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Why Living in the Country is Pretty Awesome

Emily Swenson

This post will have very little, if anything, to do with knitting.  You are forewarned! 

These days, it seems like living in the country, or "homesteading" is glamorized.  The fact is, living in the country is hard work.  Cleaning chicken coops, putting up fencing, mucking stalls, moving animals, preparing your property for the winter, caring for the grass and fields - there is a massive amount of work involved.  Add in caring for plants, animals, day-to-day chores, and sometimes it is a giant mess.  There's a lot to do, and I don't even have a full-fledged farm!  We had, at one point, goats, chickens, ducks, and pigs.  Now, we're down to just the chickens, and I'm fine where I'm at.  The chickens are entertaining, and just amazing animals to have.  No more hauling hay.

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That's not to say that living in the country is anything short of miraculous.  I have to admit, living here is worth all the lessons and sacrifice.  Sometimes, my kids just play with sticks and leaves all day.  And mud.  That's why, as summer draws to a close, I'd like to reflect on how thankful I am that we live in this quiet place, and share some images I've captured with you.

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Perhaps photos like these don't exactly showcase the potential of my land, but I know they do show a lot of small details that make living on a large piece of land worth it.  I have a lot of freedom, and I like to take the kids to go look for things like patches of daisies (pictured above), rocks for our garden, or sticks I plan to someday weave with.  I don't have to leave my home so they can pick wild cherries, apples, or berries.  I miss the convenience of city life, from time to time.  I lived in San Diego for a year, and there were so many yogurt shops, taco shops, Whole Foods.  It's hard to think about how far away I am from all that now, and how being here has taught me to move slower, to partially enjoy the mucking and cleaning and preparing season after season.

I hope you're perpetually in a place that makes you simultaneously feel comfort and wonder.  Happy knitting and spinning, friends!