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Farm Living is the Life for Me

| 4/16/2014 9:12:00 AM

Ginnie BakerThere was an old TV show, Green Acres, that we watched when I was growing up, laughing at the situations that befell the “city” folks living on a farm.

At that time, I lived an urban life with my parents and sister; not quite the city but definitely not the country. We lived in a neighborhood with close neighbors, within walking distance of the school and a lot of street lights to light the night.

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I always yearned for the country life, something more peaceful.

That yearning became a reality a few years ago when my corporate job was eliminated. At that time, we had just purchased five acres south of Bellville, Ohio, and I built a New England saltbox on top of the hill, resembling an early 18th-century farm house. I eagerly looked forward to the peace and quiet of the country, a little like Chevy Chase in “Funny Farm.”

It wasn’t long before I realized there is no such thing as peace and quiet in the country! Not that the sounds are disturbing, far from it, but it really isn’t all that quiet!

We’re surrounded by larger farms with a variety of farm animals, mostly beef cattle. In the early morning light, the sound of roosters crowing, cows bellowing and birds chirping can be heard loud and clear. But those are the very sounds that make my life in the country so mellow, without the day-to-day stress of a corporate life.

4/20/2014 8:29:13 AM

Ginnie, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Waking up to animal sounds was the best when I was growing up. During my years in high school the digital age was birthed and I followed a 41 year career path with a major telecommunications company. It was on the tech repair side of the company and I loved every day of it. Now that I'm into retirement years my roots began showing and I'm big time urban gardening. I just bought my second property to turn into a garden in the urban community. Animals, well, other than wild ones, are not part of my urban farming plan. Urban farming has to fit into the neighborhood as well as produce food. I'm still working on how to marry landscaping with gardening. ***** Have a great farm living day.

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