I know I’ve been a bit absent lately, and I have missed posting. The thing is, I’ve been trying to be more present in my life lately. I spent a wonderful weekend with friends in San Francisco this past weekend and returned home completely charged and ready to get to work on some projects both indoors and in the gardens. We enjoyed delicious meals, beautiful weather, and lots of walking. We discovered some fabulously inspiring shops that gave us ideas on updates we all wanted to do in our homes. And we talked- about life and home and raising children and the beauty of marriage. It was a splendid weekend in which I didn’t take a single photo with my big camera and instead stayed present and snapped away on my phone.
Spring finally feels like it is trying to break through the clouds and cold temperatures and the sun feels absolutely divine when I am out digging in dirt. With a property like this, there are always new projects that arise, as well as older ones that never seem to take precedence and thus are pushed off from one year to the next. Last year we undertook some bigger projects- a new roof on the barn and a complete renovation of the studio, inside and out. The entire structure, as well as the house were then painted which gave everything a fresh feel. The barn was well overdue and it was a relief to finally take that item off of the to-do list. This year I hope to repaint Chez Poulet, the chicken coop, as well as the playhouse. There are always garden projects that don’t really even make the list as I simply work on things as they call to me. I enjoy adding structured things such as new bushes, trellises, or other features. We also always plant a vegetable garden to compliment the fruit that we get every year. And then, as anyone with a larger property knows – there is always maintenance. That is probably our least favorite part as those items aren’t often very fun but oh so necessary. Hopefully this year that list will be short so that we can work on other things. Some of my “wish list” items would be to remove two trees that are really sad and old and diseased. I would LOVE to run water to parts of the property without spouts as I would expand our gardens if I had access to water. And, the biggest dream of all – one that I don’t even dare mention to my husband unless it is in an attempt to make him feel like it is in actuality his idea is to put the long awaited french doors in the kitchen and a big partially covered deck with our BBQ and perhaps even a simple fireplace on it. I promise you I would eat EVERY SINGLE meal out there in the summer – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would take my morning coffee in the sun while enjoying the sound of the birds. I would sit down for lunch with the boys and talk about their plans for the afternoon, and our family would gather at our gorgeous gifted table, hopefully with guests, for dinners that would stretch into the evening, long after the sun has set, with a fire burning and candles on the table. As you can see I have put much thought into this project.
My hope is to post more photos of the farm and the projects that we are working on in the coming months. If things would dry out a little bit I would be able to capture something other than mud… I will work on it!