... and so began the process of winding down Willow Garden ...
I sold my chicken coop and a LOT of the fencing that I had used to separate the various breeds and species of birds, in order to make the farm more feasible for a variety of uses. The day that a young couple winched the coop on to a trailer and drove away with it was wonderful! Science, and youth in action!
My wonderful kids and their families showed up to paint the out buildings one weekend. What a transformation!
And after MUCH cleaning, tossing, and de-cluttering ... Willow Garden was listed.
In September, the last sheep left the farm, leaving me with just four egg layer hens!
I didn't get the place listed very early last summer, and before I knew it, Winter was approaching. I did not want to move in the snow, so I rented out the main part of the house and moved into my wonderful 'Grandpa Flat' for the Winter.
This is also about the time when I decided that I'd like to fall madly in love just one more time ... and I began the process of dating with the intent to find a life partner. Oh boy did I kiss my share of toads! ... lol.
Don't get me wrong, I only dated nice guys ... and I have a few good friends as a result of the process ... but I didn't meet my Frog Prince.
Through all of this journey I was supported by some wonderful friends ... and my totally loving and supportive family. I could never adequately express the love and gratitude that I feel for this group of people.
I finally decided to just stop kissing toads, and live my life as it was presented to me.
That turned out to be an awesome decision ...
... to be continued