summer on the farm

sometimes i tell chris about the times i try to explain to people that i live in the country, or that i live on a farm, or that i have no neighbors, and they don't really believe me; they still think that target is only 5 minutes away; that i can walk to the post office; that i'm close enough to a grocery store to ride my bike; that my driveway is paved.  because i didn't grow up on a farm or in the country, it's still weird sometimes being so far from everything (or at least it feel like a long way to me), but there are some things i've learned to appreciate about the seclusion that comes from living here...

-being able to make my own path and take walks anywhere i want with only the wildlife to see me.

-knowing that at any minute i can look outside and see deer, turkeys, rabbits, or so many species of birds that city dwellers can't enjoy.

-having a thick patch of milkweed that grows in the corner of our backyard, providing food for the monarch caterpillars, and then a place for them to attach their cocoon.

-knowing that in june the wheat will be cut so i can walk through the fields and see where i'm stepping without worrying about hidden snakes!

-taking jogs, hikes, and ATV rides with my dog the dummy through the woods, by the creek, and on trails chris made, knowing that we have 140 acres of freedom!  side note: it might sound bad to call kona a dummy, but when dogs do their "i'm going to pretend i'm deaf while i prance around outside and ignore you" routine, i think dummy is fitting.

-laying outside at night on the trampoline with chris watching shooting stars, following satellites as they move across the sky, and pointing out constellations.

do you live in the city or in the country?  what are some of your favorite things about it?


  1. Technically I live in the town but I live on the edge of an industrial area so it's fairly quiet and it's like less than 3 miles away and your in a village called Renhold (Where my grandparents live) which to me is the country.

    Then again I have friends who live in Stockport and within half an hour you're in the Peak District and it's just fields and farms for miles and miles like the Lake District (well minus the lakes lol)

  2. i'm a city girl and love it for neighbors and targets and dairy queens within walking distance...but how you described the country sounds pretty amazing. i think i'd like to have both!

  3. I grew up in the country and I miss and long for everything you just wrote about. Last summer we bought a house in a small city, and I'm kind of regretting the decision. One day we will make it back out to the country.

  4. Farm living sounds pretty lovely. I think I am about half and half, if that's possible.

    I do love Target, though. :)

  5. I live in the suburbs with more "farm" than "city" as my surroundings. I really love my house and yard because it is quiet and feels secluded but it is only a 2 minute drive to the market. But how you describe your life on a farm sounds amazing. I am a bit jealous.

    Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

  6. Here is my long comment for you!

    1. It sounds like you pretty much live in our dream home and Logan would never leave if he was to visit your house. You'd be stuck with an 11 year old. We talk all the time about moving out into the country/woods so that we can have land. Gray starts puffing out his chest when he talks about it, it's pretty cute. It still freaks me out the thought of being so far away from everything though. I'm so used to everything being so close.

    2. It's perfectly fine to call dogs dummies because sometimes, they really just are!

    3. We live in the "city" and I use that term very loosely. But I like being close to everything. We are right across the street from a huge park where Logan can go fishing, catch frogs and bugs and we are also 1 minute from down town. It's ok, but I would like more land. More space. I can't make my mind up!!

  7. My grandma lived out in the country and I spent most of my time growing up at her house, and it was the best. We had lots of puppies, and goats, and bunnies, and I loved it. Plus my dad has a cattle farm out in the country so there was that, too. The space is worth the loneliness sometimes. I'm moving to a suburb of Dallas in August and it's going to be a culture shock for sure!


    1. why does september have to be so far away?!?!?!?!

  9. I grew up on a farm and I think I miss the night sky the most. The inky darkness and the twinkling stars. And the farm animals (I miss my pigs SO MUCH). And the quiet. And the no neighbours thing... that's really nice. I do love being so close to stores, though. I definitely don't miss having to drive 45 minutes just to get groceries! If only we could combine the best of both worlds somehow! (I would also include the sound of frogs, but we've actually got a thriving frog population that I can hear quite well here! Thank goodness. They're a saving grace.)

  10. This post made me very jealous of where you live. Sounds lovely!! Ben & I dream of having some sort of little farm one day with some space. I want to see more photos! You totally had me at star-gazing :)

  11. i grew up in the country and until 2003 i have lived in the city. i miss the country so much. it is so magical and special. the city is great too but there is nothing like the smell of the country air, the colors and the vast openness. i wish i could hike with you, it sounds so awesome to have that all at your finger tips!

  12. I want to live in the country one day. I'm just terrified of snakes. Haha. In the city I don't have to worry about laying out in the grass & a snake possibly watching me. Gah. I'll just have to have lots of sheep to scare the snakes away. ;)

  13. Looks and sounds like a beautiful place to live! And Kona is the cutest :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  14. I'm so envious - I would love to live out in the country. Lying on the trampoline looking up at the stars sounds wonderful. We sometimes sit in the hottub and look up at the sky... only to see some bats flying around and maybe one star in the distance. Nevermind, it was just a plane. :(

  15. Wow, I didn't know you lived on a farm! I would love to hear more about this! I grew up on 80 acres in the woods of Oregon and we had a Christmas tree farm. I dreamt of living in a city where I could ride bikes with friends :) Now I wish I would've appreciated it more...

  16. lovely pictures!


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