|Robinson Jeffers smokes a pipe|
|Una Jeffers before her marriage to Robinson|
|Una's writing desk. Photo by Susan Grey|
|Tor House photo c/o Robinson Jeffers Association|
|Vintage Hawk Tower photo c/o Robinson Jeffers Association|
I thought I'd be most inspired by the Tower at Tor House with its hidden staircase and views of the sea. Everyone dreams of a room of their own, right? But my favorite room in the house was the kitchen. It isn't the original kitchen Una cooked in -- that was narrow and small -- but it's a room she still spent time in. And it's easy to understand why: Views of rocks and sea, a fireplace big enough for a cauldron, redwood walls painted with cheerful inspiration quotes, a large table.
|Photo of Una and Robinson Jeffers & family from Ordinary Times|
Una's friendly ghost is easily felt throughout Tor House, and I'm intrigued by this beautiful woman. Her deep love for the outdoors and for cooking, books, and music is so inspiring. I know she was so much more than Robinson Jeffers' muse, but I'm intrigued by the idea that without her, Tor House, Hawk Tower, and Jeffers' poetry might not have existed.
Una guarded her husband's "'sacred quietness' like a lioness." Who took care of her?
* You can find out more information about touring Tor House here. Quotes taken from Of Una Jeffers by Edith Greenan and "He Built Her a Tower' by F. Older.