Monday, September 23, 2013

Why Would an Archaeologist Want to Live in a Mill House?


It started years ago, when I was part of an excavation team that had come to the legendary island of Ithaka 

in search of the palace of Odysseus
 

We didn't find the palace 

but I found my home 

Every time I come into the harbor of Ithaka, I see it


standing all alone...


waiting for me to inhabit it

An old windmill, renovated into a house...my mill house.

This is my dream, some day.

Perhaps you've heard the song about the lighthouse keeper?

I dream of living in a lighthouse, baby 
Every single day 
I dream of living in a lighthouse 
The white one by the bay 
So if you want to make my dreams come true 
You'll be a lighthouse keeper too 
We could live in a lighthouse 
The white one by the bay. 
I'll polish his lamps by the light of day 
So the ships at night can find their way 
I wanna marry a lighthouse keeper 
Won't that be okay? 
We'll take walks along the moonlit bay 
Maybe find a treasure, too 
I'd love living in a lighthouse 
How 'bout you? 
I dream of living in a lighthouse, baby, 
Every single day 
I dream of living in a lighthouse 
The white one by the bay 
So if you want to make my dreams come true 
You'll be a lighthouse keeper, too 
We could live in a lighthouse 
The white one by the bay 
Won't that be okay?
                                Erika Eigen

Well my idea of a perfect place to stay is inside a refurbished windmill on a lone slope above the world's most beautiful harbor.

Some day, I tell myself.

Someday...

26 comments:

  1. I am amazed at the rudimentary connection with certain scapes and locales. You are there, you are it. It is in you already. But may you also find physical reality one day.

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  2. No, but I know this song by that excellent Australian folk-rock band, The Waifs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl4ABCEPAW0

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    1. Awesome video - thanks for sending Robert!

      I neglected to mention that the song by Erika Eigen, I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper, appears in the film A Clockwork Orange. To see Ms. Eigen singing it, please click here

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  3. !f you could live in a lighthouse, that would give you the ability to be on the lookout for important things, day and night. Not so different from being an archaeologist.

    Why not live in a mill house, with other archaeologists milling around in the evening, after an interesting day's digging? But perhaps I've missed something.

    Here's to you and you Ithakan mill!

    Blessings and Bear hugs, too!

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    1. You paint a wonderful picture, Rob, especially the archaeologists 'milling around' in the evening part.....I'm visualizing it now :))

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  4. I can see you living there Amanda. What a beautiful location for a home - even if it is 'just' a mill.

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  5. Sis, I love this post because it is so deeply personal, in a totally natural windswept sort of way. I really appreciate the entire composition as your dance of words and images somehow evoke a salty smell and a cool dampness along with a sweet wistfulness lodged somewhere in my ribs.

    I just ordered a book about our relationship with money (which the books contends does not exist, it is just a construct--not a new concept, but one which makes sense to me) and what I am seeking to establish within myself with the reading is that those things which feel just outside our grasp will either remain there or be ours (much sooner rather than later) depending on our capacity to frame the situation.

    Reading this post, it feels like the light house has always been yours. Does that make sense?

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  6. You have your own mythology built around this Mill house, just as I did for a house by the sea. I can understand that hunger to be in a place that seems to embody your spirit even before you set foot in it. What I can tell you is not to wait. Find a way to get your dream fulfilled while you can enjoy it. Heck, with the help of your contacts, you can start a vacation time-share company around that Mill house, dividing the cost among so many weeks of shares....Just a thought.

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    1. Thank you Rosaria for your words of wisdom and wonderful idea of starting a vacation time share. I did contact the owner on several occasions and they do rent, so I can start my fantasy of occupying this place that way. Owning is a whole other fantasy, but I can always dream, can't I?!

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  7. it's a wonderful dream, just lovely

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  8. No wonder, you want to live there!
    My question is who has it now???

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    1. Ola, the owner is an island family who lives in Athens part time and the father is a well known composer.

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  9. Rosaria packs alot of wisdom in her advice. I think you should print out this post and keep it nearby; affirming it is the beginning of experiencing it

    Hold on to this Amanda. I want this for you

    Love
    kj

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    1. Thank you dear KJ♡ You're right - I need to add this to my treasure map. Our blogfriend from Germany, Geli, recently reminded me of act of making a list of those things we really want in life and visualizing them as a reality that has already occurred. Some call it treasure-mapping. She has had many of her wishes come true xoxo

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  10. I just love reading your posts Amanda. Can never decide what I love more, your photos or your words.

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  11. So many beautiful images..intriguing and wonderful! Simply walk your dream and live it...shine on towards new adventures!
    Victoria

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  12. What a magical dream house! I too search for dream houses in special landscapes in writing, art and life. Such gorgeous photos!

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  13. such an adventure you continue,,,glad you are sharing it with us...Thanks, glenn

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  14. I believe in dreams coming true... and I also believe that you, dear Twin, will one day make this one happen...

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

    p.s. In the midst of rehearsals for *Falstaff* with Bryn Terfel! Believe it or not, I have NEVER seen him perform live.... what a singer, actor! Fantastic! Hoping for photos soon! ♥

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    1. Thank you dear Twin♡ and omg - so excited to hear all about Falstaff!!!

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  15. Amanda, we did not find the palace of Odysseus, but you have found your own palace in the guise of a millhouse! Perhaps you are a reincarnation of Penelope, weaving and re-weaving tapestries with your inspiring words and images.

    Love,
    Renee

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    1. Renee!!!!!

      No, we didn't find the palace, but we had a hell of a lot of fun trying, didn't we (hehe)?!?!

      Thanks so much for your lovely words......

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  16. How beautiful! I can see why you love it ... and the connection is something I understand, though mine is in Umbria. I will think good thoughts for you to manifest being there!

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    1. Thank you Lucinda, and wishing the same dream manifests for you in the magical landscape of Umbria...

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