In the winter of 2017 I took my beloved partner and dog away for a Christmas retreat. We’d enjoyed the warmth of LA for Thanksgiving and now wanted to get uber-cozy for our first festive year end in America.
We found a cabin in the woods on AirBnb. It ticked all the boxes – it was beautiful, well-maintained and enjoyed lush forests all around it for sensational walkies for our devilish but delectable Yorkshire Terrier, Rafa. It was in Guerneville, California, a wonderful, quirky, artsy, slow-paced town 90 minutes north of San Francisco on The Russian River.
When we arrived the cabin exceeded all of our expectations. It was set in gorgeous gardens among the mammoth age old trees in the Redwood Forest. And we were greeted by some particularly friendly hosts who said we should join them for a drink when we’d settled in. Little did we know then that these guys would become great friends, play all the live music at our wedding and generally emanate positivity and light whenever we met. Jim and Kathy Ocean are well known musicians who put on bewitching outdoor music events every summer in California. They are exceedingly colourful souls and I am delighted to have had the chance to interview Jim about…well…pretty much everything.
Sit back, relax, have a listen to the inimitable Jim Ocean and let me know your own thoughts on the subjects discussed.
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