Yes, I have actually moved — and am still moving because in seven years in Barton I have accumulated a lot of stuff. I am now in central New Hampshire in a small town in the Lakes Region. Today was officially my first day of residence here, even though I have been blogging from here for months now. The cats moved down here today, so now this truly is home. I am keeping the Vermont house for now but its future is uncertain. The kids are using it and caring for it without me. The kids have kept George and Mousie Cats, so I only have six cats here.
I have left a home in Vermont that I thought was my dream home, that I thought I would never leave. But I learned this year that life can change quickly in a positive direction. I am with my love in New Hampshire and will be here as long as we live. In future posts I will relate the story of how we met.
It is beautiful here. There are apple trees, mountains, and granite glacial erratics strewn everywhere. The wildlife — just as I had in Vermont — is abundant. The flowers are different because it is a warmer climate. It is fun to learn about another New England state that I don't know much about. The first photo above is of a Pink Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) on our land — the New Hampshire State Wildflower. We have ponds for swimming and for wildlife on the land. And we have gardens for vegetables and flowers. Gardens are new to me.
I don't like the mosquitoes here! John says, as they say in Maine, that they are the state bird of New Hampshire. I'm beginning to believe him! And there is poison ivy on the roadsides. John meticulously eradicates it on the land we live on. (As you can see, John can handle poison ivy with his bare hands without ever getting a rash.) But winters are shorter and there are more professional and social opportunities here. I'm finding it a wonderful place to live.
Life is quiet, peaceful and shared now. I never thought this would happen to me again. I have many new adventures ahead of me.