Sunday, July 3, 2011

I am Thankful


I am one of those people that has the best of both worlds, so to speak.  I live in farm country where there are fields of dairy and beef cattle, sheep, and crops of corn, sunflowers, hay and others.  We don't live on a farm but rather in a pocket village of homes surrounded by the sights and sounds of the country.  Growing up, several family members had working farms and to visit and play in the barns with baby pigs and chickens are memories I'll always cherish.  My cousins and I even tried to ride the holsteins one year but they didn't take too kindly to young people on their back.
So, I am thankful for the families that still farm and provide us with milk, meat and vegetables.  I once heard that a teacher in the city asked his class where milk came from and one child answered 'from the store'.  With a show of hands, not one of the children had experienced a visit to a farm.
I'm linking to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and my collage shows a few of the things I see while driving the country roads here.  Click to enlarge.
Happy 4th of July to our friends in the US.

25 comments:

  1. Hi Judith, I too have memories of an aunt and uncle's farm. We had great fun with the baby chicks and ponies. I like your mosaic, especially the barn scene and the friendly horse!
    Blessings, Beth

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  2. We had the pleasure of three periods of living in your neck of the woods. I still miss the green fields that roll on, the beautiful old houses and the order of the seasons. I'm trying to talk TGD into a trip to Kingston so that I get my summer fix of Ontario.....we'll see......

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  3. Hi Judith, I have similar childhood memories, having lived on a farm. Great mosaic, love the horse picture. Take care and have a wonderful week. hugs, Jen.

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  4. I also live in the country and love the beauty all around me and appreciate the farmers for all their hard work to provide produce, etc. for the market. My aunt and uncle had a dairy farm where my mum grew up and I loved to visit there as a child. A lovely post Judith. Have a great week! Pamela

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  5. Hi Judith: All my life I have always lived in a subdivision surrounded by the country. We as kids used to take a lunch and ride our bikes for miles without a care in the world. Unfortunately I have asthma and am allergic to most farm animals except a cow so saddle me a cow. Yippee. Great mosaic. V

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  6. I have similar childhood memories. It is too bad that people today do not have any idea what goes into growing a crop or harvesting the chickens... the small farmer/rancher rather than the large farms and Monsanto (I feel a soapbox lecture coming on so I'll quit). Love your post!

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  7. Such beautiful scenes, Judith! We had a small farm right next door when I was growing up, and I used to go visit the pigs every day after school. :)

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  8. Happy 4th of July to you!!! Cathy

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  9. Love farmy mosaic! Have a happy 4th.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Your sounds like a beautiful life. The beauty of the land and the wonderful fresh food. Fabulous! Lovely Mosaic.......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  11. It is a great blessing to live in the best of both worlds...to be able to drive through farmland and to live in a neighborhood. Perfect. I'm grinning to think of you trying to ride Holsteins.

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  12. You are indeed fortunate, Judith!
    I was also fortunate that my maternal grandmother lived in the country and I spent weeks every summer helping her around her small farm as a child. When my children were young we took them on many trips to see the farms upstate New York and in Pennsylvaniaso they could also have the same experience. It is always a thrill for a child raised in the city to visit a farm!

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  13. Mr. B and I are enjoying Connecticut but we really miss living in farming country like we did in Pennsylvania. You are lucky to be able to take a ride and see barns and animals! Nancy

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  14. Love your pretty mosaic. I would love to see more of your countryside. When we went to Alaska last summer, we saw a bit of Canada but...not enuf. :))

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  15. Lovely post... I have always thought that we might be happy living on the farm, but are so happy to live by the Jersey Shore.

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  16. Nice, Judith! I too had my farm experiences - living in the center of why they call New Jersey the Garden State! Our neighborhood was surrounded by "Freddie's Fields" as we called it - where we gleaned for cucumbers and lettuces in season, and waved to the "big airplane" swooping over the fields to spray (not PC these days)> Then, there were the Sunday visits to my grandparents' chicken farm where mom grew up. Lovely memories and joy in simple country living pleasures.
    Joy to you!
    Miss Kathy

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  17. Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Markus

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  18. Judith, it is lovely to read about your home town and how wonderful it is to live in the countryside. We are lucky that my sister and cousin are both own farms, and so our children and now grandchildren have always been able to experience a little bit of farm life.
    Thankyou for sharing some of your Canadian life with us, and have a wonderful week.

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  19. Great mosaic. Yes we have a lot to be thankful for, but sometimes forget.....

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  20. So nice to meet you.......Lavender is my all time favorite and visiting your blog makes me feel as if I am right in the middle of a mass gathering of the wonderful herb.....

    I enjoyed reading your post today and yes country life is the best....we split our time between the mountain country and the city and their is definitely something soothing about the country life....

    I look forward to my next visit with you.....

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  21. My grandparents had farms when I was young and I always enjoyed visiting them. It's hard to imagine children never visiting a farm. Country life has much to offer, as does life in a small village. You do have the best of both worlds.

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  22. Love your country mosaic! Happy Canada Weekend to you :-)

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  23. I'm so grateful I was able to take our boys to a working dairy farm for a few days one summer...an experience they will never forget. Your life in the little village sounds idyllic!

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  24. Hello,judith!
    I love your post very much! I wish I could have your fresh milk and vegetables provided from your families! I grew up in a very very busy city Tokyo until I got married. Tokyo is a beautiful modern city, so I love it. However I am beginning to love to be surrounded by beautiful rich nature as I get older.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful world!
    Tomoko from Japan.

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