Rural scenes


Thing about living in the boonies is you have to accept tradeoffs. It’s a long drive to the supermarket. And a longer drive to the many offerings of the city. Sometimes we miss that great bookstore or fun restaurants and coffee places and museums and parades and all that.

But you are repaid in wildflower-covered meadows, grazing livestock, friendly neighbors you may have known for decades, a more relaxed pace, a stream in the backyard, deer on the front lawn. And sometimes the loudest noise is the flapping wings of birds flying overhead.

All in all, it’s a choice each of us has to make. A lot of folks, you couldn’t drag them from the urban excitement. Guess out here, we’re just different. We get real excited when the neighbors call us down to see their new lamb

Bottle-fed-lamb

 

Or when the horses next door come to the fence and let us feed them carrots.

Carrots-for-the-horses

 

Or when we take a walk in the spring and see sights like this.

dog-and-wildflowers

 

Or take a walk in the autumn, when it looks all different.

Walk-in-the-woods

 

The sheep and the hens get along fine.

sheep-and-hen

 

Time to split the firewood that will be warming us come winter.

split-firewood

 

Grandchildren explore a meadow.

Kids-explore-a-meadow

 

And later come across a couple of browsing goats.

Kids-visit-goats

 

 

boy-and-goat

 

 

The goats sure do like those black-oak leaves.

goats-in-field

 

These horses in a nearby pasture almost seem wild by their bearing. They’re beautiful animals and welcome neigh-bors.

horses-in-meadow

 

The grandkids check out a local pond.

Kids-visit-a-pond

 

Play on the wide open spaces.

Girl-on-big-ball

 

Swim in a Sierra river.

Kids-at-swimming-hole

 

Check out a covered bridge built in Gold Rush days.

bridgeport-covered- bridge

 

 

Explore.

 

taking-a-walk

 

And wear themselves out.

Julie and the kids flew to California for a visit in November 2008.

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