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A home in the vines

It’s amazing how much life can be improved by a roof.  After months of wandering around the south island, we’re quite pleased to pack the tent away and park the car in the driveway of our own place.

Our lovely little stone house is in the small town of Renwick, surrounded by miles of neatly hedged vines. It came complete with colorful flower beds, a cheery picnic table, and, possibly the most exciting of all, a grill on a backyard patio. A previous tenant also left us a flourishing garden full of corn, potatoes, onions, broccoli, cucumbers and zucchini.

A secondhand store provided cheap if somewhat battered furniture, and soon we felt completely at home.

Though we’d been assured of a couple months work in the vines, unseasonably cool weather slowed the work to a trickle, and soon left us unemployed once more. When not hunting for a new job, we fill our days of free time with baking, reading, and revisiting some of our travels. In the midst of what I hear is a mediocre winter back home, perhaps we could all use a day at the beach… here is a look back to the beautiful Philippines.


4 responses

  1. Harold Avers

    Remember who is the Vine and who are the branches. Thanks for sharing.

    February 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  2. Jesse Littlefield

    Good luck with the job hunt! I love the video! I wish I was there right now!

    February 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

  3. Callie

    Your garden plot is so sweet!!! It must be nice to settle in one place for a bit. Loving the greenery and quaintness of your apartment.

    February 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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