You Have a Sanctuary On the Farm

by | Oct 18, 2000 | Archives

Beginning streaks of forest crimson, winked with orange and gold in a crystal dawn. Early autumn’s bite worked through boots that tread over fields of frosted grass. Fall’s first mixture of morning stillness, frozen in the day’s beginning, scolded the summer’s wildflowers, purple aster, goldenrod and wild daisies announcing that time was nigh for their end.

This is our sanctuary here at Merrily Farms, beautiful in all seasons, magnificent with its eternal change and peaceful in nature’s never ending turmoil.

While breathing the first shivering chill of this season between summer and winter, thoughts of change came into my mind. The more we have one thing, the more we desire the other.

This is why after thirty years of successful city living Merri and I are striving for a simpler life here at Merrily Farm. Because you may have similar desires we have created a sanctuary of peace, quiet and green that you can now share here on the farm.

If you have been yearning for a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life day don’t be surprised. Simple living is a growing trend. the August 21 USA Today front page article, entitled, “Tech’s tyranny provokes revolt” highlights this fact and points out that 108 million investors no longer desire to get onto the internet. 60% of consumers have stopped buying the latest high tech gadgets and devices. 42% of PC owners believe that technology is advancing too quickly. 40% of PC owners believe that technology is too complicated and that last year 29 million adults stopped using the net (double the number of 1998).

The article tells of one Silicon Valley executive who despite a big salary and Wharton MBA lives in a one bedroom apartment furnished only with history books and used TV. This executive drives a ten year old Nova and he and his wife sleeps on the floor on a comforter and two pillows. This family feels that technology is a tool to make things of lasting value, not something to enslave them. The article tells of another high tech employee who has cut back on T.V watching, stopped carrying his cell phone and shifted from auto commuting to riding his bike five miles to work each day.

As the world’s pace quickens and multi-tasking overwhelms the majority, others are moving in the opposite way. All of us want to escape sometimes.

Simplicity is in. We all need a sanctuary where we can immerse ourselves in nature and recharge our batteries.

This fact is confirmed in an August 28 article (front page of section D), “Techies unplug en masse to go for the burn.” This tells how high tech workers head each year for the Burning Man an annual, anarchic party on an isolated dry lake bed 120 miles north of Reno. Tickets are $250 and 28,000 are expected to attend. The high techies according to the article cannot wait for the quiet. One worker put it succinctly, “I work 60 hours a week, six days a week and sleep with my cell phone. I’m attracted to the physical isolation where there are no cell phone signals. I’m going with just water and sunscreen and just be me and survive.

Merri and I love the isolated splendor here in North Carolina farm and at our plantation in Ecuador. We have traded our BMWs, Audis, Rolls, Bentleys and Mercedes for a beat up 1987 farm truck and a 1952 “Dr. Livingston Special” Land Rover. Our million dollar beach house was nothing compared to the peace and quiet of our humble farm house.

We have no TV, not even regular radio. At night the Milky Way and clear, bright stars replace the nonsense of the media and screen Their message is so much more clear!

Our water is pure, spring fed. No chlorine from these mountain springs guaranteed! Cell phones don’t work up here, unless you climb the highest ridge. The most high tech thing we see or hear is a distant tractor.

After living in some of the fastest paced cities in the world, (Hong Kong, London and lastly Naples) this peace, quiet, green and purity is total glory. There are sirens though (once in the last two years) and most mornings our rooster Sergeant Pepper works much better than an alarm. The soothing sigh of the creek, crickets and frogs have been traded for the whine of traffic. We take a gentle hike over the creek and through the woods to the office in lieu of commuting and road rage. Perhaps we scare up the Great Blue Heron that lives at the end of the creek.

Instead of waiting in long lines at the super market we stroll through the garden and pick up thick cucumbers, crisp, fresh lettuce and sweet ears of corn. We love this simplicity and bet (have bet and are betting) that some of you will too.

You want to spend some time with Merri and me, you are invited to join us at the courses we conduct here on the farm.

If you can’t attend a course, but meeting with Merri and me is not important when you have time, need to get away and want to enjoy a peaceful, quiet of farm life, we have farm houses, cabins, wonderfully converted guest barns and Homer Buffalo Tipis where you can stay.

You can choose your level of sophistication, from our bed and breakfast service at our Monitor heated, turn of the century, farmhouse where you sleep in Serta pillow top comfort and 400 thread count sheets to our non-electric, campfire heated Homer Buffalo Tipis with comfortable but rustic straw be

Weekly Rentals Barns and Johnny Appleseed

Our rustic guest barn, also overlooking Little Horse Creek, is a studio that sleeps up to three (one queen size and one single), with snack preparation only cooking accommodations.

Johnny Appleseed Cottage

For larger groups the Johnny Appleseed cottage sits at the conflux of Mossy Creek and Little horse Creek and has two bedrooms. Perfect, with a picnic table out front, for cool summers, the cottage is also cozy in autumn and winter . The full kitchen is a perfect place where a couple or family can prepare country meals together for dining on the old round oak table in the dining room.

Blackberry Cabin.

This cozy, rustic log cabin sits on top of blackberry hill and has scenic views of our water fall.

No Electricity Guaranteed

For a totally rustic experience stay in our primitive rustic cabin.  Sitting high on Blackberry Hill, the super comfortable beds, rush of nearby Little Horse Creek and absolute silence assures a good nights sleep.

Ashe County & Three States

Merrily Farms sits near the borders of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Nearby recreational facilities include the Virginia Creeper (a forty mile wilderness bicycle path) , the Appalachian Trail, New River Kayaking and Canoeing, shopping in Blowing Rock and of course hiking on the farm, through deep forest, open meadows and up to mountain views.


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