As the winter sun streams through our bay windows, I sit here in awe of the new year. Without so much as a website or a phone number our little project has found its way into the plans of many a love story and we’re so grateful.
Kevin and I looked for a few years for something to call home. We wanted to leave Toronto and the County beckoned us with it’s magic. We were looking for some land, a few buildings that we could slowly restore, and a home. Nothing was quite right, we looked at dozens of spots and it was starting to feel a bit hopeless, and then we stumbled upon a posting online, and there she was in all her glory. Rough around the edges, and just so right that we got heart flutters and called to book a viewing.
I can remember the day we stepped foot on the property for the first time. It was September 2nd 2015, and we seemed so far from finding a way out of our hectic city lifestyles that we so longed to leave behind. On that day I remember trying to catch my breath as we drove up. I looked at Kevin and just said, this is going to be our home. As we walked through the house and explored the barns, we just knew this was what we had been waiting for. After inspections, and months of sleepless nights working through all the logistics, talking ourselves in and out of every option, and back and forth between the two of us and the owners, we finally had the keys.
Through that first winter we travelled to and from Toronto, slowly building a plan for the space and working on our vision over many glasses of wine and nights on our blow up mattress. Come the spring we decided that if we were going to go for it, at least one of us should move to the County full time and dig in to the community, so we packed up our tiny Junction apartment and jumped in. I live in the County full time, and Kevin travels back and forth to Toronto for work. Over the past 21 months we have poured ourselves into our dream, working most waking hours on our project, as well as working full-time to sustain ourselves. It has been the hardest most rewarding time of our lives. We are exhausted mentally and physically, but we are also full of gratitude and excitement. This year on labour day weekend, 2 years after first stepping foot on the property, we were married on our land, christening the chapel with love and laughter. We are propelled forward with hearts full and minds focused, so ready to launch our project and begin the process of sharing it.
It takes a village, and we are so lucky to have the best humans in our lives. Our families have gathered around us and poured so much love and life into 100 Acre Wood, working alongside us, helping us in any and all ways, and we are forever grateful. We love you and this is yours as much as it is any of ours. To our new community, you have welcomed us with sincerity and it is because of you that we stay inspired. From growers and makers, healers and teachers, we are so lucky to call you our neighbours and our friends. We have never found a place so saturated with magic. Thank you.
To the lovers that have worked their way into our 2018 season, we cannot wait to welcome you with open arms, and throw you the party of your lives. Thank you for trusting us, for seeing the vision, and for being on this journey of our first year. We adore every one of you, and feel so honoured to be a part of your story.
Xo Mary Wood