A Vermonter Once Again
Well it has been a while since my last posting and there are some rather good reasons! Back in late August of 2016 my husband and I set off on a new adventure in a new state to call home. Moving to Maine to be on the coast was a lifelong dream and something we were so excited about! It’s said you can take people out of Vermont but you can never take the Vermont out of the person. That saying is truer than I would have thought.
While in Maine, we enjoyed the beaches, the hiking trails, the amazing places to eat, and the many antique shops, festivals, and flea markets we went to. The lobster was amazing. The ocean was in our backyard and much appreciated with a good book and a glass of wine.
The thing that was missing from all of this excitement was family. Any weekend we could, we would find ourselves making the trip back home to Vermont to see a nieces t-ball game, attend a family birthday party, hug my chickens (they couldn’t come to Maine with us so they stayed on the family farm!), and just enjoy home. Thanksgiving and Christmas, while spent in Vermont, were short and it broke our hearts to have to leave everyone. The reality was that we just were not happy in Maine. We gave it a shot and stuck it out for almost a year but decided in the end, home was where we wanted to be.
And so, this summer we moved back to Vermont! Back to the family farmhouse we moved and we have been busy but peaceful ever since. I was lucky enough (the odd summer weather helped) to find that my favorite garden center (Garden Works in Salem, NY) had semi-mature vegetables and plants for my garden. With a little work, we had our veggie garden on track by mid July.
Here it is September and we are enjoying cucumbers, peppers, squash, beans, and tomatoes from the garden and I am super happy to see that we’ll have eggplant and even some cantaloupe melons later this season. My ladies crafting nights are back on my calendar as well as the summer concerts in the park.
The last two months have flown by and the nieces went back to school this week signaling the start of the fall season. I have greatly enjoyed sitting on my front porch watching the hummingbirds and butterfly’s sip sweet nectar from my perennial bed. Leaving Vermont was a good lesson in appreciating what you have while also letting us fly the coop so to speak. Happy to be back, we know that Vermonters we will stay.
I look forward to positing more about the farm, my recipes and our adventures as things become more settled. Until then, a happy hello from Vermont!