From the woods is our motto for this summer.
We've finally arrived. Tracy and I have been planning this summer for over a year now and it’s so good to finally see it come to fruition! It's unreal to both of us that we've done it. We've cut ourselves off from the life we are so used to- and it has been good thus far.
Tracy and I boarded a train last Wednesday. One transfer in Montreal and 28 hours later we had arrived. Our loving extended family was kind enough to house us for a day and help us with some running around for our last-minute purchases, and moved us into the woods.
Now what? We finally have what we've been dreaming about for so long. It's here.
We've spent this last week settling in. Things move slower in the woods. Cooking takes longer - much longer. Most of our Saturday was spent inside enjoying the rain. We've spent time slowing down and enjoying simpler things. We're learning to get comfy.
Being in the woods is bringing Peartree to life. So much of what we are experiencing here is what we want our products to mimic. When we cook over a fire with an oven made of stones we see the beauty in simplicity and utility. Things don't need to be complicated to be good. In fact, simplicity is often better. When using a stone oven, the rocks warm up and help to distribute the heat. The stones change colour and suck up oil from our cooking, making it more beautiful and worn in. Leather is a natural material and does exactly the same thing. It darkens with wear, it takes in the natural oils from our skin - all of these things make it better. We’re learning about our own materials and processes through day-to-day tasks.
So far, there are two sentiments Tracy and I have been feeling. The first is satisfaction. Daily tasks have taken on a new meaning being in the woods. Chores are different. We’ve noticed that our “house”work is more challenging, but also so much more satisfying. Housework is becoming fun. There is nothing better than sweeping a dirty floor, and we’ve had plenty of that.
The second thing Tracy and I have been experiencing is a restlessness. We have both been given an awesome opportunity to live in the woods and create. Now we need to find out what that means. At the beginning of a creative journey there is a paralyzing pressure to make something good. We want to create beautiful things and we believe we have the capability. Now we need to trust the process and let the good things come in their time. You can plant the seed but you can’t force a plant to grow. We’ve set ourselves in a paradise for creating, now we need to let the creativity and beauty come to us.