Friday, June 28, 2013

THE TRAIL




Our home and some of our garden on THE TRAIL.......


our yard in Winter.......



I could go on and on and fill pages with pictures but those of you who have followed my blog have seen all the holidays and decor and colors and hues and gatherings on THE TRAIL......

It seems like the final closing details took forever, they did. But today it is final -  the Trail has been transferred to the new owners.  Our hearts are so heavy.  I will share the letter I/we wrote to the new owners:

Dear Elizabeth & family-

We leave here with many wonderful memories and our wishes that you enjoy a wonderful, peaceful, loving, bountiful life here where you and many find comfort, solace, hope, music, laughter, love and strength. It is good here.

A few things we want to share with you.

First about the garden.  You will be truly in awe of its beauty and aromas.  The butterfly bush, the one between the two evergreen bushes which needs to be cut back to about 12" in March, not before. (We did it for this year) It will grow high and should be surrounded by a metal cone type support so it stands upwards.    Wait until you see the hundreds of butterflies.

Second - please be sure and put up a humming bird feeder out front - they will be waiting by May 1st.  The feeder is overdue to be in place out front.  They come every year.  You will be truly entertained and inspired by their flight and beauty, chirp and humming.  Glorious.

The lilac bush/tree has been pruned two years and may need a third year so it comes in full, The lilacs smell delicious and are so lovely.  Enjoy.

 The wood Stove  - it is such a wonderful accent and source of warmth, lovely ambiance and comfort.
Keep covered barrels, at least 2 filled with kindling wood.  We gathered kindling every year along the woods edge and in the woods.  Always fun.  Keep the barrels on the deck for the Winter.  Have your seasoned wood delivered - the truck can back up right near those two trees where we have our wood stacked. (Which seems to have dwindled down since January - perhaps taken by someone in need of warmth).

 The iron wood holder out by the deck should be moved on to the deck for the Winter and kept full for easy access - and the iron wood holder inside should be kept full so you are sure your wood is dry for burning.  Also, keep kindling inside as well so it is dry.


The colors and hues in this home are lovely.  In the Fall the shadows in the dining room are breath-taking, hints of green and burgundy and deep violets - stunning.  The view from the upstairs back room is the best in the house.  Just sit in front of the window and partake of the nature that surrounds.

The master bedroom skylight is so amazing - you can see all the elements, the moon and stars, sky and storms, rain and snow, clouds drifting by - all so beautiful...

We hope the rest of 2013 and many years to come  bring you joy and peace, health and freedoms to live as you believe is right - this home is a haven that will become the essence of your love and spirit - as it did ours - we leave some of our truth and love in the shadows, corners and space between here and there - we are forever ingrained in the design and memory of our life on the Trail....keep a candle or two lit in the windows because someone is always lost and will look for a light to guide them home...

Love
Gail & Skipp and Gracie Blue
Peace......


20 comments:

Jackie said...

Loving note to the new owners...and beautiful photos of a place that will always be in your heart and memory.
Love to you, Gail...
Jackie

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

These are beautiful memories, and you have eased the way for the new owners to create theirs.

Gail said...

@JACKIE - thank you for coming by. I was over to your place, saw the pics of the antique cars. :-)

@JUDY - so good to have you share in this with me...

Love to you both
Gail
peace....

climbingdownhill said...

Sounds like leaving this beautiful place is a challenge. It's thoughtful and impressive that you have taken the time to let the new owners know how to love and care for it. The last time I moved, a friend said this: "You give up so many things when you leave a home to go to a house. There’s a difference. It's hard on the heart."

Gail said...

CLIMBINGDOWNHILL-
thank you for your heart felt words of understanding. Means a lot.
Love Gail
peace....

Diana said...

I love that letter Gail and I feel so bad that you have to leave such a wonderful place. But life goes on and hopefully things will only get better! Very thoughtful of you with the letter! Love Di ♥

Gail said...

HI DI so glad you came by. It is time for us to move on and we are very blessed to have this adorable bungalow that was my Mom's. Did u see the post from the end of December w/all the pics? Still, we are grieving The Trail but in time we will feel the freedom of our new home.
Love to you so glad your Katie is home.
Love Gail
peace....

Margie said...

You will miss that place with all the wonderful memories but now you will be making some new memories in the new home!

Such a beautiful letter to the new owners!

Joy to you always, Gail.
xo

Gail said...

HI MARGIE - yes, so many memories...and yes, we are moving thru the loss and realizing our blessings more and more. Amen
Love Gail
peace...

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This letter is so thoughtful and kind....so sad but maybe you can make new memories at the new home

Gail said...

GI KIM - oh yes, we already are. It was the transition time as we moved from feeling losses to feeling blessings. We are on our way.
Love Gail
peace....

Marilyn said...

What a precious letter to the new owners. You are very special for having written it and may you be blessed in your new to you home.

Gail said...

HI MARILYN - good to have you stop by. and yes, we already are very blessed here. It is adorable and it is home.
Love Gail
peace.....

a few posts back there are pictures of our new home/bungalow

Just Be Real said...

Thank you Gail for sharing. May your heart be comforted.

Gail said...

HI GRACE so glad you came by, I/we are moving thru the losses and feeling the blessings every day. Amen.
Love to you and lil you

Gail
peace......

Just Be Real said...

Gail/Annie, thank you always for your love and support. Means a lot! Hugs

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

As your letter is read, there are many flashbacks to postings of holidays, family gatherings and visions shared. You have jeweled time with many precious gems. Their light and splendor have and continue to gift each of us in a myriad of special and endearing ways. Thank You dear Gail for each treasure. They are held in heart, as too, your loving friendship.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

I send you warm and caring thoughts on this anniversary of your beloved mother. May you find peace.

Gail said...

@JUDY - Thank you so much for your words of kindness and loving support.Means so much
Love to you and hope for us all
Gail
peace....

Gail said...

@ROSEMARIE - your poetic and living words of memories known and lovingly shared mean so much to me. Hallelujah for you and your loving presence in my life.
Love Gail
peace.....