{this moment}

As inspired by SouleMama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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monday sun

The sun is shining so brightly this morning, but the air speaks of winter and the wind is chilling. Have heard only one gunshot close by as I sat beside the window having my breakfast. A slow start to deer season in the woods surrounding Baldy Hill.

Elsewhere, on the Internet today marks Cyber Monday. Of course, we are encouraging everyone to gift handmade and vintage presents this holiday season and year-round. At the Etsy shop (Baldy Hill Homemade), we offering free domestic shipping this week (use the discount code FREESHIPCW2012).

Must bundle up tight before walking out with the dogs — and remember to wear the orange hat! But first, going to put on the kettle. The last day of my holiday break deserves a second cup. 🙂 Enjoy the start of this new week, everyone.

bird watch

Our kitchen windows look out onto the garden and fields. There is a stone ruin that the chipmunks and a meadow vole make their home, and this overgrown lilac holds our feeders. Neither of us ever considered ourselves “twitchers,” but in the past year, we’ve delighted in recording the birds who’ve stopped by for a rest and a meal — the red-bellied woodpecker, brown-headed cowbird, the families of Northern mockingbirds, an indigo bunting, the sweet hummingbirds. Even Bode kitty befriended a female cardinal, who daily tapped on glass pane and waited for the cat to come running.

We know that winter is not far off. The juncos have returned.

one year

One year ago I traveled to Spain to meet my husband and our three animal companions, say good-bye to the mountain village we had called home for the past ten years, and then journey on three thousand miles to the old farmhouse in the Pennsylvania countryside where we all now live. It has been a challenging year in many aspects as we adjust to the new rhythm of our lives, but we have accomplished much—successfully managed a transatlantic move (even if some of our possessions remain packed away in boxes!); obtained a green card for my husband; dug, planted, harvested, and preserved much of our first garden; renewed friendships and began making others; and explored the winding country roads of our new world.

Now that we have finally carved a bit of breathing space in our lives, I find myself writing more, wanting to document the days as we settle into previously unfamiliar routines on this new journey. Our lives have taken many detours to bring us here together, but we deeply believe this path is the right one for us. Welcome to the Baldy Hill Homestead. 🙂