Saturday, March 21, 2015


Phone and internet were [finally] installed at the farm on Thursday afternoon.
I've had time to quickly catch up with a few favorite blogs and to check in on Face Book to see how family and friends are doing
I haven't had time to reply to comments or leave many.
Perhaps this time without internet has given me a bit of needed discipline--I don't need to look at the computer every time I walk past my desk!
Through the weeks of cold weather, the stress of moving and working on the farmhouse, my bargin table amaryilis has been a joy.
It was slow to bloom, but eventually sent up two proud stalks of four blossoms each

My camera does not do justice to the depth and delicate tracery of the blossom.

With moderating weather the deep snow has melted, the brook is running freely.

Last week grandson D. with his girlfriend and a pal paid us a surprise visit.
[Surprise because no one could contact us!]
They with Jim carried fish poles down to the well-stocked pond which is part of our new propery.
The total haul was 30 white croppie and 1 bass.
I hurried to put potatoes in the wood stove oven to bake, brought green beans from the cellar pantry, corn and applesauce from the freezer.
The men cleaned and filleted the fish--making an incredible mess around the sink.

Two of the larger fish.

Some of the catch displayed in a pan.
The cats were fearful when Jim showed them the fish.
They prefer it as a smushed and smelly entree from a tin!

A tangle of vines and brambles along the brook.

Fresh green moss growing where the little brook dives beneath a culvert.

Oh, the delight of discovering daffodils in the verge near the mailbox!

Daffs crowding the fence and blooming through the sunshine and rain of springtime.

Home--I hope forever!


  1. Good to hear from you and glad you are settled in!

    1. Jan; So much yet to be done, but I'm beginning to believe that we really live here!

  2. So glad you're all settled in. It's a wonderful feeling. I'm still rejoicing two years later. I can't tell you how much I admire your hard work and resilience.

    1. Chris; We are rejoicing over the neighbors this move has brought us, and I think I should be thankful that although my stamina often flags, bit by bit I am accomplishing the things that make a house feel like home.

  3. Yay ~ You are settling in more and more and now you have internet and phone connections again.

    You live in such a beautiful place. The fish and dinner sounds delicious.

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

    1. Rainey; It was a long winter here and the arrival of our first springtime in this place is a blessing.

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    1. Janet; I know the 'settling' process will be on-going--I strive for patience!

  5. I'm so pleased to see you're up and running again with t'internet. How good is that to have a well-stocked fish pond! (Fun for the men folk too). How wonderful to have your forever-home at last. I know you will be happy there.

    1. We are already in love with this home--and I intend to refer to it always as our 'forever home!'

  6. How wonderful that you are finally settled in and getting back to a more normal lifestyle. The fish are beyond normal - at least around here. I'll bet they were delicious the way you cooked them and the side dishes sound good, too.

  7. Lillian; The fish were surprisingly good--I breaded them with a mixture of seasoned flour and cornmeal.