Saddle Up, Move’m Out

Friends and Neighbors, the day has come. We are doing the next thing and moving away soon from the place we’ve known and loved for twenty years–but are NOT leaving Floyd. In fact, we’ll be about a third of the distance to The StopLight, on 27 acres, with accessible access to a much, much newer home with an incredible view. (I’ll post pix soon, and appreciate those of you who have been curious, even before we had this week’s certainty that this transition has started and will go to completion.)

So later today (on FB) I’ll post additional details, and hope our Floyd Family will help us find good neighbors as new owners of this magical place and then, come June, to settle in and re-home ourselves and grow a healthy new sense of place.

We are putting together our bug-out bags and creating a list of people and places to visit over the coming months as the house is visited by motivated and enthusiastic potential owners who want to fit in and put down roots on Goose Creek.

And so you might see us more often in Floyd Town, looking displaced and bewildered and looking for something to do. Thankfully, there is almost always something to do, coffee to be drunk, conversations to be had, visits to be made. It will be an adventure. He said.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of interior pix. You’ve seen the OUTSIDE over and over since 2003, but hardly ever shots from inside the house–unless they contained pix of Tsuga, Gandy, Dingo, Scout or Mosey. So more coming soon.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

3 thoughts on “Saddle Up, Move’m Out”

  1. The house has only now come on the market. We think there is just the right buyer out there, and know they will know the fit is JUST RIGHT when they see it, even on paper. We do so hope to have confidence in the rightness of that fit when it happens, when we leave with this place in the rear view mirror of the car on the last drive out of this valley in five months or so.

  2. I will be moving at the end of February, putting all my furniture in storage, traveling for a couple months, then going back home to Hermosa Beach and looking for an apartment. We are on about the same timetable.

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