Homesick Already

It’s that edgy, capricious time before a holiday. Very soon we will be leaving to cross the mountains and head for a week on the Fundy coast. Exciting, you say. And yes, I know how fortunate I am to experience tides again, in a beautiful old farm home, called ‘Upper House’. Actually, I’ve looked forward to this trip all year. Only now, part of me is hanging back, distressed.

You see, more and more, living intimately with our twenty, fairly wild acres here at Singing Meadow is seeming like enough, and more than enough. Going away is beginning to make less sense every year. Like the Wind in the Willows’ Rat, with his cherished river, our land here is meat and drink to us, practically all we need.

It’s midseason now, time tawny flowers in the meadow and in the gardens we’ve made closer to home. With satisfaction, I’ve discovered that the few black-eyed susans from neighboring parts of the meadow have been multiplying gradually and moving through the field towards us. It’s the time of ripeness here, with more loveliness than the eye can take in. How can one leave? Should one? It’s a case of broadening rather than deepening, I suppose, and I think I’m being drawn to go deeper on our small holding. More with less.

While I am away, I’ve invited my friend, fellow author Sara Beck, to contribute here.

About Peri McQuay

Peri Phillips McQuay is the author of Singing Meadow: The Adventure of Creating a Country Home, The View From Foley Mountain, a book of nature meditations on her experiences living for 30 years at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area and A Wing in the Door: Life With a Red-tailed Hawk is the story of her adventures with Merak, a human-imprinted hawk, who lived free but saw McQuay and her family as her special people. Also Peri has written numerous essays, articles, book reviews and a weekly column, published in the Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine. Her credits include Country Journal, Harrowsmith, Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Snowy Egret, Seasons, The Fiddlehead, Herizons and Brick.
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