|Photos by Gary Smith|
When Tim first started working with metal, he realized that metal art was his passion, but he’s not entirely comfortable with calling himself an artist. “I don’t look on myself as an artist. I make things out of steel. If someone likes it, that’s great.” When Tim sells a piece, he puts money aside for the cost of purchased metal and other supplies, and donates the rest of the money to the local food bank. Tim and his wife Anne are grateful for the success they’ve had in life and they want to give back to those in need.
The restored landscape welcomes wildlife as well. Along with “tons of birds” that feed on seeds in the wildflower meadow, there are ducks in the pond, foxes passing through, deer coming right up to the house, and even the odd coyote. The Freemans have seen otters on the riverbank and osprey training their young over the cove. It’s all part of the dream of having the time in retirement to sit back, enjoy the beauty of the Lahave, and do what they feel inspired to do. Low maintenance landscaping has been the key to that freedom– “It’s huge! Anne can come out and putter in the gardens if she likes, I can pull a few weeds, but if we have other things to do, we can.” And now, Tim notes, they have had the “first moose sighting in years.” Of course he’s talking about Bruce, who looks alive and well at the edge of the rejuvenated forest.