With no horses on the property, the covered riding area seems just right for day retreat workshops-in-the-round. It looks small, but really two school buses could fit side by side under that roof.

A little place in the country is just about the most perfect thing we could wish for ("we" being the editorial we). And for the next two months, we will be staying in a small house on some acres with a barn with a workshop and a cozy book-lined studio; a greenhouse; an old log cabin and other random outbuildings that defy definition but are just right the way they are. 

There's a garden near the greenhouse, and an herb garden near the house, as it should be. The gardens need to be sown. It is early April, so we have a little bit of time. The earth won't freeze again, most likely, but it might.

There are no horses in the barn. It's just a sheltered place to breathe deeply of the old barnwood walls. There's nothing we must do today. It's okay to do nothing but heat up some tomato basil soup and think about how we might make the place ours for the short spring season we have here.