Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Meeting The Neighbours






Lately we've been heading out for adventures at the weekend in the age old effort of tiring the children out. On this occasion we went for a wander through a nearby orange orchard and were lucky enough to meet the owner of a neighbouring farm.

As we approached he was raking up freshly mowed grass to feed his cows. With the rain clouds approaching paused for moment to tell us his story.

At the age of 16, Peter left school to help his sickly father on the farm. Since then he has worked this very same patch of land, providing for his family and the many animals they have raised and slaughtered over the years. With his ageing arms raised, he signalled to a distant meadow that once housed chooks followed by a mandarin orchard that had recently been removed, remnants of dead branches still on the ground.

As he quickly told tales of long ago, Dave and I listened wide eyed and full of wonder. There he was, living our dream just moments down the road.

On our way home we dreamt of a parcel of land to call our own while orange juice dried on our hands and made them all sticky.

Same time last year

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  1. I'm so inspired by your dream. It would be a beautiful life completely connected to God and His creation.

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  2. Love this. I pray for your dream and that it'll work out. I dream of living on the Washington Coast someday... :)

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  3. What a gorgeous story, and STUNNING photographs.

    I love escaping to the "simple" life through your photographs xx

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  4. Lovely. Just lovely. I kind of share your dream... a patch of land... space to breath.... on the side of a mountain... some chooks... kangaroos... morning dew.... sunsets with by an outdoor fire... and a row of gumboots at the back door. Sounds dreamy to me!

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  5. Great shots, Pippi looks the picture of an old-fashioned farm girl. Love your tunic, where from?
    x

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  6. Beautiful photos of a beautiful landscape and beautiful children. I've been missing my city life today and feeling isolated in our rental in our country town on this grey day. But this post has snapped me out of it as it reminded me of why we moved and why we're fixing up our old house to move into. Lots more space, an old orange tree and free space for our children to roam around in. Thank you Em!

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    1. Oh enjoy your country town Lucy. I hope it feels as good as the city ASAP

      x

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  7. Beautiful words! I love the gorgeous photos too, made me yearn for some outdoorsy goodness! Lovely to hear you are working towards living your dream... x

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  8. I love this...beautiful photos to go with beautiful words. Enjoy chasing your dream!

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  9. Mmmmm...land and fruit trees. A dream of ours, too..I imagine tending to gardens, cooking and preserving jams when we are empty nesters...actually I kind of do that some days now, except I was thinking on a bigger scale x

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  10. Beautifully idyllic. All of it.

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  11. These photos are brill, Em. What a lovely day all round. I'm impressed that you are out and about so freely with such a young bubba number three. I reckon Lottie was about 2 before we ventured anywhere clever!! x

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  12. There is something romantic about the idea of owning an orchard, I agree. The land over there looks just ideal.

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    1. Oh Meg! thanks so much for the very subtle spelling correction here AND your oh so subtle mockery on the next one! Gosh, i'm SUCH a dunce!

      Lucky you're here to keep my on my toes! ;)

      xo em

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    2. I was aiming for only very gentle mocking. Everyone knows what you meant, it's all good. It's what you are saying, not how you spell it, that really counts.
      :)

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    3. fortunately i'm in favour of any kind of mockery ;)

      now, back to the books for me!

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  13. Great post. I learn something tougher on different blogs everyday. It’ll at all times be stimulating to learn content from other writers and observe somewhat one thing from their store.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em