Thursday, December 29, 2011

It Takes a Team

If you have been following me since the beginning with my first November posting, you know I started out with a dream almost 12 years ago. That dream is still alive in me and I live it each day. Country living has many ups and downs, but the rewards are too numerous to list.

What I want you to know is that I hire some help to fulfil this journey that I have chosen. I still have a full time job in the city that allows me some flexibility. Three of those days in a week, Monday through Wednesday, I work 10 hours days in the city. On those days I have a handyman that feeds the animals.  He also works with me on Fridays for a few hours doing things that are too difficult for me. This in turn, gives him money to supplement his family income. And , truthfully, I think he enjoys being out in the country for those few hours.

One of the things I don't like to do is remove snakes that are almost as long as I'm tall. This particular snake has been around for a long time, unnoticed. But earlier this year, when my guineas arrived as tiny chicks, he found a way to get into the brooder I had set up in a stall in the barn. By the time we noticed him, he had eaten 11 guineas.

 In fact, at the time, I thought he ate all 12.  The next day, I found one lone chick left. And I named her Pretty Woman.

The other part of this support team is a local carpenter, from a town 7 miles away. He helps hold the old building together, including the windmill.

It has been a good start for the blog. My goal was to have it up and running by the first of 2012. It has already met my expectations. I hope you will continue to enjoy reading about my adventures in the country.

Meggie Mac


  1. How interesting that you combine work in the city with your life in the country. I have to say even if I lived there full-time I would need some help to get rid of snakes like that! I'm a town girl but I like being out in the countryside and reading about rural communities and life. It seems to me that your helpers and you are a little community.

  2. Like I have always told you "I admire you". I can only aspire to be like you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!!! I love reading your blog, I even have had Rodney looking over my shoulder a time or two.

  3. Dear Meggie, All your photographs are so beautiful. I am expecially waiting your scottish heritage writings. I am interested in scottish history and traditional songs very much. And I am trying to learn about scottish history by myself. Nice to meet you. And a happy new year....


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