Monday, August 26, 2013

A life imagined....from Saigon

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This morning, as I sit in Saigon in a jet lag fog,
pondering the life I imagined...I feel confused.
My road has diverged into three.
I'm stuck. 
I think I need a cape, a mask
and super powers.

How are you coming along with that one?
Are you living the life you imagined?


This morning I am imagining
a summer's breeze at Tahilla Farm.
Super powers a must!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A bear hunt...Tahilla Farm

I just landed in Tokyo and am waiting for the next leg of my journey back to Vietnam with a smile that I can not hide. I waited all summer for a bear sighting at Tahilla Farm without the slightest hint. I set up the telescope in the hopes of seeing one tucked away in the woods. Before I went to bed each night, I stood on our porch, scanning the landscape with a supersonic flashlight, for large signs of life. Six weeks and plenty of deer...but no bears.

Wouldn't you know it...just as I was ready to take my luggage out to the car this morning, I caught it...running across our yard, where I had been earlier in the morning, capturing the sunrise. I grabbed my camera in a mad dash to the porch and tried my best. I could not think of a better way to end my trip. Shortly after, the deer appeared and Priscilla the porcupine sauntered by. I felt as if they were coming out to bid me goodbye...and wish me a safe journey.

Now all I need to do is spot a moose.... next time! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mr. H, blue jeans, bulldozers and Priscilla..Tahilla Farm

If you read my last post, you will know that Mr. H arrived last week, 
his first visit to Tahilla Farm. 

I am happy to report that he has embraced it wholeheartedly. Phew!
After months of looking at photos and videos he can finally see what I see.
In fact he is so enthusiastic that I have to keep an eye on him.
When we met with the forester, I agonised over every tree.
He met with the forester and quickly suggested we expand our horizons.
When we met with the architect to discuss some alterations, he suggested we 
might want to start again. When we went to the local shops to pick up some
casual clothes for him, he bought blue jeans. In the 28 years that I have known him,
he has never purchased or worn blue jeans...until now. When he asked if I thought
he should buy a camouflage hat...I pulled him out of the store...ASAP!

I think I now have insight into what it will be like when he retires from work.
The man is going to need some interests, outside of mine...several of them!

Once I got his mind off of blue jeans, camouflage gear and bulldozers...
we focused on the little things.


Quiet spaces..

and new friend.

Priscilla and I met by flashlight one dark night as I hunted down the woodchucks 
who have been undermining my porch steps. She looked at me, I looked at her
and she tootled off. I think we understand each other. We can be friends as long as she 
doesn't make a home under our house, eat our trees or toss a few of those prickly things at me.
I am watching her.

Like Priscilla, the woods have captured me, heart and soul...
Mr H and I walk through them every day.
I think serenity and history and he thinks of regenerating forests....
and bulldozers

I explained to him that the best way to appreciate it all is to sit quietly, 
watch and listen...
and not to think of bulldozers.

If you watch might catch a rainbow.

 or have a chance to paint the sky.

 We have been doing just that..taking it in, quietly 
and peacefully... until he mentions bulldozers.
I think Priscilla hears him too.

Bulldozers aside...Mr. H is very happy with our new digs.
My leap of faith worked...two down and three to go!

I can't thank you enough for your thoughful comments. Your
support for this endeavor has been spectacular. I have been remiss
in replies...when life settles down a bit, I will be in touch. 

From my desk to yours...
wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Jeanne xx

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The day has come....Mr. H and Tahilla Farm

One of two regulars on Tahilla Farm, I call them Thelma and Louise.

The day has come, the big bird will land in a few hours. By bird, I do not mean the turkey above,
but an airplane, flying Mr. H safely into Logan Airport in Boston. Some of you may recall that
I took a leap of faith when I decided to buy Tahilla Farm in December 2012. In October, I was on my own, house hunting for the perfect spot. Mr. H said, in the end, it was my decision...but...he really liked the idea of living on the coast of Maine. I went to Maine, and searched and thought I found it until I hit New Hampshire to visit friends.  Isn't it the way...the last house on my long journey around New England was 'the one'. It was a gut feel... I knew I had found what I was looking for in Tahilla Farm.

Soooo....he is arriving in a few hours and I am hoping he will see what I see. I think he will. He has had plenty of photos and videos since we bought the house on top of incessant chatter from me on the topic. The good news is that my son Connor loves it. One down four to go. :)

It has been a month since I arrived and I have to be honest,  it has been hard work. Creating a house from scratch has been trickier than I thought it would be. I arrived to stacks of boxes waiting to be unpacked and a house that needed a very deep clean. I can now say I know nearly every corner of this house...intimately. Right down to the very large snake skin I found in the crawl space in our basement. Country living has had it's fair share or surprises..and I have loved every one of them..except the snake skin. I could write volumes but time is of the essence and I have to run...but before I idea of what he is in for.

He will drive to the end of a dirt road..

where the sun sets over a mountain..
and a full moon rises.

He will discover secret spaces amongst the trees..

and nature quietly rolling by.

In the morning, he will enjoy the sunshine on a country porch...

and wander through a garden growing with abandon.

Fingers crossed he likes it!

From crazy and happy in New Hampshire!

Best wishes for a lovely weekend to one and all...

Jeanne xx

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