The Space In Between

Moving is always an interesting experience.  It’s easy to get caught up in all the logistics.  There are inspections and packing and maybe a side order of mortgage paperwork and other assorted craziness.  But there is also the excitement of moving to a new place, having the opportunity to explore it and finding fun spots to enjoy, people to meet and of course, creating a new home.

The design process is fun for me, but time consuming.  And this is the time of year when I have very little personal time.  It is busy season at work as we finish up the year and do the planning and kickoff for the new year ahead, and that means lots of travel, late nights and working over weekends.  Oh and horses being horses, when I stepped off the plane to come home yesterday and turned my phone back on, there was a message from the barn saying my senior horse had a puffy leg and the vet was on the way.  Sigh.

But the farm planning continues.  It’s fun to look at design blogs and magazines and even catalogs for inspiration.  This one, by Laurel Home, is one of my favorites.  It’s a nice way to spend a morning with a cup of coffee, gathering ideas.

We’re thinking about painting the house.  This is what it looks like now:

Hedgerow house

It’s pretty and I love the porch; just out of the picture are some nice shade trees and good views of the front paddocks.  I’d like to brighten it up with a lighter color though.  I want to add some new lighting, and when it warms up, I picture adding a couple of classic ferns and some annuals to the front garden for color.  This is the leading candidate color scheme so far, but of course it is all just speculative until we actually move in and can try the colors on the actual house.  Just two weeks from now!

The very beginning of an adventure

After many years of dreaming and planning and hoping… it is finally happening.  We are buying a farm.  I can hardly believe it.

Dreams are funny things.  Sometimes they take ahold of you in ways you do not expect, and they have a magic and a power that can change your life.  I have spent all the years that I can remember – more than 50, now – dreaming about “my” farm.

I think this is a dream a lot of horse lovers share.  Horses are, for some of us, a passion in the truest sense of the word.  They are an intrinsic part of who we are or maybe who we need to be.  Certainly this love and connection has been a cornerstone of my entire life, and to finally be able to take this step feels … well, kind of massive.

We have looked for a farm, on and off, for a long time.  More than ten years, anyway.  We’ve gotten close once or twice; when we lived in CT, we actually put in an offer on a place, but it didn’t work out.  Now we live in GA, and we have found pretty much exactly what we were hoping for.  It’s a small place – just a bit over 6 acres.  There is a nice 6 stall barn and some really beautiful pasture.  The ring is a bit small, but has a good base that we can improve on and expand.

big back pasture

The house is smaller than what we have had before, and I’m pretty excited about that.  We have too much stuff, and I am anxious to downsize.  I have all sorts of ideas about what to do with the house, but for the moment we are lucky that it is move in ready, and all I’m planning to do is paint a couple rooms.  My first focus is on the barn and the ring.

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The barn is in good shape, overall.  I want to put in dutch doors, add some siding, put mats in the aisle and finish out the tack room.  We are also going to upgrade the electrical service, improve the lighting and install proper fans since we get hot weather here (a bit hard to remember at this time of year when it is freezing!)  I have these visions of having sanded down, stained and poly-ed all the wood so that it gleams… tucking the horses in with a thick bedding of bright clean shavings, and walking through the barn to enjoy the sounds of them peacefully munching their hay.  Maybe there will be a glass of wine to enjoy while we sit in a comfy bench by the tack room taking it all in.

I thought it would be fun to chronicle the journey from where we are today, to the realization of that vision.  Feel free to join me!