I’m back! Our quiet summer of long, serene days became the season of major fall projects. But when you live in a two hundred year old farmhouse, this is a good thing–especially when it’s behind you! Our quaint- but -crumbling white fence has now been replaced by beautiful three board oak. In the process, the old and massively overgrown fence rows had to be cleared of decades worth of invasive vines and poison ivy, creating a surprising amount of cleared space. Now we have several secure paddocks ready and waiting for the four- leggeds that are soon to be grazing there. As for what kind of ruminant (grazing animal) we’ll be acquiring — it’s a surprise. More on that later. Suffice it to say we’re on a learning curve!
The other big project was the installation of a heat pump for the upstairs. It took a couple of weeks of upheaval and dust, but it’s already been worth it on these increasingly chilly nights. In addition, we had two fireplaces on the first floor rebuilt and had an enormous amount of firewood delivered. Stacking it all up will take us a while but it’s there and we are now ready for the polar vortex!
In other news, I traveled to Black Mountain, North Carolina to attend the Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference for a truly transforming experience, returning full of inspiration and ideas about plants, food, sustainability and living on this earth with a full and gracious heart. The new buzzword in the air is permaculture. More to come on that subject as well.
Finally, this weekend was the first ever Women’s Retreat at Three Graces Farm, entitled Open Up, A Retreat for Embracing the New. The four women (including myself) walked, cooked, played, laughed, took photos, watched the sunset, enjoyed a morning drooling over hand dyed yarn and learning about fiber arts at a sheep farm, talked and ATE ourselves literally silly. The weather was beyond perfect. I think magical is the only word to describe it. Thanks to the talents of LB Bryant and Lynn Felton we have some great pictures of the weekend, which you’ll find in the next post coming up.
With the arrival of November, we move further into the season of the year’s end, turning more and more to our inner landscape for reflection and renewal. After the brightness of summer and the glory of fall, nature demonstrates the beauty of a time when color recedes and darkness is dominant. Friends and family down south are reporting snow this morning. With the memory of last winter still fresh in our minds, we are more grateful than ever for the gift of a warm house!