What's left of the old Packers Corners Farm that I remember from the 'seventies when we wrote and illustrated Home Comfort: The Day Books of Total Loss Farm? Most of the structures still stand--the barn and the outhouse are not used anymore, nor the Garden Apartments. Verandah's former home, Chez Poulet, now houses Jodi and Eric and their baby, Durin. A bunch of small cabins dot the land--Tanya and Nick and their baby, Axis, live in the one behind the Garden Apartments. Yetti lives part time in the new cabin near Chez Poulet.The living room at the east end of the main house still stands, but it no longer has a loft, and the walls and floor are attractively resurfaced with white-painted drywall and beautifully finished hardwood floor planks. The stove runs on gas instead of wood, the water from the tap is still delicious and pumped from a spring. The western half of the house is relatively new. Richard Wizansky still lives on the land; the home he built with his partner, Dr.Todd Mandell, stands a mile down the road. Verandah's daughters have moved away and Verandah herself is seldom home. Still, there is much for the archeologist to peruse.
The old stove after which the book was named still stands on the outside porch.
New and old halves of the main house
The old Garden Apartments--abandoned, but still beautiful
The actual corners that comprise Packers Corners--a crossroad of two dirt roads
Dense forest lines the sides of Packer Corners Road
An old organ biodegrades on the east
side of the main house;
A wreath of twigs on the front door;
The living room, with its exposed beams and old furniture
The dining table, home to Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
The room where Emily lived still holds her memorabilia.
Collage in the upstairs bathroom
Verandah's room has its own dictionary, Corinthian capitol, down comforter
That bust of Longfellow that was in the
group shot on the back cover of Home Comfort
On her office wall, a poem in tribute
from one of the many
On her desk, an invitation to the
wedding of Eli Gould and Jessica Thurber from last June.
I dined with Richard and Todd that
night. We're talking about resurrecting the