Friday, May 6, 2011

A home in the country

As one who recently moved into town

after 15 years of living outside the city limits,

I find myself yearning for the country.

The list of things I miss is long,

and I feel these absences deep

in my bones.

I miss the lack of street lights

and the ability to allow the curtains

to be left open at night

while soft starlight creeps in

to bathe me during sleep.

I miss the sense of spaciousness,

breathing room,

and being surrounded by all that green.

The wooded hills here are lush,

and this time of year, the green is so thick

it seems to permeate my senses.

I miss mornings on the front porch,

sipping coffee in my pajamas.

And afternoons on the porch with a glass

of iced tea and a decorating book

(Pale and Interesting by Atlanta Bartlett

and Dave Coote is my new favorite).

And I also miss the evenings on the porch

with a glass of wine and the sound of

tree frogs courting one another.

I miss the cool, deep shade of deciduous

woods in the heat of summer.

I miss the solitude that comes

with being outside, all by myself,

with no accompaniment other than


And I miss my garden, which I had lovingly

tended and nurtured for so long.

I am looking to move back out

to my former neck of the woods,

to a house adjacent to the property I had

owned for so long.

Through this time of transition,

the past 8 months,

I have learned that living in town is just not for me.

I have learned the I am undeniably

a country girl.

Self-discovery leads us to places where our

spirits can soar and we can feel at home.

Where have your own discoveries led you?

Until next time...


All images were obtained via the google image library.


  1. Anne...Oh how I have missed you too! but I known you are in a place of transition and that can be a very long season sometimes. I am so happy for you to be finding your way back to the country. I am also happy your daughter is back home by your side. I am sure her companionship is sweetness for your soul. I have found myself returning to homelife. After a year of trying to find work outside the home to help out with hubby's job loss, I found that I truly am to remain home. It is where my heart is. I will be opening an Etsy shop soon to sell my sea-themed artwork. And after 7 mos. of unemployment my hub just got a new job! Gracie will be remaining home too and attending the community college and then transfering to S.F State as an Illustration major. She was accepted to the Academy of Art Univ S.F but even with her grants and scholarships we would have to take out a hefty loan. The route she is now going it looks like will be completely covered by her grants. How about your daughter? will she return to Boston? I will look forward to seeing your new country cottage.

  2. Oh Anne, this must have been a really tough few months. But now you know where you don;t want to be which is half the battle. I can picture you in the country with your garden. When I first read your blog it was about your garden.

    I hope you are well otherwise and finding happiness in your time of transition.

    My discoveries have been very trauamtic and taken me in places I never would have believed. Over the past few years, I have found myself at peace finally and content. Life is not easy.


  3. Thank you for sharing you always seem to say what Im feeling,is Melancholy the word?.I am ready, ready to go to a rural setting with a cloths line and crickets for background music a tiny place where I can feel nested.

  4. Dear Anne. I think of you so often!
    I have been wondering how you are and how life in the city has treated you. Now I know and from afar it sounds so right that you would return to your beloved countryside. I can clearly see that this is where you belong.
    How are you? Are you missing the old house too? There were so many memories and attachments.

    Thinking of you lots and am sending big warm hugs from afar.

    x Charlotta

  5. Hi Anne, I was just thinking of you and wondering how you've been. I'm glad that you are finding your way back out to the country where you want to be....I too long for those same things. Some day when the kids are grown we will be able to find our little piece of country heaven, but for now we are in the best place for them. We aren't in the city, but we aren't as far out as I would like to be either. Hugs-Carrie


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