As the crow flies  is not necessarily the shortest distance between two points. It is the route that, taking advantage of wind and air currents, is the most efficient. That’s a lovely lesson about paying attention to what’s available around us instead of adhering to hard and fast rules.

Images here are before and after, as we finished the building and began adding back to the land bit by bit the native trees, shrubs and berries that birds and butterflies love. Apples, pears, peaches, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, raspberries are only the ones we like to eat as well. Along with the birds and butterflies that show up daily in greater numbers and diversity come bears, coyote, wild turkeys, porcupines, foxes, ground hogs, chipmunks, squirrels and deer. It’s an interesting balance with all of us inhabiting the same space.

Crowflies has become a sanctuary for work as well as nature. Quiet nights of moon-baths through the window, peaceful days interjected with energetic meetings and meals with clients and friends. The house, an old knitting factory, sits on a parcel of 107 acres in Norfolk, Connecticut, mostly unbroken second growth forest with roughly 30 acres of wetlands.