Thelma, Louise, Mr. Rabbit and a Holiday Wish

It is Christmas Eve and a quiet chaos surrounds me. Children are baking and wrapping and I have escaped to the "treetops" for a mini-break to listen to Six Evolutions- Bach: Cello Suites performed by Yo-Yo Ma. "Treetops" is the name I have given the studio in our renovated carriage house.

I am glad you can not see inside the room. Papers are stacked on tabletops, paintings lay against a wall, a lamp sits to the side while construction dust continues to settle in the far corners of the matter, for Bach has me right where I need to a peaceful grace.

There is so much to say since I last wrote (in ummmmm September). It's been a whirlwind from Hong Kong back to Tahilla Farm and the last stages of our construction project. On my return to Tahilla Farm I had a few surprise visitors. I call them Thelma, Louise and Mr. Rabbit.

Louise sauntered in out of the woods one snowy afternoon to see what was happening with the carriage house, I am not certain who was more surprised, her or me. You can spot her standing at the far corner of the building.

She checked me out, 
I checked her out 

and then she was went on her way.

The next day, as I was leaving my driveway and happened upon another surprise. 

Two lost sheep in a matter of days was odd.
 Two lost sheep at all was even more curious and worrying.
Feeling the two were "wild and free" 
the only natural course 
was to call them "Thelma and Louise".

I called the police to say that I thought someone 
had lost their sheep (while trying not to burst out laughing)
and if they had, they should start on our street. 
There were a number of theories on where they came
 from but I never did solve the mystery.
And then came Mr. Rabbit.

He appeared on December 1st and has been around for a while.
It is my first sighting of a rabbit at Tahilla Farm. While sweet now,
he may not be so sweet come spring when the bulbs start to bloom. 
Until's Mr. Rabbit and me.


It's time for me to make my way back to the kitchen, before I do, 
I want to wish one and all a very Happy Holiday! 

Thank you for "hanging out" with me this past year on the blog,
 Instagram and Facebook. Although it has been a quiet year
at Collage of Life... you have been a genuine inspiration.
I look forward to picking up where we left off this summer 
with the "retreat" idea, it's still ticking along!

For you...a little Bach with Yo-Yo Ma.

Jeanne xx

Listen, download or stream Yo-Yo Ma’s new album,
“Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites” here


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank You....and to you!! :))

  2. Jeanne, Merry Christmas to you and your family. The second I met you, I just knew you were the right buyer for that beautiful property. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures. Keep them coming!

    1. You are so kind Susanne, thank you! I don't know if you would recognize it today...but I like to think that it is where it should be. Lots of TLC...which I imagine will continue for some time. xx

  3. Hope to hear more from you on the blog in 2019 Jeanne. I always enjoy your posts. Wishing you a happy 2019.

    1. Thank you Loree, that is my hope too! Very best wishes as we gather in the folds of another year and shake them out for new inspiration. xx :))

  4. I hope your Christmas was brilliantly merry and that all goes well into the New Year. xox.

    1. Thank you so much went brilliantly and now it is time to swing into the New Year!

  5. Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2019. Hope you had a blessed Christmas - Looking forward reading your next post...

    1. Thank you Rose, very kind of you...wishing you much happiness in the New Year. I am working on the next post! :))


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