About Us

susan jordan bennettIn 2004, following a Maine camping vacation, we sold our home in Massachusetts and moved the family to Maine. We built our modest dream home on 49 acres in Downeast Maine. When I say we built it – that’s exactly what I mean. I designed it, Paul engineered it, and together we built it painstakingly stick-by-stick. I was clearly younger and foolish then.

After twelve years we are still finishing the house punch list (I cannot seem to finish the trim in that last room) and have moved on to other ventures including our own businesses – Shoestring Shipyard and Bennett Web & Design.

We’re developing a small family farm where we can grow fruits and vegetables and raise a few chickens (anywhere from eight to 20 at any given time – call me crazy), ducks and turkeys. This blog allows our family, scattered across the country to follow our adventures. If you’re visiting by chance, feel free to hang out and browse. We hope you enjoy your visit!


6 Responses to About Us

  1. Taryn Monroe says:

    Love your coop and site!! I live in Winter Harbor, ME. Whereabouts are you in the Downeast of things? (PS In my experience, I’m afraid little Pepper’s attitude is not apt to change much. If he is aggressive to humans now, not good. I found that the more heavy bodied roos, whether of bantie or standard size, are less cranky (cochins, brahmas etc) than the more Mediterranean narrow bodied guys.) Back when I was a 4H chicken mom, I adopted a hard rule, only friendly roosters allowed. Why have chickens if the delight in their antics turns to fear of attack? I hope your are doing well, take care!

  2. Ildiko Kocziha says:

    Thank you!

  3. Nicki says:

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for posting your bird ornament patterns. My daughter has a distinct fascination with all things birds. I’ve downloaded and have made about 6 ornaments in just a few days. They are simple, yet quite detailed and more than lovely. Many, many thanks!

  4. Lola Sharp says:

    I love your blog! I admire your hard work on taming your Maine land and living a farm life. Part of me dreams of doing so, and part of me knows it is TOO MUCH WORK for this lazy girl. Thus, I keep my farm dreams in my fantasy file. (I have Pinterest boards devoted to it…that, and your blog, will have to suffice.) We visit Maine every so often in the summertime for vacation. (the BUGS!) I am a writer, and we usually rent a house and stay a couple weeks…I get sometimes convince the husband and kid to leave me at the cottage while they go off to hike or shop or whatnot. Aside from the flying bugs, we love it there. It’s beautiful. I always feel inspired to write there…it’s quiet and scenic, even moody. However, I know the winters must be brutal. Power to you.

    Also, I wish to thank you for sharing your lovely felt birds and the patterns. Your generosity in doing so is such good juju/karma. 🙂 Thank you.
    If you are ever inspired to do a wren, I’d be beyond grateful. (a secret: they are an important part of the novel I am currently writing.)

    Thanks again for sharing your little slice of Maine, life, and felt bird patterns with us. 🙂


  5. Ariane says:

    I like your blog very much, I dont understand all because I am from the other side of the world and I am not so good in English but all is great here.
    Love, Ariane from Vienna in Austria in good old Europa.