Please check back in January 2013
for all my new seeds!
2012 IS THE BEGINNING
OF MY NEW LIFE
In last year's essay for 2010-2011,
I brought up the theme of living one's dreams. This past year was a strange mixture of the bad, the sad, and then the very good. It ended in the culmination of a 30 year long dream - my very own little “farmette". I have scrimped and saved for over 15 years in order to live on a small farm. Meanwhile life intruded and not until the end of this year, November 30th to be exact, was I able to finally begin that dream. While I was not able to purchase this property I can lease it fairly much indefinitely.
I am now happily ensconced in a big, 1911 three bedroom farmhouse on nearly 2 acres. There is also a 2 story “stone cottage" on the property (it must have once been a barn or some such building. On its exterior it looks like a charming, classic English cottage, while inside it resembles the barn it once was.) But it is just perfect to store all the gardening gear one needs to run a seed growing and saving operation like Amishland Heirloom Seeds.
Near my side porch, I hear the constant melodious flow of springwater dropping down a small waterfall bordered by Azaleas, a huge old rose (color unknown- I will find out in the spring) and a perfect "Christmas Tree" of cedar. Just the sound of all that running water soothes my soul.
But wait, there's more. This land was once part of a glacial ice field, so on the borders of the property are monster squared boulders the likes of Stonehenge, I kid you not. A stream runs through that no man's land that rises steeply upward. Various old trees such as native PawPaw, Catalpa, an ancient pear, an ornamental Japanese maple, arborvitae, cypress, rhododendron, azaleas and more dot the perimeter. I am still identifying the plant life and trees here. Wildlife abounds, and I just pray the deer stay in those 100 acres of wild woods behind my home.
After the incredibly run down (and perpetually flooded) house I previously rented for 14 years, this farm is a virtual palace. I have more than three times the space in a sunny, bright and oh so cheerful home. I am especially thrilled that I will be able to unpack my entire treasured library of books, a true dream of mine after years of boxes of books squirreled away in closets and attics. I will be able to have my entire garden reference library at my fingertips. There will be my collections of vintage and classic garden tomes, my collection of antique seed catalogues and personal research.
I also want to thank from the bottom of my heart all those who tirelessly "schlepped” for weeks in pickup trucks and jeeps, all my seemingly endless "stuff" to the new farmhouse. To my beloved friends: Tracy, Patty, Cindy, Deb, Jon, Alex, Neil, Derrick, and Dan I am ever indebted. Without your infinite patience, hard work and belief in my little business, I would never have been able to move here and settle in so happily.
As I plan my future gardens here I am blissfully happy with the possibilities. So, welcome to "Amishland Farm and Catalpa Cottage". As I turn 60 in February, I am embarking on my new life. I believe Amishland Heirloom Seeds will likewise grow even better.