A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

The Things I’ll Miss: The Back Gate

My dad built the back gate from slats of the crumbling sixty-year-old fence. The latch is always a problem, sinking out of alignment as the house settles tiredly under its years. The upper cross beam and two-by-four threshold were meant to be temporary until the post was fixed to the concrete wall, but like so many things at this jaded old place, they’re perpetually ignored but for their charm.

(A series.) It’s easier, as we prepare to move, to value the positives of this place, where we’ve subsisted as rather bitter foreigners for the past few years. Our differences with the people here, with the land, with the weather, are great. But we’ve found common ground in places, and I will spend the months leading up to our final departure examining it, and attempt to make peace.

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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