Monday, October 26, 2015

Life is Different in the Country

Broken Barn
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

There are a few things you begin to notice about living in the country that are very different from what you've been used to after you transition from life in the Big City. 

- Most of your friends are farmers.

- Roadblocks look a lot like cows.

- Drivers wave to each other when they pass on the road.

- Wild animals use your front yard as a shortcut to get to wherever they're going.

- Coyote calls, hooting owls, and chattering crickets replace sirens, honking horns, and motorcycle engine noises in the night.

Broken Barn II
Original Photography
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

- A lot of what you eat at each meal is the product of your own efforts and comes out of the ground.

- You find yourself stockpiling food and sundry supplies in the event that weather conditions will prevent you from getting to town for several days.

- Your vehicles are all outfitted with emergency kits.

- You spend copious amounts of money on gardening tools, snow removal equipment, and the like.

- You become adept at reading the weather patterns.

- Your work shoes all have manure on them.

Broken Barn III
Original Photograph
by Carolynn Anctil © 2015

- You have become a Walmart shopper. *A moment of silence, please*

- You rely on the internet for veterinarian advice.

- You stop wearing a timepiece and instead watch the sun's movement across the sky.

- Having a manicure means cleaning the dirt out from underneath your fingernails.

- Recycling means giving kitchen scraps to the hens.

- The vegetables you prepare for meals still have dirt on them.


  1. Sounds heavenly, even with the manure and Walmart!

  2. I too, live in the country, and agree, all your observations are spot on. I for one, wouldn't have it any other way.

  3. Thank you, Ladies. It is pretty wonderful out in the country. I do feel sincerely grateful for my lifestyle.

  4. Ahhhhh, you have just described paradise! Wonderful post! xo

  5. I love your new space; just beautiful....It seems you are all settled in and having a good time in your new spot. I love reading about country living through your blog. Even though we live in town now; I grew up in the country and miss the signs and wonders of open space.....So good to see you again....

  6. What beautiful photos of wooden bare bones. I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and though there is no manure, I do sometimes step in bear scat. I'm visiting from the Rural magazine via Jen's Blog.

  7. Diantha, it does feel like paradise, most days.

    Nancy, I used to spend 2 weeks every summer on a farm. Maybe that's where I first got the yearning to live in the country.

    Barb, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely note. You're welcome any time.


Thank you for visiting! I read every note that's left for me after the farm chores are done.