In mid-May we ventured to the Blue Ridge Mountains to our new home just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. We are settling in and loving our new property and all the nature here. I don’t miss cars driving by my house every day….. We are literally in the middle of nowhere. (in a good way) 🙂

I DO miss working and volunteering at sanctuaries. Things have changed so much due to Covid-19 and it’s not nearly as easy to volunteer and to be around a lot of people. I’m excited that one of the sanctuaries I love and have been following is just beginning to have volunteers back! Soon I will be able to volunteer with Wild Heart Farm and Sanctuary in Marshall, NC. Not only are they a sanctuary for animals, but they are also growing lots of food and are working on permaculture. I’m looking forward to being with animals again! You can follow them on Instagram to see all the awesome work they are doing.

I’m so happy to be back in my home state of North Carolina but left some dear friends in New York. The hardest part was not being able to say goodbye to them in person. Covid was in full force when we left and we practiced safety and caution in every way. I will miss the friends I left behind. My favorite goat and one who I referred to often as my best friend passed away. I didn’t get to say goodbye to her and that made me really sad. I spent hours just sitting with Violet. Sometimes I would bring my harmonium into her stall and play music for her. She was a joy to be around and any time spent with her was precious.

Me with Violet

Violet was 19 years old which is unheard of for a goat! She was surrounded by her beloved humans when she passed away peacefully. The kindness and compassion that Violet’s humans always showed her was profound. This is one of the many reasons I love sanctuaries so much! I will miss Violet but am so thankful she had a good long life in such a beautiful place.

Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, the animals residents, and all of the awesome people who work and volunteer there will always have a special space in my heart.

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