In May of 2002, after a lifetime on Long Island, we moved to the Berkshires. It was on an impulse, really, because we happened to fall deeply and unexpectedly in love with the first place the real estate agent showed us. What sold us on our condo initially was its stunning view of the woods (hence this blog’s title).

A goodly portion of Loved Ones thought we’d gone crazy. Such a sudden decision! Out of nowhere! “But you are not country people,” exclaimed a horrified Catalan friend. But in fact we loved country living, and spent wonderful years in the Berkshires, until recently we sensed it was time for a change.


So now here we are in a bigger small town in the Pioneer Valley, just over the mountains an hour east from the Berkshires. No less than five colleges grace the Valley: Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire, and UMass at Amherst. It’s a little warmer, a lot more fertile, a lot more diverse (all those students from everywhere).

But our unit in the retirement village we’ve chosen still offers us — a View From the Woods. So here we are, the same, yet different, looking still toward the future. Onward!

6 Responses to About

  1. Pauline says:

    It is indeed a beautiful and fertile area. Just wait till summer and all those wonderful roadside vegetable stands! I often bring my grocery money to my daughter’s when I visit so I can take advantage of all those wonderful fresh foods.

  2. ceceliafutch says:

    I love that part of the country. Use to make regular visits to Amherst.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Imagine that! Then you recognize some of the places in my local posts, that’s neat.
      We’re only 20 minutes or so from Amherst and oldest granddaughter is a senior at UMass this year —

  3. As I near my exit from education in rural New York State (on the other side of the Adirondacks,) Northampton is one of the towns on our short list for relocation. Two of my best friends (from middle school, no less) lives in West Springfield and the other in Acton, MA. Whenever I visit, we head into Northampton for lunch and a spirited game of Yahtzee at The Brewery, followed by browsing all the adorable shops. I look forward to hearing your relocation advice and all your experiences in the Berkshires.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      For experiences in the Berkshires, use the search function in my second blog, A View from the Woods. Especially early on there are some extended posts on moving to the B’shires and living there.
      As for Northampton, the search function for Northampton here will net you a bunch of “first impression” posts. N’hampton has lots of attractions for a good and comfortable life. Good doctors and easy access to them is right up there. What with five colleges in the area, there’s always lots going on. We love the Learning in Retirement program; intellectual challenge and companionship rules! Now that there’s a good Chinese restaurant, and even a dim sum restaurant! in Amherst, our cup is pretty complete (as cups go in this life). Good luck to you!

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