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Thursday, May 16
Italy was everything i hoped for and more, it is beautiful, the workshop a success and the people i meant have made it extra special. I have so much to share and i will soon but right now i am going to ease myself back into the routine there is a vegetable garden to plant, horse pastures to create and much more. I love the hill with every fiber of my being and love it more these days for reasons i can not yet share publicly.
I am also feeling so alive ( says the girl that could hardly keep her eyes open as she types this-jet lag perhaps). Awaken passion for life and i am inspired by it.
hope you are well....
Thursday, April 18
dear readers, i had not meant to be gone this long. life on the hill changed in one minute and my heart is so full. I am not able to explain just yet but i desperately want to share my happiness with you. It is the kind of happiness that comes with great risk, so everyday, many times a day i whisper little things to myself to keep me in the moment, not looking past today.
I leave for Europe in a couple of weeks, that did come so fast. Leaving the farm and all that it means is so very hard but now it seems unbearable but i also know that once i hot Italian soil, i will know how lucky i am to be in such a place.
I am thinking of you, i hope life allows me to share more of my happiness with you in a more open way, i hate keeping anything from you, so i will whisper it into the wind and you just might hear it.
Wednesday, March 27
Hello, I was about to write how spring is in the air and i am excited about it, but just as i started to type large snow flakes began to fall on the hill, it will not last but winter is beginning to intrude on spring i for one do not mind it and love that i know it is something out of my control. I have been busy on all fronts but i have also been happy, spending my days with the right balance of work and laziness. I went home to montreal last weekend to celebrate my nieces birthday and a play she was in, the whole productions had me over joyed even chocked up with how talented and beautiful children are.
The house has began to take shape, aligning my vision of what i always wanted the interior to look like, a balance of function and design. I have also booked my tickets to Italy for the workshop and now have began to make plans for a few extra days in tuscany and florence, would love any recommendations you might have for lodging ( small budget friendly) i am looking at also a possible farm stay. Speaking about traveling my tickets have been bought for my trip ( work and play) to Sweden, Norway and Iceland in June so any recommendation on those areas would be appreciated too.
Dear readers, i have so much to tell you but i am being cautious, putting my feeling and thoughts in check. hope you are doing well.
* sasha my first chicken gifted to me by a neighbour a few years back in the house for some extra tlc
the smell of gardenia in my bedroom, bliss.
Saturday, March 16
I am sitting at the kitchen table for the first time without having to deal with anything work related, just my mocha my breakfast ( banana, coconut, almond butter, raw wheat germ and agave) and i am writing to you underneath pictures i took with an actual camera ( friends canon), not a phone. I am taking this time before i head out to the hardware store to buy a few things so that i can start hanging paintings on the wall. The house is freshly painted white "snow fall" to be exact. I also purchased a kiln, a houseguest potter built a kick wheel in the basement and i thought what better way to learn than to fully commit, i am excited.
I have drifted far from my routine and quiet days but i look forward to finding my way back. Soon spring will have me spend most of my hours outdoors, getting garden beds ready, mending fences and taking long discovery walks.
I have missed this quiet space and i hope to once again come here regularly to share my days and thoughts from the hill.
Tuesday, March 12
Hello wanted to let you know that registration for The Story Telling in Vermont Through Moving Pictures opens this morning at 9 am eastern standard time.
Some of the details are listed below the quick details but you can read more here and register here! Would love to see you there!
You already know how to take beautiful photographs. Now you can learn how to tell a story with video.
Geared toward professional photographers who have a solid understanding of their DSLR cameras when it comes to still photography but have yet to make the leap into video, this workshop will provide balanced knowledge of the basics of videography using DSLR camera.
The course will cover everything from pre to post production, with particular focus on understanding how to customize your camera to best achieve your personal shooting style. Instructors will be on hand to give each attendee one-on-one guidance.
Create 3 collaborative films from top to bottom - location planning, production and editing. We will start each day by making a film and end each day with a comprehensive live edit session. Attendees will walk away with a firm grasp on post production organization and execution, from preparing your files for edit, to the final export for online viewing.In this workshop we will take you to a place with rolling hills, apple trees as far as the eye can see, stone walls that cross into pastures. You will walk through doorways, look out windows and sit on porches where Rudyard Kipling lived, the home he designed and that inspired his life and work. Enjoy farm-to-table meals under epic trees, a night swim and cookout by the river, a bonfire with live music and a screening under the stars of the films you created.
Tuesday, March 5
Dearest Friends it is with great excitement and ( a large amount of butterflies) that I announce a new adventure that i have been working on. The Hill Workshops and with that comes our very first workshop; Story Telling in Vermont through Moving Pictures. I am very lucky to be able to team up with incredibly talented filmmakers and to do this on the beautiful Rudyard Kiplings Naulakha Estate.
So please visit my new site, read about this incredible workshop, meet the filmmakers that are making this possible and see why they inspired me to do this!
i do hope you can join us
*special thanks to marina, for allowing me to bend her ear and sharing her talents
Sunday, February 24
I think a morning of falling snow is such a promise for the rest of the day, walks through the forest, kettles and firewood. Promise of bread baked, soups made and audio's that take you somewhere you have never been. this will be my sunday here on the hill, were happiness is possible.
although i have taken some snow and hill photograph this morning i thought i would share one of the shots i took in montreal of the Westmount library conservatory. i often went there when i needed an escape, the smells and warmth underneath this incredible beautiful glass structure still has that effect of calm on me.
Thursday, February 21
styling by me
photograph 1,3,5 & 10 taken By Tracey Ayton Photograph 2,3, 4 and 5 Taken By Kimberly Taylor. photograph 9 taken By Aran Goyoaga
I am so very excited about the opening of registration at 9 am eastern time this morning for the Story telling in Basque workshop. To be able to teach long side my very talented friend Aran in the country she grew up in, is such an honor. We are excited to explore, create and share with you in this beautiful part of the world.
The workshop is sold out (in just minutes) thank you! If you would like to be part
of a mailing list for upcoming workshops please go here and fill contact
So if you plan on joining us registration opens at 9 am eastern time.
Go here to register
Hope to see you in Basque!
Wednesday, February 13
I am happy though to be going to montreal for a few days to spend with family & friends, we will celebrate christmas and new years on saturday since during the holidays everyone was under the weather. Sunday will be just my immediate family and we will make all our favorite foods and hang out and no doubt reminisce on times past. I have a need for family time, there will also be good coffee drinking and if i am lucky i hope to find a canele or two.
wishing you a wonderful rest of the week, hope to take some photographs to share with you soon.
Thursday, February 7
I am really excited to announce that Aran Goyoaga and I will be teaming up for a food and lifestyle photography workshop in Aran’s homeland, Basque Country.
This has been a long time in the planning and i honestly can not wait to be in the breathtaking landscape that Aran has so beautifully shared with us so often on her blog through her stunning photographs. I have listened to Aran as she recounted stories from her childhood and her travels back home and knew that i must visit this beautiful part of the world one day. What better way to do so than to invite you to come along and join us for this special workshop.
We will be staying at the Astei estate surrounded by forests and the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai. In this 5-day workshop, we will explore the natural surroundings and farms, while learning about food styling and photography. We will visit visit local organic growers and artisans, prepare a sundown dinner on the beach, a tour of the best pintxo (tapas) bars in the area, and a visit to San Sebastian and the French Basque Countryside.
Please visit Aran's post about our workshop, it provides more details told in
such a lovely way.
Please visit Aran's post about our workshop, it provides more details told in
such a lovely way.
Registration will open on Thursday, February 21st at 9 am eastern time at the Food & Lifestyle Photography Shop.
When: September 5-10, 2013
Where: Astei, Ea, Basque Country (about 45 km/25 miles outside of Bilbao, which is closest airport)
Friday, February 1
i love the hill, love who i am here and love that no matter where i go i remember where i come from.
Tuesday, January 29
hi there, i am writing to you from the hill and i can not tell you how glad i am to be home. The fog is thick and the air is warm and again the snow begins to melt. I have been away both for work and personal reasons and at every quiet moment i craved the hill, thought about the animals and tea by the fire. I spent some time in Maine while we shot and styled many stories, met incredible people who were inspired to start something and in turn have left me genuinely happy knowing that good people are doing great things.
It has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster sad and happy news seem to intertwine but the ability to remain hopeful and at the same time and the continual belief that the path i am on is the right one keeps me moving forward. I learned quite a bit these past few days about myself and others and i do feel at this moment overwhelmed by all of it. i have one day to try to process it all and take away what is useful and let go of the things that are no longer.
Dear friends, it is a sunny fog out there so thick that you would think that the clouds have fallen unto the pastures. i feel as if i can fall asleep standing up and i have never said that in my life- so i am treasuring the next twenty four hours before i am in the thick of it again. there will be a few walks in the forest and across the fields, a book left by a friend to read and a loaf of bread baked by another on the hill and left for me to slice into and i do hope a few good hours of sleep.
Monday, January 14
the most unusually weather fell upon this part of vermont this past weekend, a fog so thick, a warmth so wonderfully mild that the snow could be heard melting. early saturday morning, a walk through the thick and moving fog, down the driveway led to the car that could not make it up the hill the night before, i did not mind for it was such a good way to start the morning and made for good photo taking. off to the grain store and coffee in the nearest city, gosh the weather was so lovely and everything took my breath away. lingering at the grain store, snapping away ( those are to come in later post) then heading back to the hill, a quick uturn when the abandonned out buildings where spotted. there is no secret how much i love the snow and fog and when i am surrounded by it, i am truly at my happiest.
Upon returning to the hill and after a leisurely breakfast of freshly gathered eggs, peach jam handmade and gifted to me in the summer, a mocha and a game of chess scruffy building clothes replaced city ones. it was time to revamp the interior of the coop ( yes again) it has taken many takes to get it right, hours spent under the sunniest of skies trying hard to beat the sunset before the chickens decide to roost in trees. Sunday was a repeat of good breakfast and a game then the coop again, happily finished midday leaving time to tackle other things like wood stacking.
i had many thoughts going through my head this weekend and could not tell you how many times i looked out to the pasture and the hills, how lucky i felt. the other thought i had was that i truly feel safe, comforted and profoundly happy when the animals are well taken care of, when i know that there is plenty of grain, a good place for them to rest and play, i guess that is what parents must feel as they tuck their children in for the night.
this post has run a little long i know, i loved this past weekend and the photographs that came from it but more so the things that where on a list the weighed on me could finally be crossed off. Dear readers, there is a possibility of a pause between this post and the next , for personal reasons but also i will be shooting in maine, connecticut and northern vermont maybe a quick trip to montreal and house guests. i feel very lucky that you visit here and that the hill means something to you, i will see you soon.
Thursday, January 10
I want to play chess with the pieces that were made just for the hill, i need someone to play with me but i will wait. music is playing and i feel so at peace and calm. i have worked on many projects this week, consumed by the computer i do not do well staring at a screen for so long, it takes moisture from my skin and oxygen for my lungs but in the big picture i hardly have to do it at all. thank goodness for the hill and the most beautiful hiver i can remember, for long winter walks, healthy animals and a quieting soul.
some winter inspired songs i have been listening too: here, here, here, here, here, here truth is loving this band and this one
Sunday, January 6
I think is time to dive into books, it has been too long since i read a last page of any book, i wonder what it will be and where it will take me and whom i will meet in it's pages. i also plan on purging many things in the house, things that clutter up drawers and closets and end up making me feel phobic. I also want to commit myself to a few things i put on my list when i first moved to the hill, one of those things is meditation, true meditation. on my last visit too santa fe, new mexico i visited a tibetan home where i was gifted the most beautiful piece of music perfect for reflection. I played it for a month straight every morning and evening as k and hiked through the colorado mountains a few years back.
i hope you have a good week, would love to hear what you are listening and reading.