So I'm headed over to Sterling with this weighing on me and the dread that I'll be put in those dorms--last night after the rain, I took myself for a walk down to what Sterling calls "the lower dorms" and what Phyllis literally warned me about. I didn't even cross the field to take a closer look because even from the road, I could see how scary they are......... Oh God, PLEASE!
So, I finally got to meet Kate today and it was awesome to finally put a face with the name! I've been in contact with this woman for a few months now, I felt as though I was coming into Sterling with an "already friend," but one I'd not yet met. Kate and I spent a bit of time together this morning chatting, getting questions answered, and making vital introductions--like meeting Barb Stuart the financial aid lady (interjection: that FAT grant I've been blessed with, according to Barb, won't shrink at all as long as I'm at Sterling and my EIC doesn't increase which is near impossible because I won't be making much if anything while I'm up there!) and Jodi Stoddard, the fiber and farmstead arts instructor. Let me tell you, that meeting was quite literally life changing! By the end of our brief 20 minute meeting, Jodi opened my eyes to exactly what it is that I've been looking for and never actually realized. Because of Jodi and what she's brought to the Sterling table, I have decided officially to design my own major incorporating both the originally planned Sustainable Agriculture but also with an equally heavy focus in Farmstead Arts! I cannot even put to words the feeling this brought upon me; it was like a door had been thrown open before me with a blindingly inviting light behind it and a weight I didn't even know I was carrying was lifted! Take a moment and imagine this: when was the last time in your life that you were pushed in the right direction and standing at the door of the rest of your life without even knowing how you got there? When was the last time you felt the utter relief "I'm on the right path for real this time" without realizing that you were even concerned about it?
Okay, so enough with the babble, let's get some pictures going! This is going to be a record long post--but I'm not sorry about it. [Please remember, the full photo albums of this trip can be found on my Facebook page but I will also be posting the links direct to each individual days photos each day I write about it]
Sterling Visit Day 2 photos
We started my tour with the highly anticipated farm; I AM IN LOVE! No questions asked, I am in the right place and space here; I am so excited and happy and purely confident in my decision.
|This is the view from the top of the hill walking down to the barns|
|This is called a hoop house--think greenhouse without the energy needs; it's passive solar energy!|
|Big Brother Llama "watching over" the kids and wee lambs|
|Not surprisingly, I went nuts over the babies. I can't wait for the opportunities to take afternoon naps with these little softies!|
|Hands down, my favorite little lamby--I've decided her name is Rachel|
|The barns; admittedly I'm a little disappointed they're not Barn Red like all the others in Vermont. But I'm very fond of the dusty blue, feels appropriate still.|
|They squeal just like I've always imagined; but I never imagined I would fall in love with the little porkies!|
|I am completely awed by these creatures; I'm purely infatuated with them. In love like I never thought I would be with horses; they are majesty embodied.|
|The sign coming home from Hardwick|