Alot has changed since the last post (from last September... gah), so here's the skinny on what we've been up to.
We closed up our guitar shop at the end of January so that our plans of hitting the road in the fall of 2015 could be put into motion. While the shop was holding it's own (business-wise), we knew that all the money brought in from my day job had to be sacked away into savings, and didn't want to take a risk of not having a nest egg in place for go-time. And so, on a blustery cold afternoon when all the glitz of Christmas had faded, we loaded the last few guitars and a few boxes of strings into the back of the truck and drove away. It was bittersweet, but I think Brad and I both realized that staying in one place for a long period of time, was not a good fit for us. We loved everything about Ironside and it was truly a dream-come-true to design, open and run our perfect guitar shop - but it was also very refreshing to realize that this wasn't our forever spot. We met alot of great folks from all over, and for that, we're forever grateful - thanks friends!
With the closing of the shop came a re-location to quieter grounds. For those that didn't know, we lived in a tiny apartment above the shop. While the commute was great and being in the heart of downtown had its many advantages (I'm looking at you, liquor store...) we felt we needed to get away from the scene, and give the dogs some space to roam (secondfloor living has its disadvantages if you're a dog...). We were incredibly lucky to have this little gem offered up to us by some amazingly-awesome folks that we've been blessed to get to know. Sitting at the back of a 60-acre horse farm in the beautiful wilds of Oro, lies our own tiny house (on the banks of our own tiny lake). We're incredibly happy here and if it were not for our roaming hearts, we'd likely stay forever.
Hopefully things will start to pick back up around here. Miss Winnie still has plenty of work to be done before she's in tip-top shape for her big trip next fall. She'll be joining us up here at our new place in the next few weeks - so stay tuned.