It's been a week and a half since we arrived here at Seven Arrows. Neil and I are beginning to settle into a routine. We move into our cottage sometime next week. Getting our belongings out of boxes will be the final step towards making this place feel like home.
So far, I like being here. I like the smells and sounds. Salt water, mown grass, musty dog fur, incense, dusty feed. Tree frogs creak, geese honk, Maremmas bark, osprey twee, crickets chirp, cicadas tremble. None of these things make me miss Brooklyn very much. By the water, by the woods, near enough to civilization and old friends, it seems like a good fit. It don't feel as though I gave it all up. I miss having friends near, truth be told. But, making new ones takes a long time in a new place, and I don't expect I'll be leaving these 20 acres all that much. I hope my NYC pals will come to see me soon.
All these precious things aside, we have much work to do. I'll be listing some October work days early next week that strangers and friends can come participate in. We've got to build a proper structure for the chickens and the rabbits and dogs. We'll have about 60 more chicks and ducklings here come September so we'll need all the help we can get. Our goats are also coming this Fall so we'll have to build a shelter for them as well. We're breaking ground before the first frost, amending the soil with truckloads of compost, nutrients and planting garlic. So, come one, come all! Help us with our toiling!