John suggested we have coffee in the “camp” this morning. Camp is our name for the secluded stone patio area I designed and we had installed in the back corner of our property. Camp is located on, and in, our hill. The stone paving is sunken below grade and surrounded by a low stone retaining wall. It is my favorite place.

From the studio window in the house, I could see John en route to camp.


The route is rather circuitous these days, and I have not visited the camp in a while. Getting there involves taking a big sweep around the edges of our garden, to a narrow path behind the stones, and finally climbing steps that lead up to camp.


When I got there, John and Jack were waiting for me…


and so was a hot cup of coffee.

Jack, our lookout, likes to sit facing the path.

I usually sit looking toward the house. But today I was glad to turn my back on the construction site. As exciting as our project is, it is also a source of disruption and stress.


John and I chatted over coffee and enjoyed being outside on a beautiful morning.


We have shared some amazing conversations and revelations together in the camp. It is interesting that based on my interpretation of the Feng Shui bagua, our camp is in the area of our property associated with relationships.

I also enjoy being at camp on my own. I find being there is healthy for my relationship with myself. It calms me, and grounds me to be there.

After a few minutes, I began to notice and appreciate the textures and patterns that are on display today.






I love being surrounded by trees and plants, and hearing the birds, and feeling the breeze. Immersion in nature is a simple pleasure that I find tremendously therapeutic and restorative.

I feel very fortunate to have such a transportive place in my own back yard. I would like to help others experience the feeling I get from our camp.


live. enjoy. repeat.

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