Welcome Back Friends!!
I hope you’re all well!
After many months (more than I was anticipating) I’m sitting down to finally reconnect with you (if you’d like to listen to the music I listen to while writing, scroll down first to play a sweet medieval tune!). My perch looks very different these days! I’m still sitting cross legged in the morning hours to write, medieval chants playing. A hot drink supported by my feet, candles illuminating with their warm light. Freshly knit wool socks warm my feet. Petey the orange tabby lays beside me. Our view is different now, no longer farm fields but a crown of trees, a large body of water and distant hills. Crows settle in the branches. A month ago it was the osprey however they have migrated to warmer climates. So I’ll be embracing the long winter with the crows and the deers in a new home! A new place!
We moved in April. After many years of planning and hoping to move, we had the opportunity and took the plunge. Intuitively, Jamie and I moved back to Nova Scotia!!! Yes, just a province over but one that is so close to our hearts. We met at university here, half of my family lives in this province. I’m in love with the natural landscape. The whimsical towns. Despite how much I’ve wanted this over the past many moons, it has been an intense transition. One with a vast array of emotional ups and downs. I essentially disconnected from my online activity and shop duties because I needed to process the move and get to know our new surroundings. We worked on our new home and had many family visits once restrictions began to lift. When it came time to leave the island, I grieved for our life there. However, with time I feel so happy and grateful for the changes we made in our life. Change is vital to my being and sometimes things can be pretty uncomfortable for a period while you adjust. However, after 6 months I can finally look back and say it was worth it, it will continue to be worth it. Our house is settled (albeit there is some work that needs to be done – okay maybe a lot) and I’m beginning to be creative again, yay!!
PEI is a magical place and I’m grateful for that period in my life. However, I never truly felt at home on the island and you may be surprised to hear that we talked about moving a lot. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how ideal you have crafted your life, if you don’t feel at home with the land you may never feel right living in a place. I honestly always felt a slight unease living on the island – I wonder if you have ever felt that living in a place? The pandemic really escalated my desire to move back to Nova Scotia and Jamie now works remotely so we were so excited to have the perfect opportunity. I don’t know how much detail to give but it was INTENSE trying to find a house, my goodness. It was hard. When we bought our house on PEI it had been on the market for months and we offered lower than asking. I very naively thought this would be the case again. We probably entered the most crazy housing market Nova Scotia has ever seen. In the future, we will look for that piece of wilderness to build a house on but for now, the midcentury home is absolutely perfect for us. We both love it! It’s unique and simple. I will share more about our house in the future after some of the work is completed. I love midcentury design and houses and I can’t wait to share more! I think about painting the house (not the brick) black and the perennial (deer resistant because they are everywhere now!) gardens that I’m working on all the time. While we live here, we started a plot for our crops (garlic, potatoes and everlasting flowers) at my Mom’s house which we can just drive to in a morning now!!! No more ferry or 5 hour bridge drive… it’s such a relief to say. I so enjoy working at my Mom’s as well because no longer am I always solo gardening.
These past few months have been so full! From moving in a lock down, living in temporary housing, buying a house, exploring the surrounding forests and wilderness areas, seeing family. Swimming in lakes (Thank you, thank you for lakes!!) and the Atlantic Ocean. Reading books!! The days are growing so short and I feel a sense of calm and happiness when the darkness starts falling early. Now that we are finally settled, I will begin to update my creative world. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I should move forward, what I want to focus on. There is no doubt that I want to continue to create, to be inspired by the natural world surrounding us. Creating and communing with nature is my calling and I’m so happy to be in a place that allows me to do just that.
We sold so many of our belongings. Downsized both the size of our house and property as well as our material things. Our goal is to live more simply, spend more time in nature and less time on property maintenance. The change will allow both of us to focus more on creative endeavours. Carving, music, illustration, design, dyeing! The list feels endless and it’s finally time to begin. I have many items to put in the shop and will gradually update it over the coming months. I am very, very excited for the coming changes and hope you will all join me despite my wild inconsistencies over the years 😛
Thank you for reading <3 and thank you for understanding this vital change we made in our life. I am so excited now about the future and feel full of life and creativity. I hope you have all been well and finding ways to cope with these very trying times. After an intense transition, I’m ready for future and hope to share the creative aspects with you!
A song that I listen to while writing from an album I listen to on repeat <3
Many blessings on you for this quarter