Friday, February 26, 2010

A New Life

Talk about an alternate reality...
I wake up one morning in my comfy bed, I’m brought morning coffee by a kind and loving husband, and look out the window at the trunks of massive pines that tower overhead, scrub oaks that surround a small yard, and the glint of Silver Lake off in the distance.

The next morning I wake up in the same comfy bed, same smells, same dog climbing up to snuggle while I enjoy the morning coffee, but out the window a mountain laurel brushes the screen and blue mountain ridges outline the horizon.

It confuses Pearl a little, to be sure, but she is a dog, and dogs are remarkably adaptable.
We moved this week, leaving behind a three year accumulation of friends and garden clients in Tallahassee, Florida. We moved because we can, because sometimes a place whispers “you are home”, because we are not city people, and Tally, small and lovely as it is, is still a city.
The alternate reality part comes from my ability to take ‘home’ with me. For the past three years my husband and I have lived small, so to speak, in the cozy space of a 31’ Airstream travel trailer. I don’t call it ‘teeny tiny home’ for nothing!

The story of how we came to live in such a small space, I will save for another day. After all, it is only the end of February, and so it might be many days before I get the chance to blog about gardening again. Suffice it to say that I am happy in my teeny tiny home, and it may indeed be the case that I choose never to go back to a traditional house!

Newly arrived, not yet set up, but here we are. This spot is temporary, as we can’t move to our spot on Lake Jocassee until the first of April. This is the Lake Jocassee RV campground, where at least 20 people have parked their RVs long term to have a summer getaway on a cool, breezy mountain ridge close to Lake Jocassee. Right now we are the only humans staying here.
For the past two nights the temperatures have sunk into the low 20s, and last night the wind gusted up around 30mph. Teeny tiny home was snug and warm, laying to rest one of my only concerns about moving.

Pearl is fine with it all, as long as she has a spot on the sofa and her favorite blanket.


Bill Tucker said...


You write beautifully. I love the description of your surroundings. Say hello to Brooks and give Pearl a hug.

Bill Tucker

Pam said...

Welcome to South Carolina! I think (hope) that after this next week of cool weather, that things will start looking up - evening in the upstate. Loved seeing the photo of your Airstream - yes, you can stay warm (those two weeks in January in the 20s made me nervous - but it was workable). I had to laugh - when I read that 'yours' was 31', I was envious (as mine is 28' - wow, three more feet sounds HUGE!). Nice seeing Pearl too.

thistleandthorn said...

Bill, I have been enjoying your blog as well. Thanks for reading, and for the kind words! Brooks says 'hello' back, and Pearl says 'woof', which means, thanks for the hug!
Pam, we are soooo happy to be here! The day after we arrived ATT decided that our old neighbors had sucked away all our aircard time, so I haven't been able to keep up with the blogs very well. I look forward to catching up with you and the ladies! (The Pointer Sisters, that is... you know who I mean!)