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A story of home

House reflections
House reflections

In life, a person will come and go from many homes.  We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us.  Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world.  They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.

~ Ari Berk

Early morning sunlight
Early morning sunlight on the outer edge of the woods

For several years now, M and I have thought that we were settled here in the Bogs.  This would be the place where we would retire, spend time with our family, and watch our grandchildren and the trees in the Future Woods grow.  Oh, it’s unlikely we’d live long enough to see the Future Woods become a forest of any stature.  We planted indigenous, slow-growing, trees.  Sugar maples, oaks, black cherry, black walnut, and one copper beech (which M planted for me).  There are trees that were planted in honor of people or occasions.  There are plants M has moved around because they wouldn’t grow where they were originally planted, and now they are thriving because he took the time to learn about the land and the plants.  The small Norway Spruce trees planted to block our view of a new McMansion that went up next door are now large, and have become homes for a variety of birds.  The evergreens planted at the back of the pond grow taller every year.  This spring I am waiting to see how our Golden Dawn Redwood tree wintered, and am pleased to report the presence of new growth in spite of the cold spring we’ve had so far.

Making themselves at home
Making themselves at home

But I digress.  I’ll probably do a lot of that throughout this post so bear with me.

Yes, that is snow on the ground.
The early morning sunlight had pink tones to it.  Yes, that is snow on the ground.  Good grief.

We have been living in this area for 13 years, and here at Breezy Acres for 10 years.  The house was a mess when we bought it, but it had good bones.  Little by little, we’ve put flesh on those bones, turning the house into a home.  We have earned a great deal of sweat equity.  Sometimes I think that’s the best kind (a financial planner would likely disagree).

Still waiting
Still waiting

Home, it is said, isn’t just a matter of place.  It’s a matter of heart, too.  We have put our hearts into this place and this property, but our hearts go with us wherever we go.

Sunshine glowing in the tulips
Sunshine glowing in the tulips

And go we will.  M and I are leaving the Bogs and moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  We will have new adventures and new places to explore.  New plants, new animals, new climate, and I was thinking yesterday, new light.  I’m sure the light must be at least a little different given the climate and the fact that it’s south of the Mason-Dixon line.  And hey!  We’ll be close to the beach and the wild horses of Assateague and Chincoteague.

A wavy reflection of the sky
A wavy reflection of the sky on the pond

The move is the reason I’ve been posting like crazy when I could.  I’ve been out walking around the pond, the meadows, the woods, and the Future Woods, saying my goodbyes.  At first those goodbyes involved a few tears and some sadness.  The tears and sadness have gradually dissolved, and in their place is acceptance, mindfulness, and even a sense of excitement and anticipation about what’s to come.

Sunlight skips across the pond
Sunlight skips across the pond

I have been so fortunate (blessed!) to have lived in this beautiful place where I’ve had a chance to truly get to know the meadows, the woods, the pond, and all the trails.  When I look back on the Outdoor Challenge from almost three years ago, it almost seems as if this move is the next step on that same path.  It’s hard to explain in a way that makes sense so I won’t try.

The sky is alive with clouds
The sky is alive with clouds

We have another month or so here in the Bogs.  I have already been busy packing, and as it gets closer to the actual move, you’ll probably see less of me.  I would have told you all this sooner, but we had to wait until all the i’s were dotted and t’s were crossed and the decision was finalized.  There have been a number of opportunities for us to change our minds and decide to stay here, yet each time something has pointed towards moving on and we’ve heeded the feeling or intuition or whatever you would like to call it.

In the woods
In the woods

While we are still living here in the Bogs, I will continue to take my daily walks, and share them with you when I have time.  I’m on schedule with the packing for now so finding time to post isn’t too difficult.  Finding time to keep up with you all, on the other hand, has not been easy.  I will eventually have to choose between the two.  I will also have to pare down my email, and that means I’ll have to give up email subscriptions to blogs (there aren’t many as I’ve been using other methods to try to keep up with new posts).  In other words, it’s nothing personal.  I just won’t have time (something that already seems to be in short supply).

The fairy tale version of the woods
The fairy tale version of the woods

I thought this area we live in now was rural, but it’s almost urban compared to where we will be living on the Eastern Shore.  I don’t think we’ll have a high speed internet connection out that way (cable is not available), and that may change my blogging habits, too.  Once we’re settled, I’ll be taking daily walks and getting to know our new home, and will hopefully be able to continue to share with you as I discover the beauty of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Grasses in the woods
Grasses in the woods

Well, this post is getting lengthier than usual, especially in terms of the word count.  I’ll tell you more about the move and my plans in chapter two of this story, if there is any more to tell.  Right now, I think that’s about it.

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Thank you for visiting, and joining me on another walk in the Bogs.  It’s a chilly day.  We even had some snow flurries this morning.  The clouds continue to move in and out while the sun plays hide and seek between them.  Spring appears to be on hold at the moment, the flowers all waiting for just the right amount of sun and warmth to expose themselves.

Home is in the background
Home is in the background

Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

Let's reflect
Let’s reflect
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

52 thoughts on “A story of home

  1. I am SO excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A new home. (loved the quote). New walks. New adventures. New sights. New sounds. I hope we get to see some of it. But I understand the time shortage…..

    I am so glad our feet introduced us.

    I look forward to seeing your future.

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    1. Thanks, CM. It IS exciting now that I’ve grown used to the idea. I’ll miss the Color Run in Columbus, though. Maybe I’ll find one out east somewhere. 🙂

      I am so glad our feet introduced us, too. There’s a lot to be said for funny shoes.

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  2. I look forward to what happens in your future, Robin. I’m sure that wherever you go, wherever you are, you will take your heart and soul with you and put them into the place – and your posts, as ever. Hugs.

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  3. A new chapter in your life will be both scary and exciting at the same time Robin. It sounds as though the bogs are telling you it’s time to move on (homes can do that, it has happened to me…)

    I wish you well as you prepare for, and travel forward with, your move. Personally, I hope you will choose to continue posting stories of your move, when time permits, even if you turn the comments off, but that’s just me. I would love to follow along on your new adventure. Your friends will all be waiting to talk to you again when you are settled in your new home regardless. Sending hugs. xxx

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    1. I think that may be true, Joanne. The fracking/drilling for gas/oil was a huge sign that it might be time to leave the Bogs and the state of Ohio.

      Thank you so much for the well wishes. I will keep posting while I can. It’s a good outlet for me right now. I am far from calm about everything. lol!

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  4. Love that 1st pix and the header. Sometimes it’s time to move on – you just know. This place has been enhanced by your efforts – and has graced you in turn with scenes to reflect and peace to cherish. Hopefully a new person will step in and respect the bogs/woods as much as you.
    Maryland sounds like a new adventure waiting – (and the ponies!) Bask in the remaining time – we’ll check in to get a peek of the goings-on.

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 We have two lovely people moving in to our home in the Bogs who I think will make fine caretakers for the land and house.

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  5. Robin, I am somehow not surprised at the news; as soon as I saw the title of this post, I knew that you were moving on. That is almost always a good thing. I’ve done this several times in my life; however, what I’ve found is that no matter how much I desire and celebrate the move, there remains some lingering pain for what I’ve left behind. Perhaps you know this. So, it is a part of life. I wish you the very best in this new adventure – you are moving to an incredibly beautiful part of the world, with a still wild element. I imagine this will suit your questing spirit and give you a whole new horizon to explore. As always, thank you for sharing your world – it is always a joy. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for the well wishes, Lynn. And you’re welcome. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to sharing something different as I learn about the Eastern Shore (I’ve only been there twice so I know little about it). M and I have moved quite a few times over the years so I do know how bittersweet it can be. Exciting and a little sad at the same time.

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  6. I am flabbergasted! First, I want to say I know about the mixed feelings about leaving your house in the Bogs. We felt that way after nearly thirty years in San Antonio and the first house we ever owned, which we paid off in its entirety one month before we left. Second, I want to wish you all the best in your move. We drive up the Eastern Shore at least three or four times a year and love the peacefulness of it. How far will you be from Chincoteague? We love that little town. I am so darned excited for you!

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    1. That’s okay, Susan. I was gobsmacked about it all for a while. I still find myself a little surprised every now and then. Who’d have thunk it? Not me, that’s for sure.

      Thank you so much for the well wishes. It does look to be a very peaceful area. I couldn’t believe how quiet it was in the areas we looked at while searching for a house. We’ll be about 37 miles from Chincoteague. One of the things I want to do is to to the Pony Swim in July. 🙂

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      1. You will have to tell me how Pony Penning goes. Since you are only 37 miles away, it will be easy for you to go. We are two hours away. Who knows? Someday we may meet there.

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  7. Oh wow, Robin! What an exciting new chapter for you and M! My husband lived on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland, almost at the very tip, in St. Mary’s County. It is a beautiful place and I’m sure the eastern shore is just as gorgeous. Very happy for you – but know how it is bittersweet to leave your beautiful home in the bogs. Will look forward to following your story and all of your new adventures!

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    1. Thank you, Carla. 🙂 I’ve been to the Eastern Shore only twice. Once was a drive-through on the way to Assateague Island and Ocean City. The second was recently to go house hunting. Both times I was impressed by how beautiful it is there.

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  8. Wow, I can’t believe you’re leaving the Bogs, Robin. But the Eastern Shore will be lovely. My sister lives in Salisbury, and I’ve been many times to visit. You’ll love exploring the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/blackwater/) too. You’ll also be close to beautiful Annapolis. Wonderful. Good luck on your move! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. And thank you for the link. There are so many beautiful and interesting places to explore that I don’t think I’ll ever get bored. 🙂

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  9. well i am excited about your move, but so grateful i had a chance to walk around the bogs with you for a year or so … when i was travelling in the US as a twenty year old long ago i spent some time around Chincoteague and Assateague, so i am keen to see more of them … take your time and don’t worry about us bloggers, we will all be here when you are settled and get around to looking for us!

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  10. Oh, Robin! How wonderful/scary/exciting/lots of other things that aren’t coming to me right now! All the new things to explore, all the new things you can grow…I’m so happy for you.
    Wishing you the least-stressful move anyone ever had! 😀

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    1. Thank you, Marie. That is the Best. Wish. Ever. Stress has been making itself at home here lately, and kicking it out wouldn’t be a bad thing at all. It is indeed a mix of all those things. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all. I think we’ll be settled before that happens. lol!

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  11. Leaving one place to enter another creates mixed feelings in me too. Wonderful that you see it as an expansion of your life path. Great photos, as usual……..really love the reflection of clouds 🙂

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  12. it seems that you “moving” your blog has something to do with another changes in your life, a start afresh of all sorts!! Wherever you are is home.

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    1. I have to admit that it was one of the factors for the move to a new blog home, Ellen. “Life in the Bogs” and “bogs of ohio” just wouldn’t fit once I move.

      You’re right. Wherever I am is home. 🙂

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  13. Wow what thrilling news. Is your house going to be right on the shore? Best wishes for your move and your new adventures in Maryland. I’ve never been there and look forward to discovering it with you Robin.

    You’re stressed with packing and moving yet you manage to take such incredible pictures – each and every photo in this post is brilliant!

    I’m having a difficult time keeping up with my blogging when I still have the 9-6 job and long commute so that’s why I haven’t been round much in the past. I do appreciate your visits to my blog. And even more so now that I know you’ve been busy getting ready to move.

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    1. We’ll be about 30 minutes from the shore, Rosie. I’ve only been to the Eastern Shore of Maryland twice (once was a drive-through on the way to the shore, and the second time was our visit in February to see if I’d like to move there) so there will be lots for me to discover. Thank you so much for the well wishes. 🙂

      As for managing to take the photos, it’s the one thing keeping me sane during this chaotic (and insane) time. It’s calming for me to get out and take a good look at the beauty of nature, and then to look again when I look at the images I took.

      I know how difficult it is to keep up with blogging even without a job so I admire how well you manage it. Whatever you do, don’t worry about keeping up with me. I post too much. The good news is that everyone will get a few weeks off during my move. I’m sure we’ll all appreciate the rest and silence from me. lol!

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  14. Wow, a new chapter in your life, how exciting! I realize the reasons may be to personal for the blogosphere, but that question that always pops to mind “why” is in my head. Do you suppose at some point you’ll be sharing the reason for your move?
    Love the photo titled “sunlight skips across the pond”.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 This new chapter has become more exciting the closer we get to the actual move. I don’t mind you asking why, or answering the why of it. My husband got a job offer he couldn’t refuse. 😀

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  15. Well…I decided to stock your blog posts and comments until I received an answer to my questions! SO thankful you have kept up with your blog (and my how it has grown!!) and I look forward to reading more. A HUGE congrats to you and M!! Hugs from AZ!

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  16. What an exciting adventure … I will be waiting to hear all about your new home and new countryside. Will you be closer to family?
    The tears about moving are very understandable … my heart just breaks thinking about ever moving away from this new home I designed and built and all my family/friend connections in the area. When you put your heart into turning your house into a home, it is very difficult to leave it. I wish you strength for the actual move … and lots of hopeful inspiration as you build your new home.

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  17. Wow, Robin! What a build-up and what a culmination! I hope the moving stress isn’t wearing you down too much. Marty and I just got back from vacation yesterday and I am feeling exhausted, so I can’t even imagine how tired you must be. 🙂 Best of luck with the move. Even though leaving the bogs will be bittersweet, my gut says that the Eastern Shores will make it worth your while. Can’t wait to see and learn more about your new home! Big hugs to you from the West Coast. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Dana. 🙂 To be honest, the moving stress is gonna kill me, I think. We’ve had to battle through a lot of obstacles the past few weeks, and just when I thought we were free and clear and that everything was going to work out, someone notices a tiny detail that they should have noticed a month ago, and it’s thrown a monkey wrench into everything. That loud “ARRRRGGGG!” you might have heard on the West Coast was me. lol!

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