Trading the Trailer For a Tractor

She's not ours, we met her at the fair.

She’s not ours, we met her at the fair.

Our metamorphosis continues.  In May, we abruptly went from full-time RV travel to putting down roots in mid-coast Maine—an area entirely new to us.  We are so besotted with our new home that—for now—we do not want to leave and hate to see the trailer sitting in the driveway, unused.  So, we are in the process of selling the trailer and hope to see it off to a new home soon.  We have a slew of projects lined up and waiting for the tractor that will replace it.

I did not even think about blogging during our busy summer.  In fact, I had pretty much decided not to continue this blog after completing our RV journey.  To my surprise , however, the blog urge suddenly reappeared and, along with it, a desire to document the transformation of this piece of land that we so fortunately found.

Right after we moved in.

Right after we moved in.

Our home here is a long-delayed dream.  In the early 1980s, we entered a land lottery in Alaska for homestead parcels near the Susitna River.  Of course, as with most lotteries, we didn’t win.  So we put our land fantasy in the deep freeze.

Finally, now, in retirement, we have the time to do and create whatever we want and a seven acre playground for a palette.  We plan to turn our acreage into a fairly self-sufficient place where we grow much of our own food.  I doubt that we will keep animals (aside from dogs, of course) because we want to continue to travel, but we will keep bees, grow a huge variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and create an orchard of old and new trees.

We were thrilled to move into our house at the end of May because it gave us enough time to get a garden in this summer.  We immediately built raised beds for vegetables.

The raised beds were our first project.

The raised beds were our first project.

They have been producing beyond our expectations all summer.

Tomato blossoms in the morning dew.

Tomato blossoms in the morning dew.

Potatoes

Potatoes

We also inherited a lovely, thoughtfully-designed perennial garden that has been a pleasure to watch unfold as one set of blooms is replaced by another. IMG_0637IMG_0740

These globe thistles were spectacular.

These globe thistles were spectacular.

George has been clearing new garden land and trails with a brush hog and built a deluxe compost bin and firewood racks (more on those and other building projects in later posts).

Still life with brushhog

Still life with brushhog

We also spent a good deal of time this summer just watching the sky and the wildlife.

We have made some goldfinches very happy

We have made some goldfinches very happy

Sunrise

Sunrise

Thunderheads

Thunderheads

We have a huge expanse of sky here, which is relatively rare in most of New England.  With no city lights nearby, the stars and Milky Way are incredibly bright.  One night, watching meteor showers from our back deck,  coywolves just down the hill accompanied the show with a series of escalating, chilling howls.  Unforgettable.

Moonrise

Moonrise

Now at the equinox, the days are still summerlike, with chilly mornings.

We are busy stacking firewood to season and raking up scabby apples in hopes of rehabilitating some of our old apple trees.  IMG_1785This year, we’re making applesauce from the old tree apples.

These russets are the only apple variety on our old trees that didn't have apple scab. They're tasty, too.

These russets are the only apple variety on our old trees that don’t have apple scab. They’re tasty, too.

Next year–hard cider.

We were able to tear ourselves away from our farm projects for a few day trips.

A trip to Fort Knox

A trip to Fort Knox

and the Penobscot Narrows bridge

and the Penobscot Narrows bridge

But, mostly, we have been content to stay at home–everything we want is right here.IMG_1313IMG_1534

13 thoughts on “Trading the Trailer For a Tractor

  1. Glad to see you had the urge to blog again. It’s good to see your lab enjoying the summer. It looks like a great place to settle down. Good luck selling your trailer.

    • Thanks Steve. I see you added a new hound to your menagerie! Nice. Zoe enjoyed traveling, but she is over the moon to be settled in here. She has lots of room to run around and loves to just sit on the lawn, surveying her territory. We’re happy that she’s still going (although slowing down) and enjoying retirement as much as we are. Maine is a great match for us–we are very happy to have found it.

    • Thank you Judy! It’s good to be back. We do feel that we have a bit of paradise here. We were very fortunate to have found this place. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the trailer sale will be finalized in early October. We also went the consignment route, which we found rather frustrating. This September has been so beautiful, it’s hard to realize we are entering fall. Bring on the snow!

    • Thank you Beth. We intend to stay here for a good long time, which is unusual for us. We usually get itchy feet and move after a few years. Zoe has never been so happy. She’s getting stiff and slowing down, but loves her new life. I enjoyed your posts on your Virginia trip. Do you have any winter RV trips planned?

      • We stopped in the Smokies in NC on the way back to Georgia. I’m still working on that post. We may make a short trip to Florida in January.

        I can tell Zoe is happy there. Blondie also is slowing down. She started limping while we were in Texas and after taking her to an orthapedic vet she is doing much better.We can’t take her on long walks any more.

      • It’s tough to watch active Labs slow down slow down. Zoe can’t go on long walks anymore either. That’s one reason watching her queen over her little home territory now is so sweet.

  2. G’day Brenda so good to see you back. I’ve noticed you pop over to visit my place occasionally and appreciated the visit. What a slice of paradise you have and loved seeing all the photos of the unfolding beauty. Well done with the vegs. I had a tear in my eye when Matilda, our camper van, sold. But now almost 2 years on we are pleased with the new direction we have taken. So good luck with the sale. I think to keep up with the blog is a good way to keep track of the changing seasons and I’ll look forward to seeing the changes too.

    • Thanks so much Pauline. I didn’t keep up with other blogs much this summer, but stopped by yours when I did! It is wrenching to sell a camper–they become almost part of the family. But, we like change and are likewise pleased with the direction we are taking. I love your house-sitting forays–such a good way to immerse yourself in a new place.

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