I have chronicled my life in pictures (nearly 6,000 images) for the past five years, and now, on June 21, 2011, on this glorious Summer Solstice, I begin the blog that has been dying to come out for years.
I am a city girl trapped in this country lifestyle… and you know what? I like it! My husband and I may be “livin’ the dream” because we bought an 1860 farmhouse on 33 acres – but falling in love with our place in Cambridge, NY has not been without its growing pains.
No doubt, it is beautiful here, but after living in cities big and small for twenty years, with access to everything, you really have to adjust to being 40 minutes from anywhere. Yes, in town you will find everyday conveniences like a grocery store, hardware store, post office… but when you have to work, or you want to go out, it’s 40 minutes.
In the city, we went out all the time, and we traveled – now we spend all our money maintaining our land and home. There is always something to be patched, repaired, replaced, painted, sanded, stained, mowed, plowed, weeded, chopped, chainsawed or hauled away.
On top of that, the economy started to tank shortly after we arrived, so that didn’t help with the transition. There was loss of business for my husband, and two layoffs for me.
But with each passing year, the scale weighs a little heavier on the side of love for this place we now call home. We’ve made some amazing friends, we have plenty of visitors to our country ‘B&B,’ our land and the surrounding farmlands are not only beautiful, but bountiful, and most importantly, we have each other and we have our dogs.
Priorities have shifted and I have renewed my focus on the things I have always loved – photography, writing, baking/cooking and daily hikes/snowshoeing (only now I do it with my dogs).
This city girl is definitely falling in love with the country lifestyle. Take a Morning Walk with me – there is something beautiful to see everyday.
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