Well, it has been awhile and there is lots to tell. I went down to NH on the 14th for my grandaughter Mia's 6th birthday. At the time my Aunt in NJ was very ill and coming home on Hospice and I was trying desparately to get my 85 year old mother down to see her one last time. It was a terrible situation and we couldn't get there in time. She passed away Sun morning. We could't get there and Mom was just devastated. I did, however get to spend some great time with the kids. I was the babysitter so their parents could go out for valentines night as I had previously promised. Returned home late Sun evening and when I got to about Augusta I called to see if anyone wanted anything from the store on my way. Teddy was home from college and said "noone is here, Kelly fell and is at the Hospital." After a very brief rain, on top of a ton of snow, the driveway was a skating rink. Kelly only got to the "Watch.." part of watch out for the ice. She now is the invalid of the week with a broken arm. It is very painful and a week and a half later she can barely move her fingers. So I am at work and she is off for 4-6 more weeks, if all heals well. Actually we have 3 nurses out with ice and snow related injuries. Welcome to Maine. She has Jasmine and Ted up from NH for this week of school vacation and is enjoying the time with them. We got 26 inches of new snow on Sun and Mon. Still digging out, trying to make paths to the barn, woodpile and propane tanks so they can be filled. Yesterday we went to our first beekeeping class in Ellsworth, about an hour away and she was miserable by the time we got home. The class however, was great. Understand we have had bees for a year but this is the first class available. Thank God for the internet. This weekend is the basketball finals for Teddy and Thomas College is currently #1 in the division, so we will try to get to this. Keep you all posted as I am able. Thanks all your support - Alex
This is the story of two best friends who lived in seperate towns, managed two seperate homes with all of the bills, taxes, and house payments of each. We thought that it was silly to continue paying such high bills. We decided to look for an old farm where we each could follow our dreams. We looked for a house big enough that would allow each of us to have our seperate space, enough farm land to be able to have sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and any other animals that caught our fancy. We needed a barn big enough to house animals and hay. Both of us love the seasons in New England and wanted to remain in the northeast. Both of us were ICU nurses and are under no delusion that we can pay our bills with farming alone. We needed to be located near a large hospital for employment. We work full time as nurses and full time as farmers. That was a lot of needs/wants to guide our search. We combed through magazines, for sale guides, and the internet. We found a place northwest of Bangor Maine that fit these needs. It was a fixer upper in the mildest of terms. This is our story, how we arrived, refinished a 160 year old farm house and are making our dreams come true. We hit bumps in the road at every turn and try to keep a positive attitude. After three years we have come to a change that can't be overlooked. After much thought Alex has decided to pursue her dream elsewhere. Now the farm rests with Ted and I. We will work together to make our dream an actuality. Please follow along with us and welcome to Mainely Ewes Farm.