|Just minutes from the ferry (Wreckhouse)|
Have I awakened from a dream or did I just fall asleep? It feels like one or the other as it seems like I never left this beautiful place. Yet, it's been a good, long while as evidenced by the amount of effort it has taken to get the house up and running again. We are almost re-connected with the world (phone is still out) but, given what is going on out there in the world, being out of reach and out of touch might have its merits.
For the past several days, the most important thing has been getting running water again and taking care of the wood that resulted from cutting down the apple tree in the front yard. As far as the split pipes were concerned, our generous (and skilled) neighbor did some excellent plumbing work - for the price of a lemon meringue pie. The apple tree is taking more time to manage as it was "very branchy" or so said another neighbor. Lots of valuable firewood to be had but it is no small task.
This year, I was coming up alone for the first time ever. In an act of brave spontaneity, my mother accepted my invitation to join me when I stopped by her place on the first leg of the journey. I had an extra bunk on the ferry and she needed to get out of her senior housing while some complicated drainage projects were worked on. A match made in heaven! Pretty sure she was regretting her decision when we discovered the cracked pressure valves and such. But things are quite civilized now, as I write this and drink my tea while looking out at the sparkling bay and deep green mountains, a pleasant breeze passing by. My mother will return next week and then I will be alone. It is exciting and a little scary. But mostly exciting.
** Chase the Hace is a fundraiser that the next town over, McIver's is hosting. It is really called Chase the Ace but in local parlance, it is pronounced Chase the Hace.