Liam Chard on the Model M.

Liam Chard on the Model M.

For those of you keeping score at home, things came along pleasantly — if not particularly productively — in our first full month at Black Sheep Manor.

Since arriving on the evening of July 30th we’ve made three separate trips back to Charleston, acquired manuals for eight vintage internal combustion machines, made five trips to the recycling center/dump, purchased two new power tools, built one piece of furniture, taken six hiking trips, observed eight falling stars, hosted five guests, made three dinners for CJ, counted one gray fox and four deer in our herd, and created one walking trail that extends from Edenwood past The Manor through the low woods to the deer watering hole and across the dried-up spring-fed creekbed to the other side.

We’ve also enjoyed every little bit of being alone, just the two of us, after years of living with children and roommates in Charleston.

On the paying work front, I’ve picked up some additional hours, and Janet made a great impression at the Easley High School Class of 1954 reunion last month, where everyone adored the book her dad wrote and she designed. We’re starting work on a new edition of the TCI magazine, and doing some blogging/web work for the client, too.

Meanwhile, I’ve re-started work on Chene, the next book in the Darbas Cycle series. It’s amazing how a change of scenery will jump-start your creative processes. Your dreams, too.

View from Glassy Mountain, Pickens County, SC.

View from Glassy Mountain, Pickens County, SC, Sept. 3, 2016.

Debris field below Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap State Park, Aug. 22, 2016.

Debris field below Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap State Park, Aug. 22, 2016.

Top photo: Janet enjoys an adult beverage after work on Sept. 6, 2016.

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