August 19, 2019

Tahilla Gatherings and Third Act Quest

A Tahilla Gathering...

In the words of Mary Oliver…

What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

This is a question that a close friend of mine, Diana Place, asks women as she guides them to uncover answers to this powerful question and works with them to create a plan.  Diana has recently launched a new business, Third Act Quest, and I am very excited to be a part of the official launch of her first retreat. 

I had the pleasure of gathering Diana and friends earlier this year for a test run of her Third Act Quest retreat at Tahilla Farm, you can read about it here. We were both so excited by the end result we quickly agreed to work together for her official launch in October.

Third Act Quest offers retreats, connection and resources to help women in their 40's, 50's and 60's to uncover their passions and purpose and to create the life they are meant to live for their "third act". It is her personal goal to play a part in shifting negative perceptions of this amazing stage of life - both for individuals and in our culture -- beginning with retreats and inspiring profiles of "third act" women. 

Diana has just opened up her fall retreats;  October 25-27 in New Hampshire at Tahilla Farm and November 8-11 in Virginia.  There are spots for 10 women in each.  

If you'd like to learn more, she would be happy to set up a phone call to share more information or you can email her at diana@thirdactquest.comTo make it easier for you to schedule, she has a LINK that goes directly to her calendar to set up a time that works for you.  

In the meantime, you can also take a look at her website to learn a bit more about Third Act Quest:

-  Home page has a brief overview and photos of her retreat locations

-  About Third Act Quest page outlines the "why" and "who" would be served by the retreats

-  Retreats  page overviews the scheduled retreats and each individual retreat page, for example, the NH retreat at Tahilla Farm  has details about the locations and schedule of activities for the 3-day weekends.

-  About Me page outlines Diana's personal background and what led her to start this new venture.

You can also sign up to receive her  “12 Gifts Free Subscription” (first one comes out in September)  for inspiration and resources and to stay in the loop about things.

I hope you will stop in and say hi to Diana, feel free to ask questions. She is a dear and genuine soul who is happy to work with you. Tell her Jeanne sent you...and the grasshopper. :))

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plant to do
with your one wild and  precious life?

Mary Oliver

A new friend...the grasshopper

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In the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter 
for in the dew of little things
the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

August 4, 2019

Garden Talk: Design, Books, Tools, Shop

Show me your garden, 
and I shall tell you who you are.
Alfred Austin

I visited a garden last week,
 it was more of a discovery walk,
and the result was magical. 

I looked closely.
I looked for the magic.
I looked for the music.

And I found it.

July 23, 2019

True Compassion...a poem

Sometime go outside and sit,
in the evening at sunset,
when there's a slight breeze
that touches your body,
and makes the leaves
and the trees move gently.

You're not trying to do 
anything, really.

You're simply allowing
yourself to be,
very open from deep within,
without holding
onto anything whatsoever.

Don't bring something back
from the past, from a memory.

Don't plan that something
should happen.

Don't hold onto anything 
in the present.

Nothing you perceive
needs to be nailed down.

Simply let experience
take place, very freely,
so that your empty, open heart
is suffused with the tenderness
of true compassion.

From my spot under 
the chestnut tree.

Letting it be.

Jeanne xx

July 17, 2019

A Mystery: Keats, Shelley, Woolson and Goethe in Rome

I love when mysteries start to unravel, taking you to the most unlikely places. My mystery started with a book I bought a few years ago: Peeps at Many Lands: England by John Finnemore and Wales by E. M. Wilmot- Buxton published in 1921 by The MacMillan Company in New York. It is a travel book with sixteen full-page color illustrations of scenes in England and Wales. 

It is was one of many old books, portraits and postcards I collected in my travels. Over the years and countries, the book has moved from table to table, bookshelf to a reminder of our expat life in England. 

July 8, 2019

A Bird's-eye View....Tahilla Farm

Image: Lauren Seabourne

 There has been magic at work around Tahilla Farm, the kind of magic that Katrina Kenison wrote about in her book Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment.

"Perhaps our paths crossed randomly, 
but somehow I think not, 
choosing to believe instead that there is invisible magic 
at work in all our lives, 
magic that sets us down on the routes we're meant to walk, 
magic that lends us to one another, 
magic for fuelling every journey 
undertaken in the name of mystery and love 
and faith in the ultimate rightness of things"

Written by Katrina Kenison 
'Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment"

July 5, 2019

Sharing the Love...My Summer Favorites

My Artemis Kilim Smoking Shoes

It is a hot one out there folks, and I am doing what any sensible women would do...staying cool and shopping in the comfort of my studio. Actually, I have purchased many of these items already and love them so much I thought I would share in case you are of a mind to shop as well. I enjoy them all year but best of all in summer when you need a little bit more "freshening" up.

June 29, 2019

A Month of Sundays and Mr. H

A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski


Four women are part of an online book club via Skype for ten years. Their only interaction is through the monthly book club meetings. One of the members is given an opportunity to house sit in a country home for a month and she invites her fellow bibliophiles along. They all happen to be in transition for various reasons and decide to join in...with one proviso. Every Sunday they will meet to discuss a book proposed by each member. The book must be kept a secret and four copies brought along to share AND...the book must be one that each member feels a connection to,  one that tells her personal story best. The idea is for each of the four women to get to know each other at a deeper level, over A Month of Sundays. They do!

June 11, 2019

My Divine Ya Ya Moment....on a Sunday

The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

I had a "Ya Ya" moment on Sunday and I needed to share. I am spending the summer exploring workshop ideas for Tahilla Gatherings, my business idea that continues to evolve. My hope is to use Tahilla Farm as a venue for women  to come together to discuss topics of mutual interest and share in the joie de vivre of life. I am currently exploring ways in which I can achieve those goals.

June 8, 2019

News From Tahilla Farm: Gardening, Books and Shopping Tips

Hello! Hello! and Happy Weekend!

It was a busy week around Tahilla Farm, as I dug my way in and out of pots and into the herb gardens. I was fortunate to spend some time on Monday with a very talented plantswoman and garden designer, Maude Odgers, who guided me in the plant selection. We went along to a wonderful nursery, Walkers Farm in Dummerston, Vermont. 

May 22, 2019

April 29, 2019

Sharing the LOVE....The Travelwrap Company

My daughter, Miss Claire, charging ahead
 in The Spittal of Glenshee

The Traveler....
Yesterday I calculated my "air time" since leaving Tahilla Farm three weeks ago. Through Hong Kong, China and Australia I have clocked 55 hours in the air, excluding transit time. Ah...the things we do for the people we love! It's been a whirlwind visit full of laughter, food and family. The very best kind of trip. Times that I cherish dearly.

April 24, 2019

My Stylish French Box...the winner!

My Stylish French Box

I love offering giveaways on my blog, 
even more so when it is something I personally love.  
My Stylish French Box is one of those extra special gifts 
and my only wish is that I could send one home 
with each and every person who entered the Giveaway.
Thank you all for taking the time to write to me.
I always love hearing from you!