I am in the Blue Ridge Mountains (that's in Appalacchia, folks. the western part of North Carolina. More specifically, near the town of west Jefferson, in ashe county, 30 min from Boone and 2 hrs from Asheville). I am staying on Old Season Farm, the home of my former Hudson Valley roommates and their lovely baby. Teddy's long name is Theodorus, but he doesn't know that. Ted Travis has a nice ring to it, but I always fancied the idea of knowing a Theo... In any case, they have a happy home and several acres, most of which is speckled with baby orchard trees...
Short Report 1: this farm is jungly with tall grasses and wild flowers and between 150 baby hazelnut saplings. 4 sheep 9 hens and 2 roosters. my dear friends Kristen and David and their imminently walking-talking supercute yearandahalf year old have given me warm welcome. also two cats (one once ferral the other a retarded kitten), both of whom remembered me from when we were roommates, one with dread and the other with adoration. both feelings mutual! there have been onandoff thunderfests here (we are high in the mountains so it felt like a skybellyrumble) and the season's first fireflies echo it's flashes. finding my way; rhythm yet to emerge. happy.
the resting place- hammock under a willow
Read the farm website for a glimpse into their farming techniques and philosophy. They are unique! http://www.oldseasonfarm.com/