|Peeping into Colette's house, Meadows I.|
After the wild winds of Sunday, the bay settled down yesterday to be mirror-smooth. Hard to believe it is the same body of water, but isn't this the same for everyone and everything? Turmoil and calm. The question is, are you riding the wave or drowning in it? Or maybe, do you really think you are anything but the wave? Yes, that seems about right.
I poked around Colette's two houses in Meadows, which is the town right next to where I live. She owns two of the oldest homes on the Bay of Islands - both were built in the late nineteenth century. The first one, which she called Meadows I, was a tumble-down shack when she found it. She and a friend fixed it up to be exactly beautiful. It has no electricity, insulation or heat other than the woodstove. It is absolutely perfect. This house will stay as it is under the care of her friend.
The other house, the guest house, is still for sale. I was poking around because *gulp* I am thinking of taking it over. There are a host of reasons why this is a good idea and a host of reasons why this is a terrible idea. But I am "looking into it" as they say.
Fin asked me, in this way that he increasingly has of being deeply insightful, "Would you even be considering this if it didn't belong to Colette?" The answer is, of course, no. But no answers are so very easy to come by. It's the yes answers that interest me.
Again, I will ask you, are you riding the wave or drowning in it? Or are you the wave?
Here is a link to Colette's obituary in today's local paper.