It has been some time since I posted here, due in large part to the demise of our old computer. We are still getting the new one up and running: working to salvage the data we had on the old one (20+ years of my life's work!), and get our email working properly.
Also, I have been putting much effort (and money, sigh...) into care and improvement of our grounds, with an eye to improving curb appeal while benefiting the many trees, blueberry bushes, vines, etc. That work is now basically done and in the maintenance stage -- with the prominent exception of the large wild plum tree on our west fence line that suddenly and unexpectedly lost three or more major branches while we were away this past week. I wonder if the weight of a bumper crop of plums was just too much for it? The arborist will be out tomorrow morning to have a look at it.
And Berkana House remains on the market. Come Lammas, it will be a year. The house is beautiful and in fine shape, the yard and plantings look idyllic, the blueberries (all 20 of them!) are bearing delicious fruit so heavily that we can't possibly harvest it all ourselves, the apples are ripening, the grape arbor provides a cool, secluded outdoor room... It is hard for me to understand why so many people who admit they love the house and yard nonetheless let a graval road turn them away from such abundance!
Well, that's why we turn the task of selling our beloved home over the real estate agents.