“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
“The sea lives in every one of us.”
I know better than to say “never” and yet I announced when we bought this property that I would leave this home in a box! That I never intended to move again! I hope I didn’t jinx it with the “in a box” statement as I do look forward to the new direction that life is taking!
The world is changing, our Country is on a different path and I have lost half a dozen friends this year. All to cancer, some within weeks of discovery, and several of them were much younger than I. I am halfway to 69 and suddenly aware that my Mother and maternal Grandparents all passed when they were 72! My Paternal side shows 93, 88 and 96. I hope for an average at least that leaves 72 behind – but one never knows.
Suddenly it makes no sense to continue on with the work and projects involved with and planned for this property. It makes great sense to liquidate, unload and just relax and enjoy the years that are left. That process will not happen overnight! We want to have downsized personal property to the basics so we can put the house on the market in 2018. No idea what the economy or the real estate market will be then but we must move on.
Shops At Fayrehale will be open by chance or appointment the rest of this season as we are finding more success in the online portion of the business than the local business once foliage season passes and tourists and summer visitors return home. We will open in June and sell down the shop inventory.
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
While nothing is cast in stone, I would like to have 5 years by the sea. While my Soul loves the rocky coast of Maine, and it is currently the Maine coast that calls, my body needs the sandy shore so that I can take healthy walks once or twice a day. During these seaside years we would plan to travel 7-10 days a month. There is so much to see in this Country that we have not seen and we know how to travel economically. We can alternate who plans each month’s itinerary and explore warmer areas of the Country as we search for the step after the Maine Coast that will satisfy Tom’s longing for a warm climate. During the seaside years we can escape during the coldest segments and explore those warmer possibilities that are currently unfamiliar to us both.
“The sea is as near as we come to another world.”
Fayrehale Chanteclers and Fayrehale Icelandics will continue as usual through 2017 and possibly 2018. We are currently accepting orders for 2017 chicks and, as in the past, list position is in order of payment received. Once we have relocated, we will continue our online business in a slightly reduced format as we continue to liquidate collections that would flood the market if offered all at once.
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.”
One more winter (2017) of major woodpiles. These past two years, Tom has stacked most of it. We hope to have a fireplace we can read and warm ourselves by in the winter when we are not traveling. That would mean a cord or less to stack.
We will carry the memories of all that wood on the Christmas Tree as we enjoy life.
“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”