Last January was rocky, and regularly unpleasant. The start of 2012, by comparison has been as light and easy as the fluffy sheep who are my temporary charges.
Our family has taken up with the Bourgeois, who own Philosopher’s Wool in beautiful Inverhuron. We are farm sitting while they take some time to themselves to travel. We are staying in the Guest House, an incredibly beautiful structure, which has in floor heat (practically heaven) and character pouring out of every beam and nook. The children have learned how to weave on looms, I am learning to knit again and am working on mastering the art of sock darning. Life, despite having two houses to mind, is radically simple.
When they have been home, our hosts have been an inspiration, a source of guidance and a huge support. Ann and Eugene are in Costa Rica at present and my kids (and I) are wondering WHEN, OH WHEN are they going to come back.
We are here until about March, and are taking advantage of this little adventure to purge at the Duncan Farm, and do some light renos. Seeing as we moved The Essentials into the Guest House, that what remains at the Duncan Farm is largely expendable. I am hoping to move home to a simplified home, which will be easier for me to tend to.
We learned a big lesson in 2011, in business that bigger is not always better. I have taken that to heart. I need to tend the family, friendships, the flock, the farm and the finances in a more focused and specific way. I need to continue to chase after personal happiness, and not worry about those who are on a different bend.
Seed catalogues have arrived and I am beginning to plan 2012’s garden. Bob is burning through his grade 1 curriculum and Mags is reading already. I am lounging on luxurious woolens, keeping an eye on the children and the chicken coop and am being reminded regularly what a hunk of a husband I have.
Right here, right now.