is a true piece of craftsmanship, made by the Mendocino Cooperage. It shows the beauty in well-made utility.
The second great thing today is courtesy of the coffee roasting company a block from my office. They give out free burlap sacks that accumulate in their roasting room as they receive beans from around the world. Here’s one I got yesterday.
This is probably the only “Made in Rwanda” stamp I’m every likely to see. When I think of the long path this burlap sack has made, a circuitous filigree stretching halfway across the world and ending on my front lawn, I imagine cool green mountains, rusting cargo holds, pallets baking in the sun on a dockside in Dar es Salaam, and coffee-stained hands reaching in to touch green beans the color of jade.