The lake house got a real workout with four pubescent soccer girls signed on for a four day camp at the University. We had them for the overnights... amazing that they had as much energy at night as they did in the mornings. Wish I could say the same for us.
We didn't want to deal with big messy projects while they were coming and going so I busied myself with some of the fun aspects of pulling together this second home... something we feel very privileged, and certainly never expected, to have. It continues to challenge us and, in many ways, keeps us alert and functioning with purpose at a much younger level than we might otherwise.
The clearing that we've done has included removal of a great deal of wisteria and wild grapevine that tends to cripple tree growth. A side benefit is finding beautifully twisted vines to incorporate into arrangements in the house. Sometimes just propping them around, over the cabinets or hanging in a corner. Adding a randomly curving line to a simple object can transform from ordinary to special, reminding of the many qualities that it can offer.
Line, in my work, has for many years been ruled... hard, straight and determined. I'm thinking that might change. I'm enamored of the serenity and natural flow that these lines inspire. Perhaps there's something taking root here... that might be a good thing...