España: Land of oranges and vino tinto

If you are a non-Spanish speaker going to Spain for the first time, what words would you be sure to learn while you’re there? If you’re my husband, that’s an easy question: You learn postre (dessert), torta de queso (cheesecake), jarra de sangria (pitcher of sangria), vino tinto (red wine), and menú del día (menu of the day, […]

A day in the Workaway life: Brook Farm moments

Life has changed a bit in the last year. Dave and I transitioned from high school mathematics teacher and daily newspaper reporter renting a duplex in Glasgow, Ky., to wandering manual laborers who will live and work with anyone who welcomes us into their lives and gives us friendship, food and a bed. Thus far, […]

Pasta for lunch, language lessons for dinner

For anyone who may have forgotten during the course of my six-week writer’s block (sorry about that), Dave and I returned to Brook Farm at the beginning of January to continue being Workwayers for our favorites, Sarah and Will. But for our second round at Brook Farm, we got a bit of a promotion. Suddenly, […]

Life lessons and backup plans

Sometimes, in this wild Workaway world, you show up on a stranger’s doorstep and inside you find two people whom you admire immensely and hope will like you enough to remain your friends for decades to come. Sometimes, you find a chauvinistic pig who treats his wife like a servant and looks at you as […]

Brook Farm firsts

On Nov. 1, 2013, Dave and I walked into Brook Farm for the first time. We were officially Workawayers, and Sarah and Will Wint were our new “employers.” Our official timeframe of being Workawayers for Sarah and Will lasted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 16 (although we’ve decided we’re not done with them yet). In […]

Tails of Pet Sitting

Dave and I love pet/house sitting for Sarah and Will at Brook Farm. The animals are great, and we thoroughly enjoy pretending we own Brook Farm. We were happy to return to Brook Farm over New Year’s to pet sit again for a couple nights. And with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk […]

Being abroad taught me what Thanksgiving is all about

I’m always thankful on Thanksgiving. I love being surrounded by my loud, crazy family, eating tons of delicious food I didn’t have to cook, drinking wine and listening to Christmas music. I even love Black Friday, getting up early with my mom, aunts and cousins to hunt for the perfect Christmas gifts. This year, I […]

Brook Farm: Up Close and Personal

In the three weeks since we arrived, I have been poking my nose–or more accurately, my camera lens– into everything at Brook Farm. Now far away from the pace of daily news coverage, it has been almost meditative for me to return to exploring photography as an art form rather than a race to get […]

Working to make Brook Farm “lovelier”

Sarah titled her Workaway profile, “Come stay in a lovely country B&B and help make it even lovelier!” Well, Dave and I have completed our second work week at Brook Farm, and I promise we are trying our hardest. Brook Farm is gorgeous. It really doesn’t need much help, especially with the gardens and the […]