I took possession of Wit’s End in October of 2001 and so my first full season there was in winter. The children were busy in their move towards independence, the world was on edge, and Sophie was a tiny kitten who rode willingly along each weekend to Wit’s End. In February I bought Priscilla, Queen of the Lake, on eBay- at 2am, 3 minutes after she was listed, for the ridiculously low price of 4500.00. (The next morning I read the fine print and realized I had a week to show up in Estes Park, CO., money in hand with a truck to tow her away. Thank goodness for fireman friends who are up for any adventure involving trucks and trailers.) Never had a thought about vintage travel trailers crossed my mind, so who knows what was at work there? That I was awake, on that page, finger poised and poking on impulse… And who knew that three short months later I would meet, after 12 years of studiously NOT looking, a man to share my life with?
Here are some pictures to illustrate the previous posts about Wit’s End. Because I can’t figure out- still, after nearly a year- how to get type correctly juxtaposed with images, they are, in no particular order: The cottage with Prisiclla, the dock in late winter, the dam that marks the beginning of the Red Cedar River, our cozy bedroom with a small bed that insists on cuddling, my winter view out the window to the "feeder tree" and beyond. All of these were takenin the past few days; the ice is breaking and the river is flowing. And yes, that’s Minkie, our taxidermied pet in the fishing creel in the bedroom. Don’t ask. (click to enlarge)