Saturday, October 24, 2015

How Did Your Summer Go?

Itinerant Troubadours

Jeff—Saturday

Much more of this past summer than I’d like has been consumed with getting my farm back in shape after ten summers of blissfully ignoring it in favor of my life on Mykonos.  But ultimately the piper must be paid…along with carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians, and plumbers.  So this summer was the time.  So far so good. Only a bit of roof work on the house, gutter clearing and overhanging tree limb trimming on the barn left to do on the buildings.  I’ll attack the overgrown tree farm this winter.   Whew.


I need a vacation. I think I’ll head west on book tour. In fact by the time this posts I’ll be in LA preparing to kick off four sessions with Tim Hallinan in Orange Country, San Diego, Portland and Seattle (Orange and San Diego will be a trio with Martin Limon) and then back to the farm for a week before I’m off again to Denver, Tucson, Scottsdale and Houston.

Martin Limon, Tim Hallinan, Barbara Peters

Here are a few photos of what I’m leaving behind.

The neighborhood

Across the Road

Up the Road

Across the pond--It's Oban, Scotland, just to keep you on your toes
The barn





The house




The colors of Fall in the country











And yes, this whole post strikes me as a poor excuse for one of those, “So what did you do on your summer vacation” compositions grade schoolers are asked to do every Fall.  I think I’d fail with this one.  So, for extra credit, permit me to add an observation on what’s happening in Greece:  Sadly, more of the same.  Everyone feels so overwhelmed by events, and distrusting of everything their politicians say, that I think it’s safe to say they’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop. 

Fall on East 72 Street in NYC

I fear it may be a boot.


—Jeff

13 comments:

  1. I'd give you top marks for posting such wonderful pictures, Jeff :)

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    1. Of course I "peeked" at times at Barbara's work, Zoe.

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    1. I can just imagine what she wanted to say. :)

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  3. That's way better than, "I went downtown to look for a job and hung out at the drugstore," explanation of summer. It's not that different than my farm, but your barn is more of a classic design.

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    1. I see you've read my earlier work, Jono. :) The main part of the barn was built by the Amish (see Caro's post yesterday for more info on them) in 1842, though the old "shed" part was likely built in the late 1700s.

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  4. I can see why you spend so much time in Mykonos, Jeff. What an ugly, crappy, run-down, backwoods corner of the world you'd have to live in otherwise. How on earth do you ever pull yourself back there???

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    1. Yeah, EvKa, Barbara feels the same way. You can commiserate with her later this week.

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  5. So beautiful. Made me a little homesick. I was raised on the East Coast. I do love your house, and especially the barn!

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    1. Thanks, Lil. Yes, this time of year on the East Coast rivals anything anywhere on earth.

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  6. Lovely photos. Nothing like the northern East Coast during the autumnal changing of the leaves for beauty -- except for the Greek islands, of course.

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    1. Absolutely, Kathy D., and even the Greek Islands take a back seat to the colors of the deciduous trees in autumn.

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  7. Yes. True. And the pumpkins look good enough to eat!

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