Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Here is one of the first structures that I see upon coming up the long drive to my cottage. This little shed still functions so far as I can tell (although I haven’t ventured to ask what it stores). Adjoining it you see the overgrown remnants of another stone wall; behind it some of the beautiful, old trees surrounding the property. Many of these trees are well over 100 years old.

Although you can see the new development skirting the property, it’s easy to forget that they are there at all, and instead wrap your mind around what this beautiful place must have looked like when all the trees and structures still stood; when the land was still farmed; when the people still cruised around with horse and cart.

Yesterday, after walking my dogs, I locked them in the house (much to their chagrin) and set out on my own among the trees. It was amazing how many more animals I saw around me without the boys trundling through the brush. This place truly possesses its own voice and magic. Apart from knowing that there were dozens of eyes watching me wander through the trees and hedges, I had the distinct feeling that the land around me was breathing, whispering of days long past and memories of a quieter time.


  1. OKay now you're scaring me...this is THE shed from The Village.

  2. Hi Jade,

    I am glad that your having a wonderful time in your new home state. I used to visit my brother in Pittsburg and really the whole state of Pennsylvania is a beauty.

    This pic is another beauty. Keep up the good work.


  3. Hi JLB, I didn't realize until I read through your archives that you were so new to the East Coast. A belated welcome to you. I loved reading your first posts from Pennsylvania about discovering and exploring your new home. I hope you're getting settled into the rhythms of the east --they're very different from the west!

  4. Hello Caroline, and thank you for the welcome! Yes, we are indeed very new to the East Coast, being Pacific Northwest natives. It's been so much fun getting aquainted with a new place these past few months - it's very true that the rhythms here are quite different from what I grew up with.

    It's been fun to shake things up. I'm happy where I am, but I also look forward to my next opportunity to hop some place new and start the whole process all over again. New trees, new weather, the whole bit!



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