“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
– Beryl Markham, West with the Night
If all goes as planned…
This beautiful farm house, will be the future home of Enchanted Acres Farm & Studio!
Of course I don’t want to jinx anything, but I also cannot contain my excitement… this is still a work in progress but a good one (fingers crossed) and such exciting news.
Since my husband passed, I have been administering his Estate, as he died without a will. That has meant since day one, it’s been nothing but full speed ahead and me dealing with lawyers, realtors, bankers, beneficiaries, creditors. I haven’t had a moment to really even catch my breath.
Also because of this, there is no option but to follow the law and the law sets out who gets what and how much and why. Including, unfortunately the Government… they get nearly half of the Estate in taxes because of it. I can’t stress how important it is to write a will to protect those you love and your assets when you die. People always think they have time, and the truth is, we don’t know how much time we do have, or how many years there are to prepare. It could be hours or decades.
As his legal wife I was able to become Trustee to take care of things along with a lawyer, but this farm, this land, Cedar Bridge Farm, where I have been since 2005 with him, was not mine. I had hoped to possibly buy it from the Estate, but the decision ultimately was not mine to make as there are other people involved. So the only way forward is to finish liquidating the assets so I can move on with my life after years of this weighing on me and consuming a great deal of my time and energy, on top of my illnesses. I have not had a moment to catch my breath in years. Or even grieve.
Now, while I am still in the tunnel, I can at least see light at the end of it.
I never imagined in my wildest dreams that Ed and I would find a FARM, let alone a farm that has room for our animals, but is also is still accessible to his daughter, and my Doctors. And I will also be about 6-8 minutes from a major hospital which is something we needed for sure. I need to be closer to hospitals and also easier for ambulances to get to. It has almost 32 acres which is just perfect. It’s an old farm house, with lots of history from the 1800’s. The owners are still buried there in a private little cemetery which I find only adds to the charm and feel of the place. But it’s also been completely renovated as you can see, while maintaining it’s charm and character outside and in! It’s also move in ready! Some day I will paint and probably decorate more but the woman who owned it and I have similar tastes and she did a great job inside meaning super limited work needs to be done to make it feel like mine… basically we just need to add splashes of color and lots of dogs, and voila!
We are just so excited to be moving forward with a future, for our entire family, human and animal!
It even has a small kennel building that is heated and air conditioned!
I cannot wait to be able to share this journey with all of you!