Hello my friend,
We're officially Coloradans! The California home is sold. We're adapting to our new environs. This unexpected relocation to a very small town on the Western Slope was a big, and definitely the right, move for us.
We're learning how to live in this area. AWD is pretty much required. Costco is ~2 1/2 hours each way. It is snowing again today, deer are in rut, and the mountains are awesome. We've been snowshoeing a few times. We'll be skiing, snowboarding and snow kiting soon. It's all worth it.
Lots of projects are underway: I'm using a little tractor/backhoe, a drill and jackhammer to level the ground for a dome greenhouse. The electric car is a marvel. 'Town' is a mile away, and electric bikes make exploring and getting back up the hill fun. Solar panels and batteries are in the works. Landscaping is slowed by the snow. Smart home stuff is going in. My shop is coming together, now including welding and pneumatic gear. Leigh has started working with people again. She's not promoting anything, but word is getting around about her skills.
Windows, doors, lighting, flooring and such are in the planning and delivery stages. We've finished building a totally necessary trailer to haul stuff around. The guest house is quite livable now. Holler if you'd like to visit!
We're learning about pellet stoves, hydronic heating, Mason jars, freeze drying gear, fermenting crocks, dehydrating and canning. We're making yogurt, kombucha, nut butters and hummus from scratch. There's an honor system grocery with incredibly delicious local organic produce within bicycling distance.
Mystical things happen around here: lights, orbs, synchronicities, animals, plants, rocks, snow, the soil, trees, water, sun and wind all combine for a strong two way connection with whatever you choose to call the Presence. Fiber internet allows us to participate in webinars and courses and Zoom with friends and family.
We hope to complete the PV solar in January, a trip to India in February, the dome greenhouse in March, doors and windows in April and back to the Chesapeake in May to prepare for sailing Coddiwomple to Maine this summer.
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Many of the people we've met say 'I don't know why, but I have to be here.', or 'I was called here and this where I'm supposed to be.' There is an instant sense of connection, interdependence and genuine interest in each other. We know we are working it out together, whatever 'it' turns out to be.
As always, I'd love to hear from you!
Brian & Leigh
Friday, 18 December 2020
Hello my friend,
Monday, 29 June 2020
Here’s what’s new since my last update in December: We continued searching for a new home in Colorado’s Western Slope between Aspen and Telluride. We found a place that feels good to us: an area in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ at 6200’. It is a very small town of old hippies and new entrepreneurs, activities (hiking, biking, desert, rivers, lakes, canyons, skiing, kiting, farming, geology) galore. I’m amazed that this town of only 1500 is home to a solar energy institute, bio dynamic farming, a clinical herbalism school, an artist’s creativity incubator residence, a public radio station, and more.
Our new home backs to BLM land, has southern exposure, room for a garden and a yurt in the trees for Leigh. There are 11,000' peaks just a few miles away and we’ll remodel to optimize those views. There is a large shop area and plenty of sunshine for solar power. I’m excited to replace my 20 year old Civic with an electric car and gas it up from solar! There is a 3 bedroom guest house in case you want to visit us.
My California home of the past 33 years is under contract. By the end of August we’ll be moved into our new Colorado abode.
Since we’re in limbo with two houses in escrow, I saw an opportunity to get back aboard our beloved Coddiwomple. She’s in great shape! So we’re on the Chesapeake for the next month wandering around and anchoring out as much as we can. We’re feeling that maybe we gotta keep the ‘Wompler for another year, at least. (Oh, the Bahamas again! And, how about those Virgins? Gosh, what about the San Juans?) Colorado's Western Slope is an amazing area, but it's a long way from the ocean. It seems we'll need salt water, wind, and beaches in addition to deserts, forests, rivers, canyons, mountains and snow.
I had never imagined making such moves. This transformation is big, even for me. But the sense is too strong and signs are too clear to ignore. So at 68 I open to the loss of stuff, connections, familiarity and the appearance of security at the beach in California. Our new home feels like an excellent place to be, and contribute from, during the inevitable collapses and personal and societal transformations.
It is both an exciting and wrenching time. We have unemployment, income inequality, Covid, unsound banks, an unsustainable national debt, the climate catastrophe, trillion dollar companies, record market highs, police brutality exposing our racism and Trump-ism exposing our self centered-ness. Meanwhile amazing engineering and scientific breakthroughs accelerate. Underlying all of this is an enormous planetary transformation in personal and collective consciousness. It won't be pretty. But it will happen.
The last 6 months were internally emotionally brutal and finally beautiful for me. We continue evolving our daily practices, meditations, attend webinars, etc. We will likely return to India for a few weeks in December.
If any of this inspires questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you. I want to know how you're faring and what's new, so please connect!
Brian & Leigh
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Friday, 13 December 2019
We lived aboard Coddiwomple, based in a marina in Deltaville,VA. We had a secure and fixed home base to enjoy the work we’d done to our water-home. We took short local trips and actually sailed places. I did a blue water passage. We did reconnaissance in the Caribbean with three weeks on Terre de Haute, Guadeloupe. And three more weeks of reconnaissance by car to research sailing to Maine. But along the way we felt pressure, that a tipping point is being reached, and we should sell our labored and beloved Coddiwomple and get serious about our next home. So in late August we pulled her from the water, made sales videos and trekked back across the US to CA. We were drawn to an area of southern Colorado, northeast of Telluride. Finally back in Laguna, I launched into six years of deferred maintenance on our home and painted inside and out, new carpet, new garage, decks, beds, furniture, etc. I gave away clothes, surfboards, windsurfing, paragliding, diving, skiing and hiking gear, consolidated old family photos and history and pared, cleaned and reduced everywhere. I feel clean and ready. But for what?
Fun facts: worldwide debt is ~250 Trillion. That’s ~$115,000 per (developed world) person. Our children are inheriting our global warming, pollution, corporations, health, diet, contagions, media, guns, etc. legacy. In short there’s a lot of collective karma to be worked out. Gently or abruptly, things will change. Something new is coming.
Leigh and I very naturally stopped drinking a few years ago. Eating meat has similarly fallen away. We spend a lot of time meditating. Leigh is experiencing body sensations, 3-D visions and precursor messengers to very high consciousness. I feel there is a lot of reorganization, training and preparation going on. For what, or how, dunno. It feels like an apogee to me.
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Friday, 10 May 2019
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Friday, 5 October 2018
It's been seven months since my last update in March. To catch you up April through June we were at the Saint Mary's, GA boat yard, working as hard as humanly possible to get the boat finished: painting everything inside and out (that alone was ~3 months), a new engine (how will I mount it? how will I steer it?), inverter, instrumentation, tank gauges, floorboards, galley, cabinets, lighting, lifelines, stack pack, window covers, shade canopy, propane system, rechristening and tons more. Scalding temperatures (it hit 100) and drenching humidity interrupted by historic rain. After over a year on the hard and 7 solid months of work, we launched July 1st. She's beautiful, functional, clean, fresh and comfortable. We're now lighter, simpler and more efficient. It was worth the work. If boat projects interest you, see video number 066 through 071 at https://goo.gl/eSwFu5
I've weathered enough hurricanes for now, thank you, so my aim was to get us to safety up to the Chesapeake for the season. The challenge in boating from near Jacksonville, FL to VA was waiting for weather windows between all the rain. The stuttering trip was wonderful, much more relaxed, being somewhat familiar with the areas, heading for our favorite places, knowing the weather, the approaches, the stores and the locals. We made new and renewed friendships with people and places. Especially Kenny & Rhonda in St. Mary's, Paul, Ann & Elliott in Dallas Bluff, Oriental, the Pungo, Richard and Brenda in Colington and Bob in Deltaville. If you'd like to see the journey see video 072 at https://goo.gl/eSwFu5 The plan was to explore the Chesapeake through October then head back to our home in Laguna Beach, CA. But we got an inquiry from France: Would we like to house swap from mid September through November (after the summer throngs are gone, and before winter) with the use of an apartment in Versailles (20 minutes by train to Paris), a cottage in the Loire Valley, and an old Mercedes? We'd be dumb to say no. So we hauled the boat early, just in time to miss Hurricane Florence. After a few days in the apartment in Versailles (Louis XIV's Palace), we're now in the UNESCO Loire Valley countryside. See https://goo.gl/maps/
Leigh has been called to do more plant medicine work in the Peruvian jungle which is the headwaters of the Amazon. She'll be there from mid November through December. I'll spend two weeks in the OBX https://goo.gl/maps/5LRVePkffS42 because I want to experience it in the raw deserted winter. Then a few weeks in Asheville, NC, getting acquainted with the scene there. Leigh and I will reconnect at 8,000 feet in Pisac, near Maccu Picchu, in Peru in January. This will be my first visit to Peru. We've rented a small village house there for two months. I'll connect with the locals and we'll do more exploring. Then back to Laguna in about March for a month or so to tend to our home. Then back to our boat patiently waiting for us on the Chesapeake in Deltaville, VA. Next spring we'll slowly wander our way up to Maine for the summer of 2019.
I'm less inclined to incite people to experience what they consider challenging things (sailing, kite surfing, physical work, paragliding, hiking, traveling), to convince people that yes, they really can do it. Everyone has their own path, their own time and their own fears. I'm enjoying who I am more.
I'd love to hear from you. As always, let me know if you'd like to be removed from my list.Brian & Leigh Jacobs
Friday, 16 March 2018
I'm noticing how much time and how many opportunities I have. Like when walking or taking a shower or eating... most anytime. My body will move or clean or feed itself pretty much without my supervision. I don't need to be thinking about it. That gives me lots of time and opportunities to relax, to feel, to connect, to be grateful and to smile. I'm working to make it a habit.